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February 17, 2021 2 min read

If you ask me what are 5 must have essential oils, you might find that they are different from that of my next door neighbor. However, this is a very common question and one that all of us have asked at one time or another.

It’s more important to ask questions about your needs rather than what are the top five must haves. So, I’ll give you a few questions to ask yourself first and then I’ll give you my list of must haves.

The questions:

  • What need are you trying to support?

For example if you’re trying to get help sleeping, using peppermint wouldn’t necessarily help you but stimulate you instead. 

  • How long are you planning to use the oil for that need?

This is important to ask because the way our body reacts to an oil can change over time. So, if you are looking for help with sleep, you’ll want to keep 4-6 oils available so you can change your oil every couple of weeks. This helps prevent your body from having a potential reaction to your favorite oil in long term use. 

Additionally, if we are using an oil say to reduce the appearance of pain, we might consider using a higher dose short term if it’s an acute concern. For chronic concerns, those may require more than just five individual oils being used and will need to be diluted to a lower percentage. Again, to avoid a potential reaction for long term use.

  • Are you planning on using the oil in a DIY daily skin routine?

This is a really good question to consider because you don’t want to get five oils that are considered highly sensitizing and not be able to use them in your daily skincare as easily as others. With daily skincare routines, a much lower dilution threshold will mean you’ll be limited to specific oils.

  • Do you have kids or pets to consider?

Some essential oils may be over kill or potentially harmful to babies or small animals. Some does not mean all, so there are some that can be used depending on the need of your baby, you, or your pet.

There are other questions to consider, but you get the idea.

The 5 must have essential oils:

  • Lime(Citrusaurantifolia) - this is a great one that is antibacterial as well as uplifting so it’s great during colds
  • Palmarosa(Cymbopogon martinii) - this is an oil I’ll use to help ease fevers, it’s also somewhat antibacterial
  • Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis ct cineole) - during colds this is gentle enough to support the respiratory system and healthy sinuses
  • Scotch Pine(Pinus sylvestris) - this is my favorite oil during colds, plus it smells like being in a forest
  • Sweet Marjoram(Origanum majorana) - this is a great one for soothing muscle cramps and more.
  • Virginia Cedarwood(Juniperus virginiana) - this is great for breaking up the funk in a cold and also very soothing to help you sleep

The best part about this group of five oils is that they are all safe to be used around your little one(s) and they work well for adults, too!