4 Essential Uses for Essential Oils

4 Essential Uses for Essential Oils

Posted · 100 Comments

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Thursday Plantation

I grew up the child of a long-haired hippie in the bush in South Gippsland, Victoria. A waft of patchouli told me my mother had passed, the smell of cloves always meant a tooth-ache was being soothed, dried lavender was stuffed into stockings and placed in our underwear and sock draws to keep them smelling lovely.

A walk through the natives in the back paddock with our arms open wide to skim the sapling branches would involve pinching tea-tree and young eucalypt leaves with our little fingers to release the natural oils so we could inhale the strong, sweet aroma.

Even as a young child Mother Nature played a role in healing and grounding my siblings and I. Anger was washed away by a crazy-fast run through the gums, or a bareback horse ride across the paddock and through the tea-tree down near the gully, and tears were washed away by cuddling the guinea pigs in the little cave the old scraggly lavender bush made in the herb garden.

As a teenager, embarrassing red spots around our faces were dabbed at night with tea-tree oil, (and a prayer), at 15, rosehip oil was patted along our cheekbones as we saw our Nanna, Dulcie do, to help ward off wrinkles that wouldn’t even have arrived as I write this now in my mid-thirties.

It’s fair to say that solutions, preventions and soothing routines were all approached from natures bounty as a child and this still applies now I have children of my own and live in the city.

There hasn’t been a day in my own adulthood that a make-up bag, bathroom cupboard, medicine cabinet or pantry hasn’t stocked a pure essential oil.

There are three ‘must-haves’ I use every single week in our home. 

4 Essential Uses For Essential Oils.

4 Essential Uses For Essential Oils. Pin me!

4 essential uses for essential oils. Lavender for calming. Pin me!

4 essential uses for essential oils. Lavender for calming. Pin me!

1. Lavender for calming

Lavender is traditionally used in aromatherapy to relieve nervous tension and sleeplessness and can be particularly useful at time of heightened stress to balance emotions.
It provides temporarily relief to headaches and helps to relieve symptoms of eczema. Lavender can provide relief to tick, wasp and insect bites

Lavender oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It also has antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying effects.

Lavender is my favourite calming oil for our family. I dab it on the girl’s pillows if they’ve had a big day or are feeling a little ratty before bed and it acts as a natural sedative. I also use lavender in the diffuser in our loungeroom after dinner while the husband and I wind down in the evening so we are already in a relaxed state when we head off to bed.

4 essential uses for essential oils. Eucalyptus for cleaning and the relieving of cold and flu symptoms.

4 essential uses for essential oils. Eucalyptus for cleaning and the relieving of cold and flu symptoms. Pin me!

2. Eucalyptus for cleaning

The aroma of eucalyptus is most commonly known for it’s support of the respiratory system and any issues involving it, as well as many skin related concerns however most don’t know that it’s an excellent household cleaner that leaves a beautiful smell in the air.

Many seemingly ‘natural’ household cleaners such as sprays and powders leave nasty chemicals in the air or on surfaces that our children or we touch, whereas eucalyptus oil is 100% natural. I mix eucalyptus oil with water and peppermint oil for a seriously powerful and beautifully fresh household cleaner for all surfaces, including in the bathroom.

4 essential uses for essential oils. Tea-tree for Boo Boo's. Pin me!

4 essential uses for essential oils. Tea-tree for Boo Boo’s. Pin me!

3. Tea Tree to treat Boo Boo’s.

Australia’s natural antiseptic 100% natural tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic which inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi and cleanses and protects skin abrasions.
I dab diluted tee tree on the girl’s many (many) boo boo’s as it relieves minor cuts, burns, abrasions, bites and stings. Which one or both of them have pretty much 100% of the time.

4 essential uses for essential oils. Tea-tree to keep the bugs away. Pin me!

4 essential uses for essential oils. Tea-tree to keep the bugs away. Pin me!

