Five Most Common (and Beneficial) Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy and healing practices for several years, but with so many to choose from, how do you decide which one is right for you? Essential oils are “a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.” With so many uses and different scents the options are endless!
Lavender can be applied topically or breathed in through aromatherapy. It is a very prominent ingredient in skincare for it’s known ability to kill bacteria and help unclog pores. Lavender is rich in beta-caryophyllene, which gives the oil anti-inflammatory properties. Another amazing use for this essential oil is in aromatherapy to help with anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. Next time you need help dozing off, reach for some lavender!
Peppermint essential oil is one the most popular and most commonly used essential oils, and for good reason. Peppermint oil has mood boosting qualities from the invigorating scent of mint, and soothing properties to ease headaches and tension in the body. Peppermint oil is also said to aid with indigestion and stomach pain as it can have a calming effect, and is oftentimes found in various beverages including tea.
Eucalyptus is harvested from an evergreen tree native to Australia. It is often used in aromatherapy and ayurvedic medicine because of its healing properties. Eucalyptus is also known for being anti-microbial and therefore used in medical practice in place of antibiotics when deemed beneficial. Eucalyptus is oftentimes used to relieve common cold symptoms through inhalants and lozenges, and the oil vapor can be a powerful decongestant.
Tea tree oil is made up of several compounds including terpinen-4-ol, and has been shown to fight bacteria and fungi. Tea tree can be found is several products from natural hand sanitizer, to insect repellent and deodorant. One of the most common uses for tea tree oil includes hair care as it can help fight off lice or a dry scalp.
Lemon essential oil can be used as an effective surface cleaner and a natural alternative to various chemical based cleaners on the market. Lemon oil can also be found in skincare and is an ingredient used to help brighten skins' tone and texture. Lemon essential oil is also an effective mood booster if used in a diffuser to help brighten up a room and add a fresh scent. Try lemon oil if you want to bring some sunshine into your space!