Essential Oil Substitution Chart for Blends & DIY Recipes

Ever had this happen?  You’ve found a great DIY recipe and you’re gathering the ingredients you need, but you’re missing one of the essential oils in the recipe.  We’ve all been there.

Maybe you just used up the last drop of your most recent bottle, and a refill is out of stock or out of our price range at the moment.

Maybe the recipe calls for an oil you’ve never used before, and you’re not sure when you might use it again, so you are hesitant to buy it.

Maybe you don’t have the essential oil on hand for safety reasons: a family member is allergic, or its unsafe for your pet, or it might interact with a prescribed medication.

Or, maybe you just don’t like the smell of the essential oil in the recipe and don’t want to use it.

 

Whatever the reason, there will be times when you will need to substitute an essential oil in a blend or recipe.  Fortunately, essential oils are so versatile, there are good swap options at your disposal when a particular essential oil isn’t available.

 

Essential Oil Substitutes for 36 common oils with free printables download by oneessentialcommunity.com -- shows image of 2 pages of essential oil substitution charts

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How to Make Essential Oil Substitutions

When making an essential oil substitution, determine if you are substituting the essential oil’s scent or its function.  Some essential oils with similar scents can have different therapeutic benefits, and some essential oils with starkly different aromas can serve the same function in a recipe.

If you are making a blend for aromatic purposes, the scent of the replacement essential oil is what matters, and you can focus on swapping in an essential oil with a similar aroma.

If you are making a recipe to serve a specific purpose or create a particular benefit, the function of the replacement essential oil is what matters.  In this situation, you can substitute with an oil that serves what you are trying to accomplish without worrying too much about matching scents.

Whatever the purpose of your essential-oil-based creation, always be aware of safety guidelines for each essential oil you include in a recipe.

 

 

Essential Oil Substitutes by oneessentialcommunity.com -- try these similar smelling oils -- lists substitutes for arborvitae through frankincense -- same substitutes are listed in blog post text

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1. Scent Substitutes

When substituting essential oils in an aromatic recipe, the goal is to find a replacement essential oil close in scent to the oil you are swapping out.

While no two essential oils smell exactly the same, there are groups of oils with similar aromas.  Citrus oils tend to smell like other citruses.  Tree oils are going to be closest in aroma to other tree oils.

Below are my guidelines for what some of the most popular essential oils smell like, and some options for scent substitutions for those essential oils.

 

  • Arborvitae Essential Oil Substitutes

What does arborvitae essential oil smell like?  Arborvitae has a warm, woodsy masculine scent.  Its aroma is reminiscent of fresh cut wood or a cozy, toasty sauna.

What essential oils smell similar to arborvitae?  cedarwood, cypress, sandalwood

Common uses for arborvitae essential oil: acne, oily skin, insect repellant, purifying & cleansing air, sleep, seasonal allergies, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Basil Essential Oil Substitutes

What does basil essential oil smell like?  Basil has a unique smell that is both sweet and herbaceous with hints of licorice, pepper, and mint.

What essential oils smell similar to basil?  anise, black pepper, coriander, fennel, oregano, tarragon

Common uses for basil essential oil: congestion, energy, focus.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Bergamot Essential Oil Substitutes

What does bergamot essential oil smell like?  Bergamot has a distinctive fresh, bright citrus scent with hints of floral.  It smells both sweet and tart like a cross of lemon, lime, and orange with a touch of lavender.

What essential oils smell similar to bergamot?  grapefruit, lemon, lime

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Common uses for bergamot essential oil: anxiety, sleep, stress, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Blue Tansy Essential Oil Substitutes

What does blue tansy essential oil smell like?  While blue tansy essential oil has many wonderful uses, it has an unpleasant odor to many people.  More specifically, blue tansy has a somewhat sweet floral aroma with undertones of medicinal camphor making it smell like a cross of a flower bouquet with vapor rub and moth balls.

What essential oils smell similar to blue tansy?  clary sage, German chamomile, Roman chamomile

Common uses for blue tansy essential oil: anxiety, skincare (acne/oily skin, dry skin, mature skin, & sensitive skin), stress, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Birch Essential Oil Substitutes

What does birch essential oil smell like?  Perhaps surprisingly, birch oil doesn’t smell like wood.  Instead, birch essential oil is made from the bark of the birch tree and has a clean, sweet, minty aroma like wintergreen gum and root beer.

