November 23, 2017

Essential Oils: Getting Started

Essential Oils:  Getting Started |

Essential oils are one of the easiest natural remedies to use, and if you’re looking for a great place to start trying gentle, safe alternatives, you’ve found it.

My Essential Oil Journey

I started experimenting with essential oils years ago, just buying lavender and tea tree oil from my local health food store.  Back then, I had no idea about quality or distillation techniques that companies used to make their oils, or even about therapeutic grade oils.  But I was on the right path.

I began using tea tree oil for cleaning around the house, and used lavender often for a relaxing bath. One of our boys had a specific skin condition that, once I researched, I learned that lemon myrtle essential oil could cure.  I found a company that sold the oil and had it shipped immediately.  Amazingly, the oil cleared the situation right up that no other method had been able to resolve.

It began to really click that the these oils were a form of God’s medicine, and I soon began connecting the dots between ailments and oils – like eucalyptus for helping to open airways, etc.

Years later, when our eighth son was born, our older seven boys simultaneously came down with a terrible cough that I was horrified the baby would catch.  I immediately reached out to the nearest essential oil distributor that I knew, and got some oils to help the boys get better fast.  The lady happened to be a doTERRA distributor, and I was so grateful for her help (still am to this day), that I joined very shortly after that.

My Favorite Essential Oil Company

I was pleased with the oils I used, but having made the decision to go with doTERRA before I had fully researched the company, I did a little more digging over the next year, and made the decision to switch to Young Living.  Both companies make wonderful oils, but I had some personal convictions for switching to Young Living, and I have great peace about my decision.

3 Ways to Use Young Living Essential Oils

There are three ways to use essential oils.


  • One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is in my diffuser.  A diffuser makes it easy to get the oils into the air quickly when you want to kill germs (Thieves), open airways (Eucalyptus), or just set a mood or tone in your home.  There are many options for this including Joy, Valor, Peace and Calming, and more.
  • Simply remove the lid from a bottle and inhale the aroma for quick help for things like nausea and headache.  Peppermint and Lemon oils work really great for these.
  • Dab a little on wrists or behind ears.  My favorite perfume is lavender, and I wear it this way.


  • Essential oils can be directly applied to affected areas. I recently burned my wrist and hand with boiling water and immediately applied Melaleuca and Lavender.  I kept applying every hour, and then repeated for several days until the burn began to peel.  I was so thankful it never blistered, and was blown away at how effective the oils were at helping prevent that.  Today, I don’t even have a scar.
  • I apply Peppermint oil for headaches, Thieves on the  bottoms of feet when we’re sick, and even a bit of lavender to soothe fussy little ones.


  • You can add a drop of lemon to a glass of water to help ease congestion, and also just because it’s refreshing!
  • Some people like to drop a couple of drops of Thieves directly down their throat or under their tongue to help fight off infection.
  • Others prefer to place a few drops into an empty gelatin capsule and swallow with a glass of water.

A Few of My Favorite Oils

Lavender Essentail Oil

Lavender has so many uses including:

  • burns
  • calming
  • “perfume”
  • earaches
  • cuts and scrapes
  • allergies
  • insect bites
  • making homemade foaming hand soap

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is good for so many things like:

  • headaches,
  • nausea
  • pain
  • fever
  • flu
  • motion sickness
  • heartburn
  • colic

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is helpful for:

  • cold sores
  • nausea
  • depression/mood
  • sore throats
  • colds
  • flushing toxins from the body
  • cleaning around the house, mixed in with vinegar for countertop spray or a dab of olive oil for furniture polish

Melaleuca Essential Oil

Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) is antibacterial and can be used for:

  • preventing infections on cuts and burns
  • adding to homemade kitchen cleaner
  • used instead of Lysol for killing germs in the bathroom and around the house

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Thieves is an amazing essential oil blend that helps fight infection and boost immunity.  It can be used aromatically, topically, and even internally with great success.  Any time someone in our family is sick, it’s the first oil I rub on their feet and put into the diffuser.

Want to learn more or become a Young Living distributor?  Just click here.


Are you new to essential oils?  Which ones are your favorites?


  1. Have started to take oregano oil & seems to have helped my husband & I avoid the flu that was in our home. A friend commended it & we have been taking our daily dose. Any tips on how to get little ones to take some of these oils? With the 6 of them we need all the help we can get with staying healthy!
    Your blog is fantastic & your such an inspriation to me with all those boys!!! Take care!

