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Essential Oils And Wellness

The Top 20 Essential Oils To Add To Your Collection

By August 3, 2019 August 31st, 2019 No Comments

What if you had a collection of items that can help to keep you healthy, energized, focused, happy, and more?

And what these items were all-natural and smelled amazing?

These top 20 essential oils are exactly what you need if you are looking for those exact items. These amazing oils cover such a wide range of natural benefits.

If you are looking to get started with essential oils, or are wondering what you should get next, here are the most popular essential oils!

Top 20 Essential Oils

Here’s a brief introduction to the top 20 essential oils! Make sure your collection has all of the oils listed here!

1 – Lavender

It’s no surprise that lavender would be the first oil mentioned on a list like this. 

It is the most commonly used essential oil. Anyone that has tried oils has tried lavender. It’s also an extremely popular scent in beauty and household products such as soaps, perfume, lotion, cleaners, etc. 

One of the most calming scents, Lavender is most commonly known as the “sleepy time” oil. It’s perfect for diffusing or rubbing onto your skin before bed to help with great sleep.

But it can also be used to support healthy skin and help with damaged skin, and support respiratory functions through the cold season.


2 – Peppermint

Peppermint is another extremely popular scent and can be used year round. Whether you are celebrating the scents of winter and Christmas, or you are longing for something cool and refreshing in the heat of the summer, peppermint is very versatile. 

Peppermint oil can be used to support healthy digestion and gastrointestinal comfort. It can also aid in weight management. 

It’s great for adding to wellness blends as well, as it can help to fight off seasonal sickness and boost the immune system. 

Use it to wake up in the morning or for a boost of energy and mental alertness when driving or late in the day.


Peppermint is another extremely popular scent and can be used year round. Whether you are celebrating the scents of winter and Christmas, or you are longing for something cool and refreshing in the heat of the summer, peppermint is very versatile. 

Peppermint oil can be used to support healthy digestion and gastrointestinal comfort. It can also aid in weight management. 

It’s great for adding to wellness blends as well, as it can help to fight off seasonal sickness and boost the immune system. 

Use it to wake up in the morning or for a boost of energy and mental alertness when driving or late in the day.

3 – Tea Tree

Not only is Tea Tree one of the most popular essential oils, it’s also one of the most researched oils available. 

It’s clean and refreshing aroma can be very pleasing and works both to uplift your mood as well as help you relax. 

Tea Tree has tons of cleansing properties and help to freshen the air and fight stale and musty odors. Combine it with lemon oil for a natural deodorizer, and use it to support healthy looking skin. It’s also amazing at freshening linens and adding cleansing boosts to soap and lotion.

4 – Lemon

Lemon is the clean oil. It’s no wonder that most cleaning products are scented with lemon. But all natural Lemon essential oil is way better than the chemical stuff!

This stuff can clean like nobody’s business. Create your own cleaning products using this oil, add it to a glass of water in the morning, use it in cooking or baking and much more!

It also supports a healthy immune system and is usually found in wellness blends. Fight clothing stains and remove the sticky residue from stickers in a matter of seconds by rubbing a drop of lemon.

5 – Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is often grouped in with minty oils such as peppermint or spearmint. This is due to the components that make up the essential oil itself. Peppermint is special because of the menthol it contains (which is used in many products to add a cooling effect).

Eucalyptus oil naturally contains eucalyptol, which has a similar effect.

However, the aroma itself is very different. Think summer in Australia (eucalyptus trees make up most of the continents forests). Refreshing and earthy, Eucalyptus can be stimulating and good for sustaining energy.

It’s also found in many personal care and beauty products, and helps with healthy respiratory function.


6 – Lemongrass

Lemongrass oil is strong!

The oil itself is quite thick and the aroma is heavy. I love applying this oil to dryer balls to provide a clean, lasting scent to my drying laundry. 

It’s much more floral and earthy than regular lemon oil, but can still be used for cleaning and fresh scents. 

The relaxing aroma makes it great for diffusing around the house or applying during a massage.

7 – Bergamot

Bergamot is a wonderfully wild oil with crisp citrus and floral aromas. It is used to provide the flavor of Earl Grey tea. 

It comes from the peel of a citrus fruit grown around the Mediterranean Sea. 

The aroma itself helps to lift your mood and lower stress. It’s perfect for using in the office or around the house. It also works wonders to promote young, healthy looking skin. Add it to skincare products baths or massages.


8 – Frankincense

This is officially the oil I go through the quickest at home.

It’s widely known as the “Holy Anointing Oil” and is commonly used for spiritual and meditative practice. It boosts the ability to focus and creates an uplifting environment. 

I love this oil for it’s skin support. I use this every night on my face as well as add it to rollers and facial moisturizers.

9 – Patchouli

Patchouli oil is often the favorite of the free spirited ones. Many of my ‘borderline hippy’ friends use this oil all the time. It’s also a favorite for men.

But it smells amazing! (Though I think it takes a little bit of time to get used to).

This oil is great for adding to perfumes or colognes, diffusing to remove stale or musty odors and improving the appearance of skin.

Native to Southeast Asia, Patchouli is actually a part of the mint family.

10 – Chamomile

Sweet and herbaceous with notes of bright, juicy apples, this essential oil is also very calming. Chamomile flowers are widely used to make herbal (caffeine free) tea.

