Last week, I had the privilege of attending an essential oils summit. It was such an enlightening experience. I use essential oils all of the time, but I learned so many new uses and benefits to using even the oils I use regularly.

I took notes on most of the talks that I was able to listen to. Here, I have compiled the info that I learned so that maybe it could benefit you also.



There are several oils that can be used for cleaning. Lemon, lime, orange, peppermint, melaleuca (tea tree oil), lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, and cinnamon. All of these have antibacterial or antiseptic properties. Use whichever of them you have on hand, or a combination. Make sure that you choose one that you like the smell of.

Take a quart-sized bottle and add about 20-40 drops of essential oils. Fill the rest with water, or with half vinegar/half water. Be sure to only combine 3 to 4 oils for the best outcome. For more specific recipes, and recipes for cleaning certain areas, visit Jill at The Prairie Homestead. She uses oils exclusively for cleaning and she has a lot of useful tips. She also has a list of 30 essential oil hacks to use around your home. One of these is a bug repellent that uses oils like melaleuca (tea tree oil), thyme, peppermint, rosemary, and/or basil.

For hand sanitizer you can use witch hazel or aloe vera gel with essential oils. The ones mentioned above work well for this.


A good blend that promotes immunity is lemon, orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove, and cinnamon. Mix in diffuser and diffuse as you spend time at home. This is also good to diffuse in your office or classroom to promote health.

Joette Calabrese shared her home remedy for ear infections. She boils a pot of bones on the stove to create a broth for drinking. Then she mixes a tsp. of coconut oil, 2 drops of thyme, and 2 drops of lavender. Apply this mixture to the outside of the ear, behind the ear, and to the lymph nodes.

Joette agrees with me about fever. I believe in letting a fever do its job. God created this in the body on purpose. It is a defense mechanism for fighting off bacteria. We need to allow that to happen, unless the fever gets dangerously high. Her advice for handling a fever is to add 1 – 2 drops of lemon essential oil to some raw honey and eat it. Once again, make sure this is therapeutic grade essential oil. She advises that kids with fever don’t feel like eating, so don’t expect that. Just continue giving them broth and water with lemon oil.

For tummy issues, she recommends ginger, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, or melaleuca (tea tree oil).

For teething infants, Joette uses 1 to 2 drops of Roman chamomile in coconut oil. Mix and massage on outside of cheek. For older kids, clove oil can be used instead of the chamomile.

If you are experiencing menstrual cramps, try clary sage oil or geranium oil. Rub the oil on your tummy or diffuse.

For an itchy rash, rub on some lavender, lemon, or peppermint. Be sure to dilute in a carrier oil before rubbing on your skin.

Joette has so much other advice in the area of homeopathy. Her website it full of information and she sells books on homeopathy and also offers courses through her site.


Gaba and tryptophan are great amino acids that help your body handle stress.

Aromatherapy can change the body’s psychophysiological response to stress. Diffuse lavender, ylang ylang, and bergamot.

Another good combination for anxiety is 6 drops lavender, 2 drops Roman chamomile, and 1/2 drop of neroli. This mixture can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality when diffused.


To enhance attention through inhalation, use Taiwan cypress, eucalyptus globulus, and peppermint.

For anxiety about school or schoolwork, diffuse some lavender, orange, bergamot, and rosemary during homework time. This mix is also good for congestion.

Mood Management & Stress

Using myrrh will help you connect to others.

If you are feeling anxious or worried, use florals, like lavender, jasmine, and rose.

If you are grieving or feeling ashamed, use tree oils, like sandalwood, frankincense, or arbor vitae.

For days when you feel somber, bored, or disinterested, reach for lemongrass, cinnamon, or clove.

And for times when you are experiencing a mental fog or lack of focus, grab the peppermint, jasmine, citrus oils, rose, or frankincense.

When you need grounding, use low tones – tree oils or root oils.

Citrus oils help bind toxins in your body and pull them out and raise mood.

For emotional head tension, put a drop of frankincense on your heart and under your tongue. Make sure you are using therapeutic grade oils any time you are ingesting an oil. Other applications for emotional issues are on the spine and adrenal glands.

For emotional stomach issues, use fennel, ginger, peppermint, or cardamom. Cardamom is also good for lung issues.

For seasonal stress (when you have to be around people that drain you), use melaleuca (tea tree oil), rosemary, thyme, or oregano.


I found this information so helpful. It is good to have the knowledge, even though I hope I won’t need most of it. I hope you find it helpful also. What do you use oils for? Which oils are your favorite?