My 5 Favorite Essential Oils and What They Can Be Used For.  

You may think that essential oils are a new “fad”, but actually aromatherapy and the use of aromatic herbs can be traced all the way back to 3500 BC. Back then, oils were used for medicinal purposes, in cosmetics, and as perfume. They were also used for religious rituals and to ward off “evil spirits”. 

Today oils are used, not only in aromatherapy, but also in cleaning products, beauty products, and as natural remedies.

Here are my top 5 essential oils and why they are a staple as alternative solutions:


Most of us have heard the story of Jesus’s birth and the role of frankincense played, but this powerful oil has a place in your life today (and one my family would never be without!)

Frankincense can be used aromatically, topically, internally, and in DIY recipes. It is gentle, yet strong. It helps build and maintain a healthy immune system and promotes cellular health. It reduces the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates the skin. Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation and satisfaction. (source)


Mostly known for its soothing calming properties (not to mention its fabulous smell!), lavender is great for those who have sleep issues. In addition, lavender has anti-oxidant power, which is essential for your health. Have a burn or insect bite? Put 2 or 3 drops of lavender oil to reduce swelling, stop itching and to help with the pain.  I mix a couple of drops with magnesium lotion and rub on my feet at night for the best slumber ever.


Peppermint is great because it’s a very versatile oil. Below are just a few of its uses:

  • Use to open your airways or as a decongestant when you have a cold
  • It relieves sore muscles (because of its cooling sensation)
  • Take for digestion issues or to help with nausea
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Improves mental focus
  • Gets rid of headaches and relieves other muscle tightening

Tea Tree

Tea Tree is another extremely versatile oil because it has soothing, cleansing, and purifying properties. So feel free to use it to ease bug bites or calm skin conditions. If you have an irritated throat, a bug, or sore muscles, tea tree oil can work as a soothing agent.

You can also use a few drops to clean cuts and scratches or it make your own hand sanitizer. As an purifier, tea tree oil can help with nasty foot and nail conditions, and even mildew.  Got pantry pest?  Put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place in your pantry.  Bye bye bugs!

Bonus benefit: tea tree oil can be used to repel other pests too. I use it in my daughter’s shampoo to keep her from getting lice.


Besides detoxifying your liver, there are at least 10 reasons why I tell all of my clients to start drinking lemon water due to all of the health benefits.  Just add a couple drops to your water daily – it’s that easy!  Lemon oil is a great mood enhancer and can also curb your sugar cravings. Try adding a few drops to your facial moisturizer to brighten up your skin and address signs of aging.

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight.”

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. <Click here to get my free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”

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