Many DIY recipes you’ll find on this site (and around the web) call for essential oils. Not only do most essential oils smell great, but they offer the antimicrobial properties you’ll want in many of your DIY projects.
I love essential oils and use them for different reasons every day. Because I love them so much, I talk about them a lot and often get asked questions about how and when to use them.
Because buying a lot of essential oils at once is not something everyone can do, I thought I’d share my top 5 essential oils to have on hand for DIY recipes. These are the oils I replace most often because they can be used in myriad ways.
Cleaning and degreasing
Lemon essential oil is very handy for cleaning and degreasing. Got pitch on your hand from the wood pile? Put a drop of lemon essential oil on it and rub it right off.
Kids like to play with clay on the table? Just a drop or two will get the funky residue off in no time. (Try this before you spend 10 minutes trying to scrub it off). I also like to add a few drops to my dish water to help cut grease on dishes.
Lemon essential oil is also very handy at deodorizing. For a stinky fridge, add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a cup of baking soda and let it hang out in there to absorb odor.
I also like to put one cup of water and one cup of vinegar in a glass spray bottle (this is one of my essential accessories for using essential oils) with 10 drops of lemon essential oils as a deodorizing spray for my wooden cutting board.
Soothing and calming
Lavender essential oil is great for soothing – both the nerves and your skin. Aside from diffusing lavender aromatically before bed to induce peaceful sleep, I use lavender essential oil a lot in natural beauty recipes.
One of my favorites is this lavender mint lip balm, which uses both lavender and peppermint essential oils. It smells amazing and the infused herbs help heal dry, chapped lips.
Safe for babies and kids
Lavender essential oil is also safe for use on babies – as long as it’s pure, of course. (Find pure essential oils here.) I like to use it and tea tree essential oil in this homemade diaper rash ointment.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is a great antimicrobial oil. It can be added to homemade cleaning spray to kill germs around the house without the harmful side effects of commercial cleaners.
Great for personal care
I like to use tea tree essential oil in natural beauty recipes. A few drops goes into my homemade antibiotic ointment to help ward off infections. I also like to add a couple of drops to my homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes.
Eucalyptus essential oil is antimicrobial and a great addition to DIY cleaning recipes. When I need to mop my floor, I just add a couple squirts of liquid castile soap and 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to my mop water.
A yoga instructor I know just uses water and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle to clean both yoga mats and her hardwood floors.
For respiratory troubles
Eucalyptus is also a great expectorant and can be diffused in the air when you have respiratory issues. You can also add a drop or two to a tablespoon of coconut oil to massage on your chest and back to help you breathe better during a cold.
Cooling and soothing
Peppermint essential oil is antibacterial, analgesic (it soothes pain) and anti-inflammatory. It’s also refreshing and cooling and great to use in the summer time when you’re too hot.
To help cool off, dilute 3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil (or other carrier oil) and apply to the back of your neck and chest. The same mixture can also be as a sore muscle rub or used on your forehead and temples for headaches. (Caution: don’t get it in your eyes!)
Top DIY Recipes Using These Essential Oils
Looking for a chance to use these essential oils? We have many recipes to get you started!
- Homemade Insect Repellent
- Homemade Dish Soap
- Get Rid of Ants Naturally
- Homemade Natural Sunscreen
- Treat Sinus Infections Naturally
- Homemade Natural Toilet Cleaner
- Homemade Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes
- DIY First Aid Kit
- Homemade Toothpaste
- Homemade Moisturizer
If you need more info, read our other article on how to use essential oils.
What are your top essential oils? What do you use them for?