my top 8 essential oils


Did you know there are nearly 100 essential oils? Some are pretty common like lavender and lemon. Others are more obscure like cardamom and helichrysum. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s also important to consider the quality of the oils you choose, as they are not all created equal. I use and recommend doTERRA oils. They are therapeutic-grade and pure; that makes them far more effective.

Now I know what you’re thinking…nearly 100?! Where do I even start? I’m going to tell you about my eight favorites and their uses to give you a starting point (in alphabetic order):


  • Relaxes the mind and body, easing aches & pains, anxiety, restlessness, and more
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes clear, healthy skin
  • Repels insects
  • Used in my recipes: flea/tick repellent collar, bug spray


  • Clears the mind and allows for better focus
  • Is anti-inflammatory, making it great for headaches, arthritis, sore muscles, sore joints, and more
  • Used in my recipes: pain relief roller, soothing muscle cream


  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Repels bugs, making it great for homemade bug spray and flea/tick collars for the dogs (recipes coming soon!)
  • Used in my recipes: flea/tick repellent collar



Melaleuca (tea tree)

  • Clears blemishes like acne and blackheads
  • Is anti-bacterial
  • Soothes minor skin irritations from things like scrapes, rashes, burns (including sun burn), and skin allergies
  • Used in my recipes: butt balm, face wash, lotion


  • Eases cough, congestion, and sore throat
  • Soothes upset stomach, including diarrhea, morning sickness, and indigestion
  • Reduces aches & pains like headaches and muscle & joint soreness
  • Used in my recipes: deodorizing spray for dogs, pain relief roller, flea/tick repellent collar, bug spray

Wild Orange

Published by Jodi Hoyt

Jodi Hoyt is a content specialist and blogger working out of a home office in Sioux Falls, SD. Through Jot, she provides copywriting, proofreading, and editing services for any personal or business need. Specialties include digital content creation and copywriting for social media platforms, websites (with an emphasis in SEO tag words and key phrases), and print materials. Jodi has been a freelance consultant for nearly ten years, and she officially started Jot (previously Hoyt Consulting) in January 2011. She earned her Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and her Bachelor of Music in music theory and composition in 2004 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Additionally, Jodi is an adjunct business instructor at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, and she is a creator and blogger with Simple Family Remedies. Jodi and her husband, Nathan, married in 2004 and have a two-year-old son, Lincoln. They are expecting their second son in May 2018. They also have two cats. In her spare time, Jodi loves to golf, run, ride bicycle, and play sand volleyball. She is also a big Marvel fan and a self-proclaimed tech geek.

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