There is a natural remedy for just about everything. You can use essential oils for practically any ailment from aching muscles to acne treatments.
Here are 60 essential oil uses that you didn’t think possible.
Tossing and turning through the night is frustrating. Lavender oil can help you sleep. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to doze off into a deep slumber.
Body Butter Lotion
Dry elbows are a thing of the past, especially, if you can mix up a few ingredients right in your pantry. Combine coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
Homemade Lip Balm
Chapped lips? No problem. Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm that will smooth out your lips.
Working full-time, raising kids, and taking care of the home is stressful. Help to reduce anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Relieving stress is right around the corner. Use a few drops of cedarwood or lavender oil, mixed with an unscented lotion during a relaxation massage.
After a long day at work, it’s time to feel Zen. Apply 2–4 drops of chamomile, lavender, and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
Baths are our favorite way to relax, and we know it’s yours. Try this combination for the ultimate experience. Mix lavender oil, Epsom salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
After a great workout, hitting the sauna can relieve stressed muscles. Change up your experience a little by adding two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
Calm an Upset Child
Crying children stresses everyone out and make you wonder if you’re making bad parenting choices. Help soothe and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
Homemade Foot Bath
Wearing heels makes women feel they are on top of the world. After a long day, they need a break. Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
Feeling down? To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalers, and diffusers to improve mood.
Yoga and Pilates
Get your stretch on before starting a long day. To relax during yoga or meditation, inhale lavender or sandalwood before class. Also, mix clove and citrus essential oil to clean yoga mats.
Those pesky extra pounds always go in the wrong places. Mix 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.
Acne Face Wash
Over the counter medication to get rid of pimples simply does not work. To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.
No gum? No problem. Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way to freshen breath.
Too many shampoos on the market have added chemicals that are bad for your hair. Make your homemade shampoo by mixing lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel and coconut milk. Use as you would regular shampoo. It lasts 2-4 weeks
Deodorant from the store is not safe. According to Time Magazine, chemicals in deodorant are linked to having contributed to different types of cancer. To make a natural version, combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
If you don’t want pay retail prices for a great sugar scrub, you don’t have to. Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil and rock salt or sugar to make your salt or sugar scrub.
When your partner forgets to tell you the toothpaste ran out, make your own. Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil and xylitol with peppermint essential oil to make homemade remineralizing toothpaste. Then brush.
Regular shampoo might not be enough to stop you from scratching your head. Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.
If you have thin hair, essential oils are the trick to get luscious locks. Add rosemary to shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
Brittle nails are a hassle. Try a natural remedy by mixing ten drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.
We want to look young as long as possible. Make wrinkles go away by mixing 3–5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender, and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes.
Natural Teeth Whitener
If you are looking for a superstar smile, you can do it naturally without harsh chemicals. Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil, and fresh strawberries, then rub on your teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
Reduce Stretch Marks
No one wants stretchmarks even after giving birth. Be proactive and prevent marks to your body by mixing five drops of frankincense, myrrh and grapefruit essential oils with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.
Natural Skin Toner
You don’t need to cake on tons of foundation to even out your skin. Mix eight ounces of water with two drops of lavender, geranium, and frankincense.
Deep Hair Conditioner
Is your hair desperate for moisture? Try a natural remedy. Mix 15 drops of rosewood with five drops of sandalwood and lavender into a unscented oil. Place mixture in a small plastic bag and dunk into warm water to heat up. Apply to hair and wrap for 20 minutes. Shampoo as usual.
Reduce Age Spots
Age spots start to appear on our face and hands as we get older. To make them appear lighter, put on frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on the skin to improve sun spots and age spots.
Remedy for Oily Hair
Greasy hair makes us look like we just got out of the shower for longer than we should. To help your oily hair, mix ten drops of ylang-ylang, lime and rosemary oil with two ounces of unscented oil. Massage it scalp 2-3 times per week. Wash out as usual.
Heal Dry, Cracked Feet
Sometimes we don’t have the time or the money to spoil ourselves with a pedicure. To help heal cracked feet, add three drops of lavender oil to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the feet at night and put on some socks.
Nausea is a common side effect of pregnancy, motion sickness, or bad food. Breathe in peppermint oil through your nose to alleviate nausea, and also apply to your neck and upper chest. Ginger and lavender may also help.
Migraine Headache Relief
Migraines are painful, but you don’t want to continue to depend on over the counter medication. Try combining a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil and apply to temples to help with headaches and migraines.
Reduce a Cough or Sinusitis
Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. There’s a reason they put it in cough drops. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passage
If you can’t handle the heat or burns in the kitchen, try this remedy. Mix lavender oil with aloe vera to treat burns.
