Essential Oils for Overall Health and Specific Health Problems

This one is lemon – I love how many things you can do with lemon!

Essential Oils for Overall Health and Specific Health Problems

I started getting involved with essential oils in 1999 when I finished my massage therapy training. What interested me most about the oils is something I’m not allowed to tell you!

Due to certain governmental restrictions, I’m not allowed to share with you my specific reasons for what excited me most about essential oils.  But please stick with me and read on… and please read between the lines.

Keep in mind the fact that I had just lost my mother to breast cancer which had spread to her bones and I was looking for anything and everything I could find to help protect myself.  When I discovered how essential oils help to oxygenate the body (always keeping in mind the knowledge that certain diseases love to play in anaerobic – meaning without oxygen – conditions), and boost immunity, help repair cells, and a myriad of other things, I got very excited.  My research led me to understand how essential oils can help with illness, emotions, immunity… so much.

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Did you know that many pharmaceutical drugs are based on the natural phytochemicals obtained from plants?  Plants have been studied and used for centuries for medicinal purposes and what they’ve discovered is that essential oils are the life-blood of the plant.  They have many healing properties.  They protect the plant’s immune system and they can do the same for ours.

Pharmaceuticals are often based on the natural chemicals found in plants and pharmaceutical companies can create patentable drugs that imitate the healing properties of these natural oils. The problem with drugs, however, is that they often have so many side effects. Essential oils are the best thing nature could offer us in the way of medicine and their side effects are often more energy, improved digestion, better sleep, fewer colds and flu, and so much more.

I spent a lot of time researching which brand of essential oils are the best.  While involved in these studies, I discovered that many of the essential oils we buy are often not helpful, and so many can actually be harmful. Some of the reasons for this are:

  • The companies claim that their oils are “pure and therapeutic” but are actually grown down-wind or down-stream from a non-organic farm;
  • Some are improperly distilled, at too high a pressure or temperature, or too short a time, and this means they are not getting the maximum amount of therapeutic properties from the oil; and
  • Many essential oils are adulterated with chemical extenders that smell as delightful as the “good stuff” in the oil, but this takes away the therapeutic properties and renders the oil ineffective.  Some of these oils could be damaging to the body if applied topically, ingested or inhaled.

So you can see why it’s really important to find the best source of essential oils that you can.  If you don’t know and trust your supplier, you have no way of knowing what you’re buying.  Most likely the health food shop you’re buying them from has little idea about quality either.

I found a brand that I trust implicitly. This company uses the most stringent testing procedures on every single batch of essential oil and grows most of the plants in order to maintain the highest and best procedures.

Here is my list of the most useful essential oils, research backed (UPDATED OCTOBER 2018), in alphabetical order:

1. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

2. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

3. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

4. Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

5.  Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita) (see my article on chamomile)

6. Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)

7.  Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)

8. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) (see my article on clove)

9.  Copaiba (Copaifera reticulata/langsdorfii)

10. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

11. Cypress, Blue (Callitris intratropica)

12.  Dorado Azul (Hyptis suaveolens)

13.  Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

14. Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)

15. Fragonia (Agonis fragrans)

16. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii , Boswellia serrata)

17. Frankincense Sacred (Boswellia sacra) – check out this research on boswellia sacra

18. Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)

19. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

20.  Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

21. Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

22. Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

23.  Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

24. Idaho Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

25. Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

26. Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma,  Juniperus scopulorum)

27.  Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

28.  Ledum (Ledum groenlandicum)

29. Lemon (Citrus limon) (see my article on limonene, a phytochemical in citrus essential oils)

30.  Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)

31.  Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

32.  Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) (see my article on lime)

33. Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) sometimes referred to as Tangerine

34. Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

35. Melissa (Melissa officinalis) a/k/a Lemon Balm

36.  Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

37. Myrtle (Myrtus communis)

38. Ocotea (Ocotea quixos)

39. Orange (Citrus sinensis)

40. Oregano (Origanum compactum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum majorana, Origanum onites, Origanum minutiflorum)

41. Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)

42. Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

43. Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

44. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

45. Pine (Pinus sylvestris) – check out this research study on how it helps triple negative breast cancer

46. Ravintsara (Cinnamonum camphora)

47. Rose (Rosa damascena)

48.  Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

49. Sage (Salvia officinalis)

50. St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

51. Sandalwood (Santalum album, Santalum spicatum)

52. Spruce (Picea mariana), also known as Black Spruce, Northern Lights Black Spruce

53.  Spruce, Idaho Blue (Picea pungens)

54. Tangerine (Citrus nobilis)

55. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

56. Tsuga (Tsuga canadensis)

57. White Fir (Abies concolor)

58. Xiang Mao (Cymbopogon citratus) also known as Red Lemongrass

I have personally read research on each and every one of these oils demonstrating their health-promoting activity. You can read it too, just by going to the website and putting the scientific name of the plant (and sometimes the common name too) into the search field.

The brand I love and have used since 1999?  Young Living Essential Oils, for many different reasons.  Yes they are readily available all over the Internet from various people, but if you purchase from me, it helps to fund my ability to keep this website out there for the benefit of others who need this information.  Thank you!

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  1. Janine

    Hi Marnie
    I found your article on essential oils for breast health very interesting.