What essential oils smell similar to birch?  wintergreen

Common uses for birch essential oil: sore muscles, pain relief.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Cardamom Essential Oil Substitutes

What does cardamom essential oil smell like?  Cardamom is a complex seductive scent that smells warm, sweet, and spicy with woody undertones.  It evokes the feeling of a heartwarming, homemade chai latte.

What essential oils smell similar to cardamom?  allspice, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg

Common uses for cardamom essential oil: indigestion & upset stomach, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Cassia Essential Oil Substitutes

What does cassia essential oil smell like?  Cassia essential oil is like a mellow cousin of cinnamon.  Like cinnamon, cassia has a rich, sweet spicy aroma, but cassia just has a little bit softer scent.

What essential oils smell similar to cassia?  cinnamon

Common uses for cassia essential oil: congestion, immune support, indigestion & upset stomach.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Cedarwood Essential Oil Substitutes

What does cedarwood essential oil smell like?  Cedarwood essential oil has a warm, woodsy masculine scent.  Its aroma is what you’d find in cedar chests, cedar decking and outdoor furniture, and the scent of a good men’s cologne.

What essential oils smell similar to cedarwood?  arborvitae, copaiba, cypress, sandalwood

Common uses for cedarwood essential oil: anxiety, hair growth, insect repellant, purifying & cleansing air, acne, dry skin, sleep, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Chamomile Essential Oil Substitutes

What does chamomile essential oil smell like?  While chamomile has many useful properties, many people do not care for its aroma.  Both Roman chamomile and German chamomile tend to be love-them-or-hate-them scents.  Roman chamomile smells like green apples, flowers, and grass blended together, whereas German chamomile essential oil smells slightly fruity, herbal, and bitter.

What essential oils smell similar to chamomile?  blue tansy, clary sage, German chamomile, Roman chamomile

Common uses for chamomile essential oil: anxiety, headaches, dry & sensitive skin, sleep, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Cinnamon Essential Oil Substitutes

What does cinnamon essential oil smell like?  Cinnamon bark oil has a warm spicy scent.  Its aroma often triggers happy memories of fall, apple pie, Christmas, warm-out-of-the-oven baked goods, and hot mulled cider.

What essential oils smell similar to cinnamon?  cassia, clove

Common uses for cinnamon essential oil: deodorizing, disinfecting, energy, immune support, insect repellant, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil Substitutes

What does clary sage essential oil smell like?  Clary sage is a polarizing scent.  People tend to either love it or hate it.  Those who love it say it smells earthy, herbaceous, and floral.  Those who hate it say it smells like geraniums growing in an old, sweaty, stinky gym shoe.

What essential oils smell similar to clary sage?   angelica, blue tansy, German chamomile, lavender, Roman chamomile, patchouli

Common uses for clary sage essential oil: anxiety, hair growth, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), dry skin, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Clove Essential Oil Substitutes

What does clove essential oil smell like?  Clove essential oil has a rich warm, spicy, and subtly sweet aroma.  Its scent often conjures fond autumn and winter memories like the clove-studded holiday ham, chai tea, pumpkin pie, and molasses cookies.

What essential oils smell similar to clove?  allspice, cassia, cinnamon, nutmeg

Common uses for clove essential oil: congestion, disinfecting, immune support, indigestion and upset stomach, pain relief.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Copaiba Essential Oil Substitutes

What does copaiba essential oil smell like?  Copaiba has slightly sweet, warm woody scent with a hint of balsam.  Distilled from the resin of an evergreen tree, copaiba essential oil smells similar to other evergreens like cedar and pine.  However, unlike many of the woody essential oils which have strong, powerful aromas, copaiba has a softer, more faint scent that doesn’t overpower other essential oils it’s blended with.  Copaiba smells like an old cedar chest with a few boughs of pine that you smell from a distance.

What essential oils smell similar to copaiba?  arborvitae, cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh, pine, sandalwood

Common uses for copaiba essential oil: anxiety, acne, oily skin, pain relief, sleep, sore muscles, stress, uplifting, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Cypress Essential Oil Substitutes

What does cypress essential oil smell like?  Cypress essential oil has a clean, fresh, outdoor aroma.  It’s a scent combination of wood, fresh grass, and a hint of evergreen.  Cypress smells so fresh and natural once you’ve smelled it, it’s sure to become one of your favorite essential oils.

