Essential Oils 101

…and a recipe for Rosemary and Lavender Calming Spray! 

I want to begin this post by saying I am NO EXPERT on Essential Oils. Far from it actually. My Mom, and my sisters and nieces could all give you much more information than me on this subject. I am just getting acquainted with all the wonderful and amazing applications for these oils that have been being used to centuries.

But, since it seems like a large number of the things I post mention the use of “essential oils” in them, I thought I would at least try to give a BASIC outline of what they are and how they work for those who are unfamiliar with them (like I was up until a few months ago!) For those of you who ARE experts out there…I hope you will humor me in my attempt and feel free to add your comments! The comments section is such a great way to share our combined knowledge.

“One Good Thing” that inspired this post today is an experience we had at our house last week. The hubster arrived home from work on Thursday night looking like “something the cat dragged in”. Poor guy…he’d been hit with the flu bug….HARD! Fever, aches, chills, the whole nine yards. Two of my sisters happened to be visiting and both know quite a bit about the use of essential oils. They quickly came up with what oils might help alleviate his symptoms. Since we don’t own a diffuser (yet!) the other option was to take the oils and rub them directly onto your feet…which he did. He went to bed early and the next morning felt completely better! No nausea, no fever, no aches, no chills. Just a little bit of a cough. He actually headed off to work!  I couldn’t believe it!

This is just ONE of a dozens of “stories” I could tell you that have occurred in my family and extended family. We are definitely becoming firm believers in the benefits of essential oils.


What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are scented oils derived from the leaves, bark, seeds or fruit of plants. Plants have these scents for luring pollinators and warding off predators. Some plants, like the tea tree, produce their aroma as an antifungal for disease prevention.

Using essential oils to treat illnesses and conditions, can be traced back thousands of years. The recent trend towards more holistic approaches to wellness have led to the “rediscovery” of essential oil health applications.

Uses of Essential Oils

Essential oils are used in a wide range of emotional and physical applications.
They are usually administered by diffusing in the air, applying to the skin, or taking internally as dietary supplements.

Aromatic Uses

Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home.

Topical Uses

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Applying oils can have immediate benefit to the area of application. They have restorative and calming properties. They are also natural disinfectants.

Internal Uses

Many essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

(In addition, essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care.)



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Where Can You Get Essential Oils?

Because of the growing popularity of these oils, they can be found in many stores and all over the internet. But you want to make sure you are getting quality oils... the two most important qualities are purity and potency. It needs to be absolutely pure and it needs to be potent.

Our family has recently discovered Spark Naturals, a relatively new company who is quickly building a reputation as having some of the best quality essential oils out there. All of their oils are Certified Pure PharmaGrade which means they guarantee all of their essential oil extracts are 100% pure and meet high standards for both purity and material composition.

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And finally….in honor of essential oils…I want to share a recipe I found from Frugally Sustainable that I think is BRILLIANT!

Rosemary and Lavender Calming Spray! 


Great for dealing with rambunctious children or just spraying whenever tensions rise. According to Andrea, “The results are literally amazing! The children, and I, immediately receive a sense of calm.”

I am going to mix up a batch as soon as I find a mister bottle to put it in! (Or maybe I’ll just douse my kids and myself with it!)   :-)

-20 drops rosemary essential oil
-20 drops lavenderessential oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a 2 ounce mister/spray bottle. Spray whenever necessary for calming effect. Shelf stable, no need to refrigerate, and will last indefinitely.

I hope that some of this has been helpful to someone. I know I was completely CLUELESS about essential oils up until about 6 months ago (and to be honest, fairly skeptical). But it doesn’t take too many times being helped out by them and you start becoming a believer.


