Essential oils, which are natural and highly concentrated, having been extracted directly from a flower, fruit, leaf, bark, seed or root of a plant or tree, offer remedies for all sorts of home and health issues. They can be used in a bath, for massage, in an essential oil diffuser and more, as well as for use in homemade beauty and cleaning products.
So, now you know that benefits derived using essential oils aren’t only due to a placebo affect – they offer scientifically proven benefits, you probably really want to take advantage of them.
If you’re just starting out with essential oils, you may want to try picking up just a few different types, and then building up your collection as you get used to blending and using them on a regular basis.
What are the best essential oils for beginners?
There are roughly 100 different types of essential oils, and each and every essential oil contains compounds that have unique healing and therapeutic benefits, making it difficult to know where to start when first building your collection.
Selecting several from this list, and adding a few more as you go, is a good way to begin. Here are 8 Essential Oils You Shouldn’t Be Without At Home that are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and used as natural medicine.
Clove essential oil offers antioxidant, antifungal, anti-parasitic and antibacterial properties. It’s a top oil when it comes to dental issues, and has long be used in treatments for problems like toothaches, and it can also help treat infection, battle stress and headaches, fight indigestion, ease nausea and more. If you develop a toothache in the middle of the night or another time when you can’t get to the dentist right away, clove oil can be a real lifesaver.
There are two types of chamomile, an essential oil well-known for offering calming effects. They offer similar benefits, although Roman chamomile tends to be more calming, while German chamomile is considered to be a more powerful anti-inflammatory agent as it contains a compound known as azulene. Just a few of its beneficial properties including being an antibiotic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and analgesic. It may help to relieve anxiety, tension, and stress as well as to aid in healing the skin and soothe irritation. It may also aid in the promotion of the secretion of digestive juices, facilitating better digestion. With so many different benefits chamomile oil is a must for anyone’s medicine cabinet.
Lavender is known to help speed healing in cuts and burns as well as rashes and stings. It can also decrease anxiety, reduce inflammation and promote better sleep, particularly after trauma. Its specific properties include being an analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, sleep inducing and a disinfectant. As mentioned, there are different types of lavender essential oils, including English varieties (Lavandula angustifolias), French (Lavandula dentate) and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), which grows in lower elevation areas of France and Spain. Bulgarian Lavandula angustfolia is generally considered to be the best pick as it’s lower in cost than the others but offers the same benefits. Bulgaria is also the world’s biggest producer of lavender oil. Put a few drops on your pillow just before going to bed, and odds are, you’ll get a much better night’s rest.
Ginger essential oil contains gingerol, which offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also been shown in studies to increase thermogenesis, resulting in a boosted metabolism which makes it easier to lose weight. It’s stimulating, relieves nausea and pain, supports joint health and improves mental clarity.
Peppermint oil not only smells wonderful, it can help boost your energy level, improve focus, support healthier digestion, reduce fever and headache, and provide muscle pain relief. Some of its properties include being antiseptic, analgesic, a stimulant, anesthetic, and antispasmodic. Carry some along with you when you’re traveling, or just out and about, and when fatigue hits, take a whiff – it’s an instant pick-me-up.
This essential oil helps to improve respiratory issues such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and allergies. It has the ability to reduce congestion and improve mental clarity too. Eucalyptus oil contains a number of important properties, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and serving as a decongestant.
7. Lemon is one of the best oils to have on hand for use in making homemade cleaning products. Cold-pressed from lemon rinds, it has a strong, purifying citrus scent that helps to uplift and revitalize. Lemon oil is an amazing, natural cleaner, very effective when used to clean dishes, metal surfaces, and even clothes.
As it’s a disinfectant, it’s often used to clean surfaces of items like knives and kitchen blocks that tend to get contaminated easily. As lemon is also quite calming, it’s another good one to carry wherever you go to help beat things like mental fatigue, nervous tension, exhaustion, and anxiety as it helps to refresh the mind and create a more positive mindset.
8. Tea tree is antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral. It’s often used to inhibit viral and bacterial infections.
It can even be used to kill insects, protect a wound and speed the healing of a scar. If you have a cold or a cough it can stimulate systemic functions and appropriate discharges, it can less its duration.