There are hundreds of essential oils that you can choose from; unfortunately, not all of us have the money to afford hundreds of oils! No needs to worry though, your friends at The Aromatherapy Society have narrowed down your search of essential oils to just 5 essential oils that you won’t want to live without. Whether you want to kick back and relax, or liven up your living room, these are the go to oils! Learn about these top oils and what they are good for!
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is our top selling oil, so its number one on the list for obvious reasons! This pure steam distilled oil has an aroma that is minty and uplifting. Peppermint is traditionally used to enhance alertness and stamina. Peppermint oil has many culinary and pharmaceutical uses. It is also used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system. Peppermint oil is commonly used as flavoring in foods and beverages and as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
- Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you're trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.
- Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy.
- Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day.
- Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
- Use peppermint oil in water to dampen a facecloth for when working outdoors in the summer. It is totally refreshing and helps to cool you down.
BLENDS WELL WITH
Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree
- Lavender Essential Oil
Who doesn’t like Lavender Essential Oil; Lavender is probably the go to essential oil for new essential oil lovers. Pure steam distilled Lavender essential oil with its sweet, herbal, floral scent is known for its relaxing effects on the body. Lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is the most versatile of all essential oils. Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
- Calming-Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
- Sleep Aid-Apply 2 drops of lavender oil, on each palm. Rub them briskly in a circular motion. Cup your palms around your nose and breathe deeply. Repeat 6 times. Then, rub a drop of Lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you sleep.
- Stress Relief -Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of stress including the onset of headaches and shallow breathing. Alternately try placing a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel right BEFORE you begin to feel yourself losing control of your emotions or experience symptoms of nausea associated with stress. BLENDS WELL WITH
- Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver
- Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential oil is like the sunshine oil, it is refreshing and invigorating! It is my go to for eliminating odors and it has the power to uplift any atmosphere.
- Insect Repellent- Next time you go camping mix Lemon, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus to repel unwanted critters.
- Body Cleanser- Add two drops to 8 ounces of water for a gentle, natural body cleansing in the morning of your liver, kidneys, and digestive system
- Helps Concentration- Lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. Diffuse in the office or while your children are doing homework to stay focused and on task. Good for energy and mind clarity: You can also rub the lemon oil on your hands and inhale for a quick pick-me-up!
- Weight Loss- Lemon juice is very helpful in reducing weight, and satisfying your appetite. Adding Lemon oil to water or your favorite beverage can help reduce the chance of overeating.
- Mood Uplifter- Combine lemon and lavender and use topically or diffuse in your room to uplift your mood, and chase away the blues.
- Add a few drops to your bathwater to help with typical stress and fatigue. Lemon oil is calming in nature and, therefore, helps in eliminating mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It can refresh the mind by creating a positive mindset and removing negative emotions.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
The Tea Tree essential oil is perhaps the most under rated essential oil out of all of them. Also, known as Melaleuca or Melaleuca Alternifolia, this refreshing oil packs a punch!
- Use Tea Tree topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes and help maintain healthy-looking skin, hair, scalp, and nails.
- Diffuse it to eliminate musty odors and freshen living spaces.
- Add Tea Tree to homemade soaps to boost cleansing properties.
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Sweet Orange essential oil is last, but certainly not least on our list! The essential oil of orange has a wide variety of domestic, industrial, and medicinal uses. Domestically, it is used to add orange flavor to beverages, desserts, and sweetmeats. Industrially, it is used in soaps, body lotions, creams, anti-aging and wrinkle-lifting applications, and as a concentrate for soft beverages, room fresheners, sprays, deodorants, biscuits, chocolates, confectionery, and bakery items. The health benefits of orange essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative, and a cholagogic substance.
- Treats Spasms- Spasms can result in many irritating or serious problems including continuous coughing, convulsions, muscle cramps, and diarrhea. To avoid these effects, spasms must be treated early or prevented entirely. This can be done with the help of orange essential oil, which relaxes muscular and nervous spasms.
- Relieves Inflammation- Orange essential oil provides quick and effective relief from inflammation, whether internal or external. Regardless of the reason, whether it is an excessive intake of spices, fever, infections, a side effect of antibiotics, gas, and ingestion of toxic substances or narcotics, orange essential oil can reduce the irritation and pain.
- Relieves Depression- The very smell of orange essential oil reminds you of happy moments and brings pleasant thoughts to mind. That is why this oil is frequently used in aromatherapy. It creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter, which is perfect for people who suffer from depression or chronic anxiety. Research suggests that natural essential oil of orange helps reduce pulse rate and salivary cortisol that is secreted when one is in a state of anxiety.
- Prevents Infections- Wherever there is a cut or abrasion, there is always a chance of the wound becoming septic due to a bacterial infection. This is even more likely when the wound has occurred from an iron object because there remains a chance of it becoming infected by tetanus germs. Essential oil of orange can help people avoid both, septic fungal infections and tetanus as they inhibit microbial growth and disinfect the wounds.
So there you have it, five wonderful essential oils that all beginners should try out! Consider these five oils as the base of all oils, all of these oils can combine with others to resolve any need. We love essential oils so much it was truly hard to narrow this list to just five, if there are any oils that you think should have made the cut then make sure you tell us your thoughts below! Lastly, please check out our essential oils here, we have a fine selection of USDA certified, organic, and pure oils that we believe you would love!