Essential Oils Guide: What Does Each Oil Do?

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Essential Oils GuideLooking for the best essential oils to naturally balance out your life? Essential oils can be used to heal, soothe, improve, prevent and alleviate symptoms you are experiencing that may be causing you pain, discomfort or dis-ease. Find out more about the most popular essential oils’ uses so you know which one might help you with your personal concern. Not only can they improve your health, but they also smell great on your body and throughout your home.

Where To Buy Essential Oils

Essential oils are available in many places. I buy mine from Young Living. You can also buy them at your local masseuse, GNC, Walmart, Walgreens and other retail locations. But, the most convenient options allow you to shop the online essential oil stores at and (see links below).

Why Young Living Oils Are Best

You may have heard of Young Living, a leading brand in the essential oils world. You’ve heard of them because your friend is crazy about EOs and insists on buying them from Young Living. But why? Well, they are the only company that uses plants that are grown specifically for essential oil creation which means you get the best part of the plant and the freshest distillation to make the most potent oils. These are also known as 1st distillation, 100% therapeutic essential oils. This translates to users getting the most benefit possible from the oils they buy vs. getting a not so aromatic nor beneficial lavender oil from a less reputable seller. Other oils are not guaranteed to be safe either since they may or may not have been shipped or stored at the controlled temperatures required to keep them stable. This makes it extremely risky, especially when buying hot (cinnamon, oregano, etc.) or citrus (lemon, orange, etc.) oils. Sure it may be cheaper to buy on Amazon, but are you getting what you pay for?

Visit The Young Living Website

If you decide to go with Young Living, you will need to sign up first to become a member (the link above is my membership link to get you started). Your membership allows you to buy the healthful products and provides you with a boatload of education to enhance your life using essential oils. Have questions? Feel free to ask them below in the comments.

Essential Oils Guide By Type

Now let’s jump into an essential oils guide to the benefits associated with several of the most popular oils. Buying note: there are recommendations below for products sold on, but if you prefer a higher quality oil with more powerful benefit potential, please click on the Young Living website link above to make your purchase.

To learn more about specific essential oils choose one of the oils below or scroll down to read about them all!

Note: This post is not medical advice but can be used to guide your understanding of the potential and reported benefits of these natural products. Follow instructions on product bottles carefully.

Geranium | Lavender | Lemon | Lemongrass | Orange | Peppermint | Rose | Sandalwood | Ylang Ylang | CBD

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

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Geranium oil is made up of many different compounds. The main components are citronellol, geraniol, nerol, citronellyl formate, isomenthone and linalool. Geranium oil is typically used by women due to its floral smell. It is often found in cosmetics and fragrances as well.

Reported Uses

  • Reduces acne, inflammation, wounds, burns, infections, athlete’s foot, eczema, hemorrhoids, insect bite itch, sore throats
  • Lessens menstruation and menopause symptoms
  • Massage oil to help with stress and aching muscles
  • Anxiety, insomnia and depression
  • Natural insect repellent
  • Prevents skin from sagging and wrinkling
  • Eliminates the appearance of dark spots and scars
  • Serves as a deodorant and can minimize body odor due because of its antibacterial agents

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits

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Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, which means to wash. For thousands of years, lavender has been used to help clean and purify skin. It is a versatile oil commonly used in bath and body care products. It is also reported to be a great product for reducing stress.

Reported Uses

  • Improves sleep and relaxation
  • Lowers your level of stress hormones and anxiety
  • Reduces bruises and acne
  • Heals cuts, burns, wounds, eczema, psoriasis and other skin irritations
  • Slows skin aging
  • Alleviates headaches and aching muscles
  • Enhances the scent of soaps, perfumes, household cleaners and laundry detergent

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

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There are tons of reported benefits to lemon oil. Reportedly, it can be used to detox the body, increase focus and concentration and even help with acne. One thing you may not know is that it might be helpful in keeping fleas away when placed in a small amount on your pet (consult your vet first).

Reported Uses

  • Relieves coughs
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Helps with stomach aches and nausea
  • Reduces acne
  • Minimizes exhaustion, dizziness and anxiety
  • Boosts immune system

Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits

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Lemongrass oil is mainly made up of geranyl acetate, myrcene, nerol, citronellal, terpineol, methyl heptenone, dipentene, geraniol, neral, farnesol, limonene and citral. It is a fairly safe oil as long as you use it in small doses and blend it with another oil like lavender, ginger, geranium or cedarwood. But please beware, using lemongrass oil undiluted can burn or injure your skin so be sure to add it to a carrier oil like coconut, almond or grapeseed oil.

