Top 100 AWESOME & ODD Uses For Essential Oils

Posted on April 27, 2015 by J'ai Golden | 2 Comments

top 100 awesome & odd uses for essential oils


Some essential oil uses you've heard and even more you've never even thought of! These are Essential oils uses that are odd and quite useful

We ran a top one hundred uses for

 essential oils for 100 days on our facebook page and now we've published them here just for you.  

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Starting at 100...

Eliminate household cooking odors by adding a few drops of Clove Bud oil to a simmering pan of water.

Bye-Bye to last night's fish dinner!! 

Clove Bud



Long day at work or tough work-out at the gym?? For those fatigued aching muscles (or even arthritis), mix 1-drop Cajeput, Sage, and Basil to 30 drops vegetable oil and use as a massage oil.


Ease that nasty headache by rubbing a drop of Rosemary/ Lavender onto the back of your neck. 


Blend your own massage oil by adding 3 drops of your favorite EO to 1 oz. Jojoba or other skin-nourishing carrier oil.

Mmmm.....delicious, economic and custom made for you!


For fresher smelling carpets, add 10 drops of EO to a box of cornstarch or baking soda, mix well, let sit for a day or two and then sprinkle over the carpets in your home. Let it sit for an hour or more, than vacuum.

Awesome for freshening up the house almost instantly and best pick and/or combine your own custom fragrance!


Make a natural flea repelling collar. Saturate a short piece of cord or soft rope with Pennyroyal or Tea Tree, roll up in a handkerchief and tie loosely around your pet's neck. Pennyroyal


Had enough of smelly feet/shoes? Overcome it by either dropping a few drops of Geranium EO directly into the shoes or place a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon oil into the shoes. Discouraged by athlete's foot? Tea tree oil to turn the tables!


Pesky mice a problem? Place several drops of Peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them in problem locations. They absolutely HATE the smell! 


Tired of those unpleasant household odors? Put a few drops of your favorite EO on a cotton ball and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. Lemon and Pine are delightful; Geranium helps concur pet odor. Geranium


Create an inspiring kitchen atmosphere with fragrance.  In your kitchen cabinets and drawers, pick an enticing spicy scent essential oil (Basil, Cardamom, Tarragon, Thyme White, Oregano, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc) and dab on a cotton ball and place in an inconspicuous corner.


Generate an inspirational, creative and otherwise uplifting personal space.  Scent your creative space with a calming, uplifting, inspiring or mentally stimulating essential oil like cardamom (particularly EXCELLENT for stimulating those rapid-fire synapsis!), Rosemary, Geranium, Orange Sweet even Neroli (neroli in moderation though, as it can be so calming) Use a drop of your choice EO on a radiator, scent ring, or light bulb [[Do not put EO in the socket]] and let those creative juices flow!!! 


Lookin’ like the ‘wicked witch of the west’ with that troublesome wart?  No need to unleash the flying monkeys on it, just directly apply 1 drop of Lemon or Moroccan Blue Artemis EO to it. Apply daily until the wart is gone.


Home-made sachets are more fragrant when scented with EOs blended with the flowers and herbs. Place anywhere you want a little freshened up!


Selling your home? Nothing says "call me home" than a warm inviting fragrance! Fill the kitchen with the aroma of spices, such as Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla by simmering a few drops of Cinnamon or Nutmeg EO. Create a warm, cheerful, inviting mood by sprinkling Geranium oil throughout your home. Add Cinnamon or Lemon oil to furniture polish and wipe down the wood. Cinnamon Leaf


For "scentual" hand washables, use a few drops of your favorite EO or blend in the final rinse water.


Create your own personal essence! EOs and blends make wonderful perfumes. Add 25 drops to 1 oz. perfume alcohol. Let age two weeks before using.


