If you could only have ONE essential oil in your medicine cabinet, what would it be?

tawitt63 Posts: 7 ✭✭✭
edited November 2020 in Herbal Medicine-Making

I am new to embracing essential oils and passionate about learning how they can steer us away from man-made medicines. Have purchased a small starter kit and would love your input. Thank you!


  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lavender is one that I use quite a lot. I love the scent, and find it relaxing. It's also great for burns!

  • SherryA
    SherryA Posts: 314 ✭✭✭

    Wow, that's hard. I love citrus, especially sweet orange, because they're all so uplifting. And I've used frankincense quite a bit and wintergreen. But plain old peppermint has so many uses. And of course lavender is so lovely. I can't choose!

  • gennywu
    gennywu Posts: 96 ✭✭✭

    The choice is hard...nearly impossible...but I would go for peppermint. I use it for sore muscles, headaches, and for energy. I also use it for an upset stomach or to freshen the air. It is truly a jack of all trades.

  • tammyrichardsmt9
    tammyrichardsmt9 Posts: 109 ✭✭✭

    I second peppermint - it is so useful!

  • If only one oil for me it would be lavender. But if you are looking at a small "starter" kit of oils I would also add in peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus. None of those oils should be unduly expensive in comparison to other EOs (essential oils) of the same brand and volume.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,395 admin

    I do not use EOs much, but I do like the conifers. If I had to choose one it would either be balsam fir (aka Canada Balsam) or cedarwood (aka Atlas Cedar). Love them both and can't decide which, if only allowed one. Great for respiratory issues. They have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. And they can be used in blends for sore, overworked muscles, arthritis and rheumatism. Balsam fir is good in blends for deodorant creams. Cedarwood can be a good addition to skin creams for acne. And it is a good addition to bug repellents.

  • herbantherapy
    herbantherapy Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    Hmm. First choice would be lavender. Smells great antiseptic soothing to burns and senses tastes great usually holds smell for a long time. I use it in all my soaps and detergents, my hair products and vacuum. I grow it and make a lovely syrup which gets used in everything! I digress, that’s for actual lavender not just the EO.

    But then Tea Tree Oil is so great! Antifungal, antibacterial, kills fleas, kills lice, prevents dandruff, all the things!

  • Momma Mo
    Momma Mo Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    Top of the list would be lavender. It is generally very safe and works on so many things.

  • Leslie Carl
    Leslie Carl Posts: 255 ✭✭✭✭

    We have lots of biting bugs here, so I rub on tea tree oil diluted in coconut oil a lot. It keeps those little buggers at bay!

  • 7207chablis
    7207chablis Posts: 46 ✭✭✭

    Tea tree because it has a wide spectrum!

  • tawitt63
    tawitt63 Posts: 7 ✭✭✭

    Thank you to everyone for your input. Wonderful ideas!

  • SuperC
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  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,481 admin

    Frankincense without a doubt. Very versatile, ingest, topical or diffuse. Brain, heart and skin health and cancer fighting to boot!

  • chimboodle04
    chimboodle04 Posts: 286 ✭✭✭

    I am another vote for lavender - I find myself reaching for it more than others!