Whether you’re new to the world of essential oils or have been an avid user for years, it can be very overwhelming to know which oils are best suited to your needs. Whether you’re looking to boost your immunity and health, have a more profound and blissful sleep, or want to make your home toxic-free from harsh chemicals by creating natural products, there's an essential oil to help you do just that.

In this blog we’re going to go into detail about our top 20 must-have essential oils, whether these be some of our blends created for specific purposes or individual pure essentials oils, you will be able to learn more and decide for yourself which ones you want to start your collection with or add to your collection.

Top 20 Must-Have Essential Oils

1. Lavender Essential Oil

A nurturing floral for the mind & body.

Lavender essential oil gently cools and calms our spirits. A medicine cabinet in a bottle, Lavender is a must for the first aid kit. Lavender essential oil is popular for its relaxing and healing qualities, and has been known to improve sleep and general wellbeing. An important essential oil for skin, Lavender has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and skin regenerating properties making it perfect for acneic, inflamed, sensitive or sensitised skin, cuts, grazes and sunburn - just to mention a few.

The benefits:

  • Helps tone and revitalise skin.
  • Useful for all types of skin problems.
  • Can be beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds and throat infections.
  • Helpful for muscular aches and pains.
  • Calming, soothing, improves sleeplessness and has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves.
  • Helps with tension, panic, anxiety and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.

2. Clove Essential Oil

Warm & grounding for the mind and body.

The dry and spicy fragrance of Clove, with its warm and spicy tones, gently gathers our wayward thoughts and restores a sense of clarity. It has been suggested that Clove acts like an analgesic for the heart, giving us space to work through difficult emotions without being distracted by painful feelings such as guilt or shame. Clove bud adds depth to many essential oil blends; a dusky note to florals and a grounding, spicy warmth to citrus.

The benefits:

  • Clarifying & stimulating mentally.
  • Calming to the digestive system.
  • Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
  • Potent disinfectant.
  • Great for treating tired and fatigued muscles.
  • Immune boosting.

3. Sinus Clear Essential Oil Blend

Combining Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime & Peppermint essential oils, Sinus Clear Blend has been developed to help relieve nasal congestion, relieve symptoms of sinusitis, relieve the severity of symptoms of common colds and flu and the severity of symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infections.

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Therapeutic benefits:

  • Aids/assists with recovery from illness/convalescence.
  • Relieve feelings of general malaise/general debility.
  • Relieve weariness/tiredness/fatigue/feeling of weakness.
  • Restorative tonic.
  • Anti-inflammatory/relieve inflammation.
  • Antipyretic/febrifuge/relieve mild fever/reduce body temperature/body cooling.
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve post nasal drip.
  • Decrease/reduce relieve symptoms of hay fever.
  • Helps decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of mild allergies.
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  • Maintain/support immune system health.
  • Enhance/improve/promote immune defence/immunity.
  • Helps enhance/improve/promote immune system function.
  • Maintain/support immune system to fight illness.
  • Helps stimulate a healthy immune system response.
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve headache symptoms.

4. Lemon Essential Oil

A citrus that does it all.

Like a burst of sunshine through the clouds, fresh and clean, Lemon essential oil is brimming with vitality. The citrus scent has a gently sour undertone topped with a deliciously light sweet note. It brings to mind cleanliness, sunlight and a freshness that is cheerful and exhilarating. It is a lovely stimulating oil that can help clear emotional overload and revive fatigued spirits.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang ylang.

The benefits:

  • May boost energy.
  • Supports circulatory system aiding in digestive functions and lymphatic drainage.
  • Antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-infectious properties.
  • Great for oily skin types or to give a revitalising boost to a more mature complexion.
  • Increase activity of the immune system.
  • Great for cleaning sticky surfaces.

5. Frankincense Essential Oil

A spicy and woody aroma to slow our minds.

Our pure Frankincense oil has a warm, spicy and woody aroma, with anti-inflammatory compounds that assist with several health functions including gut health and arthritis. Frankincense oil helps to overcome nervous fatigue and silence a busy mind, encouraging us to reflect on the past and seek clear inspiration for the future. Praised in meditation rituals, Frankincense essential oil helps deepen the breath and still our minds.