To dispel mosquitoes and other picnic or Bar-B-Q pests, drop a few drops of Citronella OR Eucalyptus citriodora oil in the melted wax of a candle or place a few drops on the Bar-B-Q's hot coals.  Eucalyptus


Anise oil has been used by anglers for years to cover up the human scent that scares the fish away. Use a drop or two on the fingertips and hands before baiting up


Rosemary and Basil promote alertness and stimulate memory. Inhale occasionally during long car trips and while reading or studying. Basil


Scent the bathroom by placing oil-scented cotton balls in inconspicuous places or sprinkle oils directly onto silk or dried flower arrangements or wreaths.


To promote healing, apply 1 or 2 drops true Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil directly to cuts, scrapes or scratches. 18. Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with EOs. Use Spirit Soaps that contain pure aromatics.Lavender


Infuse bookmarks and stationary with EOs. Use a few drops on paper, place in a sealed plastic bag & leave overnight to infuse the aroma. Send only good news on the perfumed letter.


To make gifts such as neck pillows or padded and decorative hangers more memorable put a couple of drops of EO on them before giving them as gifts.


Create a lovely, aromatic art piece by adding EOs to papier-mâché.


For a wonderfully scented wood fire, use EOs of Vetiver, Cypress, Atlas Cedarwood, Frankincense and Myrrh. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire. Myrrh


Fruit or veggie wash - Add 3-5 drops of a citrus oil to 2qts - 1 gallon of water in a bowl, mix well, then use as a wash fruits and vegetables. Dry well.  Will also help prevent premature molding or rotting.


Small cuts, scrapes - Believe it or not, Peppermint oil is soothing to open wounds, and is highly anti-bacterial. Small cut and scrapes will feel better and heal quickly. Apply or spray neat.


Thicker, fuller hair - Add 20-50 drops of Rosemary to shampoo &/or conditioner. While it doesn't help re-grow hair, it does create thicker, fuller hair  and even helps to slow thinning.  Plus, it smells and feels wonderful!


Hiking season is almost upon us (of course out here in California, it's practically always hiking season ;-) don't hate!), unfortunately that also means...."leaves of 3, let them be".  If you do have a brush with Poison Ivy or Poison Oak try combining calamine lotion with peppermint (1 tblsp lotion with 5 drops eo) and apply to itchy area's. Peppermint


From Memorial Day to Labor Day to weddings & anniversary's and everywhere in between, we love havin' a good drink with great friends.....Sometimes a little toooo much...??  For those 'room-spinning' mornings coming off an 'overindulgent night' try EOs Juniper, Fennel, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon. They help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend of these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.


Got hiccups?  Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint to 1-2 tblsp of room temperature water in a small glass or shot glass. Swig, and the hiccups will usually stop immediately.


Band Aid Goo - Have you ever taken a band aid off and have sticky band aid goo residue? 2 drops of Lemon oil rubbed on the area with a clean cloth will quickly remove the sticky residue. Lemon


Hemorrhoids or backside & underside issues. Hot sitz baths - A hot sitz bath is taken in warm water of 95 - 105º F / 35 - 41º C, with the water level not higher than your navel.  You can use a bath tube or large tub of some kind.  Mix 5-10 drops of essential oil with 1-2 tblsp of coconut or other carrier oil. Then add the oils to the water and agitate well.

Beneficial for: 

  • hemorrhoids, piles
  • muscular issues
  • painful testicles
  • painful ovaries
  • uterine cramps
  • prostate issues

Consider; Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, etc.









Cold sitz bath - In a cold sitz bath, water of only a few inches deep is used and should not be colder than 68º F / 20º C. A with the water level not higher than your navel. You can use a bath tube or large tub of some kind. Mix 5-10 drops of essential oil with 1-2 tbps of coconut or other carrier oil. Then add the oils to the water and agitate well.

Beneficial for:

  • constipation
  • impotence
  • inflammation
  • vaginal discharge

Consider; Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Rosemary, etc.


