10 Essential oils you should always have at home
Essential oils are far more than just an ingredient that can be used in perfume; they also have many therapeutic effects. Essential oils have been used for centuries and they have been a part of medicine, religious ceremonies and beauty practices, since the time of the ancient Egyptians. The Chinese believed that extracting the oils from aromatic plants was a way of releasing the soul of the plant. In the past, essential oils were rare and prized by the rich, but today they are freely available for everyone to use and to enjoy. Here are ten of our favourite essential oils that everyone should keep at home.
1. Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree oil is often referred to as the medicine cabinet of oils, because of the wide variety of uses it can be put to. Although, like most essential oils, you can’t consume it orally, it can be used to treat just about every skin ailment you could think of. You can even use it in the home to disinfect worktops and door handles to keep the bacteria at bay.
2. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil is another one of the well-known essential oils that has many uses around the home. If you mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage into your stomach it will help to alleviate stomach cramp or, if you massage it on your chest and throat, it will soothe coughs. It also has a lovely fresh scent and, a little diluted peppermint oil, sprayed into your shoes, will take away any bad odours that might be hanging around there.
3. Lavender essential oil
Lavender oil has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it also has a natural anti-depressant effect too. A few drops of lavender oil added to your regular moisturiser will soon clear up blemishes on the skin and heal breakouts. If you mix lavender essential oil with a carrier oil and rub some on your body, it will also repel insects in the summer. The other thing that lavender oil is renowned for, is its calming effect on the mood. Inhaling the scent of lavender oil can reduce the feelings of stress and feelings of sadness.
4. Lemon essential oil
The scent of both lemon and orange essential oils is a wonderful way to keep your home fresh. You can diffuse them into the air as an air freshener, or you can add a few drops to cleaning products for a lovely citrus smell of summer. There is also evidence that, if you add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your shampoo, it can help promote hair growth.
5. Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus oil is great for relieving congestion when you have a cold and it can also help to relieve asthma attacks. When you get a cold, dab a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale the fumes as you need to, and it will quickly clear your nose, throat and chest. It also makes an effective disinfectant for use around the home.
6. Oregano essential oil
Oregano is another essential oil that should not be used undiluted and never taken internally, but it does have some amazing anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties when used topically. Dilute some oregano essential oil with coconut oil and rub it on your feet. It will quickly clear up athlete’s foot. You can also use it to treat ringworm and to remove warts from the skin.
7. Clove essential oil
Clove oil has been used for centuries to treat toothache, but dilute it, because it is very strong. You can also use it to treat gum disease and sores too. Diluted clove oil is also very good on the skin for disinfecting minor wounds, easing the itching and swelling of insect bites, and for reducing the appearance of bruises. In the home, if you add a few drops to baking soda and then you sprinkle it on your carpet, it will get rid of any pet fleas.
8. Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense, which is extracted from the resin of a particular tree, can be used to treat a whole host of skin conditions from insect bites to acne and warts. Massage it into the skin, mixed with carrier oil, and it will also reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. If you use frankincense in a diffuser, it will calm the nerves and alleviate a headache too.
9. Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile oil is one of the gentlest of the essential oils and it can be used, undiluted, to treat acne, dry skin, insect bites and stings. Used in a diffuser, it has the same calming effect, just as chamomile tea, and it can be a great help when you are having difficulty sleeping.
10. Blended essential oils
If you really can’t make up your mind which of these wonderful essential oils to try first, you could try one of the many essential oil blends that you can buy in health shops. These are special blends of some the best types of essential oils for specific purposes. These include: soothing blends, respiratory blends, digestive blends, etc. There is an essential oil, or blend of oils, for no end of different uses, so give them a try and see what you think.
What are your favourite essential oils?
Stay happy and healthy!