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Use Essential Oils to Help You Get Organized

Use Essential Oils to Help You Get Organized


Essential oils are becoming quite popular and are being used to treat a variety of ailments. In a nutshell, essential oils have aromatic, fragrant molecules that can pass through the blood-brain barrier having an effect on various parts of our brain. These can include the nervous system, immune functioning, heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels and other biological factors. 


The oils are made up of "compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants" according to Doterra's website. Essential oils can be used singly or in combination with others to help with a wide range of physical and emotional issues. They can be used internally, topically or aromatically. 


After doing a bit of research I've come up with a list of 10 oils that would be beneficial for those struggling with tackling an organizing project. Now that's not to say that any of these oils will inherently make you tidier or more organized, but rather these suggested oils can help to alleviate some of the barriers that get in the way of organizing such as depressive thoughts, poor focus, and even physical pain.


1. Lavender

Improves mental concentration, reduces stress, calms agitation and alleviates insomnia 


2. Cinnamon Leaf

Acts as a disinfectant, effective at killing bacteria, helpful insect repellant. (Think about all the grungy places that need organizing!) 


3. Grapefruit

Boosts energy, acts as an effective antidepressant, odor-fighting disinfectant


4. Rose 

Relieves stress and anxiety, decreases menstrual cramps, helps with menopausal symptoms, promotes a sense of peace and relaxation


5. Clary Sage 

Improves memory, relieves stress, improves circulation, has antidepressant effects, boosts alertness 


6. Jasmine 

Manages depression, helps with insomnia, increases concentration, reduces arthritis pain 


7. Lemon

Promotes mental clarity, decreases depression, alleviates asthma symptoms, increases concentration, antibacterial and antifungal properties


8. Marjoram 

Decreases stress, promotes a healthy cardiovascular system, positive effect on the nervous system, numerous calming properties


9. Geranium 

Improves cognitive functioning, relieves nervous tension, balances emotions  


10. Vetiver 

Improves ADHD symptoms, controls anxiety, used in trauma to aid in self-awareness and stabilization, enhances focus and concentration


I'm all about finding unique supports and out of the box strategies for helping people overcome their organizing challenges. The next time you have a project to tackle, employing the use of one or a combination of these oils may be beneficial in helping you meet success!


Do you use essential oils? What are some of your favorites?





  • I love essential oils. My favorite scents combined are Lavender and Lemon. It's very refreshing and quite calming. Thanks for sharing.
    8/21/2018 7:39:07 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: I love both those scents, I bet that combo smells amazing. Thanks for the tip!
      8/24/2018 7:28:24 AM Reply
  • I’ve started using oils more and more. I use Peppermint for headaches and add Lavendar and lemon to it for sinus issues. Diffusing lavendar next to the bed also helps me sleep better. I like the idea of using something so basic to help you through an anxiety filled situation like organizing can be sometimes.
    8/21/2018 5:56:40 AM Reply
    • @Andi Willis: I hadn't heard about peppermint being helpful for headaches; I'll have to try that! Thanks for chiming in, Andi. :)
      8/24/2018 7:27:15 AM Reply
  • I have tried some essential oils and even bought a diffuser, but have since read that diffusing essential oils can be harmful to pets. I will continue to use them other ways though.
    8/20/2018 8:53:37 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: I hadn't heard that about pets, but better to err on the side of caution!
      8/20/2018 6:32:40 PM Reply
  • Love my essential oils! Patchouli and Sandalwood are my go-to's for grounding-- they're kind of "hippie" scents :). It's fun to mix and match different oils. Grapefruit or any other citrus are great for freshening spaces and I carry those with me when working with certain clients. I love that you are getting into them, Sarah! I know you're far from Norwalk, but my connection, Anna, at the Centre for Natural Healing has pure essential oils which are significantly less expensive than some of the MLM companies. And wonderful herbal teas too! I love the idea of using the oils in your dryer, Seana!
    8/17/2018 8:04:52 PM Reply
    • @Ann Zanon: I'm chuckling at your comment of "hippie scents!" Thanks for the offer of your EO contact but my bestie sells them so I've got a hook-up! ;)
      8/20/2018 6:34:30 PM Reply
  • Hi Sarah, I was so excited to see this post! I love to clean with lemon; such a great sharp, clean scent and also non-toxic. I use it internally to cleanse as well!
    8/17/2018 1:02:10 PM Reply
    • @Laura: I was channeling my inner Laura while I was crafting this post! ;) Thanks for sharing!!
      8/20/2018 6:35:39 PM Reply
  • I didn't know you were an essential oils girl! I know Ann Z loves them, and finds them helpful when organizing. I have a couple that I received as a gift that I dab on balls that go into my dryer. It's always a nice touch. Something to think about:)
    8/17/2018 8:18:30 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I'm starting to get into EOs. I use them in my bath scrub, my linen spray, and some homemade cleaning products I make. I'm working my way up to a diffuser. You know who's an EO person - Sue D! At the conference, she had the whole shebang set up in her room!
      8/17/2018 9:13:45 AM Reply

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