Essential Oils

My essential oil shelf

My essential oil shelf

Essential oils are a staple in my house. They are “essential” ingredients (pun intended) in my cleaning recipeshome 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:

Essential Oil




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 OilThroat SootherAir Freshener Potent. Dilute. Skin test first. Possible skin irritant.
Cypress Antibacterial, Antimicrobial    
Eucalyptus Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial   Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight. Toxic if taken internally.
Geranium Antifungal, Antiviral Hand Soap  
Grapefruit Antiseptic Hand SoapLinen Spray Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight.
Lavender Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Analgesic Laundry SoapBug SprayThroat SootherDiaper SprayLinen Spray  
Lemon Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antiseptic Bug SprayCleaningLinen Spray Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight.
Lime Antibacterial, Antiviral Cleaning Photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight
Orange Antibacterial, Antiseptic CleaningAir 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 OilCleaningBug SprayDiaper SprayEar 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.

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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.


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