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6 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

Deanne Kalda is visiting here today and sharing with from her experience and knowledge of aromatherapy. She’s a special lady I hope to see visiting here often. 

6 Essential Oils I Can’t Live Without

When Corinne asked me to write an aromatherapy guest post for her beautiful blog I thought it would be nice to talk about some essential oils I couldn’t possibly live without…easier said than done, I’m not sure I can live without any of them as they are such a big part of my life.

I use essential oils everyday to help ensure the well-being of my mind body and soul. I have oil burners scattered throughout the house and of course in my treatment studio. I also use essential oils in my face and body products, room sprays, in compresses, bathing and massage and body care.

I can’t imagine a day without my essential oils so it was hard to choose which ones to talk about, but after much thought I managed to narrow it down to 6 that I love and use regularly at the moment…


I love lavender for its balancing, calming & relaxing properties. It is excellent to fight stress and anxiety and bring comfort to your soul. Perfect in your bedroom oil burner or a drop on your pillow for insomnia as it sedates and stills the mind.

It is also a must-have for it’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties making it great for treating cuts, abrasions, bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent antispasmodic for headaches & muscular aches & pains.

Lemon Myrtle
I absolutely adore this native Australian essential oil. Anoint on your solar plexus to nurture your entire being! It enhances openness, compassion and positive happy energy. It helps reduce depression, fatigue and promotes optimism.

Lemon Myrtle also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is great for stimulating the immune system and very cleansing on all levels.

Rose is beautiful for it’s comforting & soothing properties in times of emotional stress It is very healing for the heart, helping to relieve depression, loneliness and self-doubt. It assists in times of grief and change. It promotes self-esteem, femininity, motivation and compassion. Rose has an overall effect of promoting love and happiness throughout all aspects of your life.

Rose also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It tones the skin and promotes hydration, making it perfect for skincare. It also makes an enchanting perfume!

When I think ginger I think warm ~ my favourite thing to be! Ginger is not only warming but grounding, calming and strengthening. It increases vitality, mental clarity and confidence. It is also good in times of sadness, loneliness or confusion.

Ginger also soothes sore muscles, fights colds and flus, eases nausea and travel sickness.

Sandalwood is possibly my all time favourite essential oil…I’ve loved it since my passion with aromatherapy began! It is centring, grounding, harmonising and comforting. It promotes tranquility and heals the soul, enhancing spirituality and inner wisdom. Perfect for the busy lifestyle most of us live today.

Sandalwood also has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for soothing the skin, especially if dry , itchy or dehydrated.

Another warming spicy aromatherapy treat! Cinnamon is excellent for exhaustion & low vitality. It eases depression, tension fear and mental fatigue. It also enhances awareness, spirituality and is healing on all levels.

Cinnamon is one of the strongest antiseptic oils. It also has antispasmodic properties. It aids digestion and helps relieves muscular aches and pains.

These are just 6 of my favourites right now…next week they might be different. That’s one of the many beautiful things about Aromatherapy, there is a different essential oil for every occasion and every person. If you love the aroma of one then that’s the one for you to enjoy and enhance your day! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these ones as much I love using them!

Be happy, healthy and inspired by life,

Deanne Kalda, a Natural Therapist, who has a passion for essential oils, aromatherapy,   massage and skin care is based in Australia. Please visit her blog, Dee’s Dialogue and connect  with her on Facebook and Twitter.


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  2. TJ Lubrano TJ Lubrano July 28, 2012

    Oh oh perfect! I’m looking for oils to create my own face oils as I’m slowly switching to all natural things for my face & body. Loved this post!

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  4. melissa melissa May 21, 2012

    This is beautiful 🙂 I received this gift from my friend and didn’t know what it was for. I thought it was used for praying. I think she gave me rose but I think what I most need at the moment is cinnamon (but I would rather eat it :P).

    I’ll try this out again after reading the aromatherapy’s essence. Thank you for sharing this 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 22, 2012

      Ah Melissa, what a nice gift to receive. Let me know how it works for you. I love cinnamon – to eat as well. ♥

  5. Dee Dee May 18, 2012

    Hello everyone! I just wanted to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU for all the lovely feedback and a HUGE Thank You to Corinne for having me here xxx
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 20, 2012

      I hope that this is the first of many posts from you, Deanne. Thank you for all the information. You’ve made our world smell better 😉

      • Dee Dee May 20, 2012

        My pleasure Corinne 🙂 I would love to do more guest posts for you in the future. Happy inhaling everyone! xxx
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  6. Myrna Myrna May 18, 2012

    I’m so happy to read your post. A friend recently went to an essential oils presentation and she bought me some lavender, which I’ve always loved. After reading your post, I think I’ll try some other essential oils as well. Thanks so much for the information.
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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      my pleasure, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Lavender is a great oil to start with as it is beautiful on it’s own and also blends well with so many others. Have fun choosing more essential oils 🙂
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  7. Nikky44 Nikky44 May 18, 2012

    Never used any, never heard about them. It seems really interesting <3
    I love Jasmine, is there something I can know about it?
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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      Oh you must try more essential oils – they are amazing!!!
      I love Jasmine too ~ it is harmonising, soothing, it enhances self-confidence & optimism….and so much more 🙂
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  8. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda May 18, 2012

    Hi, Dee! ~

    Essential oils is something I’d like to learn more about. Especially, at the moment, antispasmodics! I will check out your website — thank you for sharing!
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  9. G Angela G Angela May 18, 2012

    Very informative, I have heard about aromatherapy, but I did not know that it has healing properties for us. I love the sandalwood, ginger and lavender smell ! feels good. Thanks for sharing, felt nice to read this post.

