5 Must-Try Essential Oils

Many essential oils have an aroma that’s soothing, but they are also used for many other purposes. Here are five essential oils that you may find useful.

As with all essential oils, none of the oils mentioned in this post should be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause permanent damage if used in this way, even if you think you have diluted them. Be safe and use them as intended, in massage blends and diffusers, and keep them out of the reach of children at all times.
 

Lemon (Citrus limon)

lemonLemon is one of the most effective essential oils, and can be used for many purposes. It’s also one of the few essential oils that is safe to use without dilution. Use it straight out of the bottle on a finger or cotton bud to treat boils, cold sores (fever blisters/HSV) and verrucas (plantar warts). Blend with a carrier oil for skin care, to tone and condition nails and to bleach discoloured skin.

Lemon oil can also be mixed with aloe gel to create a hand sanitizer. Moreover, lemon oil added to shampoo can help alleviate dandruff. However, keep in mind that lemon essential oil can make your skin photosensitive. Therefore, avoid contact with sunlight or tanning beds after applying it to your body.

Lemon essential oil can also be used around the home. For example, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with olive oil to make a cost-effective furniture polish.

 

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

peppermintMake a blend of peppermint essential oil with your favourite carrier oil or add a few drops to the bath to treat acne, dermatitis, indigestion and flatulence (gas or wind), itchy skin, muscle pain and neuralgia. It’s also helpful in an oil burner or electric diffuser for relieving respiratory conditions like coughs and colds.

Peppermint essential oil can also be mixed with eucalyptus and a carrier oil to relieve congestion. You need to apply the mixture over your chest. Another way you can use it is to add peppermint oil to a bowl of water to relax tired feet. It is also an effective essential oil to eliminate odour.

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

clovesClove essential oil is used to treat minor dental problems like toothache. It’s best left to professionals apart from this use. However, if you want to use it at home, you can diffuse the oil in various rooms to repel mosquitoes and flies.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

tea-treeTea tree oil can be used to treat many common ailments. It’s another oil that can be used straight out of the bottle – in fact, that’s the way most people use it all the time.

You can use it to treat boils, psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, cold sores, nail fungus, insect bites and warts. In addition, you can add tea tree drops to a shampoo to get rid of dandruff.

I regard tea tree oil as essential first aid for any skin condition, whether caused by bacteria, viruses or a fungal infection. Many people use tea tree oil without realising they’re using an aromatherapy product.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

lavenderLavender essential oil is used for health and homecare purposes. Like lemon, it’s safe to use without dilution. It is a versatile essential oil, which is used in blends to improve acne, insect bites and rashes but its most important use is to treat burns. Apply straight from the bottle on a finger or cotton wool ball to the burn and surrounding area, several times a day if you need to.

Lavender oil in a burner or electric diffuser helps relax an anxious mind, promote sleep and relieve headaches.

Lavender oil can also be added to a paste of baking soda and water to make an underarm deodorant. Furthermore, you can add a few drops of lavender oil to your laundry to eliminate odors from sweaty clothes.

Unfortunately, recent research has found that regular use of tea tree and lavender oils in boys before puberty can lead to gynecomastia (breast enlargement) and can interfere with their sexual development [source]. The same thing can occur in adult males, but with less serious effects, since their sexual characteristics are already established. It’s therefore advisable to restrict use of the oils and products (eg. shampoo) that contain either of these oils for boys except in occasional emergency situations.
 

These are the best essential oils that you must try today to treat a variety of common issues. I offer an extensive selection of essential oils in my online shop.


Top 3 Essential Oils – Your Starter Kit

Top 3 essential oils clockwise from 12 o'clock: tea tree, lemon, lavender

Top 3 essential oils clockwise from 12 o’clock: tea tree, lemon, lavender

Originally published on Guide to Aromatherapy

These three essential oils make a great starting point when you’re starting to build an aromatherapy kit. Which three? Tea tree oil, lemon essential oil and lavender essential oil.

So what makes them so special? Well, for a start, they are safe for beginners, because all three can be used without dilution in an emergency, which is quite unusual.

Secondly, between them you can treat a wide variety of problems, from athlete’s foot to zits.

Thirdly, all three are widely available – but as with all essential oils, it’s important that you select a brand that is 100% pure essential oil. You may well find products that call themselves essential oil, but which are in fact perfume oils or worse, adulterated with all sorts of chemicals which can both reduce the efficacy and risk causing damage if used for healing purposes.

Unfortunately, recent research has found that regular use of tea tree and lavender oils in boys before puberty can lead to gynecomastia (breast enlargement) and can interfere with their sexual development [source]. The same thing can occur in adult males, but with less serious effects, since their sexual characteristics are already established. It’s therefore advisable to restrict use of the oils and products (eg. shampoo) that contain either of these oils for boys except in occasional emergency situations.
 