4. Tea Tree to keep the bugs away

Living in coastal Australia, the native mosquito, or ‘mozzie’ can be the most annoying and aggravating pest when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. Children don’t seem to notice them and can wake up covered in bites, which happened to mine once. Since then, on a humid night, I’ll dab some diluted tea tree on each little limb so that when they’re flung widely outside the sheets, the biting bugs don’t dare come near.

These are all simple and inexpensive ways to use our beautiful natural essential oils in the home, though each of these essential oils can all be used in tens of other beneficial ways.

In my early twenties, I chased the sun from VIC to Northern NSW for a year and lived about 2kms from Thursday Plantations head-office and tea-tree farm.

Last year, Thursday Plantation ran a competition for users of their 100% essential oils to submit their own tips on how to use which runs to over 100 today.

100% natural and pure essential oils can take the place of tens of chemical filled, carcinogenic and damaging household products and personal products today. What I love about these the most is that it’s not just the physical benefits that we reap from them, but the emotional benefits too.

Also, I’m still dabbing that rosehip on my cheekbones at night. Just like my Nanna Dulcie used to.

Thursday Planation are offering you the chance to win an incredible prize-pack valued at $180. (perfect for Mother’s Day!)

This beautiful prize pack includes: Oil cleanser, Brightening oil, Rosehip oil restorative, Clarifying oil, Jojoba oil, Face moisturiser, Nurture oil, Macadamia oil, Almond oil, and Firming oil.

All you have to do is let me know ‘what your favourite essential oil is and why’ in the comments section below. 

What is your favourite essential oil and why?

Competition T’s and C’s can be found here.


4 Essential Uses for Essential Oils was last modified: April 30th, 2016 by Alice Nicholls
  • Courtney Dow

    My favourite essential oil is ylang ylang ♡ it is soft and sweet and I love how the gentle aroma calms and balances. It’s also beautiful on your skin and always reminds me of Bali.

  • Yoga Sidsel

    I’m such an oil-fiend!!! during pregnancy, a drop of geranium and lavender mixed with bodylotion has kept the stretch marks away.

  • I love essential oils and always love diffusing peppermint and orange essential oils to help me get through my work every day.

  • Emma Newby

    Love this Alice,
    I am just starting to develop my love of essential oils. There are a few favourite blends of mine but my favourite single oil is Bergamot, it smells divine and is also perfect for those nights I just can’t get to sleep, my anxiety is up and my mind is in overdrive!
    It’s also in a few of my favourite skin care products, I just love it. x

  • Yummy Inspirations

    I’m a big fan of Tea Tree Oil.

  • Caryn

    My favorite essential oil is Frankincense for its incredible ability to calm my anxiety and to make my skin look young and beautiful xxxx

  • It is such a beautiful oil isn’t it? And reminds me of holidays.

  • So versatile! Agreed. 🙂

  • I had a rabbit called Bergamot. He was fluffy and white and I loved him dearly. (You needed to know that didn’t you?). It’s definitely a beautiful oil. Thanks Emma.

  • Oh yes! Sharp and bright. Agreed. We use both to put into raw slices in the kitchen too. Thanks Ness.

  • Oh heck yes! Lady you’re a woman after my own heart. Sounds amazing.

  • It’s one of my favourites too. It’s so powerfully ‘woman’, ylang ylang. I sometimes put it on the girls clothes hoping that it will subliminally make them feel super powerful. Thanks Courtney.

  • Jo

    My absolute favourite oil is frankincense. It feels like coming home for me, so grounding and earthy.

  • So beautiful and seems to be a crowd favourite!

  • It’s not boring. It’s beautiful. I went to bed last night with a ‘hanky’ in my singlet covered in Lavender.

  • Haven’t heard the words Clary sage in a while! Brings back memories. 🙂 I need some for my exams then too it seems.

  • Brenda Janschek

    I don’t use too many actually, but there’s always tea tree in the drawer. Just so versatile I guess! And it doesn’t trigger my allergies like some other oils do, love the smell : )

  • Amy/The Holistic Ingredient

    My essential oil collection is one of the proudest little spots in my home, I love it! Oregano is one of my very favourites, for it’s anti viral/anti bacterial qualities (yet not for it’s mouth/lip burning properties..insert ‘on fire’ emoji). I’m also a very big fan of ‘Franc’ b/c there is very little ‘he’ can’t do!