It’s been used for a long time in traditional medicine as an herbal remedy.

The warm and gentle aroma can be diffused to help create a relaxing vibe for you and your kids. It helps to soothe skin and can be used as part of a massage or bath.


11 – Cinnamon

Cinnamon is sweet, spicy and comforting! It’s a favorite oil in the fall and winter, when blending it with other oils helps to create the aromas when love during those seasons.

Cinnamon oil blends well with so many other oils and will definitely be a staple in your essential oil collection. 

This oil is considered “hot” meaning it can irritate the skin if not diluted properly. However, if you do dilute this oil with a carrier oil, it is great to use on the skin.

12 – Lime

Lime is one of the happiest aromas you’ll come across. When you diffuse lime by itself or in a blend, it’s hard not to imagine the joy of summer, the beach, being on a boat or a past vacation.

Along with other citrus oils, lime can be used to increase energy and boost your mood. It’s great for diffusing in play areas or rooms where you want to encourage inspiration and creativity. 

Use it to support radiant and healthy looking skin. Just note, since this oil is photosensitive, don’t use it on your skin before spending time in the sun (along with all citrus oils).

13 – Cedarwood

The history and significance of cedarwood stretches as far back as Biblical times (cedars of Lebanon) and the ceremonial rites of the Ancient Egyptians. Today, the bark of the tree is distilled which produces this earthy, woodsy aroma with a deep sweetness.

It’s perfect for adding to diffuser blends to add a strong, smooth base aroma with calming and grounding effects. 

Use it to cleanse the skin or deodorize naturally. Add it to haircare products or use it in a DIY mens cologne.

14 – Clary Sage

Herbaceous and calming, Clary Sage oil comes from a flowering herb native to areas surrounding the Mediterranean. It has a history of use as a medicinal herb dating back to the middle ages.

Some studies have shown that Clary Sage oil may help as a natural antidepressant, and helps to reduce stress and uplift the mood. 

It can be used to rejuvenate the skin or inhaled to help create a restful nights sleep. It’s also popular for its use in massage, in a bath and adding to shampoo or conditioner for healthy looking hair and scalp.

15 – Oregano

Oregano is widely used as an herb in cooking, specifically in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. But as an essential oil, Oregano’s strong, spicy and herbal aroma and other characteristics can provide tons of benefits.

It can be used along with other oils to help purify the air. When diluted, it works excellently in a massage. 

Oregano oil can also help with overall wellness by supporting the immune system, respiratory system and digestive system. It’s a powerful oil! No wonder my grandma always had her kids and grandkids take it when they were feeling sick.

16 – Orange

Another beloved citrus oil, Orange is very pleasant and can be used to put a smile on your face and create a fresh, clean environment. Use it to start your day or to encourage positivity and creativity.

Use it to massage your skin, add it to DIY cleaners and freshen linens and clothes by adding orange oil to a spray bottle with either distilled water or witch hazel. 

Orange oil can help clean and freshen the air. When used on the skin, it can help to hide blemishes (just don’t go into the sun after applying to skin).

17 – Geranium

Geranium oil comes from the sweet, fragrant flower native to South Africa and used widely by the Ancient Egyptians to promote beautiful and radiant skin. 

Today, Geranium is often used in very high end perfumes and skin care products. It’s aroma is especially popular in the Springtime!

The floral aroma can be diffused to create a romantic, creative or meditative environment. Use it for healthy skin and hair by adding to beauty and personal care products.

18 – Rosemary

Another herb typically used in the kitchen, Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region and is steam distilled to produce essential oil. 

It’s herbal and woodsy aroma can be used to boost energy and cleanse the air. It can be used to cleanse the face and support healthy hair and skin.

Rosemary may also be able to help with memory, especially among children regarding schoolwork.

19 – Cypress

Coming from the Cypress tree, this oil is woodsy and heavy, helping to provide a sense of calmness and grounding. Many people use it to help regulate emotions and create a sense of security. 

It can also be used by itself or in blends to boost energy and inspiration. It’s perfect for blending and creates a solid, full base aroma.

Cypress may help improve circulation and can be used to invoke feelings of romance.

20 – Copaiba

To round out our Top 20 Essential Oils list is the unique and amazing Copaiba!

Gentle, woodsy and warm, Copaiba is a favorite among oil enthusiasts. It comes from the gum resin of specific trees in the Amazon region of Brazil and has been used for many things since the 1500’s. 

This oil is great for applying to the skin for all sorts of benefits. Use it to moisturize naturally, as part of a cool down massage, or to help with pain relief.

It’s also a popular oil among men and can be blended with other oils for a great beard oil!

Are you missing any of these most popular essential oils?

If you are just starting out with essential oils, you may be wondering what to get next?

Any of these top 20 essential oils will end of being used frequently, so you can’t go wrong with any of them.

I also love how multifaceted essential oils are. No oil serves only one purpose. They all have so many benefits and can be used so many different ways

If you have yet to start your oil collection, consider getting an essential oil starter kit. The Premium Starter Kit kit from Young Living comes with comes with a handful of these oils, as well as more blends that contain a bunch of the oils listed here!

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Disclaimer: The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to be medical advice. Suggestions here are specific to Young Living and should not be combined with oils from other sources. Examples and experiences do not guarantee similar results. Read our full disclaimer here


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