10 Must Have Essential Oils

I talk all the time about my favourite oils, that all my oils are my favourite, but it takes a while to build a collection. One of my greatest piece of advice to new users is to start with a few, add 1 new one every month and then replace the others as you use them. When you get a new oil, try it out everyday for a week and look up information about it. Learn how to diffuse it, make a DIY with it, apply it to your body, and learn how it works for your body.

But where should you start?

Here’s the list of my top 10 must haves.

1. Lemon

There’s a reason why our community of essential oils is called Lemon Lovers and why this blog is named after lemons. Lemon is a basic. Why? Lemon essential oil:

  • treats cough and cold symptoms
  • stimulates the immune system
  • supports cleansing in the body
  • balances blemish-prone skin
  • supports circulation in the body
  • is one of the best cleaners – add to vinegar and water for cleaning solutions, removes gum and sticky residue, diffuse for fresh scent and air purifying
  • is happy in a bottle

2. Lavender

Lavender is known as the Mother of All Oils and it one of our most popular essentials oils. Everyone needs this essential oil in their medicine cabinet. Why? Because if you don’t know what to use, you use Lavender. Lavender essential oil:

  • treats cough and cold symptoms
  • relieves headache
  • nourishes the skin
  • relieves joint and muscle pain from arthritis, sprains, strains
  • promotes relaxation and settles the mood
  • promotes restful sleep

One of our favourite ways to use essential oil is for the skin. When the skin is stressed, try a drop of lavender with some coconut oil as a lotion. It nourishes and calms the skin and helps promote healthy skin.

3. Tea Tree

Tea Tree is a great fighter essential oil. It’s one of those essential oils you should just have always on hand to help the body fight back. Tea tree essential oil:

  • treats cough and cold symptoms
  • stimulates the immune system
  • helps the body’s natural defenses
  • promotes healthy skin – add to shampoo for a healthy, clear scalp – add to the feet for skin irritations
  • balances blemish-prone skin

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is always on hand in our house because it’s one of the most effective essential oils for pain. The menthol and menthone constituents in peppermint act on the nerves in the body and giving a cooling sensation that relieves pain. It’s also soothing for the digestive system. Peppermint essential oil:

  • relieves joint & muscle pain from arthritis, sprains & strains
  • relieves digestive discomfort: dispels gas and is antispasmodic
  • relieves cough and cold symptoms – very supportive for the lungs
  • promotes clarity and focus
  • cools & refreshes

5. Frankincense

Where Lavender is the mother of all oils, Frankincense is the affectionately known as the father of all oils. This ancient essential oil comes from the boswellia tree and is one of the great healer essential oils. Frankincense essential oil:

  • promotes healthy, youthful skin
  • promotes relaxation
  • supports grounding & settling
  • supports meditation
  • promotes healthy skin – add to your daily skin routine for youthful skin & add to coconut oil for a lotion for stressed skin

6. Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is the perfect herb to season a dish, but the essential oil is a beautiful oil for skin & hair and for helping the body’s natural defenses. Rosemary essential oil:

  • relieves minor skin irritations, cuts, bruises
  • relieves joint & muscle pain
  • reduces symptoms of cough & cold
  • promotes clarity and focus
  • boosts the immune system
  • promotes healthy hair
  • relieves head tension

7. Eucalyptus Globolus

There are many kinds of eucalyptus essential oils that have varying benefits, but everybody needs eucalyptus globulus in their medicine cabinet. This essential oil is a powerful essential oil, so only a drop or 2 is needed, and may need to be diluted. Use caution around children. Eucalyptus globulus essential oil:

  • relieves joint & muscle pain from arthritis, sprains, strains
  • relieves headache
  • treats and relieves cough & cold symptoms
  • supports the lungs

My favourite blend containing eucalyptus is R.C., which reduces cough and cold symptoms. This is an absolute must-have for all the seasons!

8. Lemongrass

A cousin to citronella, Lemongrass is a spicy & citrusy essential oil that smells similar to citronella. It has a warming sensation that makes it perfect for joints and muscles. It’s the perfect outdoor oil. Lemongrass essential oil:

  • relieves joint & muscle pain
  • relieves headache
  • relieves digestive discomfort
  • stimulates & boosts the immune system

9. Orange

Orange essential oil is one of my favourites and it goes everywhere with me in my bag. It smells fresh and sweet and absolutely yummy. It’s one of my favourite “happy in a bottle” essential oils, like most of the citrus essential oils. Orange essential oil:

  • lifts & boosts the mood
  • provides inner calm
  • promotes relaxation
  • relieves digestive discomfort: dispels gas and is an antispasmodic

This last bit often surprises people, but orange is one of my go-tos for indigestion. I carry it at all times, especially at work, because it relieves gas and indigestion yet smells yummy. Nobody likes a coworker with gas!

10. Cypress

Cypress essential oil is one of my personal favourites for relieving pain and promoting circulation in the body. When I tackle pain, I use Rosemary (or marjoram) to soothe muscles, cypress to promote circulation in the area, and peppermint to relieve pain. Cypress essential oil:

  • promotes circulation
  • relieves joint & muscle pain
  • reduces cough and cold symptoms – because it promotes circulation, this is a great essential oil for lung support


Essential oils are holistic, which means they do many things in the body. Each essential oil doesn’t only have one purpose, and they work synergistically together to provide balance and support to the body.

How do you use essential oils? 1 drop at a time. Using more than 1 drop is not necessary and it can actually be just a waste. Use with a carrier oil like coconut oil or grapeseed oil if you’re new to essential oils, if you have sensitive skin, or for hot oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, Thieves, cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme. Test essentials on your skin first before using them throughout your body.

How do I get these essential oils? Can I get them all together?

My favourite brand of essential oils is Young Living Essential Oils. They’ve been around for coming up 25 years, one of the original essential oil companies still around today, and they own their own farms. This is super important to me because I’m extremely picky about what oils I use. I want only the best and purest for safety reasons, and that’s why I’ve used them for the past 15 years!

You can get your essential oils right from Young Living yourself. Get a membership in Canada and Europe for free and purchase the oils you need, or purchase a Premium Starter Kit that has a diffuser + 11 oils.

In Canada, the Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • R.C. (the eucalyptus blend)
  • Frankincense
  • Black Spruce
  • Purification
  • PanAway
  • DiGize
  • Copaiba
  • Thieves
  • a diffuser – choose between the Desert Mist or the Dewdrop
  • travel size empty essential oil bottles
  • 2 Ningxia Red packets – the antioxidant superfood drink made with the goji berry
  • Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

Plus we’ll give you:

  • a free oil
  • a free how-to reference guide
  • access to exclusive online library of recipes and how-to info
  • access to community and online training

Join our Lemon Lovers tribe today and get started with your essential oils.




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