Reported Uses

  • Soaps, deodorants, shampoos, lotions and tonics
  • Air freshener and deodorizer
  • Repels insects
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, irritability and insomnia
  • Tones muscles
  • Lessens pain, cramps, stomach aches, toothaches, migraines and headaches

Orange Essential Oil Benefits

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Orange essential oil is obtained by cold pressing the peel of oranges. The main components of orange oil are alpha pinene, citronellal, geranial, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool and neral. Unlike other oils in this article, orange oil is not as versatile and has more specific purposes.

Reported Uses

  • Reduces constipation and diarrhea
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increases energy level
  • Regulates hormones

Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits

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Peppermint is great for “waking” you up. Just open the container and inhale the oil to increase your mental alertness. The scent can help purify and stimulate your mind which might, in turn, increase your mental accuracy. Some people ingest 100% therapeutic peppermint oil to help with indigestion (see Young Living‘s Vitality line for oils that are ingestion-safe).

Reported Uses

  • Relieves headaches and indigestion
  • Improves irritable bowel syndrome
  • Clears up phlegm
  • Helps decrease tuberculosis-induced inflammation
  • Works against asthma
  • Soothes sore muscles
  • Treats herpes infections
  • Dental hygiene

Rose Essential Oil Benefits

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Rose essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of fresh Damascus rose. Damascus roses are the preferred rose because they are the most fragrant and are thought to be the first red rose. They have high oil content and a strong aroma.

Reported Uses

  • Prevents infections in wounds
  • Strengthens hair
  • Tones skin
  • Stimulates menstruation
  • Boosts libido
  • Can work as mild laxative

Sandalwood Essential Oil Benefits

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Sandalwood Essential OilSandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is derived from the hardest timber of the sandalwood. The oil is extracted through steam distillation of sandalwood trees age 40 to 80. The older the tree, the better the product will be because there is more oil available and a stronger aroma.

Reported Uses

  • Protects ulcers, wounds, sores, boils and pimples from infections
  • Reduces inflammation of the  brain, digestive, excretory, circulatory and nervous system
  • Relaxes nerves, muscles and blood vessels
  • Relieves body odor
  • Used in incense sticks, fumigants and sprays for disinfectants
  • Helps with coughs, colds, flues and mumps
  • Improves memory
  • Helps you concentrate
  • Soothes the stomach

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Benefits

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Majestic Pure Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang ylang oil is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers from the ylang ylang tree. This tree is commonly found in rain forests in Asian and South Pacific Islands. The oil has a delicate aroma and is used in several cosmetics and medicines.

Reported Uses

  • Lessens stress, anger and anxiety
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Heals wounds faster
  • Lowers blood pressure

CBD Oil Benefits

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CBD oil (aka Cannabidiol oil) is extracted from the hemp plant. Unlike the portion of the plant that gets you high (marijuana can contain as much as 30% THC), CBD oil contains little to no THC (a max of 0.3% THC). Hemp-derived CBD oil is now legalized in all 50 U.S. states. The oil is generally mixed with a carrier oil to allow for use straight from the bottle.

Reported Uses

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Digestion

How To Diffuse Essential Oils

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Many people diffuse essential oils to make their home smell good and to release the possibility of aromatherapy to treat various symptoms. Diffusers are essentially a combination of a humidifier and air purifier. It breaks down essential oils and releases them into the air. Not only do you get aromatherapy benefits but it also eliminates unpleasant smells and creates moisture in your home. Read our comparison of the best essential oil diffusers to learn more. Check out this video, which shows you how to diffuse the oils and how to clean the diffuser.

What To Use Essential Oils For

We also wanted to share this handy infographic that shows you the oils we mention above along with the most popular ways to use these different oils to reap their vast benefits.

Essential Oils Guide: What Does Each Oil Do?

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Are Essential Oils The Next Antibiotics?

Essential oils are taken from nature and can promote natural healing. Some believe that EOs could replace common antibiotics if they are used wisely. Since many of the oils are reported to heal wounds faster, regulate the digestive system or strengthen the nervous system, some people think that the oils could take over the pharmacy. What do you think?

What’s your favorite essential oil and what do you use it for?

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