Essential Oil Use Chart

An essential oil use chart is an excellent way to become familiar with the wide variety of therapeutic essential oils and their uses.  

Looking to an essential oil use chart also helps when it comes to deciding which essential oils to apply to support your body when faced with a given health concern.

I've put together the use chart below for your convenience.  There is much more to be said about essential oils and their uses, but this brings some of the most basic essential oils applications together in one place.

IMPORTANT.  The essential oils mentioned in this chart assume the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils.  Do not use any of these applications with oils that are not therapeutic-grade.


Condition Essential Oil Application
Acne Tea Tree, Lavender, Purification Topical
Allergies Wintergreen, Lavender, Chamomile Inhalation, Topical
(Asthmatics should not inhale - put on soles of feet.)
Alzheimers Cedarwood, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Frankincense Topical
Apnea Valor, Clarity Inhalation, Topical
Appetite - Loss Of Nutmeg, Ginger, Orange, Spearmint Inhalation, Ingestion
Arthritis Wintergreen, PanAway, Peppermint, Idaho Balsam Fir Topical
Asthma Wintergreen, RC, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lavender, Frankencense, Lemon Asthmatics should not inhale - put on soles of feet.
ADD Vetiver, Cedarwood, Lavender Inhalation
Backache Deep Relief, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Aroma Siez Topical
Blisters German Chamomile, Tea Tree, Melrose, Lavender, Purification Topical
Bloating Peppermint, Clary Sage Topical, Ingestion (capsules).
Blocked Tear Duct Lavender Topical (applied to bridge of nose)
Bronchitis RC, Thieves, Myrtle, Pine, Eucalyptus, Idaho Balsam Fir Topical, Inhalation
Burns Lavender Topical
Canker Sores Thieves Topical, Ingestion
Chicken Pox Thieves Topical
Clogged Pores Tea Tree, Lemon, Purification Topical
Colds Thieves, Eucalyptus Radiata, RC, Raven, Peppermint Topical, Inhalation, Ingestion
Cough RC, Raven, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Globulus Inhalation, Topical
Constipation Peppermint, Di-Gize, Fennel Ingestion
Cramps (Stomach) Di-Gize, Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary Ingestion, Topical
Dandruff Tea Tree, Cedarwood Topical
Depression Cedarwood, Lemon, Frankincense Inhalation
Diarrhea Peppermint, Di-Gize, Ginger Ingestion, Topical
Dizziness Peppermint, Frankincense, Cedarwood Inhalation, Topical
Dry, Chapped, or
Cracked Skin
Myrrh, Sandalwood, Lavender Topical
Earache Wintergreen, Melrose, Deep Relief, PanAway Topical (never put essential oils directly in the ear canal)
Ear Infection Thieves Ingestion (gargle), Topical (never directly in ear canal)
Fatigue Peppermint Inhalation, Topical, Ingestion
Fever Wintergreen, Peppermint, Copaiba Topical,Inhalation
Food Poisoning Di-Gize, Thieves Ingestion
Headache Peppermint, Wintergreen, PanAway, Deep Relief Inhalation, Topical, Oral (tongue against roof of mouth)
Infection Thieves, Oregano, Thyme, Mountain Savory, Lemongrass Inhalation, Topical, Ingestion
Indigestion Peppermint, Ginger, Di-Gize, Fennel, Ginger Ingestion, Topical
Inflammation Lavender, Peppermint Topical, Ingestion
Influenza Thieves, Ravensara, Oregano, Mountain Savory Ingestion (except Ravensara), Inhalation, Topical
Insect Bites (Bee Stings) Peppermint, Purification, Melrose, Citronella, Lavender, Tea tree Topical
Insomnia Lavender, Peace & Calming Inhalation, Topical
Itching Peppermint, Lavender Topical
Joint Pain PanAway, Wintergreen, Idaho Balsam Fir Topical
Menstrual Cramps Dragon Time, Lavender, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Deep Relief Topical
Migraine M-Grain Inhalation, Topical
Motion Sickness Ginger, Peppermint Topical
Muscle Spasms (Charley Horses) Wintergreen Topical
Nausea Patchouli, Peppermint, Ginger Topical, Inhalation, Ingestion
Pink Eye Tea Tree, Lavender Used around eye only (do not get in eye)
Sinus Congestion Eucalyptus, RC, Peppermint Inhalation, Topical
Snoring Thyme Topical (on soles of feet at bedtime)
Sprain Idaho Balsam Fir, Pine, Cypress, Spruce, Peppermint, Wintergreen Topical
Stress Lavender, Valor, Peace & Calming, Frankincense Inhalation, Topical
Sore Throat Tea Tree, Ravansara, Thieves Inhalation, Topical, Ingestion (for Thieves -- start on tongue, swallow)
Strep Throat Oregano, Thyme, Thieves Inhalation, Ingestion, Topical
Tonsillitis Thieves, Clove Ingestion (on tongue, then swallow), topical
Toothache Clove, PanAway, Wintergreen, Deep Relief Topical, Oral
Urinary Tract/ Bladder Infection Oregano, RC, Thieves Ingestion, Topical
Vaginal Yeast Infection Thieves Essential Oil Blend Mouthwash Overnight retention of tampon soaked in blend
Wounds, Scrapes, Cuts Lavender, Thieves, Melrose Topical

* Clove, Lemongrass, Mountain Savory, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and Wintergreen are oils that you may want to dilute with an equivalent amount of a quality vegetable oil.


This chart addresses the most common health issues a family may face. 

Although it's comprehensive, it by no means covers all the possibilities regarding essential oil applications.

For an excellent reference that goes beyond this chart and gives further information, I recommend the Essential Oils Desk Reference (6th Edition) or the Reference Guide to Essential Oils.

An ideal way to start using essential oils is with Young Living's Premium Starter Kit.  Not only does this Kit include the basic oils needed to help you address everyday issues, it also comes with an essential oil diffuser... as well as 7 valuable training resources from Family Essential Oils.  

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