    I’ve come across tons of websites recommending essential oils for breast growth but dont take the dangers of phytoestrogens into account.

    I would like to prevent breast cancer, what would you consider the best 3 or 4 essential oils for cancer prevention and what ratio’s should I use with a carrier oil?


    • Marnie

      Hi Janine, thanks for your message! I would highly recommend frankincense, orange, palo santo and lemon – also lavender – as my absolute top favorite oils for prevention. I use them neat – no carrier oil required if you’re using therapeutic grade oils that are known for purity and strength. I hope this helps! Are you in Zimbabwe? I have a couple of subscribers in Zimbabwe!

      • Janine

        Hi Marnie
        Thanks so much for getting back to me 🙂
        That’s great, now at least I have a guideline!!! Well the main brand of oils I have access to is called Soil and they advise on their site to dilute but I will search for therapeutic grade.
        Oh I’m in Cape Town, South Africa. I see you lived in Australia for quite a while, will be visiting family there in 2014 so quite excited. Also I will make it my mission to visit the states one day, Colorado looks beautiful and you guys have the best (maybe not the healthiest) food in there in usa, we envy your diners 🙂
        I’m 33 years old and do worry about things like breast cancer, as long as there are people like you out there, there will always be hope!!!

      • Anna Thea

        Hello Marnie ~ Thank you for this information. I recently started applying organic rose oil in an oil carrier directly to my breasts. But then I decided I’d better look for resources to see if rose oil is beneficial for breasts, if I might be doing myself any harm, if there are better oils to use, and where and how to use them. So I am wondering if you apply these oils directly to your breasts each day. How else would you recommend using oils to receive a therapeutic benefit? Thank you! ~ Anna Thea

        • Marnie

          Hi Anna Thea – rose oil is a beautiful oil to use (and the most expensive!) but yes, there are better oils to use and the list on this page incorporates all of the ones I have found in my studies. Yes, apply them directly to the breast each day. Best when used in pairs – like frankincense and orange, or lavender with lemon. I change the pair every 3 days, in accordance with the directions given to me personally by the developer of the brand of oils I use. Hope that helps! -Marnie

  2. Holley

    I get your emails, but I do not see that I received your ebook.

    Thank you,

    • Marnie

      Hi Holley,
      It would have arrived as an attachment to the very first email you received after you signed up. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder, often it ends up there for some reason. Still can’t find it? Let me know and I will resend it! Sending hugs and welcome.

  3. Judi Brogden

    Thank you for the info. Anything regarding essential oils and lymphoma would be helpful

  4. dina potenza

    Hi , Marnie I have triple negative and looking into using some essential oils. Just not sure which to use, could you give me some guidance?

    • Marnie

      Yes I can – I just sent you an email with some more info.
      Warmest regards,

  5. Julie Drefke

    Hi Marnie, what are the best oils for her2 cancer?


    • Marnie

      Thanks for your inquiry. To my knowledge there are no research papers on HER2 positive breast cancer and specific essential oils but I have emailed you some general information which I hope you will find informational.
      Warmest regards,
      Marnie Clark

  6. Deb

    Hi Marnie,

    First of all, thank you for such a great, informative website. I’m still diving into your articles after this wonderful post about essential oils.

    I’m wondering if essential oils can help with a hematoma post breast biopsy? Encourage the body to re-absorb it? And if so, would you have recommendations? Also, just for overall breast health (every day use)? I’d love to know about the research too. I’m a bit of a research nut ;-P

    Thanks again for sharing this wonderful info. I’m so glad to have found you.

    In health,

    • Marnie

      Thanks for your message. I have some information coming your way via email today. I’m sorry for the delay.
      Warmest regards,

  7. Joy Hoffmeister

    Want to say how much I’ve appreciated your information.

  8. Linda Fox

    What other pairs would you put together besides those listed above?

    • Marnie

      Linda, here are some of my favorite combos:
      Frankincense with orange
      Geranium with lemon
      Palo santo with lime
      Lavender with palmarosa
      Any of the pine oils with any of the citrus
      Myrrh with lemon
      Clove with orange
      Ginger with copaiba
      Sandalwood with tangerine
      So go ahead and get creative! Enjoy them!
      Warmest regards,

  9. Susan Neuffer

    I’d be glad to buy young living oils through you; do you have a link that will allow it?

    • Marnie

      Thank you Susan, I’ve send some information via email to you.
      Warmest regards,

  10. Terri Reichenbach

    I am a breast cancer survivor, 5 years. I am curious if you have found any oils to avoid for someone who has had breast cancer. I have done some research but find conflicting information on this subject. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • Marnie

      Hi Terri,
      I have never found any oils that should be avoided for purposes of breast cancer. Indeed, most of the oils for which I’ve read the research indicates that all of them have potent anti-cancer action. And many are specific against breast cancer. I suspect what you may be running across is that old, outdated caution to avoid lavender and tea tree if you have estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. I have run across that dumb advice so frequently lately I felt the need to write an article refuting it: Hope this helps, but be sure and let me know if I can assist you further.
      Warmest regards,

  11. Lin Fox

    What oils do you recommend for nerve pain due to post mastectomy pain syndrome



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