What essential oils smell similar to cypress?  arborvitae, cedarwood, copaiba, sandalwood

Common uses for cypress essential oil: anxiety, congestion, energy, pain relief, sore muscles, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Elemi Essential Oil Substitutes

What does elemi essential oil smell like?  Given that elemi comes from the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh essential oils, it makes sense that elemi smells similar to those oils.  It has a rich, earthy resinous scent with hints of lemon and peppery notes.

What essential oils smell similar to elemi? copaiba, frankincense, helichrysum, myrrh, pine

Common uses for elemi essential oil: congestion, acne, oily skin, dry & mature skin, sore muscles, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil Substitutes

What does eucalyptus essential oil smell like?  Eucalyptus essential oil has a fresh, minty scent that’s slightly sweet.  It leaves a room smelling clean, airy, and crisp.  There really isn’t another essential that smells similar to eucalyptus.  The closest scent substitutes are bay laurel and tea tree; however, those essential oils smell more medicinal than eucalyptus.

What essential oils smell similar to eucalyptus?  bay laurel, eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary, tea tree

Common uses for eucalyptus essential oil: congestion, deodorizing, disinfecting, energy, headache, immune support, mold & mildew, sore muscles, pain relief, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Fir Essential Oil Substitutes

What does fir essential oil smell like?  Fir is the essential oil that smells most like Christmas trees.  It has a fresh, crisp, evergreen and woodsy scent.

What essential oils smell similar to fir?  balsam fir, black spruce, blue spruce, Douglas fir, pine, Siberian fir, white fir

Common uses for fir essential oil: congestion, disinfecting, deodorizing, pain relief, purifying air, sore muscles.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

  • Frankincense Essential Oil Substitutes

What does frankincense essential oil smell like?  Frankincense has a complex yet balanced aroma.  While it’s a heavy, earthy, resinous scent, it also has subtle notes of pepper and citrus.

What essential oils smell similar to frankincense?  copaiba, cypress, elemi, helichrysum, myrrh, pine

Common uses for frankincense essential oil: anxiety, congestion, focus, hormones, immune support, indigestion and upset stomach, pain relief, dry skin, mature skin, sensitive skin, sleep, stress, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

 

Essential oil substitutes from oneessentialcommunity.com -- try these similar smelling oils-- essential oils listed from geranium to ylang ylang -- same substitutions are list in blog post text

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  • Geranium Essential Oil Substitutes

What does geranium essential oil smell like?  Geranium essential oil doesn’t smell like the geranium plants on your porch.  Compared to its plant cousins, geranium oil has a much stronger and more old-fashioned floral, perfumery smell that’s overwhelming to many.  It’s the kind of scent that people either love or hate.

What essential oils smell similar to geranium?  jasmine, neroli, rose, rose geranium, ylang ylang

Common uses for geranium essential oil: congestion, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), insect repellant, skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), sore muscles, uplifting, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Helichrysum Essential Oil Substitutes

What does helichrysum essential oil smell like?  Helichrysum essential oil smells like good tea.  It has an earthy, woody, herby, and slightly sweet honey-like scent.

What essential oils smell similar to helichrysum?  cedarwood, elemi, frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood

Common uses for helichrysum essential oil: skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), would healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Jasmine Essential Oil Substitutes

What does jasmine essential oil smell like?  Jasmine has a rich floral and slightly sweet aroma.  It’s a well-loved scent used in many perfumes. There really isn’t another essential that smells exactly like jasmine.  That makes jasmine’s scent difficult to replicate.  The closest you can probably get to an essential oil substitute for jasmine is to combine geranium and a bit of ylang ylang or blend geranium with a bit of patchouli. 

What essential oils smell similar to jasmine? geranium, neroli, patchouli, rose, rose geranium, vetiver, ylang ylang

Common uses for jasmine essential oil: anxiety, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), skin care (dry, mature, sensitive), sleep, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Juniper Berry Essential Oil Substitutes

What does juniper berry essential oil smell like?  Juniper berry essential oil is from the same evergreen tree that produces gin, so it’s not a surprise that juniper berry oil smells a lot like gin.  It has a fresh, woody winter aroma with a hint of pine.

