what essential oil to use for what condition

People are always asking what essential oils to use for what condition?’

“I recommend doTerra Pure Essential Oils because as a Nutritional Counsellor, I believe they live up to their claims of being both safe and effective.”


Please Note: The most important factor to remember when using essential oils for any health issue is that most oils should be avoided by pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers. They should use it only after consulting a doctor, and the essential oil you use is 100% pure and designed for therapeutic use.

Hover your mouse over the list of conditions to see which oils suit which conditions:

Internal use

These oils can be ingested providing they are 100% pure and designed for therapeutic use.

  • Add 1-2 drops or more to a glass of water
  • Can be added to food
  • Great in smoothies

AcnePeppermint, Spearmint, Turmeric, Vetiver, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang

ADHDPeppermint, Vetiver


Alzheimer’s DiseaseTurmeric



Anti-bacterialVetiver, Wild Orange

Anti-inflammatoryLemon, Summer Savoury, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Antimicrobial (pathogens, bacteria, fungi)Lemon

AntioxidantCopaiba, OnGuard, Summer Savoury, Vetiver

AnxietyLavender, Tangerine, Turmeric, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Appetite BoosterLime

ArthritisCopaiba, Turmeric, Vetiver

AsthmaPeppermint, Tangerine


Blood CirculationPeppermint

Blood SugarBergamont

Blood PurifierTangerine

Body Cleansing (Lymphatic Drainage)Lemon

Brain FunctionSpearmint, Vetiver

Breast CancerTurmeric

BronchitisLime, Peppermint

CardiovascularCassia, Copaiba

Chest PainSpearmint

CholeraLime, Tangerine


Colon CancerTurmeric

Common ColdLime, Peppermint, Turmeric

Concentration Lack ofSpearmint


ConvulsionsBergamont, Tangerine

CoughBergamont, Lemon, Peppermint, Tangerine

CrampsBergamont, Spearmint

DepressionBergamont, Spearmint, Tangerine, Turmeric, Ylang Ylang


DiarrheaLime, Tangerine

DigestionBergamont, Cassia, Copaiba, DigestZen, Ginger, Green Mandarin, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tangerine


Excretion (proper)Tangerine


FeverLime, Spearmint

Food PoisoningBergamont, Lime

Gallbladder FunctionRosemary


GasDigestZen, Ginger

Gastrointestinal tractBergamont, Summer Savoury




HeadacheBergamont, Peppermint, Spearmint



High Blood PressureBergamont, Copaiba, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang

Hormonal BalanceClary Sage, Thyme, Sandalwood, Lavender, Basil, Geranium, Lemongrass, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Bergamont, Rosemary, Peppermint, Frankincense, Pine, Oregano, Vitex, Anise, Fennel, Angelica

Immune SystemCassia, cinnamon Bark, Copaiba, Green Mandarin, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, Peppermint, Vetiver

Impulsive responsesTangerine

IndigestionDigestZen, Spearmint

InfectionBergamont, Copaiba, Lime, Spearmint

InflammationTangerine, Vetiver

InfluenzaLime, Oregano, Peppermint, Frankincense, Clove


InsomniaBergamont, Spearmint, Vetiver, Lavender



Libido EnhancerVetiver, Ylang Ylang

Liver MalfunctionLime, Rosemary, Summer Savoury, Tangerine, Turmeric




MetabolismCassia, Grapefruit, Tangerine

MigrainesPeppermint, Spearmint


Muscle & Joint PainBergamont, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vetiver, Wild Orange

Mucous & PhlegmLemon

Nasal CongestionPeppermint

NauseaGinger, Lemon, Peppermint

Nerve StimulationSpearmint

Nervous SystemCopaiba, Green Mandarin, Rosemary, Tangerine, Vetiver,

Oxidative StressLemon, Ginger

Parkinson’s DiseaseTurmeric


Respiratory SystemCopaiba, Green Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary

Restorative (after illness)Spearmint


ScarsCopaiba, Vetiver


Sinus CongestionPeppermint


Sore ThroatCinnamon Bark, Wild Orange

SpasmsBergamont, Peppermint, Tangarine

Spinal Cord InjuryTurmeric

Stomach upsetDigestZen, Spearmint

Strength (lack)Tangerine

StressPeppermint, Tangarine, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Stretch MarksVetiver






UlcersLime, Spearmint

Urinary Tract InfectionLime


Weight LossGrapefruit, Lemon

External use

Use any or a mixture.

AcneBasil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Turmeric, Vetiver, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang

  • The best is Tea Tree which can be applied directly
  • Dilute all the other oils in Carrier Oil

AntisepticBergamot, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, Summer Savoury, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang

  • Bergamot & Cinnamon need a Carrier Oil.


Athlete’s FootEucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree,

Bath SoakGreen Mandarin

  • Add a few drops into bath water.

BleedingFrankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Rose, Tea Tree

  • Add 1-2 drops directly to wound


BurnsEucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Vetiver

  • Frankincense can reduce scaring
  • Peppermint reduces inflammation and needs to be diluted by adding to Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil.


DermatitisSpearmint, Ylang Ylang


Face WashGeranium, Lavender, Tea tree

  • Examples:
  • Add to 1/4 cup Coconut Oil 4 drops of each
  • Or, add 1/4c Honey, 1/4c Distilled Water, 1/4c Castile Soap, 1 tsp Jojoba Or Coconut Oil

Fine Lines & WrinklesClary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Turmeric

  • Add 12 drops essential oil to 30ml Carrier Oil
  • Test a little on skin first
  • Frankincense, Rose, Clary Sage tighten skin
  • Sandalwood, Geranium improve blood circulation & skin elasticity.

HairCedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Green Mandarin, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary

  • Add to your shampoo/conditioner
  • Create your own
  • Hair growth – Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary,
  • Shine – Chamomile
  • Circulation & treat thinning hair – Cedarwood,
  • Reduce skin inflammation – Clary Sage
  • Cleanser & deodorizer – Lemongrass


InsecticideSpearmint, TerraAmour

ItchingGeranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree Oil

  • Dilute with Carrier Oil

Muscle & Joint PainClove, Franincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Turmeric, Vetiver, Wild Orange

Muscle ToneLime

Nail Polish RemoverLemon

Pain ReliefCopaiba, Vetiver

Prostate HealthRosemary

PsoriasisAngelica, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lime, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Tea Tree

  • Best is Geranium Oil
  • Mix with 3-5 drops with 1 Tsp Carrier Oil
  • Use 10 drops Clary Sage in bath and soak for 20 mins

SkinCopaiba, Geranium, Grapefruit,Green Mandarin, Lemon, Turmeric, Wild Orange

Teeth WhitenerLemon, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Wintergreen

  • Add 1 drop Lemon or Wild Orange to toothpaste for 1 week.
  • Mix 1 drop + water to 1 tsp Baking Powder to create a paste.
  • Add 4 drops to 1 cup warm water, 2 tsp Xylitol, 1 tsp Baking Soda. Shake & use after each meal.


  • Mix with Coconut Oil


Tooth DecayCinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thyme

  • 1/2c Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Xylitol
  • 10 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Clove
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • Mix together and store out of light and away from water
  • Use whichever of the above oils you have on hand or according to flavour.

WoundBergamont, Spearmint, Vetiver

I recommend doTerra Pure Essential Oils because as a Nutritional Counsellor, I believe they live up to their claims of being both safe and effective. If you purchase I will receive a small remuneration.

This page is offered as an aid to help you receive the most out of your essential oils. It is not designed to diagnose or treat any conditions.

Interested in what minerals you may be lacking in? Mineral Deficiency Symptoms List