  • Jules Galloway

    Oh, it HAS to be tea tree! So many amazing uses – it has replaces the need for antiseptics, mozzie bite treatments, and pimple creams. I always pack it in my first aid kit for travelling. I’m a little bit biased though, because I live near Byron Bay, where tea trees grow in abundance, near the home of Thursday Plantation itself!

  • I love the Thursday Plantation range – it would have to be tea tree; I have a 101 uses for it. We use it to fro scrapes and scratches, antiseptic, air freshener, cleanser. Its the best.

  • Willow

    I use Ylang ylang and Rose in the bath at night when I need to remind myself of my feminine strength!

  • Deb

    Sweet orange oil – it’s such a happy, uplifting scent!

  • littleangel

    Lavender is my favourite – great from everything from getting my children to sleep, putting in the washing and for the antiseptic qualities for any injuries!

  • Peppermint – I use it on cold sores when the come up, but I also love a few drops in my burner while I am working to keep my alert and feeling fresh 🙂

  • Lisa Bright

    Love this information. I’m a big fan of lemon. Love using it diluted to wipe down the kitchen. It leaves everything so fresh and clean smelling

  • Sarah

    I love to use a couple of drops of pure peppermint oil in my water bottle on night shift as a paramedic to stay awake and alert instead of relying on the awful energy drinks and coffee’s that the others at work depend on. I don’t fill up on caffeine and then get home unable to sleep and Im not consuming a bunch of unnecessary sugar and chemicals

  • Danielle Lisa

    I love all of these but especially lavender for headaches rubbed on my temples and in the oil burner for stress and insomnia

  • sara

    Orange oil. So beautiful and uplifting. Whether in my bath or my hot Cacoa is makes me buzz a little on the inside. Instant mood lifter. I love to dilute with coconut oil and rub on my beautifuls little girls when they need some TLC

  • Holly Simpson

    Now here’s a topic very close to my heart!! I do love lavender, it was the first essence I bought, a gorgeous Mont Blanc from Tasmania, gosh probably 20 years ago. But my schnoz has moved on since then, as my cupboard has filled with essential oils, absolutes, CO2s etc from all over the world, which makes me very happy (before my kiddo I was an avid but novis natural perfumery fiend ;P). My favourite is probably Ho Wood. I used to diffuse it with Red Mandarin and the house would smell divine, always left me feeling light of heart. Great topic Alice!

  • Lou MacLachlan

    I’ve just started using frankincense – I rub 1 drop into back of neck/scull area when I first get up… My yoga teacher recommended this to create a calmness & clarity for the day 🙂

  • Lisa Van Der Draay

    I love a mixture of patchouli, orange and lavender it is so soothing and really helped when I had bad anxiety. I put a few drops in my oil burner and the lovely aroma would fill the room and it was instantly relaxing. I still use it and other essential oils but this is a favourite mix 🙂

  • Michelle Barnes

    I love lavendar. I love the way it calms me and also have used it diluted for my daughters hives, plus, it smells so nice!

  • Phoebe

    Tea Tree oil was always my go to essential oil. That was the one thing I remember in our medicine cabinet growing up. Whether you had a insect bite, pimple, cut, ulcer – it was always the one thing we used. Plus we grew up near the Thursday Plantation also which might be why I have such a love for Tea Tree oil.

  • Hayley

    In EVERY cupboard in our house there’s essential oils waiting to be dabbed or sprinkled on something (or someone). Without fail, we travel with Tea Tree – it’s nature’s antiseptic and hotel ‘smell betterer’ ‘reminder of home’ scent. I’ve been using spearmint, clove and tea tree in a bottle with bi-carb soda for an Aesop-style mouthwash and we use white vinegar and eucalyptus oil mixed with water in a spray bottle as a household cleaner and disinfectant. For the Mum nostalgia, always the patchouli… 🙂

  • Claire Bernard

    I love using tea tree oil mixed with some wild citrus essential oil (+ vinegar, filtered water, bi-carb soda) for my kitchen spray. It smells divine and best of all I have no guilt washing down the high chair, benches and table using it. I’m also trying some frankincense at the moment as a friend suggested it as a natural method of managing some arthritis. It’s pricey but totally worth it. So far, so good!