What essential oils smell similar to juniper berry?  bay laurel, caraway, cardamom, pine, rosemary

Common uses for juniper berry essential oil: indigestion & upset stomach, insect repellant, purifying air, skin care (acne/oily), sore muscles, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Lavender Essential Oil Substitutes

What does lavender essential oil smell like?  Lavender essential oil has a smooth, delicate scent.  While its aroma is mostly floral, it’s also layered with subtle notes of woody, herbal, smokey, mint, and evergreen which give it a distinct, instantly recognizable aroma.

What essential oils smell similar to lavender?  clary sage, hyacinth, hyssop

Common uses for lavender essential oil: anxiety, disinfecting, hair growth, headaches, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), insect repellant, mold & mildew, purify & cleanse air, seasonal allergies, skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), sleep, sore muscles, stress, uplifting, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Lemongrass Essential Oil Substitutes

What does lemongrass essential oil smell like?  Lemongrass essential oil has a crisp, sharp lemony scent that also has a secondary fresh, grassy element.  It’s a strong, powerful scent where a little essential oil can go a long way.

What essential oils smell similar to lemongrass?  citronella, lemon, lemon eucalyptus, lemon verbena, melissa

Common uses for lemongrass essential oil: deodorizing, headache, energy, hair growth, immune support, indigestion and upset stomach, insect repellant, pain relief, purify air, skin care (acne/oily), sore muscles, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Marjoram Essential Oil Substitutes

What does marjoram essential oil smell like?  As a cousin to oregano in the mint family, marjoram has a similar, but much less intense aroma compared to oregano.  Marjoram has a mild herbal scent with touches of sweet minty notes softly folded in.

What essential oils smell similar to marjoram?  clary sage, eucalyptus, tea tree, thyme

Common uses for marjoram essential oil: headache, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), indigestion & upset stomach, pain relief, sleep.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Myrrh Essential Oil Substitutes

What does myrrh essential oil smell like?  Myrrh essential oil has a warm, resinous, and woody scent similar to frankincense but with more of medicinal aroma.

What essential oils smell similar to myrrh?  frankincense, helichrysum, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver

Common uses for myrrh essential oil: pain relief, skin care (dry, mature), wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Oregano Essential Oil Substitutes

What does oregano essential oil smell like?  Oregano essential oil has a sharp herbal, green, spicy aroma that smells like pizza.

What essential oils smell similar to oregano?  cajeput, marjoram, tea tree

Common uses for oregano essential oil: congestion, disinfecting, immune support, mold & mildew, pain relief.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Patchouli Essential Oil Substitutes

What does patchouli essential oil smell like?  Patchouli essential oil has a strong musky, earthy scent with sweet and spicy notes.  It’s a polarizing aroma.  Those who love patchouli associate it with the bright outdoors and natural living.  For those who don’t, patchouli evokes thoughts of overcrowded music festivals and wet dogs and cats.

What essential oils smell similar to patchouli? clary sage, myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver

Common uses for patchouli essential oil: insect repellant, skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), sleep, stress.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Peppermint Essential Oil Substitutes

What does peppermint essential oil smell like?  Peppermint essential oil has a strong cool minty scent like the smell of Christmas candy canes.

What essential oils smell similar to peppermint? spearmint

Common uses for peppermint essential oil: congestion, deodorizing, disinfecting, energy, focus, headache, indigestion upset stomach, insect repellant, pain relief, purify & cleanse air, seasonal allergies, sore muscles, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Rose Essential Oil Substitutes

What does rose essential oil smell like?  Rose essential oil has a floral, sweet scent that is rich and deep, so a little bit goes a long way.

What essential oils smell similar to rose?  bourbon geranium, palmarosa, rose geranium

Common uses for rose essential oil: anxiety, hormones (PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause), skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), stress, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Rosemary Essential Oil Substitutes

What does rosemary essential oil smell like?  Rosemary Essential Oil smells fresh, herbaceous, and sweet, with a slightly medicinal scent that reminds people of Vicks VapoRub.

What essential oils smell similar to rosemary?  eucalyptus, marjoram, sage, tea tree, thyme

Common uses for rosemary essential oil: deodorizing, disinfecting, energy, focus, hair growth, headache, immune support, insect repellant, pain relief, skin care (acne/oily, mature), sore muscles.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Sandalwood Essential Oil Substitutes

What does sandalwood essential oil smell like?  Sandalwood is a deep, woody scent with a rich mix of floral and sweet accents.