Soothe Bug Bites
The south is known for tons of mosquitoes and other pesky critters. Use lavender oil for insect bites and stings.
That big steak dinner was delicious, but now it weighs you down. Take ginger oil, peppermint oil, and fennel essential oil to support digestion and healing leaky gut.
Bronchitis and Asthma Remedy
No one likes a sore throat. Try a natural remedy by making a homemade vapor rub by combining eucalyptus, peppermint and coconut oil. Then, rub on your chest and neck.
We all fall but sometimes they leave bruises. Use essential oils as a hot compress to treat bruises or other wounds. Add five drops of lavender and five drops of frankincense to 4 ounces of hot water and soak. Apply to affected area.
Life has its distractions. Don’t let it get the best of you. Inhale bergamot, grapefruit or peppermint oil to increase concentration during the day.
Reduce Teeth Grinding
Last night, your partner told you that you make so much sound grinding your teeth at night. Try this remedy. Massage 1–3 drops of lavender on the bottom of the feet and behind ears before bed.
When Aunt Flow is about to visit, don’t let her ruin your mood. A natural elixir might just do the trick. Mix 2 drops of sage, basil, and rosemary, then apply to a warm, moist hand towel and apply to abdomen.
Eczema and Psoriasis Cream
Hideous marks on your skin tend to stop you from leaving the house. Don’t let it get the best of you. To treat eczema, psoriasis or dry red skin, apply a mixture of lavender essential oil with shea butter.
If you have felt restless leg syndrome or something not right with your circulation, add 8–10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to warm bath water.
Relieve Hangover Symptoms
There are tons of hangover remedies. This all-natural treatment will become your favorite. Add six drops each of juniper berry, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and lemon oil into a warm bath.
Curb Food Cravings
Starting your diet on Monday then failing later that afternoon is a thing of the past. Try this natural remedy to curb cravings. Inhale peppermint and cinnamon oil to reduce your appetite and balance blood sugar.
Energize Your Workout
Essential oils pretty much do anything your heart desires. Instead of taking a pre-workout, try Inhaling peppermint oil before to reduce fatigue.
Managing a fever, especially for a young child, is a pain. Add 1–3 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender to a cold cloth and sponge the body to cool yourself down.
Relieve Motion Sickness
Some people experience serious motion sickness. Before even getting into a moving vehicle, use peppermint, lavender and ginger oil to reduce motion sickness.
According to John Hopkin’s Arthritis Center, 12 percent of people with arthritis are addicted to the medication. Try a natural remedy, so you aren’t dependent on popping pills. Mix two drops of wintergreen, cypress, and lemongrass into an unscented lotion. Massage into affected areas.
Ringworms are disgusting creatures that can make us sick. Combine three drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and massage over the affected area twice a day.
Head Lice Treatment
If you recently got a call from your child’s school because of a lice infestation, get ready. First, check their hair for any eggs or lice. Then, mix three drops of thyme, lavender and eucalyptus oil with unscented oil and apply to scalp. Cover head with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo out.
Heal Blistered Skin
Those sexy heels look great, but they can cause painful blisters. Mix two drops of tea tree oil with two drops of unscented oil and apply to the blistered area up to five times per day.
Soothe a Sunburn
Summertime is fun. Good times can quickly come to an end when you are sunburned. Combine lavender or chamomile oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the skin with a cotton ball to reduce swelling and pain.
Treat Poison Oak or Poison Ivy
Run through the forest, they said. Smell the wildflowers; they won’t hurt you. Think again. Heavily wooded areas have poison oak and ivy. To get rid of the blemishes, mix three drops of peppermint oil with unscented oil and apply to affected area.
Having trouble dropping those last pesky pounds? Combine grapefruit, ginger and cinnamon oil and take as a supplement three times daily to support metabolism.
Boost Your Immune System
Your body is a perfect instrument that will tell you if something is wrong. Before going out into the world full of germs, mix one drop of oregano oil with four drops of carrier oil and rub on the bottom of your feet before flying on a plane.
Achy Muscle Rub
We carry a lot of tension on our shoulders. To alleviate some pain, mix eucalyptus, wintergreen, and cypress with an unscented lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles.
Reduce Morning Sickness Caused by Pregnancy
One of the worst things about being pregnant is you cannot take over the counter medication without approval from your doctor. Try natural remedies like this one for morning sickness. Add a few drops of wild orange, lemon or ginger oil to a handkerchief and inhale.
No need to grab the Benadryl when you feel an allergy attack. Rub frankincense and lavender on your palms and inhale deeply to relieve itchy eyes and throat.
Kick a Cold Fast
No one likes being sick. If you feel a cold coming on, take three drops of oil of oregano and frankincense three daily for one week. You’ll stop the cold before it happens.