An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Uses For Lesser Known Essential Oils

Monday, June 24, 2019

Uses For Lesser Known Essential Oils

Everyone knows a good use for lavender or lemon essential oil, but what are some of the less common oils good for?

I've amassed quite an oil collection over the years, including getting oils as freebies from various reward programs and from oil companies looking to work with me on marketing initiatives. And while the freebies and rewards are awesome, it's left me with bottles of oils I have no idea what to do with. Some I only know one use for, but have multiple bottles of it and will never be able to use it all! I decided to do some research on lesser known oils that are still affordable and popular as freebies or that come in essential oil sets, but when you get them you're like, "Great - what the heck do I do with this?!" These are some great uses for lesser known essential oils. These claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

First, the essential oils! Revive oils are my new go-to. Yup, I used to be with Young Living, but the expense of those oils were insane. I asked some of my oily gurus who they got their oils from and learned about Revive. They're therapeutic grade, indigestible essential oils that are NOT a multi-level-marketing structure. You can go on their website and buy them like you'd buy something on Amazon - no need to sign up for some membership! They have packages with diffusers and single essential oils, plus roller bottles and other lifestyle items. Use code Paige10 for 10% off your order and experience the same quality of Young Living or doTERRA without the obnoxious price and hassle of "becoming a member."

I'm not sure why more of us aren't using this gem, given all it's amazing uses! I didn't have it in my stash, but it kept coming up in all my research and I promptly ordered it. It's probably one of my favorite smelling oils, too! This oil has a high mineral content, so it's fantastic for your overall health, but here are some specific uses:
- Add a drop to your skincare for anti-aging benefits
- Put a drop of indigestible grade cardamom under your tongue or add it to your mouthwash to help curb halitosis 
- Put a drop on your flex points to help balance hormones

We all know this one as the "active ingredient" in bug spray (check out my DIY bug spray to make your own!) turns out this oil is an antioxidant powerhouse. Here are some of the best non-bug-repellent uses of the oil:
- Use a carrier oil and several drops of citronella; rub on your lower abdomen to help relieve menstrual cramps
- Add a drop to your skincare regimen for anti-aging benefits

Clary Sage
This is one of my favorite smells in the world! I knew it was good for hormone balancing and supposedly helps induce labor (so if you're pregnant, stay away from this one until you're full term!) but I had no idea it has all these other great uses too:
- Rub one or two drops on your inner forearm to help balance hormones
- If you are prone to breakouts, you can add it to your skincare routine (you can also make your own skincare - check out this face wash and this toner - and add it to those recipes)
- Add a drop of indigestible grade clary sage to tea for immune system support during cold and flu season

I have no fewer than three bottles of this in my collection. I had no idea what to do with it, other than it assists with breast milk production. It has such a strong scent, I don't like it in my diffuser, so I've just collected bottle after bottle of it. Turns out, this is a pretty great oil to have extra of:
- It's a bacteria killer, so it's great for things like homemade deodorant, cleaners (use it with vinegar and lemon essential oil) and adding it to mouthwash for bad breath/halitosis 
- Use it with eucalyptus/peppermint/menthol to help clear congestion (I told y'all, it's a STRONG smell!)
- With a carrier oil, rub several drops on lactating breasts to increase breast milk supply

I know a million ways to Sunday on how to use this herb in cooking, but when it comes to the essential oil, I was lost. Fair warning - it is a strong and "hot" oil, meaning one drop goes a long way and if not properly diluted, it will irritate your body whether you've applied it topically or ingested it. That said, because of it's strength, it's got some pretty fantastic uses:
- It's a strong antiseptic, so I add it to my diffusers with a thieves/on guard blend when someone is sick in the house
- Add one drop to a chest rub to assist in respiratory health and clearing
- Add one drop to a cup of hot water, lemon and honey to make a tea for intestinal health

Uses for lesser known essential oils
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It's been really fun to explore essential oils and see what they're good for. While I'll always stock oils like lavender, lemon, Thieves/On Guard/Immunity Boost, using the lesser known oils is beneficial too! Not only to use up some random freebies you were gifted, but also because many of these oils are low cost and have so many great uses.


  1. Cardamom smells sooo good, I can't believe I never thought of using that essential oil! Great tips!

  2. I'm starting to discover Essential oils ! Never heard of these oils. Maybe I should try look them up ! Thanks for sharing ! =)

  3. I'm familiar with essential oils because I buy blends from a friend. Thanks for sharing this post because I learned something new about other essential oils.

  4. I love to use essential oils for a perfume. I'm going to check out the Clary Sage because I am prone to acne really bad.