* Disclaimers: When using essential oils on the skin be sure to use a carrier oil. My favorite is coconut oil but any good quality oil will work. And if you have health issues consult your doctor before using. I am not a doctor, I don’t even play one on TV! You shouldn’t use essential oils on cats and when using on dogs be sure to dilute like you would for people. Consult your vet if you have questions, I’m also not a vet. This post contains affiliate links.
I love essential oils and I’m always adding to my collect. Essential oils can be pricey so I normally buy them when I see them on sale but there are some essential oils I always have to have on hand. If you are only going to have only three essential oils, these are the ones I would recommend because they are multifunctional.
The Essential Oils
- Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is one of the first essential oils I was introduced to. My mom used tea tree oil for many different things when I was growing up. It’s great for infections* and great for cleaning! A few years ago we tested mold levels in our home and found we had some toxic mold, we found the cause, our bathroom was built wrong and water was getting behind the tile. We had the bathroom redone but that wasn’t enough to kill all the mold so we also cleaned EVERYTHING in the house with a tea tree oil spray and retested, the results were great. The toxic mold was gone and the normal mold count was way down. It also makes a great disinfectant.
- Lavender Oil. I love lavender just as a nice scent for my home but it’s also great for headaches, stress and trouble sleeping. You can make a fabric spray with lavender to spray on sheets to help relax you at night or diffuse it in your home when someone is stress or not feeling well. Lavender also has antibacterial and antiviral qualities. It’s even thought to be anti-inflammatory. It can even be used to kill fleas*.
- Peppermint Oil. Peppermint oil is a great holiday scent but I use it all year. Peppermint oil is a great way to keep mice away from your home. Just soak some cotton balls in peppermint oil and put them around your home or make a spray with some distilled water or vodka/grain alcohol, and spray it around your home. We don’t get mice in our home (let’s all hope it stays that way!) but when it gets cold we will sometimes find signs in our garage so we just spray our garage once a week or so and it really helps. I like this method because it doesn’t harm the mice and is more sanitary as you don’t have to deal with the mouse poop while trying to catch them. Peppermint oil is also good for opening up sinuses when diffused and great for headaches.
Bonus- Eucalyptus oil is another great oil. I can’t use it because I’m allergic to it but this is a go-to oil for colds and flu for those that can use it. Eucalyptus is the ingredient in vapor rubs that help clear stuffy noses and is great for helping break up mucus. Be sure to add it to your collection.
Most of my other essential oils are used for scent and not really health, though they often have other health benefits. The above are ones I normally buy in larger sizes and make sure to always have on hand. I love to diffuse my oils with a beeswax candle on a tealight candle holder & diffuser. You can also make your own diffuser by putting a shot glass (or similar glass container that can take the heat) with water and a few drops of essential oils on a candle warmer. This is a good option if you are worried about using candles.