  • Hayley Jade Gledhill

    Hi Alice,
    I’ve recently moved to Melbourne from England and simply love it here! So many healthy wholefood places (I’m also blessed to have a local organic store at the end of my road!) I love Lavender Oil – it aids with restful sleep, I also suffered with a lot of eczema as a child and only wish i’d known of lavender back then! Thankfully, I am now eczema free! Lastly, the soothing scent of Lavender never fails to calm the soul. Ahhh heaven xx

  • Liv

    Eucalyptus. Mum would always put it on our hankies when we had a blocked noses as kids.

  • Nicolle Reeves

    Where do I start?! I love them all! And I use them in my home for all the reasons you mentioned above. I would really love to see harmful chemicals replaced by the use of essential oils. I don’t think a lot of people realise how much they mess with our bodies, not to mention the environment. I’m a cleaner and a massage therapist. When i was cleaning with chemicals I felt horrible. Sluggish and my skin was dry. Later I found out that there are chemicals that mimic estrogens in the body that block receptor sites and cause these kinds of problems. I switched to using essential oils and felt much better. I use a mix of tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender to clean surfaces and clove oil in bathrooms. As a massage therapist, I dilute some eucalyptus into my oil as it helps to warm the skin and muscles. It’s also a ‘clean’ smell so my clients can feel they’re in a clean and safe environment. I also make my own ‘perfume’ with essential oils. I love Rosemary, lavender and geranium blended in apricot kernel oil. Devine. It smells great and I also benefit from the therapeutic properties every day! Need I say more? Yes. Thanks for the opportunity Alice, I love your work xxx

  • Nicolle Reeves

    Rosemary is a great choice for study. It stimulates the release of serotonin in the body which acts as a great memory aid. I used it my exams in high school 🙂

  • Nicolle Reeves

    I love essential oils for all the reasons you listed above. I use them throughout my home in diffusers, cleaning products and beauty products much the same as you and everyone else leaving comments here. My favourite essential oil would be eucalyptus. As a cleaner I use it to sanitise everything. I’m also a massage therapist so I use some in my oil to help warm the skin and muscles. It’s great because both my clients and I gain benefits from the therapeutic properties and the ‘clean’ aroma. Need I say more? Yes. Thank you Alice for the opportunity, I love your work! X

  • leoni

    my favourite oil has to be bergamot, i feel just after one small sniff of bergamot i have a sense of clarity, like a weighted cloud is being lifted from my head. the air feels clear, and energy cleaner and lighter 🙂

  • Amy Kaciuba

    Tea tree oil is my current favourite – it is so versatile around the home! I use it in a spray form as a deodoriser (smelly shoes begone!) and antiseptic (perfect as a natural disinfectant used on my dry body brush in between uses). It’s also great for the uses mentioned above. Love it 🙂

  • Kylee Snyder

    My most frequently used oil is Eucalyptus since I suffer from allergies and it always helps me breathe with a congestion nose! I’m going to have to start trying the Rosehip oil, however. Thanks for the tip!

  • I can do THAT. 🙂

  • So simple and effective. Thanks so much for your comment Lisa.

  • I’ve got Eucalyptus in the diffuser right now! I always put it in when I’m cleaning. It helps me physically and psychologically I think. That and the music by Paul Kelly and the coloured girls.

  • So so versatile. I agree. Thanks so much for your comment Amy!

  • Bergamot. Such a beautiful oil. Great choice Leoni.

  • Oh wow. Cleaning and massage. Isn’t it amazing how versatile they are? Thanks for both of your wonderful comments Nicolle.

  • You rock Nicolle. X

  • YES. Now I dilute some into coconut oil to use like a home-made ‘Vicks’ on my babes (and sneak it on myself too, just for the memories!). Thanks Liv.

