Is There an Essential Oil for That?

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My Personal List of Essential Oils!  Do you have any of the same oils in your collection?

I love essential oils and the other day I decided to make a list of the oils I have and while I knew I had a lot, I was blown away by how many I have collected. And I use them all.

My friend, Katrina, got me started with essential oils several years ago and that introduction created a monster. Today, I use essential oils to freshen the house, to clean, for pain management, to balance my hormones, and for mental health.

I live with anxiety and depression. I can't recall my official diagnosis, but I basically have anxiety that can morph into depression if left unchecked. So when I'm feeling anxious, I know that it's time for some self-care and the best way to start is to reach for an oil.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that retain the plant's scent and essence. Through application on the skin or inhalation, essential oils are said to promote calmness, relaxation, pain relief, and more.

The reason I love essential oils is that I try to look to something natural before turning to pharmaceuticals. I don't have anything against prescription medication, I'd just prefer to use something natural if it works for me.

Do Essential Oils Work?

I think they do. I diffuse essential oils in the house all the time to promote calmness with the dogs and I've seen a major difference. We have five dogs and when they decide to go insane, it's hard to settle them down. Essential oils work every time with my pack.

On the flip side, while essential oils may help the dogs on the Fourth of July, the fireworks (and thunderstorms) are a bit too much and if someone were to tell me to diffuse some lavender for my dogs, I'd laugh and tell them to shut it.

For me, they help tremendously with my anxiety. When I begin feeling stressed, I wear an aromatherapy diffuser locket and it serves to keep me calm and relaxed all day.

And while essential oils are great when I go for a massage, if I'm in a tremendous amount of pain, essential oils aren't a replacement for pain medication. Instead, I use them together.

So, basically, essential oils do work, but, in my experience, they aren't a miracle cure.

My Favorite Essential Oils for Cleaning

When cleaning the house, I use citrus oils and a few others that work great too! I mix 15 drops of one of my favorite oils with a couple of drops of Dr. Bronner's soap in a spray bottle and I set to work. I use the oils to clean our floors, I put a few drops in our Rainbow vacuum cleaner, and I use it to clean countertops, freshen furniture and dog beds, and to clean my car.

My Favorite Essential Oils for Calming/Anxiety

Anxiety is a bitch and I've named my bitch Leslie. If your name is Leslie, no offense, but we all have that girl from our past that made our lives miserable and my evil troll was Leslie. Anyway, I've found that the best way for me to keep my anxiety at bay is to diffuse essential oils in the house, use them in a diffuser necklace, and create a roller and use them as perfume (behind the ears, neck, on my collar bones, on my lower back, behind my knees, and at my ankles – why these stops? A friend told me).

Save Money on Essential Oils

You make look at my collection of oils and think, “damn, that woman is rich!” Nope. I'm very good at finding good deals. Quality essential oils don't have to break the bank. Most of my oils come from Plant Therapy and I have several from Simply Earth. I love both of these companies because of their focus on quality and their respect for the environment. Simply Earth also donates a portion of its revenue to stop human trafficking.

Not only do these companies create quality oils that I trust, but they also have regular specials. Every December, Plant Therapy offers daily specials for several weeks – it's the best time of the year to stock up.

My Collection of Essential Oils

So, as I said, I went through and jotted down all of the essential oils I have and was stunned to see that I have so many. Yikes. I think I have a problem.