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    • Jillee says

      Barb….I used doTerra Essential Oils and they have a few of their own “blends”…but this is basically what we did:

      Rub a 2-4 drops of Breathe Oil Blend, Peppermint Oil or Eucalyptus Oil on chest.
      Put a few drops of On Guard Oil Blend on the bottom of feet a few times a day
      Put a drop or 2 of Lemon Oil on the tongue or drink in water throughout the day
      A few drops of Peppermint Oil on stomach or bottom of feet

  1. Tasha says

    This is what I have heard for ADHD. I personally haven’t used it (yet) but am sick of paying exhorbitant rates for medication, not to mention the fact that I do not want to have to rely on medication. (And I am a huge fan of doTERRA as well!)

    Peaceful Child Blend roller bottle. Use same size as past tense. Get at aroma tools.
    85 drops (1/3)bottle Vetiver
    30 ylang ylang
    20 frankincense
    15-17 clary sage
    10 marjoram
    35 fractionated coconut
    Use for ADHD and other stress disorders for kids & adults

    • Jillee says

      This is great stuff Tasha! I bet a lot of people could benefit from it. Would you mind if I shared it in a future post? Essential oils are so ESSENTIAL in our home now. :-)

  2. Anonymous says

    @ Jess~ I would love to hear more about how you use them for your allergies. I have a teenage son that gets seasonal (spring) allergies and they are getting to him bad this Spring. I prefer to do things naturally but the honey does not seem to be making a differance this year. Thanks for your help. Beth

    • says

      What has helped my allergies is using the antihistamine protocol of 2 drops of peppermint, lemon, and lavender essential oils in a small glass of water, swish around in mouth, gargle, and swallow. Repeat as needed. 5 drops of each can be added to a vegie capsule. Can also rub a drop of each on the bottom of feet.

  3. Megan says

    I'm an IPC for doTERRA too! It's amazing what our bodies can do with oils. :) Thanks for posting this today!

  4. Jess says

    I started reading your post with hesitation. I've been using essential oils for years but it wasn't until a year ago and a half ago that I started using them medicinally. I was happy to see you recommend doTERRA essential oils. There's no comparison as to the quality and purity. I use them for my allergies and I'm so glad that I can use something that isn't going to harm my body any more. Kudos for talking about doTERRA. <3

  5. Dori says

    Rosemary, I did a post on my blog today, the link is up above. The blog post is what I do for my kids and their ADD/ADHD. Thanks!

  6. Dori says


    Let me start some research into this for you. Can you email me at so I can get this information to you? Thank you! I will also respond on here what I find so it can help anyone.

  7. Rosemary says

    Dori – quick question on the ADHD. I do not have this but I was diagnosed with Cataplexy 3 yrs ago. Since then I've basically fallen apart between the disease and the harsh meds. I've had a hysterectomy, dialysis, extensive oral surgery, and am on several supplements since I live off 1 to 2 hrs sleep and the meds absorbed all the calcium and iron in my body. They tried everything from stimulants, anti depressants, xyrem (GHB)…. The only thing that seems to help are the meds for ADHD specifically Adderal. I'd like to be med free! Any info on what helps for your kids would be extremely helpful and definitely worth a try!! Thanks!

  8. Joy says

    I am a consultant for Essential Oils with another company, Young Living, and my family no longer uses convential medicine (drugs, chemicals, etc.) in our home. We even use the cleaning products from Young Living for our home. I could go on and on with all the beneifits we have seen from using YL Essential Oils; my daughter's Asperger's. My husband's skin spots, my pain from surgery, headaches, RLS, allergies, sore throat, and on and on. I even use them for losing weight and maintaining my weight. Any time you can do something natural, something that has been used for centuries, to aid in your body's health, is always better than putting chemicals/drugs into your body. And who wouldn't want to stay healthy without putting chemicals in their body? I love YL Essential Oils. They have literally changed my and my family's lives.

      • Shannon says

        Would love to know what you used for your daughter’s Aspergers?? My son is on the spectrum and would love to try it. Thanks.

    • Jill says

      We also use Young Living Oils. They are truely amazing and we have been able to eliminate all OTC and RX meds! I will only use YL oils SIMPLY for the fact that they do not use chemicals in there distilling process!