Bronchitis, breathing difficulties, coughing and/or other respiratory problems? Create a steam tent - Pour hot water into a bowl and add 5-10 drops of an essential oil to help clear sinus issues, ease bronchial issues and help relieve coughing. Consider eucalyptus, citrus oils, rosemary, peppermint, melaleuca, etc.


Super-glue issues?  - Super-glue is no match for lemon oil. Especially if it has not set up for long, just a drop at points of contact and in a minute, it will become super-UN-glued.


For your laundry - Kill microbes, germs, and other nasty little critters in your laundry by adding 5 drops of melaleuca or Defend to your wash cycle. 


Yucky yellowing Tupperware? Often older Tupperware and plastics will begin to yellow and get sticky to the touch. Use a drop of lemon and a drop of Defend with a nylon scrubber and a hot water rinse, and they will be just like new.


Carpet deodorizer - Take an cleaned out Pringles style can, use a hole punch to punch several holes in the lid. Add 1 cup of baking soda and 20-40 drops of essential oil, mix well and put in the canister. Sprinkle on carpet area's and let sit for up to 1/2 hour then vacuum. Deodorizes, and kills microbes. Consider Citrus oils or blends, defend, lavender, white fir, peppermint, etc.


Cooling spay - Working hard on a hot, sweaty day? Working out burning hundreds of calories during a hard practice?  Or maybe just a spectator in the hot sweltering stands. Get a spray bottle and add 10-20 drops of peppermint to a ½ - 1 cup of water and use as a cooling spray to the face, neck and base of the scull.  Not only is it cooling, but also invigorating.


June is almost here and that means weddings, weddings, weddings. For the BIG DAY put 4-6 drops of Serenity, Balance or another calming oil on a cotton ball a place it in the center of a bride's bouquet. Any time she feels nervous or anxiety, impatience, etc... smell the bouquet deeply. Quite helpful with 'bridzillas!'


Scuff Marks - Ugly black rubber marks on vinyl, tile, wood, even car plastics and vinyl's. Lemon oil and Peppermint are both excellent at removing these marks. Every oil is better with different types of marks. So if one does not work, try the other. Apply directly to the scuff, and then rub it with a towel or cloth.


Sunburn - Apply WHAT?!! - Believe it or not, Peppermint oil is cooling and soothing to sunburns. Make a spray and use neat or 5-10 drops in a few tblsp of distilled water. It will help protect against infection, however, consider that lavender or frankincense has better healing properties for burns. Apply lavender or frankincense then layer with peppermint spray to drive the oils and cool and comfort the skin. Frankincense


Vacuum fresh filter - Have a HEAPA or other filtered vacuum? Put a few drops of your favorite oil on the filter and pop it back in. Air flowing through the filter dispels amazing aroma throughout the room, and kills any nasty microbes or bacteria that might be hanging out in your vacuum.


Oh no! My Iron! - Ever had an accident with a hot iron that left melted residue to seemingly ruin your iron? Try 1 drop each of 'Defend' and lemon and rub with a cloth or rag. With some rubbing, your iron will be like new.


Permanent Marker (Child art) - Permanent marker is no match against a couple drops of lemon oil and some elbow grease.


Foot powder, Stinky Feet - Add 15 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of Melaleuca to ½ cup of corn starch and mix well in an empty mini can of Pringles.  Then punch several holes in the plastic lid so it can be used as a shaker.  Apply in socks or shoes before getting dressed.  Replace the lid with holes with an airtight lid to keep the mixture fresh and usable.


Add 10-20 drops of Lemon to your dishwasher's rinse cycle for spot free dishes.


DVD-CD Cleaning - Did you know that lemon oil is great at cleaning DVD's and CD's and will even remove light scratches that could be causing playback problems. Apply 3-5 drops on the surface of the disk, spread around the surface with a soft Kleenex or paper towel.  Then wipe from the center of the disk to the outside edge till the oil is evaporated. If there are heavy scratches, you can leave the essential oil on the disc surface for a minute or two before wiping off. Caution: If you use to much oil, with out wiping off, it can eat through the outer surface to the written data.