The benefits

  • Stress relief.
  • Immunity boosting.
  • May prevent signs of aging and help balance dry skin conditions.
  • Perfect to use in meditation.
  • Help boost immunity.
  • Help balance hormones.
  • Stimulate and improve circulation.
  • May help reduce inflammation.

6. Peppermint Essential Oil

Fresh, invigorating & uplifting for the mind and body.

The beautiful, fresh and invigorating aroma of Peppermint essential oil is uplifting and therapeutic for the mind and body. It's cool, crisp scent imparts a sense of freshness, purity and cleanliness. Peppermint essential oil is so incredibly versatile and can be used for a range of purposes and is loved by beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

Blends well with: Basil, Geranium, Lavender Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Lemon, Lime, Pine, Rosemary and Marjoram.

Considerations: Peppermint oil is an antidote to homeopathic remedies and should be avoided during homeopathic treatment.

The benefits:

  • Uplifting, energising and invigorating.
  • Mental clarity.
  • May help to relieve muscle & joint pain.
  • May help reduce headaches.
  • Support digestive health.
  • Sinus relief.
  • May be useful for assisting with sunburn, rashes and itchy skin when used in a very low dilution.

7. Anxiety Blend

Essential oil for inhalation of topical use.

Combining Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense essential oils, ECO. Anxiety Blend has been developed to reduce nervous tension and relieve symptoms of mild anxiety. The sweet and soothing aroma will help calm your mind, relax your body and increase vitality.

As well as this our commitment to help raise awareness around stress and anxiety goes beyond developing a TGA listed blend. For every Anxiety Blend purchased, $1 will be donated to Beyond Blue, an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia.

8. Clary Sage Essential Oil

Earthy, herbaceous & healing for the mind and body.

Clary Sage is a renowned antidote to mild depression, anxiety and stress. It is also useful for helping us to recover from nervous fatigue. Prized as a treatment for women's health issues, Clary Sage can be used to help ease menopausal symptoms, reduce spasming and painful periods while encouraging regular, healthy cycles.

The benefits:

  • Can help reduce painful periods.
  • May assist in easing the symptoms of menopause.
  • Calming.
  • Anti-inflammatory.

9. Dream Drops Essential Oil Blend

Drift into a peaceful sleep.

A restful blend of sedative florals designed to ease a restful night’s sleep. This blend combines Lavender, Geranium and Ylang Ylang which will naturally help calm the nervous system and promote a relaxing atmosphere before sleep. Sweet dreams guaranteed.

The benefits:

  • May help lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Promote relaxation and calm the nerves.
  • Encourage a restful and deep sleep.
  • Balancing.
  • Sedative effect.
  • May help support skin health.
  • Promotes restful sleep.

10. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

A camphorous & clearing aroma for the mind and body.

Well known for its healing effects on the respiratory system, Eucalyptus is an antiseptic, expectorant and helps reduce fever. Classically used for the treatment of colds & flus, influenza, throat infections and bronchitis. A powerful disinfectant, Eucalyptus may be used in a diffuser to purify the air and prevent the spread of airborne pathogens.

The benefits:

  • Deep cleansing.
  • Aids in wound healing and antiseptic.
  • Relaxes nervous system, good for muscle aches and pains. Can help treat colds, influenza, throat infections and bronchitis.
  • Improves mental focus.
  • Antiseptic properties and great to use in natural DIY cleaning products.

11. Calm & Destress Essential Oil Blend

Melt away your stress.

Our Calm & Destress Blend has been specially formulated with Orange, Patchouli & Sandalwood essential oils to help ease the stresses of daily life, and bring calm to the mind and body. Sit back, relax and unwind.

The benefits:

  • Ready made balanced blend.
  • Bring calm to mind & body.
  • Grounding & relaxing.
  • Nourishes skin.
  • Promotes a cheerful disposition.
  • Encourages restful sleep.

12. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

A deep floral aroma to slow the breath.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is quite sedating and may help with feelings of depression, irritation and anger. Known for its soothing and comforting qualities, Ylang Ylang can have a calming effect on the nervous system and an uplifting effect on your mood.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose and Sandalwood.

The benefits:

  • Mood enhancer.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Nourish skin & hair.
  • Known to improve circulation and reduce pressure.

13. Rose 3% Essential Oil

A soft, sedating floral for the mind and body.

