10 Essential Oils You Need in Your Medicine Cabinet

When using essential oils at home all you need is a basic kit for common ailments and first aid. These are the top 10 essential oils for the home medicine cabinet and are suitable for most common needs. This list includes just a few remedies, and treatments, for each medicinal oil to get you started. There are literally hundreds of ways to use these 10 essential oils straight from your medicine cabinet. Once you master the basics of essential oils, you will have an entire pharmacy at your disposal! Not just first aid, but lotions, shampoos, massage oils, compresses, and more, all made in seconds, for exactly what you need, wicked awesome!

Check out ‘9 ways to add aromatherapy to your day’ for helpful hints on how to use these essential oils every day! Learning the basics, and some advanced, aromatherapy allows you to take control of your health and your medicine cabinet. Natural, easy, tailored to your needs, once you start adding aromatherapy to your day, you will never look back!

Make sure to keep all essential oils in their original bottles. They will last a long time as long as you remember to screw the top on tightly or they will slowly evaporate. If you buy essential oils with an eyedropper attachment, or a rubber top, be sure to store them up right or the oil will we eat away at the rubber.

If you have never used essential oils before, no worries, just check out ‘10 things to know before using essential oils’ and make sure to consult your doctor before trying any new natural treatment or remedy.



Relaxing, antiseptic, therapeutic

Common uses: dry skin, cuts, wounds, burns, bruises, insomnia, stress, indigestion, headache

Lavender oil is great for burns and can be applied neat. Use sparingly.

Use neat (pure) Lavender oil on insect bites or stings to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Apply neat Lavender oil to blisters.

For mild shock, drop Lavender oil on a handkerchief and hold under the nose until help arrives.

After suffering a cut apply Lavender oil directly to the nostrils, or massage in a light carrier oil into the temples, to help relieve pain.

To help ease the symptoms, and spasms, and help encourage healing of food poisoning, rub diluted Lavender oil into the abdomen.


Calming, antiseptic, analgesic

Common uses: pain, indigestion, acne, eczema, sensitive skin, diaper rash, hay fever, toothache

Use a few drop of Roman Chamomile oil in half a cup water and, using a compress, cleanse blisters and the area around them.

Chamomile oil, sprayed into the air or rubbed into the temples, will help to calm and ease symptoms of food poisoning.

Tea tree

Antifungal, antiseptic

Common uses: dandruff, mouthwash, cuts, insect bites, thrush, colds, infection

Rub 1 drop of neat Tea Tree oil into an insect bite or sting.

Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to clean, warm water and use to clean a cut, or wound, and act as an antiseptic.

For food poisoning, to kill bacteria and help fight infection, add Tea Tree oil to a cool bath.


Refreshing, relaxing, antidepressant, astringent

Common Uses: PMS and menopause, anxiety, cuts, fungal infections, eczema, bruises

Add a few drops of Geranium oil in a cup of water, soak a compress and use to clean an insect bite and encourage it to heal.

Add Geranium oil to a bandage or wound dressing to encourage healing.

Dilute a few drops of Geranium oil in a liter of boiled water that has been cooled then pour over a burn or scald to encourage healing.


Antiviral, antiseptic, decongestant

Common uses: colds, aches and pains, chest infections

Prevent insect bites by diluting a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in half a cup of water, soak a compress and gently apply to exposed skin. Avoid the eyes and mouth.

For food poisoning, to kill bacteria and help fight infection, add Eucalyptus oil to a cool bath.


Soothing, antiseptic, antidepressant

Common uses: painful or irregular menstruation, menopause, insomnia, sensitive skin, sore throat, sinus congestion, depression

Massage Rose oil, in a light carrier oil, into the temples during times of grief.

Rose oil, in a light carrier oil, massaged into the lower back or abdomen can help with PMS or menstruation discomfort.


Stimulating, refreshing

Common uses: muscle fatigue, colds, poor circulation, aches and pains, mental fatigue.

For muscle fatigue, add a few drops of Rosemary oil to a warm compress an apply to the area.


Digestive, refreshing

Common uses: bad breath, muscle fatigue, toothache, bronchitis, indigestion, travel sickness, sinus congestion

For mild shock, drop Peppermint oil on a handkerchief and hold under the nose until help arrives.


Refreshing, antiseptic, stimulating

Common uses: cold sores, cuts, depression, acne, indigestion

For a hangover, add Lemon oil, along with Lavender oil, to a warm bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Clary Sage

Warming, soothing

Common uses: menstrual problems, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure

For a muscle relaxant, and to help ease aches and pains, add a few drops of Clary Sage to a warm compress and apply to the area.



**I am not a medical professional, at all, not even a little bit. I make and use homemade, natural healing remedies to help relieve stress, in basic first aid, as sleeping aids and as preventative treatments for me and my family. I have done lots, and lots, of research, I consult my doctors (traditional and non-traditional) before using any new remedy and listen to them! Please, always, consult a doctor before starting any new at home treatments!

Your turn! If there is anything you would like to share about any of these essential oil, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve got!

If you liked this post, or learned something new, please share it with your friends. Sharing this post will take just a few seconds and helps to grow this blog. Just click on one of the social sharing buttons on this page. Thanks!

More about Katelyn

Katelyn was inspired to create Dory Fitz when she realized she wanted to improve her life, and to help others improve their lives along the way. Taught by her grandmother that in all aspects of life, you need to embraced change, follow your passions, and live the life you want, no one will do it for you. Dory Fitz was created to help me, and you, do just that.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *