100 Uses for the Homes Essentials Kit

For most this is the kit that starts “the'“ inevitable love affair that may happen between one and their oils. For those who don’t get started with this kit, eventually you probably want to get each of the oils that we will go through as they are the top 10 oil and oils blends that every home should own.

Here’s why:

Let answer this question with a few personal questions. When I ask the questions I want you to give yourself a score. out of 10. Ten being “hell yess/awesome”. Okay you ready?

  1. Do you have natural options in your home to reach for when you for your loved ones feel unwell? Eg. when your immune system is down and your’e fighting something, hormonal issues, head and neck tension, tummy upset, respiratory support, an energy pick me up?

  2. How is your overall sleep quality? And what about your stress levels? On a scale 1 to 10?

  3. Do you have natural options for those dreaded niggles, aches and pains that pop on for yourself, your hubby or the kids?

  4. How is your toxic load around the home? What’s in your cleaning cupboard? What do you do the window, carpet bathroom and kitchen cleaning with? How about your smelly things - air fresheners, room sprays, scented candles etc? Do they all contain natural, safe and non toxic ingredients?

  5. And lastly, this is not a rating but I want you to actually think - why do you think so many people are looking for natural solutions today?

How did you score? How would you feel if we could move those scores up a little? Would it impact on your health and happiness? In that case, let’s dive in, becasue that is exactly what opting into the Home Essentials Kit and this doTERRA lifestyle is all about.

 
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A little recap…

The Home Essentials Kit comes with a wonderful nebulising Petal Diffuser and is one the best value-for-money starter kits, that will save you AU$245 off retail price (don’t pay retail folks, that’s just silly). You get 9x 15mL oils + 1 x 5ml (Ice Blue) and each 15mL bottle has 250 drops and 5ml bottles have 85 drops, so they last forever.

OK, so let’s explore the prime time oils in this kit and the multitude of ways to use them:

Frankincense

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It has to start with Frankincense. His notable cellular health benefits were the whole reason I got into this world of essential oils, and to this day, he remains my fav. There’s a few things you should know about Frankincense… He is regarded as “The King” of the essential oil world; there is a saying, “if in doubt, use Frank”; Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold were gifted by the three wise men to baby Jesus (so must be good); frankincense is a known “amplifier” meaning he makes other oils work better; frank is gentle and safe from birth up (he’s actually great for bonding).

Here’s some of the ways you can use him (for some reason he is boy):

  1. Add a drop into your skin serum for a youthful glow and to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and fight of wrinkles.

  2. Add 1-2 drops In the diffuser with Lavender for sleep or stress 

  3. Mix with Vit E/Rosehip oil for scarring, burns, abrasions & to promote skin healing. Can also apply to the nail bed to strengthen nails

  4. Apply to soles of feet or down the spine, onto little people (dilute 2-5 drops in 10ml of carrier) when they are losing their sh$t for no apparent reason

  5. Apply around the ears, jawline, or soles of feet when little ones are battling infection. For big people too, helps the immune system

  6. Apply to the third eye, wrists or temples during spiritual practices (like yoga, prayer, breathing or meditation). Frank emotionally is the oil of truth.

  7. Apply to temples, back on neck for head tension (with Lav/Peppermint/Ice Blue)

  8. Combined with Ice Blue, diluted and applied over creaky joints 

  9. Add to the mix for any skin irritations eg. fungal, eczema, psoriasis type lesions

  10. Sniff slow and deeply from the bottle to calm overwhelm or pop 1 drop under the tongue (with Copaiba works well)


Lavender

 
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Sweet sweet lavender. Out of all the oils this is one that most people have had some experience. Native to the Mediterranean Lavender is one of the most researched essential oils out there. It’s notable high in Linalool and Linalyl acetate giving rise to it’s “all things calming” properties.

