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If you are starting your journey with essential oils and you want to know which ones to buy, this is the article for you. I have been using essential oils for about 9 years. I add it to pretty much everything: shampoo, lotions, hair or skin creams, balms, diffusers, jewelry, bug sprays, bug repellant, natural remedies, you name it. I have over 30 oils in my arsenal. There is no such thing as too many oils for me. In case you don’t want to read this entire article, my top 5 oils are :
- tea tree,
- and peppermint.
For those who are interested in why, continue to read on.
What are essential oils in a nutshell?
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, (NIEHS), defines essential oils as “concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor of their source. Essential oils have “a unique composition of chemicals, and this variation affects the smell, absorption, and effects on the body. (NIEHS, 2021)” If your are interested in the results of the essential oil studies conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, follow this link to see the results and their analysis.
Now to get on with it, my favorite essential oil aka my #1 must have is Frankincense.
This oil has a bit of a woodsy smell. Some effects Frankincense is known to have are inflammation reduction, anticancer properties, improve oral hygiene and prevent gum disease. And improvement in asthma. (Petre, 2021). I use it for pain relief (cramps and headache) and in skin creams. Be sure to follow directions on the container for topical and aromatherapy uses and dilution ratios.
This oil is always in my purse in the form of a roll-on. I keep a roll-on with a carrier oil mixed with Frankincense in my purse, at my desk, and in my nightstand. This works wonders for stomach cramps. I just roll it on and within 20 minutes, I have relief.
This oil can be used for over 25 different things. It is said to be an antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic, encourages wound healing, acne fighter, and an all-purpose cleaner (Khan, 2017). It has so many uses that it is impossible to list them all here. You can visit this link for more uses.
I have used this personally for cleaning, sore gums, acne, ear infections and diffused it for sore sinuses. When I use it for ear infections, I mix it with lavender of a cotton ball and hold it in my ear for a while. Please follow directions on the bottle for proper applications and dilution ratios.
Common uses of eucalyptus are: bug & rodent repellant, clear stuffy noses, topical pain reliever, pain killer, dental issues, lice treatment, and according to webMD, as an oral herpes suppressant (Ratini, 2019). For more uses, a simple internet search will suffice.
I use it as a repellant in my household sprays and diffused for stuffy nose during a cold. It is so helpful in helping me breath during a cold that it is in my top 5 and a must have. It does diffuse very well with lemon essential oils when diffusing for aromatherapy. Be sure to follow the directions on the container for proper usage and dilution ratios.
Common uses for lavender include sleep aid, mood calming, anxiety relief, and an anti-inflammatory agent for minor burns and wounds. This is by no means an all-encompassing list and I am focusing on my personal uses. I use this with tee tree oils for an ear infection, in skin creams, and as a sleep aid via a diffuser. I find it to be helpful to diffuse with tea tree when my sinuses are sore. Again, please follow the container for applicable uses and dilution ratios.
The final oil I like to keep is peppermint. This oil is extremely strong and spiders hate it. Naturally one of its uses is a bug repellant. It can also be used for sore muscles, headache or nausea relief, on my temples, and stuffy nose relief. I find myself using this one to repel spiders and nausea relief more than anything else. A simple internet search will help identify other meaningful uses, while this article focuses on mine. Again, please follow the container for applicable uses and dilution ratios.
In a nutshell..
I am an essential oil junkie. I do travel with them. Bear in mind that I am not an aromatherapy specialist or final authority on them. These are just my personal uses. Make sure to always follow the labels for proper dilution ratios and safety precautions. Not all oils are safe for children, pregnancy, or pups. We do carry the oils listed and they are available at Something U Luv. If you use single essential oils, let me know which ones you like to use and what for.
- “Essential Oils”. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/essential-oils/index.cfm#:~:text=Have%20researchers%20studied%20essential%20oils%3F%20Previous%20studies%20have,and%20tea%20tree%20oil%20are%20composed%20of%20
- Petre, Alina. “5 Benefits and Uses of Frankincense — and 7 Myths”. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/frankincense
- Khan, Nizam. “14 Everyday Uses for Tea Tree Oil”. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tea-tree-oil
- Ratini, Melinda. “Eucalyptus Oil Benefits and Uses”. WebMD. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/ss/slideshow-eucalyptus-oil-benefits-and-uses
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