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The Best Way To Get To Know The 2 Most Useful Oils

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Getting started with using essential oils can be intimidating, partly because there are so many different oils out there! And while every oil is useful in its own way, some are more versatile (and more helpful around the house) than others.

So to help simplify matters, this post will focus on my top two favorite essential oils — the two that I believe are the most useful to have on hand.

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The 2 Most Useful Essential Oils To Have At Home

In my humble opinion, the two most useful essential oils to have at home are lavender and lemon. Whenever I’m asked which essential oils are the best to buy first (which is a question I’m asked frequently!), these are the two I recommend.

Why lemon and lavender, you ask? Because there are so many practical ways to use them! With these two oils at your disposal, you can clean, sanitize, and freshen just about anything in your home.

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How To Use My Two Favorite Oils

But the best way to discover how useful these oils are isn’t for me to tell you about it — it’s by experiencing them for yourself! That’s why I’ve put together a handy beginner-friendly guide to these oils featuring dozens of practical ways to use them around the house.

But you don’t have to be a beginner to find this guide useful! It’s great as a reference for more experienced essential oil users too. Keep a copy of it at your desk or in a cupboard so it’s always close at hand.

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Download The Printable Beginners Guide

Download your free copy of my “Beginners Guide To My Two Favorite Oils” by clicking the download button in the box below. With helpful guide on hand, you’ll feel like an expert in no time!

Beginner’s Guide To My Two Favorite Essential Oils

Download this printable guide and start discovering the many uses for lavender and lemon oils.

Discover the best way to use two useful oils.

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Lemon or lavender — which is your favorite and why?

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Essential Oils

  • I am allergic to all things citrus. I am afraid to use lemon oil on anything that touches my skin since I’m told the allergy may come from the skin of the fruit. I sometimes use lemongrass oil as I don’t seem to be allergic to it. Is lemongrass as useful as lemon oil?

    • Sorry about that Christy. When you try to print one of my printable charts, follow these directions so it will print properly.
      1. Click on Download
      2. When a new tab opens up with the chart, do not print from that page
      3. Download the chart to your computer from that page, then open the copy on your computer
      This should solve the issue!

  • I love essential oils and appreciate these tips. However, i’ve read frequently that essential oils should not be used directly in skin, but should be diluted with a carrier oil or in a lotion at a pretty low concentration. (Like a few drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil, or something like that). But yet your list recommends using it straight on the skin several times, and also sometimes it doesn’t go into much detail on how to actually use the oils for the remedy. This is not the first place i’ve read about essential oils being used directly on skin, and am very confused about that.

    • Hi Vicki! Thanks for asking! When in doubt – dilute, it’s always the safe choice. There are certain oils I would never apply without diluting: bergamot, black pepper, cassia, cilantro, cinnamon, clove bud, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, oregano, peppermint, thyme, wintergreen.

      However, it is safe to use more gentle oils straight. I do lots of research and only suggest using an oil straight when it is safe, although you’ll have to use your best judgement for you own skin type. :-)

    • Hi Connie! Simply click on the big pink button that says “Download Printable Guide,” then click the little printer in the upper right corner. Finally be sure to check the box labeled “fit to page,” and select your printer :-) If you’re having any troubles, just email me at jill@byjillee.com

  • Are all of these oils safe for pets? I’ve been notified of animals that have gotten very ill and died from various oils, and not by ingesting them. Just being cautious…

    • I don’t recommend using essential oils directly on your pets (without doing your research). When it comes to using essential oils in the home around your pets, it’s much safer than using a commercial air freshener or an oven cleaner. :-) Never trap a pet in a room with a diffuser going – but as long as your pet has the option to walk away from something that bothers them, they will!

  • Consider adding oregano oil to your mix of oils too. It is extremely important for an antibacterial, anti fungal, treatment and can be put in capsules and taken orally too.

    • I agree. My mom has had a nasty cold with a stubborn cough. A friend of ours suggested Oregano oil. She’s not completely better yet. But it has helped. I love peppermint and lavender combined . It’s great painkiller for cramps. I think lemon oil would be my favorite. It’s great for when I have a runny nose. I just rub a little on both sides. It helps most of the time. I’ll definitely remember to use it when traveling. Great idea when your not sure how clean restrooms are or just not adequate for hand washing.

  • Lavender and tea tree oil are endocrine disrupters. FYI. Any herb or oil should be researched extensively before use.

    • Lots of things in homes are poisonous to pets. That doesn’t mean you should not use them, it means you should keep them away from your pets. I use tea tree oil a lot but I would not put it in my pets food or water bowl or let my pet lick my hand after I used it. I would wash my hands thoroughly after use.

    • Indeed with what GloriaAnn said…. I refused to have any Tea Tree or several other EO in my home too… as I used peppermint EO in my diffuser… my cat was very down.. so I stopped using EO…now after a few days it is a sigh of relief to see my cat is feeling way better and active!! If I use EO.. it definitely be outside use or in my traveling trips. I had not used my diffuser for 8 months! and no vet bills since!

  • I also carry lemon oil in my purse for when I use the publlic restroom. I put a drop or 2 on the water in the toilet before using it. It eliminates odors.

  • I love this. I’ve used this a lot since I downloaded this. I can’t narrow it down to just one. I just download the mobile app. My family thought I was nuts last year on vacation with my oils and little chart. I usually keep this in a guide at home.

  • This great. Sorry I can’t pin it down to just one. I’ve had a copy of this for a few years. I have a little essential oils book that I keep this reference in. I actually took a copy of this with my essential oils when we went on vacation last year. I’m sure my family thought I was nuts. I will definitely download the copy for my phone.

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