  • Lavender is such a beautiful smell. I put some grapefruit on my daughters during the day for an ‘up’ and lavender at night for a ‘down’. Love it. Thanks Hayley.

  • That sounds amazing. I will try Frankincense for my Mamma actually. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  • Hippie throw-back! Loving the sound of that mouthwash too. Thanks for commenting Hayley. 🙂

  • Isn’t it amazing. Topical antiseptic and cure-all. You grew up in a bloody awesome spot too then! 🙂 Thanks for commenting Phoebe.

  • Thanks so much Michelle. One of my all time favourites is Lavender too!

  • Patchouli is so beautifully feminine. Sounds lovely. Thanks Lisa!

  • Isn’t it wonderful how essential oil fragrances remind us of those we love who have used them? I love that! Nan’s are the best (snuggly and cuddly). Thanks Bec. 🙂

  • Seems to be a winner. Sounds amazing.

  • Thanks for this wonderful comment Holly. There is so much goodness out there in the essential oil world and it sounds like you have the info covered. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  • So amazing you can use essential oils as a cleaner, air fragrance, and then on your body and eat them too. Incredible stuff it is. I agree, citrus scents are so wonderful!

  • Simple and the best. Truly.

  • Great post Alice. I love a combination of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree, especially at this time of year – at the first signs of the sniffles in myself of my kids I pop this in the diffuser in their bedroom at night, close the door and they always wake up brand new. I swear by it, such a simple way to clear congestion G x

  • Wow. That’s an excellent reason. And thank-you for all of the work that you do as a paramedic Sarah. I must remember this tip for others I speak with about fatigue. Have a great day.

  • Citrus is wonderful. I agree! Have a great weekend and thanks for your comment. Alice.

  • So fresh and clean smelling isn’t it? Thanks Sonya.

  • Reminds me of wonderful people does the smell of lavender. It’s so lovely. Thanks Beautiful.

  • Agreed! Thanks Deb.

  • I just KNOW that would be such an epic combination. I would consider using that combo as a perfume actually. Sounds great Willow. Thanks.

  • YES. Fiona you and Thursday Plantation sound like a match made in heaven. 🙂 Us Mum’s know ALL the tricks when it comes to the Tea-Tree and Eucalyptus. Have a great weekend honey.

  • You are in such a wonderful spot Jules. Yes, the area is definitely synonymous with natural, essential remedies. And there are so many first-aid uses with a little bottle of the stuff. Thanks for commenting.

  • Mum’s and their Tea-Tree! We have that covered don’t we? Thanks Brenda!

  • I’be been wanting to get Oregano actually to try some oil pulling with it. You’ve reminded me. And after reading so much about it in this thread I HAVE to go and get some ‘Franc’ for my Mamma and I. Thanks for your comment Amy.

  • It’s a stand-out theme that us Mum’s know what we’re doing with these three oils. Master’s of their multiple uses. (and because we rock!). I love your idea about the diffuser in the bedroom for the babes. Thanks for your comment Georgia. Have a great weekend.

  • Liv

    Home-made ‘Vicks’, great idea!

  • The merrymaker sisters

    Tea tree is THE BEST ever! 🙂

  • Hayley

    And of course, rose-hip on everything wrinkly-scarry or potentially wrinkly-scarry 🙂

  • Amy/The Holistic Ingredient

    Oil pulling with oregano, that to me would be very brave…! It is POTENT Alice! Worse than chili. It’d need to be very diluted that’s for sure! If I was to purchase one oil it would be Franc, it’s so versatile. Expensive, but versatile.

  • I looove essential oils! My favourite is lavender because I can be totally stressed out and overwhelmed then be sedated in one sniff. What a mystical, magic potion!

  • Sarah

    It’s great for any shift worker – so many nurses and doctors and tradies should know about it! Ps not sure if you remember me – we emailed about IIN earlier this year and I ended up enrolling, just finished module 6 🙂 love it

  • Hayley Jade Gledhill

    What a lovely idea! I must invest in an ‘up’ oil too 🙂 thank you for taking the time to respond xx

  • Bec Cook

    I’m totally into Rosehip Oil, it’s great as a facial moisturiser. I have hyper pigmentation on my face and after spending hundreds on condition specific lotions and potions, I discovered Rosehip oil works better than any other product. Love it !!