What essential oils smell similar to sandalwood? arborvitae, cedarwood, cypress, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver

Common uses for sandalwood essential oil: congestion, skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature, sensitive), purify air, sleep, stress, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Tangerine Essential Oil Substitutes

What does tangerine essential oil smell like?  Tangerine essential oil has fresh, sweet citrusy scent, much like its tangerine peels source. The aroma is a little more intense than other citrus essential oils.

What essential oils smell similar to tangerine?  clementine, mandarin, sweet orange

Common uses for tangerine essential oil: anxiety, energy, focus, grease & grime, purify air, stress, uplifting.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil Substitutes

What does tea tree essential oil smell like?  Tea Tree essential oil is a polarizing scent.  Those who like it enjoy its woody, earthy, herbaceous, slightly medicinal aroma.  Those who don’t, say it smells like paint thinner.

What essential oils smell similar to tea tree?  cajeput, eucalyptus, oregano, rosemary

Common uses for tea tree essential oil: congestion, disinfecting, deodorizing, hair growth, immune support, insect repellant, mold and mildew, purify air, skin care (acne/oily), wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Vetiver Essential Oil Substitutes

What does vetiver essential oil smell like?  Vetiver essential oil has a warm, earthy scent that evokes the feeling of walking through tall, dry grass on a warm day.

What essential oils smell similar to vetiver?  myrrh, palo santo, patchouli, sandalwood

Common uses for vetiver essential oil: anxiety, focus, insect repellant (termites, ticks), stress, sleep, uplifting, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Substitutes

What does ylang ylang essential oil smell like?  Ylang ylang essential oil has a rich exotic floral aroma with ripe fruity notes, like the tropics of the Indian Ocean.

What essential oils smell similar to ylang ylang?  geranium, honeysuckle, jasmine, neroli, rose

Common uses for ylang ylang essential oil: anxiety, hair growth, skin care (acne/oily, dry, mature), stress, uplifting, wound healing.  See section 2 below for substitutes by each of these uses.

 

 

2. Substitutes by Reason for Use

Some pairs of essential oils smell a lot differently from each other, but are still useful substitutes because they provide similar therapeutic benefits.  If the recipe you are making has a function other than providing a pleasant aroma, your substitution options are different from when you are trying to match a scent.

After extensively researching compositions of essential oils and experimenting with them across many purposes and combinations, I have compiled these lists to help you match essential oils to the reason for use, and to give you more options when you might be out of an essential oil listed in a recipe you want to try.

These lists also include links to some of my favorite posts about blends and recipes I’ve made over the years, from DIY house cleaning recipes to skin care to helping with a good night’s sleep.  I hope this compilation helps and inspires you.

 

 

Essential oil substitutes for cleaning by oneessentialcommunity.com -- mold & mildew, grease & grime, deodorize, disinfect --same essential oil substitutions are listed in blog post text

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Cleaning

  • Deodorize

    • a few essential oils that help eliminate odors: cinnamon, eucalyptus, fir, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
    • How to use essential oils to deodorize
      • Click here for my odor eliminating spray recipe.  I use it to freshen my bathrooms and kitchen, get rid of stale, musty odors, eliminate pet odors, and more.
      • Make a trash can deodorizing spray by pouring a couple of natural ingredients into a spray bottle along with essential oils, give it a shake, spray, and odors are gone in seconds!  Or, make one or two of these trash can deodorizer tabs to absorb the stinky, smelly odors from trash cans.  (These deodorizing tabs also work in other odor-collecting spots around the house, like refrigerators, laundry hampers, and more!)
      • Learn more about how to use essential oils to deodorize your home here.  In that blog post, I share 13 ways to use essential oils to get stinky smells out of your home.  It includes DIY essential oil recipes for stinky shoes, smelly washing machines, getting musty smells out of clothes & towels, deodorizing diffuser blends, homemade poo-pourri, carpet freshener, fixing a smelly dishwasher & more.

