Haven’t you heard? Essential oils are amazing! Nature gave us quite the gift with the benefits that botanicals have to offer. Essential oils are one of the best ways to put them to use. If you’re new to essential oils, pick up these 4 and begin researching the various ways you can put them to use in your home and life. If nothing else, you can purchase a diffuser and see for yourself how the different oils make you feel.
Lavender is the most versatile essential oil you can have in the home. It’s uses range from relaxing aromatherapy to healing many skin ailments topically, including rashes, bug bites, acne, and sun burns. One of the most common uses is to add it to a bath to aid you in relaxation and its been very well known for helping people get to sleep faster and deeper. Steam inhalation can alleviated sinus blockage, and rubbed into the temples, the oil can assist headaches as well. Essential oil enthusiasts everywhere can agree, lavender is the favorite.
Lemon has the opposite effect as lavender, aroma-therapeutically speaking. Lemon and other citrus scents can refresh and liven you up. The scent can elevate your mood, squash anxiety, and give you a boost of energy. Because of these benefits, lemon is a common aroma added to cleaning products, both homemade and commercial. It’s a dream come true for people who use cleaning as a mental health exercise. Added to olive oil, it makes a great furniture polish, it can make your whites whiter when added to your laundry or detergent, and added to aloe vera, is a great, safe hand sanitizer; although, you should know that lemon does make skin photosensitive so take caution when using lemon oil on days you will be moderately to heavily exposed to the sun.
3. Tea Tree
Warning! Never consume Tea Tree oil internally. Tea Tree has been referred to as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle”, however, it’s only meant to be used topically. It’s anti-microbial properties, make it a winning solution to many skin rashes and irritations caused by fungal infection. Fungus of the nail and athlete’s foot can be treated with Tea Tree, as well as cold sores, warts, eczema, and dermatitis. A few drops added to your shampoo can fight dandruff, as well as head lice. You can imagine it also fights flees and ticks that make your pet vulnerable. You can add a few drops to a handkerchief and tie it around their neck as a deterrent. Because it is so effective at killing germs and the things that virus’ and fungi feed off, Tea Tree oil is a ingredient common in homemade cleaning products as well.
Peppermint tea has been commonly known to cure upset stomachs and nausea. Well, peppermint oil added to a carrier oil or lotion can achieve the same when rubbed on the abdomen. You can also use this on the temples to alleviate headache. When added to other helpful essential oils, it can make an effective cough and sinus relief cream. Another amazing benefit is that spiders and mice cannot stand its scent so you can use it to clean your walls and floors to deter them from dwelling in your home. Added to a small bath, peppermint also can revive tired and overheated feet.