  • Joanna Roy

    Rosehip oil, its the basis of my skin care routine, its beautiful and to think of the money i used to spend on face creams..yikes!!

  • Micaela

    I’ve been researching oils to benefit the upcoming labour if my first child and am excited to give Clary Sage a try! I’ll take all the help I can get 😉

  • I know right? For everything! 🙂

  • Rowena Davis

    I love peppermint oil. A refreshing drop in my water bottle or add to my choc mint bites.

  • It’s awesome! I still use it on my cheekbones. 🙂 Thanks Joanna.

  • One of those classics! Thanks Bec.

  • So simple and so beautiful! I agree Anna. Thanks for your comment darling.

  • Claudette Edwards

    Eucalyptus oil is my favourite as we have a wood fire sauna. I put eucalyptus oil in the pail of water we use to spoon over the hot coals and the intense aroma fills the sauna and clears the sinuses. The whole house gets a lovely fresh woody eucalyptus fragrance for days after a hot sauna.

  • Samantha Cheng

    I love good old lavender. I mix it in a spray bottle with a little water and spray it on the kids beds at bed time. They love it.

  • Rachel

    LEMONGRASS! Mmmm delicious! I burn it mostly when I am working on the computer…it helps me stay focussed and motivated but has a lovely warming, reassuring effect too… It feels like drinking a nourishing bowl of soup!

  • Rosanne

    My four “essential”, essential oils that are with me wherever i go are lavender for calming,peppermint for travel sickness/nauesa, tea tree as an antiseptic and rosehip for my skin care routine. That’s it in a nutshell! 🙂

  • Geneva

    Essential oils play a major role in my day to day life. The ones you list above are my go-to oils for sure, but one oil in particular has a special place in my heart. Clary Sage. I was introduced to Clary Sage during my Hynobirthing courses as an oil that can help bring on labour in late stage pregnancy. In my last week of pregnancy I dabbed Clary Sage onto organic linen and kept it in my pocket, smelling it throughout the day. I had my husband rub small amounts on my feet and belly. I now have a beautiful, perfect 5-month old daughter and guess what another benefit of Clary Sage is….a libido booster! So while it helped bring my first born into the world, it may help make my second 🙂

  • Melissa

    What a beautiful article, I enjoyed reading it. 🙂 Peppermint oil is my all time fav. I carry it with me for those unexpected moments of anxiety or panic. The strong scent throws me right off of whatever negative train of thought I am on and brings me back to peace. Peppermint is also my go-to for cooling down…I’ll drop some on a cold wet towel and put on my forehead/neck. Sometimes I dab some on my temples or even my tired feet to treat myself to self-massage.

  • Tulip

    Mmmmm ….love LaVeNdEr.. and then I remember what a granny smell it ‘looks’ like but smells totally different. It makes my heart sing and gets me up and jumping. Oldie but a goodie.
    I didn’t know about the mozzies and tea tree.. much better than falling asleep drizzled in Aeroguard. Thanks the Whole Daily!

  • MissMazy

    Peppermint. There’s nothing better. It’s my go-to for everything, lethargy, illness, a relaxing bath (combined with coconut oil), head aches, stomach upset. ♡

  • Debby van Elburg

    Where to start. It must be Tea tree oil. Always in my bag. Antiseptic, lovely smell, relaxing uplifting, gets rid of cold sore as soon as it starts. Just love it.

  • I love this so much Geneva. Can you please send me your email address darling to alice@thewholedaily.com. 🙂 XX

  • SkySmith

    Essential oils offer many advantages such as they offer antiseptic properties and aids in relieving stress. Thanks, I just got the idea of buying an essential oil diffuser for a friend.

How to Purchase doTERRA Oils

doTERRA BizCamp

Textbox Section
How To Purchase Your doTERRA Oils