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12 Essential Oils Every Mom Needs to Have

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If you’ve made the decision to treat as many health issues as possible naturally, then it’s time to start adding essential oils to your medicine cabinet. These oils contain therapeutic properties believed to provide many health benefits without the nasty side effects that often accompany prescription and over-the-counter drugs. They’re great for taking care of a variety of the problems that moms face on a daily basis.

Essential Oils Every Mom Needs to Have

The first thing you’ll want to do is build up your supply of essential oils so you always have what you need when you need it. Most of these oils have a long shelf life, provided you store them in a dark colored bottle out of direct sunlight so there is no reason not to stock up. While there are many oils available with the potential to help make motherhood a little less stressful, there are a few that you just don’t want to do without.

Here are 12 of the main essential oils that need to be in a mom’s medicine cabinet:

  • Lavender – This is one of the most popular oils available today and it has many different uses. However, it’s well known for its calm and soothing qualities that can ease feelings of tension and help you rest more peacefully throughout the night. It helps children with concentration and can help with seasonal allergies.
  • Peppermint –  Peppermint many uses, which includes promoting good digestion, freshens breath and relieves tension when diffused before study time. It also helps to support respiratory function and makes breathing easier.
  • Eucalyptus – As a mother, you’ll want to keep this essential oil in your medicine cabinet. Mix with a carrier oil and apply to the chest area for a refreshing vapor rub that promotes feelings of clear, open airways so you can breathe easier.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca – No medicine cabinet should be without tea tree oil. It’s one of the best options for treating minor cuts, scrapes, burns and other abrasions due to its antiviral and antiseptic properties. Use it in a diffuser to help clean and purify the air to make breathing easier and to prevent the spread of germs during cold and flu season.
  • Frankincense – This oil has soothing properties. When applied to the bottom of the feet it helps balance mood and promotes relaxation making it a great oil to use on those long, stressful days. It may also help support a healthy immune and digestive system, so it’s a good oil to keep close at hand.
  • Oregano – Oregano essential oil is a powerful antioxidant and supports a healthy immune. Besides adding it to your spaghetti sauce, it is actually great for fungal infections. (Not a pretty combination I know!)
  • Lemongrass – Kids love to play outside but that also means they usually end up with all kinds of bug bites. Lemongrass acts as a natural insect repellant. Simply spray or mix with a carrier oil and rub on the skin prior to going outside to help prevent bites.
  • Basil – Basil helps to support a healthy immune system and blood flow in addition to having cleansing properties making it a great oil to keep in your medicine cabinet. It is also great for gas.
  • Cedarwood – Use cedarwood to calm a frightened child woken by a bad dream in the middle of the night or to help you unwind before going to bed. It’s also natural insect repellant and it may promote healthy skin when applied topically.
  • Fennel – Many women use fennel to treat symptoms associated with their menstrual cycles such as cramps and mood swings. It may also help promote healthy lungs, respiratory function, and digestion while calming the nervous system and supporting a healthy immune system.
  • Black Pepper – This oil has antioxidants that are good for the body. It’s believed to promote circulation, aid digestion and supports healthy respiratory and lung function. Its vitalizing aroma can soothe anxiety and calm the nervous system.
  • Vetiver – Is great for children with ADHD or any child needing help concentrating. This is a must for our homeschooling family. As well it helps everyone with its calming effect after a long busy day.

Essential oils have many uses and the ones above can help moms take great care of themselves and their children. However, it is very important that you only buy essential oils from distributors you can trust to provide pure, high-quality oils, like doTERRA. Anything else could contain additives that may be harmful to your family or they may not provide the full benefits that pure essential oils provide.

When you’re ready to take a holistic approach to life in general, essential oils have a lot to offer. Use them to treat a variety of health issues and to reduce the risks of spreading germs and viruses that can make you sick during cold and flu seasons. Now is a great time to get started stocking that medicine cabinet.

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16 Comments

  1. Mona Ismaeil on September 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I use Lavender on my son and daughter’s pillow. So nice. Also, who can resist Eucalyptus when you are sick!! Thanks for sharing all of these!!

