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How Do I Know Which Essential Oil to Use?

By Jodi Cohen

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I often get asked what oils I use every day and how I combine them. Continue reading to learn which Essential Oils to use, where to apply them, and when to apply them.

Which Essential Oils to Use

I am more than happy to share that information, but since we are all different, with different genetic backgrounds and health challenges, I also recognize that what works for me may not be the best choice for someone else.  So along with sharing my daily oil choices, I thought I would share more information to help you and your loved ones make the best essential oil choices for themselves.


How Do You Prioritize Which Oils To Use?

We created our Personalized Assessment Quiz to help you determine the best oils for our own health.  The quiz assesses your need for support in the foundation systems mentioned below.  When we can balance these systems with dietary and lifestyle changes including essential oils, we can return the body to balance so it can heal.

  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Digestion
  • Detoxification
  • Gut Inflammation

If you have not already, we encourage you to take the Personalized Assessment Quiz or check out our checklist to get a better sense of the best oils to support your vibrant health.


How Many Oils Can Be Used at a Time?

I would not advise applying more than 3 different blends on the body at during the same application period.  It is my experience that when you apply more than 3 blends at the same time it can be overwhelming for the body.  Just this morning, I had my two kids and their father all trying to talk to me at the same time and I honestly couldn’t focus on any of them.  In the same vein, you would not want to give the body too many conflicting signals at the same time.  This is one of the reasons that we created kits that include 3 different blends designed to work together to support the body.  I am not advocating that you in any way restrict yourself to the combinations in our kits, just that you try to prioritize and only use a maximum of 3 blends at the same time.


Is It Okay to Use The Same Oils Every Day?

The general wisdom is that you should rotate oils just as you might rotate foods so that your body does not get too used to them or build up an intolerance to them.  I once heard that most Americans eat the same 17 foods every day  and that is the reason we build up so many intolerances and allergies and that we should rotate food to avoid it.  Similarly, I think it is a good thing to try not to use the same oils every day for years on end.  This is one of the reasons that we only sell 5 ml bottles.  We like to think that when you have finished the bottle, the organ should be a bit more balance.

That said, there are some notable exceptions that I like to call the perennial oils.  Specifically, Parasympathetic before meals to help us drop in the optimal healing “rest and digest” parasympathetic state and circadian rhythm at night to help us sleep. Based on your personal issues and how long your system has been out of balance, there are some oils that you might use for much longer than one bottle.  For example, I do use the  Adrenal  blend every day, but I also have every hope that as I continue to balance my system, my need for the blend will wane.


Oils I Use Daily

Upon Rising:  I love to exercise first thing in the morning.  It puts me in a great mood and I can often squeeze it in before the kids wake up.  Before heading out the door to yoga or run, I apply Adrenal® on my lower back and Lymph™ on the lymphatic points on the sides of the neck, the arm pits and along the bikini line on the thighs.  These two blends give me loads of energy and help support the body through exercise.

Before Meals:  Digestion is a “rest and digest” parasympathetic event.  Our nervous system needs to be in this relaxed state for the optimal digestive cascade to occur.  Applying a small drop of Parasympathetic® blend to the vagal nerve (behind the ear lobe on the mastoid bone) helps begin the digestive process by trigger the mouth to release saliva and the stomach release HCL.

To Support Emotional Release Before Work:  After I drop the kids at school and walk the dog, I try to ground myself before settling in to get work done.  The choice of blend can vary, but lately I’ve been drawn to the emotional balance blends to really help me center.  For example, I am an empath who used to constantly over-commit.  To strengthening my personal boundaries, I rub Small Intestine Support™ blend around my ears.  It especially seems to help on those busy days when I am interacting with people non-stop.  I am also working on letting myself experience and release suppressed anger so Liver Support™ is a great help.  I smell it or apply over my liver to help me feel balanced and centered. Heart™ blend is another go to choice for helping me drop into my body.

Before Bed:  I love to relax with a Healing Bath before bed and often include calming Essential Oils like Lavender™, Calm™ or Sleep™ in the bath.  If I am especially wired and tired at night, I will apply the Circadian Rhythm® blend at the top of the head, above the ears and the base of the skull to help me drop into restful sleep.

I want to hear what oils you use every day.  Please reply to this email or leave a comment below to let us know.


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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.