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Exploring Essential Oils – The Trinity of Oils

In cooking there is a trinity of celery, pepper and onion that is the base of ingredients for many fabulous dishes.

When you first start out using essential oils, there are  3 oils you will typically start out. I recommend every new user of essential oils start with these 3 oils as a way to determine if they are right for you and explore the basics of essential oil uses.




Comparatively speaking the 3 base oils cost less than most other oils and give a new user the opportunity to experiment and learn before expanding into more complex and expensive oils. Learning to use oils safely, developing an appreciation for the potency of the oils and forming your personal path to oil use is best started with these 3 basic common oils.

Each has a multitude of uses and cover a great many  needs where an oil can help. Like cooking ingredients, these are the base oils and developing a good understanding of their uses will provide you a solid foundation to start your oil journey.


Known commonly for its relaxing effects and ability to soothe emotions, lavender is often the very first oil people think about when they are new to essential oils.  Many who have no experience at all with oils will identify lavender and know at least one thing that it is used for.

Due to its popularity, lavender, whether natural or chemically produced, is used in numerous products today including soaps, lotions, air fresheners, cleaners and more.

In its pure form, lavender essential oil can do a lot more than just freshen the air. It provides a wealth of benefits for emotional and physical health and can be used topically, aromatically and internally every day personally and in your home.

Some of the uses for lavender include:

  1. Acne treatment, skin rashes and hives

  2. Burns and scrapes

  3. Relaxation and meditation support

  4. Sleep enhancement

  5. Anxiety, depression and stress management

Once you’ve experimented with lavender, you can explore other oils in this family including, petitgrain and patchouli.

Lavender is commonly used in oil blends that are comforting, restful and restorative in nature.


Lemon is the most common of the citrus essential oils. Citrus oils are known for their energizing and immunity boosting properties most commonly associated with vitamin C.

Like lavender, lemon essential oil uses are numerous and provide many health and home benefits. It too can be used aromatically, topically and internally.

  1. Cleaning, degreasing and degunking

  2. Air cleaner

  3. Immunity boost

  4. Detoxification

  5. Bloat, water retention and gas support

  6. Emotional support

There are at least 12 other citrus base oils a new user can grow from after trying lemon. Each can be used like lemon oil as well as other ways unique to the type of citrus oil.

It is important to try several citrus oils if you find you don’t like or can’t tolerate one of them. Each will smell and respond differently based on the individual. Tangerine for instance is milder than Grapefruit or Lime that can be more tart and stronger in odor.


The strongest smelling of the trio is peppermint. Most people upon smelling a bottle of peppermint essential oil are overwhelmed by the strength of the oil. While it can be overpowering, peppermint is one of the most versatile of the essential oils available.

It too, can be used for a multitude of purposes in every day life and can be applied aromatically, topically and internally.

  1. Cleaning and deodorizing

  2. Sinus, headache and nasal stuffiness

  3. Detoxification

  4. Fungus, bacteria and mold cleaning

  5. Digestion, gas and constipation concerns

  6. Attention and focus  support

  7. Teeth and oral health support

The mint family is expansive but again it starts with understanding the commonly used peppermint essential oil to recognize and appreciate all that this oil can do to enhance and improve your health.

Most essential oil blends will contain one or more the plants within the families of these 3 base oils.

The use of these 3 oils as your first essential oils helps you develop a solid foundation for exploring and trying other essential oils and essential oil blends.

NOTE: When using any essential oil aromatically, topically or internally it is important to understand the potency of the oil. If you are new to essential oils or just experimenting with a new oil, using a carrier liquid or oil and dilution is highly recommended until you understand how the oil it works for you. Carrier oils can be your lotion, moisturizer or simply common household coconut oil.  Children should always have oils diluted prior to use and application.

Interested in more?

doTERRA has a collection of these 3 essential oils in 5ml sized bottles. This small collection is perfect for introducing yourself or someone you know to essential oils and providing an entry point to understanding how powerful they can be in your life.

All of doTERRA’s oils are 100% pure. What the label says is in the bottle is what is there with no added fillers, synthetics or chemicals. If you’re going to invest in essential oils then ensure what you are purchasing is pure so you can truly experience the benefits of the oil.


Reach out to me via this blog or my website to learn how to get a trio collection along with support and information to start your essential oil journey.

The trio collection can be purchased for $20 + $3.99 shipping as a wholesale customer.  You do not have to sell oils to enjoy this collection. Contact me for more information.

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