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This comprehensive chart pairs common health ailments with useful essential oils and various ways to use them. Simply find your health problem on the left, then choose a corresponding essential oil and an application method on the right. Always remember to consult with a doctor for any serious medical issues.

Common Ailments Essential Oils to Use Method of Application
Aches and Pains basil, benzoin, black pepper, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, cypress, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang massage, compress, bath
Acne basil, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, geranium,grapefruit, lavender,palmarosa, rosetea tree bath, massage
Asthma chamomile, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, pine bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Athlete’s foot lavender, lemon, myrrh, tea tree bath, direct application
Chest Problems benzoin, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, niaouli, pine, rosemary, tea tree, thyme bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Chilblains benzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, ginger, juniper, marjoram, thyme massage, bath, compress
Colds and Flu basil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea tree, thyme bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Constipation black pepper, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary massage, bath, compress
Cramp chamomile, lavender, marjoram, sandalwood, vetiver massage, bath, compress
Cystitis chamomile, lavender, tea tree, geranium, pine, sandalwood massage, bath, compress
Dandruff cedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, sandalwood scalp message, rinse
Diarrhea chamomile, lavender, rose, neroli massage, bath, compress
Eczema benzoin, chamomile, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver massage, bath
Fluid Retention black pepper, cypress, juniper massage, bath
Hay Fever bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrtle, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headaches chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosewood bath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headlice bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, tea tree scalp massage, rinse
Herpes chamomile, lavender, myrrh, tea tree bath, massage, compress, direct application
High Blood Pressure bergamot, chamomile, fennel, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang massage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Indigestion dill, fennel, parsley, peppermint, mandarin massage, inhalation
Nausea bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, mandarin, orange, peppermint, rosewood bath, inhalation, vaporization
Sinusitis chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea tree massage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Sprains chamomile, lavender massage, bath, compress
Throat Infections basil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, sandalwood, tea tree massage, bath, compress, inhalation, vaporization


Bath – For first-time users, you can add up to 6 drops in your bathwater. If you have sensitive skin don’t add more than 6 drops. You can gradually increase the dose up to 10 drops if you have become familiar with its effects.
  • Always add the oils after the water has been run and ensure the water is not too hot or the oils will vaporize.
  • Essential oils do not dissolve in the water, but float in the surface, so make sure you don’t sit on them directly.
Massage – 5 drops of essential oils to 10 ml of aromatherapy carrier oil (as essential oils are highly concentrated and you can’t use them directly on our skin, which iss why you need carrier oils as a medium to minimize skin irritations. Most commonly used are grapeseed, olive, avocado, jojoba oils)
Compress – Compress can be done with cold or hot water. For a cold compress, add 2 or 3 drops essential oils to ice water then soak a cloth and wring it out. Lay it on the affected area for about 15 minutes. Do the same to make a hot compress. Hot compresses will cool quickly and must be replaced frequently.
Inhalation – Add about 10 drops to hot water then lean over the bowl and cover your head with towel for 10 minute as you inhale.
Vaporization – The best way to use vaporization is to use a ceramic aromatherapy oil burner. Add 4 drops to water in a bowl. Another option is to use an electric oil diffuser.
Source: http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/aromatherapy-blog.html