Essential Oils have been quickly gaining popularity. As we are becoming more informed consumers, and taking control of our health journey, many of us have turned to more natural remedies for feelings of anxiousness, allergies, cleaning products, and other ailments that can take a great effect on our daily life. This list contains 10 of our personal favorites that are very simple to use, affordable and have wonderful and positive impacts to health and wellness.
Top 10 Essential Oils And How to Use Them
Also known as Citrus bergamia, this fruit grown in the southern region of Italy and has a tangy fragrance. It is a cross between a sour orange and lemon and produces extremely fragrant peels. Bergamot can really help with mental health. It has the ability to act as a powerful antidepressant by stimulating uplifting feelings and increasing energy levels. This essential oil favorite also kills germs and bacteria, reduces stress and supports healthy digestion.
2) Clary Sage
This oil has been utilized since ancient times, often times as an elegant fragrance for upper class women. Today, we employ sage oil as a way to reduce stress, eliminate odor, relive respiratory problems, and even fight sad and anxious feelings. The sweet and clean aroma of sage will keep you coming back for more!
Eucalyptus has many medicinal properties. You probably have noticed than many over the counter medicines for chest colds, throat sprays, soaps and topical pain relievers all contain Eucalyptus. It contains a very minty and refreshing aroma and has many benefits that help combat colds, nourish hair, aid in the healing of cold sores, and even reducing joint pain.
Frankincense is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree. It is commonly used in aromatherapy and gives of a sweet, woody aroma. Typical uses include easing stress, combating anxious feelings, reducing mild acne and immune system stimulating properties.
Grapefruit is so much more than a delightful, juicy breakfast treat! Grapefruit has an invigorating and citrusy aroma. It’s inviting scent can help you feel your best by fighting off jet lag, headaches and even hangovers. It can be inhaled through a diffuser, added to a carrier oil and applied to the skin or added to a glass of water and ingested.
Geranium oil is distilled from the fuzzy green leaves and stems of the plant. It contains many of the same properties and benefits as rose oil, which tends to be far more expensive. Geranium helps support adrenal health, combat allergies, and balance blood sugar.
Lavender has so many amazing benefits, we could write a post entirely on this aromatic flower! With 40 species and over 400 varieties, lavender is favorite for its versatility. From soothing the nervous system, to eliminating soreness and cramping, relieving insect bites and minimizing sun spots, lavender is a must have in your Essential Oil collection.
Lemon is one of the most refreshing essential oils and as a natural detoxifier, it holds a diverse range of benefits. This oil can help clear up acne, tighten skin and prevent wrinkles. It is also great for opening up nasal passages and helping to reduce allergies and asthma. Other uses include uplifting mood, disinfecting, and boosting the immune system.
For centuries, humans have harvested peppermint for consumption. Today it can be found in medicines, cosmetics, teas, soaps and even candies. The oil is extracted from the leaves and used for eliminating bad breath, respiratory relief and even soothing a sunburn.
10) Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is great for keeping hair, skin and nails healthy. For centuries, Australian Aborigines have extracted the oil from tea tree leaves and used as traditional medicine. Today it can be used as a hand sanitizer, insect repellent, eliminating nail fungus and to soothe skin inflammation.