Boost that immune system - Did you know that flavoring water with your favorite citrus oil will greatly boost your immune system. Fight of cold and flu attacks, and reduce their severity by having a drop or two in every glass of water you drink. And always drink a lot of water. Favorites: Lemon, Lime, GrapefruitLime


Boost that immune system II - Did you know that daily "oil pulling" or "gargle and swish" will not only greatly boost your immune system, but will clean your mouth of microbes and germs and protect against gingivitis? Use 3-5 drops of defend in 1-2 tblsp of water, gargle for 60 seconds then swish around the mouth for 90 seconds or more, then spit and brush.


Grease cutter - Orange oil is well-known for its use as a cleaning agent to help break down grease and gum. Orange, Sweet



Gum - Use lemon or Orange oil to remove gum from carpet, hair or Fido's fur.


Paint mistakes and over-spay - Lemon is extremely effective at removing over spray or painting mistakes. Especially if the paint has not hardened or set for long.


Spritz for hotel beds/room - Take a small spray bottle and add ½ cup of distilled water and 10-20 drops of Essential oil. Spray around hotels rooms, including bed sheets and bathrooms, rental cars, or other areas to kill microbes and deodorize the area.


Spritz before ironing - Want to add some fantastic aroma to a freshly pressed shirt? Add a couple drops of your favorite oil or blend to your water spritzer before pressing.


Homemade soaps are pleasant and offer therapeutic effects when scented with EOs.


Infused Milks or Creams - Infuse your milk or cream with lavender, lemon or orange. Great for creating sauces, Farces, Purees, Icings and Creamers.


Mechanics and Grease Monkeys - Cypress essential oil is often used to clean under fingernails and to dissolve old metallic paint from radiators in the home. Cypress


Child Tantrums - Take a childs favorite stuffed animal and put of few drops of their favorite oil on it. During tantrums, let the child hold and smell the animal. The aroma will be calming. Consider: Citrus oils, balance or serenity. Every child is different, find the oil that best calms him/her.


Toothpicks/Kick the habits - Flavored toothpicks are not only fun to chew on, but for people trying to kick the smoking habit, or have a need for mouth fixations i.e. losing weight, chewing habit, etc. They don't add calories and they help satisfy the oral fixations. 

Make highly concentrated flavored toothpicks by putting 10-20 drops of essential oil in a small vile with 10-20 toothpicks in it. Shake well, the let them sit (on its side) for at least 24 hours, turning (rotating) every few hours. Favorite oils are Cinnamon or Peppermint. Consider adding clove to help with addictions. (use caution with "hot" oils) Cinnamon Leaf


Anxiety - Try putting 5 drops of Essential oil on your palm, then rubbing it over your chest and heart, then cup your hands and inhale. This will help relieve anxiety or angina. Consider: Peppermint, Cypress, Marjoram, and FrankincenseMarjoram, Sweet


Breath freshener? - Put a drop of peppermint on your hand between the base of your thumb and index finger and take the drop into your mouth, holding under your tongue. The peppermint will freshen breath for 10-15 min.


Stay Awake - Put 5 drops of Peppermint on the palm of your hand and rub the back of your neck and base of the skull. Then cup and inhale the residue from your hand. You will feel the cooling effects of the peppermint in about 30-60 seconds. It will make you more alert and help you wake up or stay awake. Great if you have trouble getting up in the mornings or if you get drowsy easily in meetings, at the office or behind the wheel.


Sticky stickers - Ever want to meet the 'genius' who decided to put individual price stickers on the bottom of every glass or cup and ask him what the heck they were thinking?  Since that'll probably never happen, here's a solution.  Let a drop or two of lemon absorb onto the sticker for a few moments, then wipe clean. I do this all the time it's not even funny - works great!