Helpful during times of sorrow, grief and heartache, the scent of Rose will gently soothe the heart and uphold the spirit. With antidepressant and sedative properties, Rose can help ease our way through mood changes around cycles as well as maintain a regular menstrual cycle and help relieve cramping.

Blends well with: Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Tea Tree.

The benefits:

  • A sedative, anti-depressant and aphrodisiac.
  • Helpful during times of sorrow, grief and heartache.
  • Help maintain a regular menstrual cycle and help relieves cramping.
  • Beautiful to treat dry, inflamed and sensitive skin.

14. Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Zesty, refreshing & uplifting for the mind and body.

Instilling a sense of joy and positivity, Sweet Orange essential oil is an excellent oil to diffuse to boost your mood and encourage relaxation. It's perfect to freshen up a room or on dreary cold mornings when you need an extra push to get outside.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, May Chang, Neroli.

The benefits:

  • Refreshing.
  • Calming.
  • Improves mood.
  • Help regulation of the digestive system.
  • Skin regenerative properties.
  • Lymphatic stimulating properties.

15. Tea Tree Essential Oil

A clearing, camphor-like aroma for the mind and body.

Tea Tree is thought to be an uplifting and stimulating essential oil. It can be added to cleaning products as it has a strong antimicrobial action. Extensive studies have shown Tea Tree to be effective against bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens, providing us with a broad-spectrum disinfectant.

​​Blends well with: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram and Rosemary.

The benefits:

  • Help clear acne prone skin.
  • Assist in protecting against cold & flu.
  • Natural antiseptic.
  • Helps with respiratory complaints.

16. Geranium Essential Oil

Nurturing & calming for the mind and body.

The great harmoniser, with a herbaceous rose like scent, Geranium helps us return from anxiety to a place of calm while retaining alertness. Wonderful for use at the beginning of a hectic day or as an emotional restorative in the afternoon.

Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang.

The benefits:

  • Calming.
  • May help reduce fatigue.
  • Helps regulate oil production on skin.
  • Antimicrobial & astringent properties.

17. Sandalwood 10% Essential Oil

Warm, woody & grounding.

A warming balm for a sore heart and a restorative break from a non-stop hectic lifestyle, Sandalwood transports us to a meditative space. Sandalwood has also been shown to boost the immune system with its antimicrobial properties.

Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cypress, Palmarosa, Rose, Frankincense, Neroli, Ylang Ylang.

The benefits:

  • Calming, grounding, soothing.
  • Helps dry skin conditions.
  • Immunity.
  • May assist with respiratory conditions.

18. Cinnamon Essential Oil

Spicy and warming for the mind & body.

With a cheering and warming aroma, Cinnamon is one of the most powerful antibacterial essential oils. Cinnamon is perfect to use in cleaning products and in the diffuser contributing a warm depth to blends.

The benefits:

  • Comforting and relaxing.
  • Re-energising.
  • Antiseptic properties.

19. Bergamot Essential Oil

Citrusy, sweet & soothing for the mind.

The slightly sharp yet citrusy sweet scent of Bergamot essential oil soothes our upsets and allows us the space to let our troubles drift away.

Note: Bergamot essential oil is considered photo-toxic, avoid sun exposure after applying to skin.

Blends well with: Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Mandarin, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.

The benefits:

  • Supports immune system.
  • Promote positive outlook.
  • Appetite stimulant.
  • Calming.
  • Great for acne prone and combination skin.

18. Patchouli Essential Oil

Sweet, earthy & grounding for the mind and body.

The deeply woody and sweet scent of Patchouli gently beckons the mind down to stillness, where it can reset and rejuvenate in blissful silence. Helpful for those with vulnerable immune systems from being run down, overworked or overtired.

Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Geranium, Lavender, Ginger, Lemongrass, Rose, Ylang ylang.

The benefits:

  • May help with eczema, and acne & other skin issues.
  • Calming and grounding properties.
  • Great to use as a fixative in DIY perfumes and blends.

Now we have covered our top 20 must-have oils, you can decide which ones are perfect for you and your needs. Whatever essential oil you’re looking for, here at ECO. we have essential oils for you.

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Ali is the Content Creator at ECO. Modern Essentials. Ali oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations and is a leader for ECO.'s content creation.

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