Essential oil is derived from herbal plants using distillation or mechanical processing. High quality orange oil, for instance, is made by mechanically centrifuging the rinds in a process called cold extraction. Garlic, onion and wintergreen are produced by maceration, much like wine is made. Essential oils have been used for centuries as medicine, for cleaning and to add fragrance to the home. Here are five essential oils that should be in every home.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is used as both medicine and a disinfectant. It is one of the most versatile oils available for medical use. It can be used to treat lice, alleviate psoriasis, fight nail fungus, cure warts and even relieve the itchiness of bug bites. To use as a disinfectant, add a teaspoon of oil to a bottle of water and spray high traffic areas of your home. It will help to repel fleas as well. Tea tree oil is not recommended for internal use – topical use only.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is unbelievably versatile. It can be used as furniture polish, added to dish detergent, used to scent homemade laundry detergent, and added to household cleaners. Because lemon oil is antibacterial and antifungal, it makes a very good cleaner for cutting boards when mixed with a little salt. Lemon oil helps whiten teeth as well. To make teeth brighter simply mix lemon oil, coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste. Rub it on teeth, leave for two minutes and brush off. One of the best uses of lemon oil is to support weight loss. A couple drops of oil added to a full glass of water three times a day helps to boost metabolism and clean toxins from the body. This oil is very toxic to cats, so make sure you keep it away from your pets.

Oil of Oregano

Oregano oil is so powerful that in must be diluted before use. It is an incredibly strong parasite removal treatment, and for this reason alone it should be in every medicine cabinet. To use as an anti-parasitic, put two or three drops of oil in a glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice and drink three or four times daily. It has been shown in studies to completely cure parasitic infections in many patients and reduce the infection in others. Following clearance of the parasitic infection, high quality bone broth powder can help to deliver much-needed nutrients that are harder to absorb when the gut is inflamed. Drinking bone broth also has a very soothing effect in intestines while they heal. It is very important to take care of the intestines as most immune system activity takes place in this vital organ. Important note: never give oregano oil to a pregnant or nursing woman.

Eucalyptus Oil

The powerful vapors of eucalyptus oil help to provide relief from spring allergies and wintertime sniffles. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhaling the steam can relieve minor sinus congestion. It will irritate your eyes so remember to close them or cover them while inhaling the vapors. Eucalyptus oil lozenges help to clear chest congestion and control coughs. This oil is often recommended to ease the severity of asthma attacks. However, asthma is a potentially fatal condition so it should not be used as a replacement for professional medical care.


Frankincense is a legendary oil that has been used for millennia. It was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, and according to legend was brought by the magi celebrate to Jesus’s birth. It is particularly useful for treating skin conditions like cysts, boils and insect bites. It is also an excellent disinfectant for cuts and scrapes. Frankincense can also be used to repel mosquitoes and flies by adding the oil to a diffuser in the home. When mixed with coconut oil and rubbed on the face daily, frankincense will help to prevent wrinkles and reduce the appearance of large pores.

Be sure to use common sense when using essential oils. Some oils can cause skin irritation, so before beginning use, you should do a patch test on the inside of your forearm. If there is no swelling or redness after 24 hours, the oil is probably safe for you to use. Be sure to always consult a physician before beginning any new herbal remedy to ensure it will not conflict with your other medications or any pre-existing condition.


By: Vincent Stokes