    • Karrie on September 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      You are welcome. Glad you are using oils and can try some more! 🙂

  2. Fozia S on September 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing…didn’t realise how useful oils can be…don’t have any of these so might just have to start getting them!

    • Karrie on September 20, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      And such a great alternative to the pills doctors want to prescribe. I always think of what did we do before modern medicine? We used barks, trees, plants, etc. which is where all these things come from. If you need help deciding which ones you want to try, let me know. doTERRA has a family pack which has the top 10 popularly used oils. It’s a great start to trying oils with your family. The kids love them too. My daughter and I are constantly trying new blends. 🙂

  3. Lubna Karim on September 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    They are some new names in this….we in South India use Almond oil for dryness during winters….would love to include some in my routine….thank you for sharing wonderful tips and uses of oils…

    • Karrie on September 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Your welcome. Also, I think coconut oil is used lots too in SE Asia. They both smell so good and are good for you. 🙂

  4. Nasra on September 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Wow thank you for this post, I knew of a few oils you have listed, But now I have learnt more, and I excited to try some of them

    • karrie on September 22, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Nasra, there are so many to try! I am slowly growing my oil collection. I buy a couple a month depending on my need. I like to diffuse a lot so I buy different oils for that or depending on what I am working on with my body or the family, I look in my reference guide for oil blends to try. If you are interested in getting started, you can visit https://oils.karriemarie.com/. Thank you!

  5. Amina on September 21, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I’m all for handling minor health issues the Natural way. I can’t stand medications. You’ve mentioned some of my favourites – lavender, tea tree oil, peppermint – but would love to experiment with diffusing the peppermint before study time.

    I also take a lot of them as tea also.

    • karrie on September 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Yes, internally is another way to use essential oils, but you need to make sure they are pure essential oils. A lot of oils are not pure and should not be taken internally. You can make diffuser blends too. Try Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint for study time. 🙂 You can also check out my Pinterest board for a ton of them. I like experimenting. 🙂 https://www.pinterest.com/karriemarieva/essential-oil-diffuser-blends/

  6. jaz on September 21, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    thank you for an informative post, i have been considering using the essential oils. but i didn’t know they have so many benefits.

    • karrie on September 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Yes they have so many benefits and are all natural so nasty side effects like medication! I also like to diffuse them and my all time favorite is adding them into my water. It helps me drink more water in the day now that I like the flavor and we all know how good water is for us. I use lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, or lime, depending on my mood. 😉 If you are interested in getting started, you can visit https://oils.karriemarie.com/. Thank you!

  7. Faiza on October 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Hi karrie! I m loving it that u hav taken the time out 2 reply to every comment! So pls dont leav me out! What i want to kno is….. How do people like me who come from india n liv in saudi arabia can hav easy access to essential oils? N also, that they shud b affordable to all…if not, then is it possible to easily n cheaply make essential oils at home?
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    • karrie on October 25, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Hi Faiza,
      as far as I know, you can order essential oils from me. 🙂 When ordering from my shop it asks you which country you are from and will pull from the nearest warehouse to you as far as I am told. I can’t tell you how to make them cheaply at home since that is beyond my expertise. I know from talking with some ladies that there are certain oils available in Saudi, India, and Pakistan. My advice is to buy from trusted sources, buy organic, and I don’t know that I would take them internally. doTerra’s I trust the sourcing. Anything else, I would be wary. Even topically, I don’t know how strong they are so I would start with an oil very diluted to test if there is any reaction first. If you have any other questions, let me know. 🙂

  8. Heather on October 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Great article Karrie! I love oils and love being able to use them to treat many of our common ailments. Do you use basil topically or diffuse or both?

    • karrie on October 28, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you, Heather. I am glad you found it helpful. Basil can be applied topically, diffused, or doTERRA’s can also be taken internally. You can cook with it by adding it to your marinara sauce or any recipe you would use basil. 🙂 Basil is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be taken internally to help with nausea, cramping, and muscle spasms. It is also found in doTERRA’s tension blend and also massage blend. 🙂

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