Towel Joy - Make a spray with ½ cup of distilled water and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray your bath towel just before getting into the shower. When you get out, enjoy the aroma of a fresh, essentially treated towel.


Leather conditioner - Mix 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup of neat's-foot oil or food grade lanoline oil then spray and wipe leather surfaces to condition leather and protect from cracking.


Relax the Spirit - Try a blend of 2 drops each of Frankincense and Peppermint or Frankincense and Cypress to the back of the neck to ease and relax a restless spirit.


Flavored Ice Cubes - Make flavored Ice cubes for lemonade, water, or punch by adding a drop of essential oil to your ice tray. 


Dryer - To create great smelling laundry, apply a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a wash cloth and add to the laundry during drying. If you don't want use anti-cling sheets, but have problems with static electricity, remove your load while still slightly damp.  This will also kill any microbes in your laundry or dryer.


Want stronger, healthier fingernails? - Massage a drop of lemon oil into your nails and cuticles twice a week.



Have you tried to diffuse...

Cassia... helps with awareness, mental acuity Cassia

Lemon... aids in concentration

Defend or Eucalyptus... Boost the immune system, Kill flu and cold virus

Balance... While balancing the checkbook or having serious conversations.

Citrus oils... Make you happy!

Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Ginger, Wild Orange or White fir... to bring in the Christmas spirit. Ginger





Mental Acuity - Research in Japan confirms that lemon aroma relaxes brain waves, resulting in improved concentration and reduced errors in office environments thus increasing productivity.



Bed time for Baby - Place a few drops of serenity, lavender or other calming oil on your baby's blanket or stuffed animal, and let the aroma do its work at bed or nap time. 


Flavored Cream Cheese - Cream cheese and essential oil mix very well, and can be sweetened with honey or sugar. Let your imagination go after that!


Stationary Sensations - Put a couple drops of Geranium on your love letter stationary. Infuse stationary for religious conversation with frankincense or Vetiver.  Try cinnamon & Frankincense blend for your financial letters. Infuse stationary for dear friends or happy announcements with lemon and lavender, and for stationeries used for tough love, and serious communication, use Patchouli & Clove Bud . Patchouli

Put the oils on a small piece of paper, put it in a large zip lock bag with the stationary or envelope, and then seal it for 24 hours to infuse the stationary. Or you can send the small piece of aroma paper in the envelope with the letter. 


Sensual - A couple drops of Peppermint with some carrier increases blood circulation, making area's more sensitive.


Wake up your potpourri - Liven up old potpourri that has lost it's aroma by mixing 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) to 2 tblsp of grapeseed oil then mixing with the potpourri.


Mental Clarity - Got Brain Fog?  Try sucking your thumb... with a drop of Melissa on it. Brain Power!


Fear of Flying? - Have a clean clothe available, and place Lavender, Serenity, Repair or other calming oil in it.  During times of anxiety, inhale the aroma in your hanky. 


Fireplace or Campfire Joy - Place several drops of frankincense or Vetiver on a log and place in the fire for an enhanced earthy aroma.


Want cool feet on a hot day? Add a few drops of peppermint to the soles of your shoes on a hot day or before a walk or run to keep your feet cool, and to help with unpleasant odors. Add a few drops of Cypress if your feet sweat a lot. I run every day and love doing this!


Do you suffer with chronic dry eyes? Gently dab Lavender EO on the facial bones surrounding the eye, careful not to get too close to the eyes with the EO. Within minutes the dry, irritated eyes will soothe and feel better. Should you accidentally get too close to the eye with any EO, dilute with a carrier oil, not water.


The hot summer months are upon us for picnic's in the park, bbq's, beach days and bonfires! This also means insects! Lemongrass has insecticidal properties making it an effective ingredient to use in insect repellent sprays. Mix two teaspoons lemongrass essential oil with one teaspoon eucalyptus oil and one teaspoon of jojoba oil in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and then add 8oz. of distilled witch hazel and shake again. Spray on your body and clothes to keep insects at bay. You could also burn a lemongrass candle to increase the repelling radius. 


