Top 20 Essential Oils and their Uses
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Are you totally overwhelmed by the subject of essential oils? I heard so many good things about essential oils and it seemed like everyone around me told me I had to start using them for everything. However, there was so much conflicting information out there. I felt like I had to create mixtures myself and I never was sure what was safe for my kids. It must be difficult to use them, I thought. Sadly, I avoided them for a very long time because it was so overwhelming.
Finding a Brand
I recently began using essential oils after a great deal of research. I quickly learned that it was not as complicated as I so thought. It boils down to – How can I use oils safely, and what is a good brand? Quality and Trust are two things that are very important, and that is what I looked for when choosing a brand. Also, I needed a company with kid safe essential oils. Synergies, or an assortment of oils pre-mixed to solve specific issues, also was important to me. I did not want to have to become a scientist to use oils.
The winner is…
After much deliberation and research, I chose to go with Plant Therapy. (See why, after much research, I chose Plant Therapy here). Plant Therapy has a line of organic oils, kid safe oils, singles, and many synergies that are great for so many uses from illness to sleep assistance. Plant Therapy is AFFORDABLE, you guys, AND is 100% pure and natural plus the highest quality oils. You can purchase their oils through any of the links below in my list of top oils.
Top Essential Oils & Their Uses
To help me on my oil journey, I worked up a little cheat sheet of the top oils and the uses. I hope this list is helpful to you in finding oils for your family.
1. Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils. Lavender can help you sleep better, and give you fast relief when you have a sunburn.
2. Tea tree oil is great to have on hand for adding to vinegar and using the mixture to clean your home. It is antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antibiotic.
3. Chamomile oil is great for relaxation. Roman chamomile is more gentle than German chamomile, so you may use it on young babies for homemade diaper spray solutions to soothe diaper rash.
4. Eucalyptus oil helps support respiratory health. Those suffering from asthma, bronchitis and even the common cold can benefit from diffusing this or applying it topically in diluted form.
5. Lemon oil is a great antibacterial and anti-fungal oil. If you are coming down with a cold, rub it in the palms of your hands and inhale. You can even add several drops to your load of laundry to help disinfect it.
6. Frankincense oil is great for the skin, and often used in homemade facial creams. Apply it topically to swollen areas and use as an anti-inflammatory.
7. Peppermint oil can soothe sore muscles and relieve bad breath. You can also sprinkle peppermint oil around your home to deter ants from entering.
8. Clove oil has antiseptic properties and can be used to relieve tooth pain while you are waiting for an emergency dentist appointment.
9. Grapefruit oil is a detoxifier and can be diluted and applied to cellulite-laden areas of the body to help release toxins from fat cells.
10. Ginger oil helps relieve nausea. You can dilute ginger oil and apply it to painful areas to experience relief.
11. Ylang ylang oil has a beautiful smell and is often used as a natural perfume. Ylang ylang promotes relaxation and healthy skin, too.
12. Cedarwood oil can be used to clarify the skin and is a repellent for ticks, flies and gnats.
13. Citronella oil is a well-known mosquito repellent, but can also treat fevers and headaches.
14. Lemongrass oil is a common insect repellent, and can also help with digestive issues.
15. Geranium oil is great for the skin and also helps balance hormones.
16. Orange oil helps circulation and can also be used when cleaning your home, as it is not harsh and damaging to surfaces.
17. Lime oil is beneficial to diffuse when you need to stay alert. You can add it to shampoo to prevent scalp issues such as lice.
18. Rosemary oil has become the go-to oil for hair growth, by adding it to a carrier oil and applying it to the scalp.
19. Myrrh oil is great for skin health and also fights and protects against parasites when ingested.
20. Thyme oil is used for respiratory health and is antibacterial, which makes it great for use when fighting illness or cleaning the kitchen.
If you could only purchase twenty essential oils, these are the ones you should invest in. Use these alone or look up recipes for what you need and mix them with other essential oils. You can add essential oils to your diffuser. Additionally, you can apply essential oils topically (as long as the essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil).
Do you use essential oils? What is your favorite brand and what is your favorite mix? Leave your answers in the comment section below!