Essential oils are a staple in my house. They are “essential” ingredients (pun intended) in my cleaning recipes, home remedies, and homemade baby products.
Here is a quick reference chart of the oils that I use the most, their properties and links to the recipes that I use them in.
Note: You should always research essential oils carefully before using them on the body. Some are not suitable for children, nursing mothers or pregnant women. And many should not be use neat (undiluted). The chart below does not provide a complete list of safety information or contraindications. See my Disclaimer Page here and resource list below for tips to help you with your own research.
Essential Oil Chart:
To dilute essential oils mix with a carrier oil like olive or almond oil.
|Cedarwood||Antiseptic||Hand Soap||Avoid: Pregnancy|
|Cinnamon||Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Antifungal, Anti-parasitic, Antimicrobial||Dilute. Avoid: Pregnancy, children under 6. Skin test first. Possible skin irritant|
|Citronella||Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-parasitic||Bug Spray||Possible skin irritant.|
|Clove||Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Analgesic||Tiny Oil, Throat Soother, Air Freshener||Potent. Dilute. Skin test first. Possible skin irritant.|
|Eucalyptus||Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial||Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight. Toxic if taken internally.|
|Geranium||Antifungal, Antiviral||Hand Soap|
|Grapefruit||Antiseptic||Hand Soap, Linen Spray||Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight.|
|Lavender||Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Analgesic||Laundry Soap, Bug Spray, Throat Soother, Diaper Spray, Linen Spray|
|Lemon||Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antiseptic||Bug Spray, Cleaning, Linen Spray||Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight.|
|Lime||Antibacterial, Antiviral||Cleaning||Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight|
|Orange||Antibacterial, Antiseptic||Cleaning, Air Freshener||NOT Photosensitive. Safe for sunlight.|
|Pine||Antibacterial, Anti-infectious, Anti-parasitic|
|Rosemary||Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-parasitic||Bug Spray||Avoid: Pregnancy|
|Tea Tree (Melaleuca)||Anti-infectious, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, Anti-parasitic, Antiseptic, Analgesic||Tiny Oil, Cleaning, Bug Spray, Diaper Spray, Ear Drops||Avoid: Sensitive skin|
Resources: (Disclosure Page)
The Essential Oils Handbook
The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning
Hopewell Essential Oils website.
If you would like a more comprehensive chart, consider my handy, dandy Herb and Oils Quick Reference Chart.
Herb and Oil Quick Reference Chart
Laminated pocket guide. Great for your first aid kit.