As with all essential oils, none of the oils mentioned in this post should be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause permanent damage if used in this way, even if you think you have diluted them. Be safe and use them as intended, in massage blends and diffusers, and keep them out of the reach of children at all times.
 

I’ve already covered all three of these oils on here, but to save you having to go and dig them out, here’s a quick refresher, this time sorted in alphabetical order:

For Use
abscesses lavender
acne lavender, lemon, tea tree
allergic reactions lavender
analgesic lavender
anemia lemon, tea tree
anti-anemic lemon
anti-infectious tea tree
anti-inflammatory tea tree
anticonvulsive lavender
antidepressant lavender
antimicrobial lavender, lemon
antirheumatic lavender, lemon
antiseptic lavender, lemon, tea tree
antispasmodic lavender, lemon
antitoxic lavender
antiviral tea tree
anxiety lavender
apprehension lavender
arthritis lemon, tea tree
astringent lemon
athlete’s foot lavender, tea tree
bacterial vaginosis (BV) tea tree
bactericidal lemon, tea tree
bed wetting lavender
bleaching discolored skin lemon
boils lavender, lemon, tea tree
bruises lavender
burns lavender, tea tree
calming the mind lavender
candida tea tree
canker sores tea tree
cellulitis lemon, tea tree
circulatory conditions lavender (lavandin)
cold sores lemon, tea tree
colds lemon, tea tree
cooties lavender, tea tree
dandruff lavender, tea tree
deodorant lavender
dermatitis lavender
diaper rash tea tree
diuretic lavender, lemon
eczema lavender
exhaustion lavender
expectorant tea tree
fear lavender
flu lemon, tea tree
foot rot in animals tea tree
fungicidal tea tree
hair lightener lemon
head lice lavender, tea tree
herpes lemon, tea tree
hypotensive lavender, lemon
hysteria lavender
immuno-stimulant tea tree
impatience lavender
inflammation lavender
insect bites and stings lavender
insecticidal lemon
insomnia lavender
irritability lavender
migraine lavender
mood swings lavender
mouth ulcers tea tree
muscle strain lavender (lavandin)
nail conditioner lemon, tea tree
nail fungus tea tree
nappy rash tea tree
negative thoughts lavender
nervous tension lavender
oily skin lemon, tea tree
overwork lavender
panic attacks lavender
paranoia lavender
pimples tea tree
plantar warts lemon, tea tree
post traumatic stress lavender
psoriasis lavender
relaxing lavender
respiratory disorders lavender (lavandin)
respiratory infections tea tree
ringworm tea tree
scabies lavender
sedative lavender
skin infections tea tree
sleep aid lavender
small cuts and wounds lavender
spots lavender, lemon, tea tree
stage fright lavender
stiff, swollen and painful joints lavender
stimulates white corpuscles lemon
sunburn lavender
thrush tea tree
tinea tea tree
tonic lavender, lemon
verrucas lemon, tea tree
warts lemon, tea tree
zits lavender, lemon, tea tree

Please remember that lemon oil is phototoxic, which means that it should not be used on skin that is to be exposed to the sun or tanning equipment within 48 hours.

I offer all three essential oils in my online shop:
lavender essential oil
organic lavender essential oil
lemon essential oil
organic lemon essential oil
tea tree essential oil
organic tea tree essential oil


Lemon essential oil, benefits and uses

Originally published on Guide to Aromatherapy

Lemon oil is extracted from the zest of the lemon

Lemon oil is extracted from the zest of the lemon

Lemon essential oil is sometimes called cedro oil, though you should be careful if buying oil with this name, as it’s also used for a type of cedar. It is extracted from the zest of the lemon by cold pressing or steam distillation.

Like other citrus oils, lemon is photo-sensitizing, and anyone using it on exposed skin should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or use of tanning beds for 48 hours after use.

Lemon is a good choice for inclusion in a starter kit, because it can be used neat (undiluted) without any worries. In fact, one of the main uses of lemon oil is to treat boils, herpes (cold sores), warts and plantar warts (verrucas), for which it is always applied directly to the area to be treated in undiluted form.

As with all essential oils, lemon oil should never be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause permanent damage if used in this way, even if you think you have diluted them. Be safe and use them as intended, in massage blends and diffusers, and keep them out of the reach of children at all times.

Lemon is highly regarded for skin care, particularly for oily skin, and is also used to tone and condition nails, and to bleach discolored areas of skin.

Use at a 1% dilution as a massage oil to treat acne, anemia, arthritis, cellulitis and skin blemishes such as spots.

You can also use it in a diffuser or add up to 3 drops to the bath to help clear up respiratory infections like colds and flu (a drink of lemon juice or home made lemonade would also be helpful for this, as lemons are high in vitamin C, which helps to ward off infection).

Lemon oil blends well with almost all other aromatherapy oils and is a natural disinfectant.

I offer lemon essential oil and organic lemon essential oil in my online shop.