  1. Add 1-2 drops to temples & back of neck and soles of feet for little people for sleep and relaxation

  2. Add 2-3 drops (adults) or 1-2 drops (kids) into a diffuser at night for sleep

  3. Inhale directly from the bottle for stress and overwhelm

  4. Add 1-2 drops to a pump of aloe vera and apply to sunburn

  5. Add 1 drops to face serum and apply to skin for soft, subtle skin. Add with Frank for complexion,

  6. Add with tea tree for fungal/bacertial skin irritation eg. nappy rash

  7. Add with Frank + Helichrysum for scars, stretch marks, burns and healing

  8. For allergies - add 1-2 drops with Peppermint + Lemon in the diffuser or diluted into a carrier oil and apply behind ears and over sinuses (be careful round eye area)

  9. Apply to bug bites or hives

  10. Apply to temples wth Frank + Peppermint for head tension


Lemon

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One of the most versatile oils out there. I’m never without a bottoel of Lemon essential oil. Move over toxic cleaning sprays, you’ve got nothing on the powerhouse properties of lemon EO.

  1. Add 20-30 drops of EO in total, mixed with 1/4 white vinegar + 3/4 water, into a glass spray bottle to make up an epic all purpose surface spray (degreaser, purifying, cleansing). Pimp with OnGuard + Wild Orange + Peppermint!

  2. Add to a cotton ball and wipe over surface to rid dirty finger prints on light switches, to remove sticky adhesive, and other stubborn stains

  3. Drop 3-4 drops into the bottle of the bin to rid odour. I add a cotton ball with a few drops to the bottom of the bin or in the cupboard with the bin

  4. Add 5-10 drops + white vinegar to your sink to Pmake a fruit and vegetable soak

  5. Add 1-2 drops to a glass or stainless steal water bottle to support lymphatitc cleasning

  6. Inhale or apply (diluted) over bridge of nose to relieve runny nose associated with allergies. (combine with Peppermint + Lavender as above)

  7. Diffuse 2-3 drops in the kitchen at night (and morning) after you’ve cleaned the kitchen to leave the space clean and refreshed. (works well with Peppermint)

  8. Add to olive oil, apple cider vinegar to make a zesty salad dressing

  9. Diffuse to uplift mood whenever in need

  10. Inhale for car sickness/morning sickness/nausea (may combine with Peppermint and Ginger)


Peppermint

 
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If I had to choose one oil to take with me on a trip, I’d probably choose Peppermint. He is very multipurpose!

  1. Instant energy boost/pick me up/get me going/clear out your sinuses (and maybe your my nostril hairs, too). Are you ready? Go pop 1 drop into the palm of your hands, rub together, and cup over your nose (protecting your eyes) and inhale three deep breaths. For a gentler approach, sniff directly from bottle.

  2. Head tension - apply 1-2 drops diluted, to the temples, above the ears, and back of neck at the first sign. Can also hold one drop directly to the roof of you mouth

  3. For mental alertness when you’re struggling with focus, diffuser 1-2 drops, whilst working. Blends well with Lemon/Wild Orange/Rosemary

  4. Those pesky hot flashes - try 1 drop to the tip on your ear lobes (yep you read that right), back of neck, and soles of feet, to cool you down

  5. Stiff neck? Neck tension? Muscle tightness? Dilute 1-2 drops into enough carrier oils to cover the affected area and give yourself a massage over the tight area. Helps to ease muscle tension. Use pre- and post workout.

  6. Speaking of workouts -inhalation of peppermint was associated with increased push-up performance and grip strength, so give it a sniff the next time your due to workout.

  7. Gargle a drop with water for an instant breath refresh

  8. Make a spray on Peppermint + Lavender + Frank + Aloe Vera for post sunburn relief (just be careful near your bits, Peppy tingles)

  9. Take 1 drop in water to soothe digestive upset or sniff for nausea

  10. Add to chocolate anything (hot cacao, chocolate-peppermint slice)!


Tea Tree/Melaleuca

 
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Hails from Australia. Fun fact: when you come for a visit to Byron, we can take you for a swim in a tea tree lake - look brown and gross but will have your skin feeling amazing. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales would apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Over time, the knowledge of Melaleuca’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, leading up to it's popular use today. Tea tree has amazing antiseptic, antibactreial, antifungal, antiviral properties.