  1. 70s
  2. Abundance (Young Living)
  3. A+ Attention
  4. Anise
  5. Amyris
  6. Ajowain Fruit CO2
  7. Appreciation
  8. Awaken (Young Living)
  9. Anti Age
  10. Balance
  11. Bergamot
  12. Breath Easy (Simply Earth)
  13. Bug Fighter (Simply Earth)
  14. Believe (Young Living)
  15. Beauty Within (Simply Earth)
  16. Buddha Wood
  17. Bouquet
  18. Balsam Fir
  19. Blues Buster
  20. Brain Power (Young Living)
  21. Organic Black Pepper
  22. Candy Cane (Simply Earth)
  23. Coriander
  24. Citrus Burst
  25. Clear Skin (Simply Earth)
  26. Clove
  27. Clary Sage
  28. Cinnamon
  29. Carrot Seed
  30. Clarity
  31. Copaiba
  32. Cassia
  33. Cypress
  34. Cedarwood
  35. Citronella
  36. Chamomille Roman
  37. Cinnamon Bark
  38. Cherry Cordial
  39. Chocolate Truffle
  40. Deodorizing
  41. Damiana
  42. Digest (Simply Earth)
  43. Delight
  44. Eucalyptus Globulus
  45. Eucalyptus Blue
  46. Eucalyptus Radiata
  47. Envision (Young Living)
  48. Douglas Fir
  49. Digize
  50. Elemi
  51. Endoflex
  52. Energy
  53. Excite
  54. Fantastic Franks
  55. Frankincense Frereana
  56. Frankincense Carteri
  57. Frankincense
  58. Fennel
  59. Fitness
  60. Focus (Simply Earth)
  61. Grapefruit
  62. Geranium
  63. Germ Fighter
  64. Ginger Lily
  65. Holy Basil
  66. Honeybell
  67. Happy Joy (Simply Earth)
  68. Head Soothing (Simply Earth)
  69. Ho Wood
  70. Organic Immune Aid
  71. Island Sunset
  72. Invigor Aid
  73. Into the Future (Young Living)
  74. Kumquat
  75. Key Lime
  76. Ledum
  77. Laurel Leaf
  78. Lavender
  79. Lavender Infused Frankincense (SMELLS AMAZING)
  80. Lavandin
  81. Lemon
  82. Lemon Eucalyptus
  83. Lemon Myrtle
  84. Lemon Verbena
  85. Lemongrass
  86. Lime
  87. Let it Go
  88. Love Vanilla
  89. Marjoram
  90. Magnolia Flower
  91. May Chang
  92. Moldavian Dragonhead
  93. Mercury Retrograde
  94. Mandarin (Simply Earth)
  95. Mandarin Green
  96. Spiced Orange
  97. Orange
  98. Organic Lemon Eucalyptus
  99. Orange Sweet
  100. Organic Palmarosa
  101. Patchouli
  102. Peru Balsam (A FAVORITE)
  103. Persian Lime
  104. Petitgrain
  105. Organic Pink Grapefruit
  106. Peace & Quiet (Simply Earth)
  107. Peppermint
  108. Panaway (Young Living)
  109. Palmarosa
  110. Pink Berries CO2
  111. Pine Scotch
  112. Ripple Reducer
  113. Rosemary
  114. Relief (Simply Earth)
  115. Relax
  116. Rosalina
  117. R.C. (Young Living)
  118. Surrender (Young Living)
  119. Sacred Mountain (Young Living)
  120. Sea Fennel
  121. Sleepy (Simply Earth)
  122. Organic Silver Fir
  123. Spirit
  124. Spiced Cider
  125. Spearmint
  126. Tea Tree
  127. Tropical Passion
  128. Transformation (Young Living)
  129. Tranquility (Simply Earth)
  130. Tangerine (Simply Earth)
  131. Thyme
  132. Turmeric Fresh Tex
  133. Valor (Young Living)
  134. Valor II (Young Living)
  135. Vetiver
  136. Wood Spice
  137. White Angelica (Young Living)
  138. Wintergreen
  139. Organic Ylang Ylang Complete

If you're interested in trying any of these oils, I highly recommend Plant Therapy and Simply Earth.

Let's Talk Essential Oils!

  • How many essential oils do you have?
  • Are there any essential oils on my list that are on your list?
  • What essential oil do you suggest I try next and why?
My Personal List of Essential Oils!  Do you have any of the same oils in your collection?
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