Essential Oil Substitutions

I absolutely love the world of essential oils. To me they’re fun and easy to use. If you’re feeling at all overwhelmed with all the choices you have, you need to find someone like me, a holistic health and lifestyle coach, to help you take the overwhelm out of using natural solutions. Hint, hint, and wink, if we’re not already working together email me to get the conversation started!

I know it’s super frustrating to find an awesome sounding diffuser recipe or you located the perfect roller blend to try, but you’re missing one or more of the oils to be able to execute it. One of the coolest things about essential oils is their versatility. Take the example of Lavender, it’s well-known for its calming aroma, but is also beneficial for soothing irritated skin. Most essential oils are like this – their benefits tend to overlap in other areas and thus share similarities. 
So, whether you’re just building your essential oil collection, or you simply ran out of an oil there is more than likely an alternative oil that you can use.

There are two ways to substitute an essential oil:
FUNCTION = What it is you’re trying to accomplish with the oil?
AROMA = What scent are you going for?

Use the oil substitutions chart below to help you identify what essential oils you can use to substitute based off either function or aroma. If a screen shot just isn't cutting it, you can download the free Essential Oil Substitutions.pdf

I do want to point out that although essential oils have similar properties and we can substitute them for others with benefits that overlap, there’s a reason that an essential oil was chosen for the recipe. In other words, there may still be a tradeoff if using a substitute because no two oils are identical. But you do what you gotta do and work with what you’ve got, right?

Happy oiling! 

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