Top 3 Essential Oils – Your Starter Kit

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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

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