  2. Jenn,
    The best way to help children to use the oils is to rub them on topically. Apply 1-2 drops to the bottom of their feet at least once a day. If they are sick or starting to get sick you use like a natural antibiotic and use more often through out the day. You can even apply every hour.
    If your child has a cough it is good to apply Peppermint or a blend of oils called Breathe topically on their chest. When using oils on children it is best to use a carrier oil. Most children don’t like the icy hot feeling that both of those oils have on the skin. The carrier oil will slow down the absorption process on the skin so you can’t feel that icy hot feeling.
    My favorite blend of oils I like to use to keep my kids healthy is On Guard. I apply it every day on my kids and they are much healthier then they have ever been. It is a must have with children.

  3. What do you recommend for treating warts? My son has been plagued w/them for almost 9 mths now on the bottoms of his feets. I’ve been using tea tree oil (although not as regulary as I should be) plus he’s being treated at the dr’s….Thanks!

    • Becky
      I have been able to get rid of a wart on youngest daughters finger & one off of my oldest daughters foot. I used a blend of oils called On Guard. The one on the finger didn’t take too long about a month or less. The one on my daughters foot took longer. I tried to remember to put On Guard on it every night. It might have taken more like a month and a half maybe two. If you can remember to apply more often thoughout the day I think you will have faster results. I think being consistent is the key to helping it go away.
      Some of the suggestions for warts are Oregano (remember to use a carrier oil as it is hot to the skin), Purify, On Guard, Frankincense, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lemon.
      It can also depend on the type of wart it is. This is a great website to use as a reference

  4. Thanks, Aubrey. This was very informative!

  5. What essential oils would you recommend to get started with for a family on a very tight budget?

    • Hi Jaclyn! Be sure and enter the giveaway for my three favorites – lavender, peppermint, and lemon! 🙂

  6. This is so interesting to me, I wish I knew more, but I am so thankful that you shared all of this with us–thank you!! I second Jaclyn’s questions–where do we start?!?

  7. Heather says:

    My sister’s son who is about 15 months old has ear infections frequently. I would love to let her know what you did. Can you share more about the oils you used and did you just rub them on him? Sounds like a much less invasive fix than tubes in his ears. Can’t wait to read more and start following your blog. Thanks!

  8. Lori Milo says:

    How do you apply an oil for an earache?Do I drop it iny ear

  9. Hi,
    I am just getting started with DoTERRA and love what I have experienced so far. I am really trying to find good solid resources on using the oils. Any other suggestions for good books that don’t call for a extensive list of oils. I have several and try and build my collection each month, but I still struggle what will be best used or what I can’t live without.
    I love Eucalyptus, Past Tense, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lavender. Any others that you would highly recommend trying? On Guard does not settle with me personally, so I may be running on a different track. I suffer from Migraines and my family seems to catch lots of colds. Especially working in a school and my daughter being in pre-school. Thank you for your time,

  10. Liz Somerville says:

    Have you ever used oil of oregano on a baby as young as 6 months? My 6 month old just woke up with a bad cough after a couple days of being slightly sniffly. Also, is it safe for me to use, as a nursing mom?

    • I just ordered Oregano for the first time. Do you have any Breathe? I have used that on my kids a lot. Oregano is definitely safe for you. If you use it on the baby, I would dilute it with some coconut or olive oil and put it on the bottoms of the feet. Hope your baby gets better soon! 🙂

  11. I have 3 girls one with ADHD and two with autism I am new to essential oils and I am trying to find oils to help with bed time. I can only diffuse and apply topically. Does anyone know anything to help?

  12. I love this…so the difference of the 2 brands that I am very interested in is Young Living is organic correct?

  13. Oregano is too strong for a baby’s skin even diluted I think it would burn. I do use it for cold sores but diluted and a drop in a glass of water helps to build immunity. It also gets rid of congestion. Be careful with doterra oregano as it is very strong.

  14. Brandy, our family’s journey with therapeutic essential oils is just beginning and I signed up with doTerra because a friend of mine is a rep. I struggled with knowing which company to go with – doTerra or Young Living. I would be interested in the research you did when you made your decision. Would you mind sending me some links with information?


      Mandi, as you may remember, I was with doTERRA for almost two years before making the switch. I did it quick and painlessly. I just did the research, asked enough questons ON BOTH SIDES, and ultimately made decision based on my personal convicitions, and specifically, integrity. I hope this helps. I will not try to convince why you should switch. The information is there for you to consider, but please know I will be here if you have any more question. I’m glad to help you any way I can. BLessings,

  15. Hi Brandy,
    I am just learning about essential oils and your site is a real treasure trove to explore. Right now I am starting out with Lavender and it is really making a difference at night time with settling our children.

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