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45+ Every Day Uses for Essential Oils

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

I recently asked the followers on my Natural Family Living Facebook page for some insight into what essential oils they use and what they use them for? I wanted to see what some common uses were and if any creative and new-to-me ideas popped up. I was so impressed with the range of answers that I have decided to share the info here. There are so many every day, practical uses for essentials oils it blows my mind! The power of plants indeed!

My question was “What’s the last essential oil you used? What did you use it for?”

Some of the answers…

Peppermint for headache

Lavender for homemade baby wipes

Rosemary for homemade dish soap

Lavender for a stuffed nose / head cold

Melaleuca in the nostrils to prevent a cold

Sweet orange mixed in baking soda to freshen carpets

Lavender to help mom and child sleep

Tea tree for cleaning

Lavender for a cooking burn

Lavender for seasonal allergies

Clove oil for a toothache

Roman chamomile for relaxation

Tea tree oil for acne

Eucalyptus for cleaning

Peppermint for homemade toothpaste

Lemon to fill a diffuser

Oregano oil to combat a cold

Geranium in the steam room at the gym

Peppermint for lotion and scenting sheets

Eucalyptus for clearing sinuses

Lavender for teething

Eucalyptus in the bath for aches and pains

Rosemary and tea tree for an all purpose spray cleaner

Rosemary and black pepper for muscle aches

Clove oil with vinegar mopping the floor

Thieves for a cold sore and to freshen breathe

Rose hip seed in moisturizer for an anti- aging omega boost

Peppermint in my homemade all purpose cleaner

Patchouli for the wash

Thieves oil on the feet before bed to combat a fever

Lavender to relax in the tub

Lemon for cleaning

Thieves and eucalyptus for a chest cold

Lavender for homemade body butter

Eucalyptus and coconut oil on feet at night to helping with coughing

Teat tree in the cloth diaper bin

Wild orange in the diffuser for calming

Orange to keep the cat off the bed

Peppermint and tea tree to soak cloth diapers in after a rinse, but before the wash

Peppermint for nausea

Lavender in the dryer, instead of using dryer sheets

Thieves for disinfecting after illness

Tea tree for athletes foot

Orange oil to make hand soap

Peppermint and eucalyptus in a rock fountain to freshen air

Orange for homemade cleaning supplies

Tamanu for skin rash/eczema

Tea tree oil to prevent bed bugs

What oils have you used lately???

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  • Melanie Roberts

    Great ideas, I love essential oils but didn’t know that there are THAT many things Icould use it for. I always used it to breath better especially in the winter.. totally have to pin your list so I have it handy; thanks for sharing

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I love the oils. Lavender is even better for headaches.

  • scentednights2002

    I use lavender to relax a lot. I use lemon and orange to clean with.

  • maria

    I keep hearing about essential oils. I would definitely use them for relaxation and maybe even headaches.

  • Wow, so many uses! I keep hearing about how amazing essential oils are. I am going to have to look more into using them in our home.

    • Tiffany

      Good for you! Let me know if you need any help on your journey. I am always around to answer questions. :)

  • Megan Elford

    Okay, I totally need to remember Tea Tree oil for athlete’s foot for hubby, and lavender instead of dryer sheets. Awesome, thank you!

  • Danielle K

    This is an awesome chart! I will be printing this out and keeping it handy. I love essential oils and they really do have so many uses – thanks for sharing :)

  • We use essential oils all the time and even make our own blends. They are awesome. Therapeutic cinnamon oil and vinegar kills any germ know to man and tea tree is great for killing fungus. I use from our garden for laundry rinse so there are a lot of uses for them.

  • I’ve used peppermint to refresh my mattress. A few drops mixed with baking soda, sifted onto the mattress–let sit for about 30 minutes, then vacuum. Works wonders.

    • Tiffany

      I do the same for my carpet!

  • Crystal

    There’s so much you can do with essential oils. I’ll be honest, I’m kind of behind the times on them.

  • Juliana RW

    What an awesome oil. Great list

  • Bismah Abdelgawad

    Great list! I still have not been able to try essential oils. I would like to use lemon and tree tea for cleaning.

  • suelee1998

    These are some great ideas. I am going to have to use the idea to make and soap, with the orange essence!

  • Wow. I learned a lot from your post. I like a few essential oils for certain things.

  • Kori

    Thank you for sharing this really informative post. I’m still very new to the world of working with essential oils.

    • Tiffany

      Awesome. Let me know if you need any help. I love to answer questions. :)

  • Ourfamilyworld

    This is an awesome . Who knew we could use it for dishsoap

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    Great list. I love using tea tree oil on acne. It works fantastic!

  • What an awesome list. Thank you. :)

  • Regina Peterson

    I heard recently that you could brush your teeth with essential oils, but I was confused how that worked. Has anyone tried this that could give me their results and how they did it? I am trying to get away from using fluoride.

  • SpaceshipsLaserBeams

    This is a great list — I love using essential oils for many of the things you mentioned. It’s incredible what a difference they make.