Natural medicine

Our medical system is broken. We’re currently spending $6.5 billion dollars on healthcare worldwide, yet chronic disease is on the rise. Pharmaceuticals are constantly being recalled due to safety concerns. And antibiotic resistance is commonplace.

That’s why more and more people are searching for ways to support their health naturally. One thing many people are discovering works for them is essential oils.

If you are new to essential oils, it can be overwhelming to decide which oils to start with. That’s why we put together this guide of the top 7 essential oils you should add to your natural medicine cabinet.


Lemon is a wonderful aromatic, topical and internal cleanser that compliments lots of other essential oils. Using lemon in a diffuser is a good way to lift moods and cleanse the air. You can even use it to boost non-toxic cleansers in your home.


Peppermint has been used for centuries to support the digestive system. It’s also good to ease breathing and cool the body.  It can be used too topically for heartburn and indigestion relief.


This is quite possibly the most versatile essential oils around. Lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties. It’s great for soothing skin allergies, calming moods and relaxing the body.

Melaleuca. Image courtesy of Ilena Gecan.


Even though many people don’t like the smell of Melaleuca, more commonly referred to as tea tree, it is a powerhouse. It has great cleansing and regenerative properties, in particular for the skin.


Did you know that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used oregano for digestive and respiratory support as well as using it as a cleansing agent? Oregano contains flavonoids and phenolic acids, and is high in antioxidant activity.


This oil has historical significance and many uses. It is often used for immune support, relaxation and mood enhancement.

Wild Orange

Like other citrus oils, wild orange is ideal for revitalizing and energizing. It is also effective at helping to uplift mood.

In addition to these single oils, there are many essential oil blends available to help support your immune system and respiratory system. These are all great to have on hand to keep your family healthy!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.