Essential oils are used in aromatherapy. They are also used for medicinal purposes, cosmetics, cleaning, in bath and body products and in perfumery.
Pure essential oils come from trees, flowers, herbs, and fruits.
There are literally hundreds of essential oils.
I have well over 200 essential oils in my collection, however, I have narrowed the list down to the top five that every person should have on hand!
Before you begin to use essential oils please do some basic research.
I only use 100% pure oils. Some people have allergic reactions to some oils. Some essential oils can be dangerous, even toxic. Always research each oil before use.
I always check the New Directions Aromatics site when working with a new oil.
Some oils need dilution with a carrier oil while others you can use directly from the vial.
The oils in my list are relatively safe for most everyone who does not have an allergy to them. They can also be used right out of the bottle, although they are strong enough to dilute if you prefer using a carrier oil.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender should be in every kitchen as it is a wonderful soothing oil for burns. It also aids in insect stings. Not only does it cut down on the pain but helps to bring circulation to the area to stimulate healing.
Lavender has a calming and soothing effect which can aid in sleep, ease tension, and fix a headache. Some even say that Lavender can ease migraine pain.
Lavender is so safe that you can use it directly on the skin in its full force.
Lavender has been said to aid in the treatment of colic.
Rubbed into muscles and tendons Lavender can aid pain relief.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
I use tea tree for minor cuts and scraps. It has excellent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties! It cuts out infection and aids fast healing.
Tea tree is also excellent to add to soaps, shampoo, and conditioners. It has a healing and soothing sensation and aids in dry skin conditioning such as conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Tea Tree essential oil is great for oily skin and helps with sore throats and ear aches. Of course, you will want to do some research on exactly how to use Tea Tree oil as one would not simply drink the oil to cure a sore throat.
Tea Tree oil helps clear sinuses and aids in breathing during cold and flu season.
Tea Tree is also a natural insect repellent.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil:
I love Eucalyptus oil. There are so many things it can do.
Scar tissue can be diminished, a runny nose stopped by the aroma discharging the mucus, removes bad odors, can aid in the relief from bladder infections, assist in circulatory problems, helps to treat arthritis, relieves back pain and strain, and so much more.
Eucalyptus is a mental stimulant as well and can be invigorating to the senses!
Eucalyptus is also known to aid in acne, boils, infected pores, ingrown hairs and oily skin.
A great insect repellent it also helps in itching or burning skin from those irritating bites!
Truly an oil for all to have in their collection.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint helps aid in focus and concentration.
It helps with digestion, ever wonder where the “after dinner mint” came from?
Peppermint can help in coughing attacks, the common cold and even in people with asthma.
Peppermint helps control odors both environmental and personal and is used for personal care and hygiene.
It is said peppermint can aid in mouth sores such as cold sores, and bleeding gums.
Peppermint mixed with Lavender can treat sunburn.
This oil can also aid in Irritable bowel syndrome, bacterial and viral infections, nausea, diarrhea, muscle sprains and cramping, and again as an insect repellent.
Sandalwood Essential Oil:
Sandalwood is a relaxing, soothing and calming oil. Its smell draws you in and brings you to center. I use Sandalwood often in my grounding, centering and focusing meditations and in my day to day work.
Sandalwood also is a good assist to depression.
If you have troubles sleeping use some sandalwood by dropping a few drops on a cotton ball and placing inside your pillow case. Be careful oils can stain your bedding!
I have a special pillow case I use when I want to use oils.
Sandalwood helps aid in sleep so much that it can help with night sweats due to menopause, now that’s saying something!
Sandalwood essential oil help aid in concentration and focus. Don’t we all need a little of that now and then?
Sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac and can get that libido going!
Sandalwood also helps with the following: Skin conditions, antiseptic, respiratory ailments, stress, nervous tension and anxiety, depression, antibacterial, varicose veins and lower back pain.
It was really difficult to narrow down my list to a top five. Every essential oil has it’s purpose.
NOTE: Herbal and Essential Oil is not meant to replace modern medicine! Always let your doctor know if you are using herbal or oil supplements especially if you are under the care of a doctor for medical conditions! Never stop taking a prescribed medication just because herbs or oils are helping! Always talk to your doctor first and use common sense.
What are your favorite essential oils and why are they your favorites? I love talking essential oils so please feel free to comment and ask questions.