  1. Apply to cuts and wounds to clean and disinfect

  2. Apply diluted to fugally stuff (jock itch, nappy rash, tinea, toenails)

  3. Apply diluted, around the area of concern eg. behind and around the ear for ear discomfort, over the throat for a sore throat, around the eye orbit for styes.

  4. Dab onto cold sore, diluted

  5. Apply to pimples as a spot treatment

  6. Add into your all purpose cleaner

  7. Add to your wash cycle, especially if you have sweaty-betty clothes (gym close, men’s work closes etc)

  8. Apply to soles of feet when fighting infection

  9. Use as a mouth rinse (in coconut oil) for gum issues

  10. This may come in handy - Tea tree is great for removing permanent marker from skin, who knew? Before and after pictures plz!


Oregano

 
 

One word… Powerhouse! This is the one oil that you probably won’t go through anytime soon but when you need it, it’s mighty. Important safety note - oregano is classed as a “hot oil”. These so-named hot oils can give you a burning sensation when used directly onto the skin ie. when they aren’t diluted, or a spicy burning sensation when taken internally. So we always, DILUTE oregano. Click HERE for other hot oils and how to use them safely.

  1. When you are down and out - think flu (including but not limited to man flu), infections, be it viral or bacterial - apply 1-2 drops, diluted in 10ml of carrier oil to the soles of the feet every few hours.

  2. Warts - apply diluted, with Frank, directly onto the wart. Protect surrounding skin and cover. Apply daily.

  3. Fungal nail infections - apply diluted, with tea tree to the nail twice daily

  4. Add 1 drop to flavour bolognese sauce, just ONE drop!

  5. Short term ONLY, immune boost, when down and out: Take 1-2 drops in a Veggie Capsule, with olive oil, for periodic immune support

  6. Mould killer: Mix 3 drops of Oregano with water in a spray bottle and spray it in corners of the shower, sink and other damp and darkened areas. Can combine with OnGuard, Tea tree too, white vinegar

  7. Pop a drop of Oregano and a drop of Basil in your veggie dip or Veggie soap to up the anti! Or, mix them both with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a savory bread dip!

  8. Add a drop to pizza or pasta sauce

  9. Short term ONLY gastro/intestinal/candida support for getting rid of the funk. I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing this without working with a practitioner. Seek advice.

Make up an immune support blend in prep for winter. Combine 1-2 drops of each Oregano, OnGuard + Frank + Teat Tree into 10ml and apply to soles of feet if needed.


OnGuard (the Protective Blend)

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One of my all time fav blends. Did you know that doTERRA make a whole range of OnGuard products? I’m taking toothpaste, laundry liquid, hand wash, hand sanitiser, cleaner concentrate and handy travel size beadlets. If you’re looking to ward off the lurgies daily exposure to this blend is key (alongside the foundations of good nutrition, sleep, fresh air, etc).

  1. Apply 1-2 drops to the soles of your feet each night before bed

  2. Add 1 drops into manuka honey and add to herbal tea for sore throat/immune support

  3. Apply diluted, directly over a sore throat, every few hours, with tea tree

  4. Gargle with salt water for sore throats

  5. Take with you on the plane and apply to your chest, diluted.

  6. Add 1-2 drops to 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and swish around your mouth to maintain good oral hygiene

  7. Diffuse 2-3 drops in the diffuser when sniffles are going around

  8. The old cinnamon apple dessert. Add to any apple dish. Even slice some apples, places into a bowel of cool water, and addd 1-2 drops on OnGuard , for a flavour and immune boost treat

  9. Make your won carpet/car seat purifier by adding 10 drops of OnGuard to 1 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle over area and then vacuum up. Works well with Lemon added too.

  10. Add drops to hand wash, washing cycle, fruit and vegetable wash, all purpose cleaner, and mould spray to keep threats at bay.


Easy Air/Breathe (the Respiratory Blend)

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  1. Add 2-3 drops into the diffuser for congestion and cough. It makes the difference between sleep and no sleep.