    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      so glad you enjoyed the post. Isn’t it great that essential oils have healing properties for our mind, body and soul 🙂
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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      me too love lavender! love all essential oils actually…can’t think of one I don’t like 🙂
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  10. Mary Hudak-Colllins Mary Hudak-Colllins May 18, 2012

    It has been a long time since I have used any oils and I love all that you listed except cinnamon. That is just one scent that I can’t handle. Maybe that is just what I need to relax a bit ☺ Thank you Corinne for posting this interesting post!
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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      Hi Mary, it’s always best to choose what appeals to you. There are so many oils to choose from so you can always find one that suits you 🙂
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  11. Adrienne Adrienne May 17, 2012

    Hi Dee,

    Thanks for sharing with us these fabulous scents.

    I admit not knowing a whole lot about essential oils but what I do is I have some scented wax cubes that I burn at my desk every day. I would think they are pretty similar right! The one I have going right now is called Fresh Ocean Flowers and I love fresh scents. I mean it just makes this room smell so darn good. I love it and I’m spoiled now. I have to have them burning every day.

    Do the oils last longer? I’m always up for using something I can get more wear from. See what I know!

    Enjoyed this guest post Corinne so thank you.

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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      Hi Adrienne, I agree, it’s absolutely essential to spoil ourselves with beautiful aromas. I think you might find that the wax cubes are scented with synthetic fragrances rather than essential oils. Look for labels that say 100% Pure Essential Oils and have the latin name as well (I should have included the latin names in my post…..ooops, sorry), this should ensure that they are the pure oils and not a synthetic copy. Yes, I think the aroma of essential oils lasts longer….I use an oil burner with a deep dish, a 9-hour tea light candle and 8 – 12 drops of essential oil. I hope this info helps!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 18, 2012

      Having read both your comments, I went off to light a joss stick! I have quite a collection of joss sticks, oil burners, tea light candles and essential oils. But I just get lazy!

      • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

        easy to get out of the habit of doing the little nice things for ourselves…but so nice to come back to it with appreciation and pleasure 🙂
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  12. Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young May 17, 2012

    Great educational post about simple things that are some of life’s greatest blessings!

  13. Irene Irene May 17, 2012

    I tried lavender and yes, it does help me sleep better! I think I’m going to need the others, too, most especially lemon myrtle and rose.

    Thank you for sharing this wealth of information! 🙂
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    • Dee Dee May 18, 2012

      Thank you Irene!, I follow you on fb 🙂 Lavender is definitely one of those “can’t live without” oils, it blends beautifully with Lemon Myrtle too 🙂 hope you enjoy them all!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 19, 2012

      I love lavender too, Irene. I’m going to experiment with the others that Deanne has mentioned.

  14. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh May 17, 2012

    Informative post indeed!

    Though I’ve heard about the goodness of Aromatherapy, I never had the chance to try these essential oils. Perhaps I never knew about the various kinds nor how to use them. I am glad you put up this wonderful information here and talked about the goodness of each one.

    Thanks for sharing and it sure is a wonderful reminder to look into essential oils for all it’s positive aspects 🙂
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    • Dee Dee May 17, 2012

      Hi Harleena, thank you so much for those kind words of appreciation 🙂 I love sharing what I know about aromatherapy and essential oils…they add a lovely touch to your daily life!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 19, 2012

      Thanks for coming by and for sharing, Harleena. I learnt about essential oils a few years back and have quite a collection but am not too disciplined about using them. One good use I put them to regularly is to put a few drops in a spritz bottle, top it up with water and use as a room freshener. Much healthier for us and the environment!

  15. Amy Amy May 17, 2012

    Oooo WOW… I did not realize all the benefits with Ginger Oil. I’m familiar with the nausea, but not all of the other stuff. I’ve suffered with depression on and off for years, I’m surprised that I haven’t heard this before. I will add Ginger Oil to my regimen. Thank you so much for sharing… very much appreciated!
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    • Dee Dee May 17, 2012

      Hi Amy, it’s always a pleasure to share my love of aromatherapy 🙂 I hope the Ginger essential oil helps. I find it very emotionally strengthening. Ginger, Lemon Myrtle and Lavender make a great blend too.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 19, 2012

      We all learnt something from Deanne’s post today, Amy and I’m so glad you found some useful information too. Deanne has responded to your comment but I thought I’d add my two cents worth.

  16. Lisa Lisa May 17, 2012

    Wonderful post! I just bought some essential oils this past weekend. Lavender for a DIY body scrub and rosemary, which I put in my DIY deep hair conditioner. I plan to go back to the health food store and get a few more!
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    • Dee Dee May 17, 2012

      Hello Lisa, thank you for the lovely feedback 🙂 aromatherapy is addictive so no doubt there will be many trips back to the health food store. Your body scrub sounds relaxing and rosemary is perfect for the hair and scalp! Enjoy the wonderful world of aromatherapy 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 19, 2012

      Deanne has responded to your comment. But I want to thank you for dropping by, Lisa. Lavender is my all time favorite scent.

  17. Janaki Nagaraj Janaki Nagaraj May 17, 2012

    I had done a aromatherapy course long back and yes, I love both lavender and rose oils…though I don’t use them. Maybe now is the time to buy them…:)

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