Favorite Essential Oil Recipes

Essential oils smell great (well, most of them), but the real reason we use them is for their therapeutic uses (which are so good, we can’t even tell you about it!). However, we can share with you some of our favorite recipes!

Remember, not all essential oils are created equal. Young Living has a very strict, HIGH QUALITY assurance on all of their oils and products. You wouldn’t want to use essential oils purchased elsewhere in the same way as you would with YLEO. These recipes for use with Young Living Essential Oils only.

If you are using a smaller or larger container that is fine! Just adjust the oils accordingly.

Brown Sugar Scrub
  • Materials and Essential Oils: 
    • 2 cups Brown Sugar
    • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
    • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
    • Grapeseed Oil (to moisten)
    • 2-3 Vitamin E Capsules
    • 2 tsp Honey
    • 15 drops Orange essential oil
    • 15 drops Lemon essential oil
    • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
    • Small containers (to share with others) or a large container (to keep all for yourself)
  • Mix the sugars, oils, and honey together. Break open the Vitamin E capsules and squeeze into the mixture. Mix ingredients together and pour into container(s).
  • Use as a hand or body scrub. 
  • If the sugar scrub becomes dry, add more grapeseed oil. 
  • Try different mixtures of essential oils with this. Some people love adding Copaiba, Lavender, and other oils! Make your own mixture and let us know what you like! 

Bug Spray
  • See the post on Homemade Essential Oil Bug Spray
  • Materials and Essential Oils:
    • 2 oz spray bottle
    • 6 drops of Purification essential oil blend
    • 6 drops of Citronella essential oil
    • Distilled or Purified water
  • Remember to shake the DIY essential oil bug spray bottle before use and try to keep it out of the heat for too long.

  • Materials and Essential Oils (makes about 35 - 40 tubes!):
    • 5 oz Coconut Oil 
    • 4.5 oz Beeswax
    • 1 Vitamin E capsule
    • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil 
  • Combine the Coconut Oil and Beeswax together in a jar.
  • Put the jar of oil and wax in a pan with a couple of inches of water.
  • Place over the stove and melt the oil and wax slowly. 
  • Once melted, remove from the stove safely, break open the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze into the mixture. Add the Peppermint essential oil and stir.
  • Pour into chapstick containers.
  • Store in a cool location, below 77 degrees. Don't put in a pocket - it will melt from your body heat!

Hair Clarifier
  • See the post on DIY Hair Clarifier with Essential Oils
  • Materials and Essential Oils:
    • ¼ cup Vinegar
    • ¾ cup Distilled or Purified water
    • Rosemary essential oil
    • Thyme essential oil
  • Mix the vinegar and water into a clean bottle, then add in a couple drops of Rosemary and Thyme essential oils to the bottle. Shake it up before use.
  • Use it as a rinse in the shower after shampooing and before conditioning.
  • Repeat no more than once a week for fresh, clean hair.

Skin Treatment
  • See the post on DIY Overnight Skin Treatment with Essential Oils
  • Materials and Essential Oils:
    • Small glass bottle
    • Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil(tea tree oil)
    • Purified water
    • Calamine lotion
  • Mix together 2 parts Melaleuca Alternifolia with 1 part water in a small bowl.
  • After shaking the bottle well, fill a glass bottle about 1/3 of the way up with calamine lotion.
  • Add Melaleuca Alternifolia and water mixture to the bottle until it contains about a 1:1 ratio with the calamine lotion.
  • Do not mix or shake. Allow the bottle to settle for several hours.
  • To apply, dip a cotton swab all the way to the bottom of the bottle, dab onto desired area (it will leave a pink mark on the skin) and leave overnight.

Sore Muscle Soak
  • Materials and Essential Oils:
    • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
    • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
    • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • Mix together Epsom Salt and Baking Soda into a bowl.
  • Add the Lemongrass essential oil drops onto the mixture and stir.
  • Pour the mixture into a relaxing bath and enjoy! 

Too Much Sun Cream
  • Materials and Essential Oils (makes about 6 containers, depending on size):
    • 2 cups Coconut Oil 
    • 15 drops Lavender essential oil
    • 8 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Whip the Coconut Oil with a mixer for 8 minutes (or until desired consistency).
  • Add the essential oil drops to the whipped Coconut Oil.
  • Whip for another 2 minutes and pour into containers. 
  • Store in a cool location, below 77 degrees.
  • Apply as needed. 

Have a recipe to share? We would love to hear about it! If you are in our Facebook group already, post it on there or e-mail it to us. Thank you! 


  1. I really love this recipe with using Coconut Oil and a little of Grapeseed Oil. Thank you for share some of your favorite recipes.
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  2. I have just used melaleuca oil so far. Now thanks to your post, I know some new recipes. My mom will be surprise when I give her a small jar of essential made by me. Thanks a lot.