 

  • Disinfect

    • a few essential oils that help disinfect surfaces: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, fir, lavender, orange, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, thyme
    • How to use essential oils to disinfect surfaces 

 

 

  • Insect Repellant

    • a few essential oils that help repel insects: arborvitae, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, sweet orange, tea tree, vetiver
    • How to use essential oils to repel insects 

 

 

  • Purify & Cleanse Air

    • a few essential oils that help purify & cleanse air: arborvitae, cedarwood, eucalyptus, fir, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, peppermint, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine
    • How to use essential oils to purify & cleanse air 
      • Try this air purifying diffuser blend: 2 drops lime + 2 drops eucalyptus + 2 drops spearmint
      • Or make a homemade room spray to cleanse and purify the air

 

 

Essential Oil Substitutes for skin care by oneessentialcommunity.com -- essential oils for dry skin, mature skin, oily skin, sensitive skin -- same essential oil substitutions are listed in blog post text

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Beauty

 

 

  • Oily Skin & Acne

    • a few essential oils that help with oily skin & acne: arborvitae, cedarwood, copaiba, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lemongrass, rose, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang
    • How to use essential oils for oily skin & acne 

 

 

  • Hair Growth

    • a few essential oils that help with hair growth: cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang
    • How to use essential oils for hair growth 
      • Get my recipe for mermaid hair growth spray here.  It helps hair grow in faster, thicker, and longer.  It also helps reduce hair fall and improves hair strength to reduce breakage.
      • While not specifically for hair growth, using a dry shampoo can help hair stay better moisturized and healthy due to not shampooing as often.  Get my recipes for dry shampoo powder and dry shampoo spray.
      • Click here for my recipe for eyebrow growth serum.  Simply swipe the serum onto eyebrows then massage in for 1-2 minutes and leave on overnight.  It helps eyebrows grow in thicker, fuller, and faster.

 

 

Essential oil substitutions for wellness by oneessentialcommunity.com -- anxiety, seasonal allergies, congestion, and energy -- same essential oil substitutions are listed in blog post text

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Wellness

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hormone Support (pms, menstrual cramps, menopause)

    • a few essential oils that help with hormone support: clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, ylang ylang
    • How to use essential oils for hormone support

 

 

 

  • Pain Relief

    • a few essential oils that help with pain: birch, clove, copaiba, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, frankincense, juniper berry, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, wintergreen
    • How to use essential oils for pain relief
      • Get my recipe for Joyful Joints pain relief cream here.  It improves circulation, lessens stiffness, and reduces inflammation to temporarily help ease joint pain.
      • Overdo it at the gym?  Try my sore muscle massage bar.  It’s a copycat recipe of Lush’s wonderful Wiccy Magic muscles lotion bar.  Simply rub it over sore muscles for a warm, tingly sensation that feels like a massage.
      • Get my recipe for homemade headache relief balm here.  It’s great for tension headaches as well as hormone-induced migraines.

 

  • Sleep

    • a few essential oils that help with sleep: arborvitae, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, copaiba, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang,
    • How to use essential oils for sleep

 

  • Sore Muscles

    • a few essential oils that help with sore muscles: birch, black pepper, copaiba, cypress, elemi, fir, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, wintergreen
    • How to use essential oils for sore muscles

 

  • Stress

    • a few essential oils that help with stress:, arborvitae, bergamot, blue tansy, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, copaiba, eucalyptus, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, ocotea, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, vetiver, ylang ylang
    • How to use essential oils for stress  

 

  • Uplifting

    • a few essential oils that help lift spirits: bergamot, blue tansy, cinnamon, copaiba, geranium, fir, frankincense, grapefruit, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, peppermint, rose, spearmint, sweet orange, tangerine, vetiver, ylang ylang
    • How to use essential oils to lift spirits  
      • Put a few drops of carrier oil (like olive oil) in the palm of your hand, then add 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of sweet orange.  Rub palms together briskly, then cup hands over nose and breathe in deeply for several seconds, hold for several seconds, then exhale deeply for several seconds.  Repeat.
      • Make a mood-boosting shower mist spray or uplifting shower steamers to help lift your spirits in the morning and start your day right.
      • Help keep winter blues away with this uplifting essential oil body spray
      • Try out one of these 21 roller bottle recipes for emotions.  Uplifting blends include Hapy Place, Good Times, and Liquid Sunshine.

 

  • Wound Healing:

 

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click here for a free printable of the essential oil substitution charts used in this blog post

 

 

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