Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?

I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.

We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.

As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.

Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.

And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you are currently taking. 

Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.


Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…




Often called sweet orange oil, this popular flavoring oil comes from trees native to China and now found in abundance in warmer climates of the United States.

The oil is obtained either through cold-pressing of the fruit’s rind or through steam distillation of the whole ripe fruit.



  • Digestive Issues
  • Fluid Retention
  • Immunosuppression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress Tension



  1. In a vaporizer or diffuser
  2. In a cream blend or lotion blend
  3. In a massage oil blend
  4. In a bath


  • Allspice
  • Bay
  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Caraway
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Dill
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Neroli
  • Nutmeg
  • Rose Geranium
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver



AVOID EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT FOR 12 HOURS AFTER USE- Orange oil obtained through cold-pressing is a photosensitizing oil, so don’t use it if you expect to be out in the sun within 12 hours of application, and never add orange oil to tanning or sunscreen blend.


USE WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF PURCHASE DATE- Oils obtained by cold-pressing don’t last long, so they need to be used within 6 months.


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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press

ISBN #9780989558693

Information pulled January 28, 2020

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