Looking to revitalize and your skin? Carrot seed oil is great for not only revitalizing & toning skin but also useful in reducing wrinkles, oiliness and other signs of aging.... It's also helpful in treating dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes. Try a few drops blended in with an easy absorbing carrier oil of your choice like Macadamia Nut oil or coconut oil. 


Citrus Flavored Milk. Say what?!  Ever tried Lemon or Lime essential oil in your milk?  You might be surprised.


Pesky cough or sore throat: Add 3 to 5 drops of Lemon EO to a teaspoon of honey. Wonderful for kids too!


Frankincense toothpaste?! Yup, Frankincense toothpaste for oral and overall health care in general: Add a drop of Frankincense to your toothpaste upon brushing every night and morning. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes that enables the oil to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Helps to oxygenate the pituitary and pineal glands. Helps with memory, irritability and restlessness.


Looking for a natural way to calm high blood pressure? In a capsule: 5 drops Marjoram EO, 4 drops Ylang Ylang EO, 4 drops Cypress EO, 4 drops Lemon EO. Take as needed. (Note: Does NOT replace your HBP medication!).


Air filter Fumes - Every time you change the air filters in your home, place a few drops of defend or other essential oil on the filter. It will kill microbes in your duct work, and make your home smell wonderful for a short time. 


Suspect parasites & worms? - Do you suspect unwanted travelers with you? Deep inside you? Drink Lemon water several times per day for two weeks, see what happens!!


In the age of the 'Tablet' actual paper books are all but gone.  But for those book-lovers (we just love the look, feel and smell a good ol' book!) Try this: put a couple drops of Geranium on your book mark of your romance novel. Try cinnamon book marks for your action novel, clove on your mystery novel or frankincense or Vetiver for your scriptures or holy scripts.


For a vaginal yeast infection try putting 2 drops of Melaleuca in Fractionated Coconut Oil. Apply topically, repeat as needed.


The 'near perfect green fabric softener': This is cheap, green and great at getting soap residue out of clothes while softening! Buy a glass quart of white vinegar. Add 20 drops of Lavender and a teaspoon of alcohol to the bottle. Shake and add a 1/2 cup of scented vinegar in your rinse cycle or softener ball. Keep the glass container and refill when empty. Plastic bottles and EO's don't play well together! Glass is better!


Enhance your moisturizer with a drop of Geranium EO to your favorite moisturizer to balance oil distribution for supple skin. Also, calms redness!


Have plantar warts?  Apply Oregano twice daily. Use a Q-tip for better control as this oil is considered a hot oil. If after a week or so it appears bigger that means it's dying. Keep applying! Sometimes if the wart is deeply embedded, something sticky like duct tape is useful to apply to the area and peel back, pulling the wart out. If you have any sticky discs from a prior unsuccessful wart removal kit...being very sticky, they're also great for attaching to the wart and pulling it out. 


Do you suffer from dizziness? Rub Frankincense behind and in front of the ears, pulling it down the jawline and toward the chin.  Repeat as necessary.


What do I do with my empty EO Bottles??? After you've tried all of these 100 tips and now have all these empty EO bottles.....Next time you take a bath, fill your empty bottles with warm water from the faucet and empty into the bath water! There is always a residue left behind in the bottle that is perfect to use this way!

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Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Please consult your General Practitioner or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children. If using an essential oil on your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body first (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier). If you have any questions about using essential oils please consult your personal General Practitioner or Aromatherapist.


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2 Responses


May 13, 2015

Hey there D. Baker. Thanks so much for your note. We’re so very glad you’re enjoying our blog and our oils. Keep in mind and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see us write about!


D. Baker
D. Baker

May 13, 2015

I just love this list of uses to keep around! I’ve also tried several of your oils…very very happy with them and reasonably priced too! thank you much!

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