  2. Add a few drops to the diffuser with Lavender for sleep. Open airways = better sleep PLUS the aromas go beautifully together. I still use this combo and have been for 2 years.

  3. Add 1-2 drops into 10ml of carrier oil and apply to chest, upper back and soles of feet when heavily congested

  4. Apply, diluted, over the sinus areas for sinus issues

  5. Snoring? Not you of course. Apply diluted to chest.

  6. Draw out the snot - fill the bathrroom basin with hot water, add 2-3 drops and inhale deeply. Through your mouth for respiratory support or nose for sinuses. Either way keep eyes closed.

  7. Working in confined spaces? This often leads to stagnant air with no air flow. Whilst in these spaces, free yourself mentally and emotionally by applying or diffusing this blend.

  8. Can be used via inhalation or topically for seasonal allergies

  9. When you feel flat and closed, add a few drops to your hands, rub together, to clear your airways and give you an energy boost

  10. When travelling, add to pillow, with lavender for musky rooms and odd odours to support sleep


DigestZen (the Digestion blend)

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Ohh this little gem has saved me and my hubby’s buts (quite literally) a few times now. It’s also the oil that get’s the skeptics converted…

  1. For the relief of bloating and gas - Lie down. Fill your belly button with carrier oil, then add 1-2 drops of Digestzen to belly button, and rub clockwise, spreading the blend over your abdomen. Stay put and take 10 deep breathes allowing your belly to completely relax. Repeat at 15 min intervals if needed (not usually, it’s usually relieved, no joke!)

  2. Take 1 drop into a glass of water for releief of stomach discomfort

  3. Travelling - take this with you. For relief of dreaded gastro or gosh knows what else. It may speed up the process but it certainly helps get sh:T out!

  4. Can take daily, with water to support health digestion

  5. Constipated - rub clockwise as above to stimulate things along

  6. Sinus issues - yep - sounds weird BUT this blend works super well for sinus. Apply diluted over the sinus areas.

  7. Mums with bubs - for colic relief – 1 drop in 15mL of fractionated coconut oil – apply to bubs tummy and soles of feet.

  8. Eating out with foods that you know don’t agree with you? Take it in your purse and apply secretly on the loo if needed. Life saver.

  9. Long car rides? Sniff for car trouble

  10. Stinky onion and garlic breath - Use 1-2 drops in a 1/2 glass of water as a mouth rinse to neutralise.


Ice Blue/Deep Blue (the Athletic blend/the Soothing blend)

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This is the blend that helps get the men over the line. It has the sports rub aroma due to the wintergreen, menthol and peppermint aromas.

  1. Apply 3-4 drops, diluted, to neck and shoulder when you’ve been at the keyboard too long (me after this blog).

  2. Apply 3-4 drops, diluted, over achey, swollen joints/muscles

  3. Use pre and post workout to aid tissues recovery

  4. Apply 1-2 drops to the back of ears and temples for head/neck tension

  5. Apply over the lower abdomen, diluted, for menstrual discomfort

  6. Add 5 drop Ice Blue + 5 drops Frank in 10 ml, and apply daily to affected joints.

  7. Growing pains in kids over 12 years - apply diluted over limbs before bed

  8. Stacked it recently - bruising, swelling, skin missing - apply diluted, directly over the area to help support healing, pain and swelling.

  9. Weekend activities make you realise your not 21 anymore - apply to affected area

  10. Want to justify to hubby why the Home Essential’s Kit is a must-have - mix 3-4 drops of Ice Blue into coconut oil and offer him a back massage!


So there you have it. Natural solutions for all the family’s needs. Here’s to happier and healthier homes.

How to get your dōTERRA products

For details on how to get this kit or any dōTERRA oils, click below or please feel free to email me (chantel.gough@me.com) with any questions, or if you’d like to start with a different kit, or your own custom order based on your current concerns, I can help you with this too.

I look forward to supporting you on your oil journey!

Love Chantel x