Essential Oils You Should Have in Your Home
Last Updated: 05/30/2016
For those of you who are new to essential oils, we would like to introduce the 8 essential oils everyone should own, and provide you with some basic information on their uses.
The wonderful thing about Essential Oils is that they are natural, and this is also the reason they cannot be patented! Of course, not all essential oils are equal, so make sure to do your research and purchase a pure, high quality essential oil (see our KOWLEDGE Base article on What do look for in a high quality Essential Oil).
There are hundreds of essential oils on the market but we think that these 8 will provide your home and family with effective health and beauty solutions. Each oil has its own therapeutic properties, but they can also be combined in order to obtain varied results.
Essential Oils can be applied topically (for dilution information please read our Knowledge Base article on Diluting Essential Oils), or diffused in the air with an essential oil diffuser, they can also be inhaled directly to obtain different results.
It’s important to note that essential oils can have quite powerful effects and that pregnant women and children, as well as individuals suffering from specific health issues should always consult a health care professional before using essential oils. This article if for information purposes only.
For more extensive information on each of these oils please read our Knowledge Base articles on the individual oils.
Essential oils can be used in many ways…
Be added to a bath
Used in compresses
Used as inhalations
Used in an oil burner
Used during massages (especially effective under the feet)
And can be a great addition to any beauty routine!
Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)
Chamomile is certainly one of the safest essential oils you can use. If you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of chamomile tea, you are probably already familiar with its sweet herbaceous scent. Traditionally this herb has been used as a calming and sedative agent, but as an essential oil, its powerful virtues are extensive and powerful.
Chamomile can help relieve the symptoms of an overactive nervous system, and also minimize headaches due to stress. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help ease symptoms of certain skin ailments and insect bites, but its virtues have also been linked to reducing pain due to neuralgia and pms.
The part of the plant typically used to produce essential oil is the flower or the bud, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation.
As chamomile is a member of the Asteraceae family (also includes ragweed and other allergens), individuals suffering from asthma ay want to use a different EO.
Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllata)
Clove oil has been traditionally used as an antiseptic and anesthetic agent thanks to its eugenol content, especially as an application to toothaches and dental cavities. As a matter of fact, its virtues in reducing pain and killing certain germs, make it so that it is used today by your dentist as an ingredient in medical antiseptics. That’s the smell that welcomes you when you enter a dentist’s office!
It can also be quite helpful for acne prone skin as it can help reduce and prevent inflamed blemishes on the skin. Its antiviral properties also make it an effective immune booster during flu season, as well as a surface and air sanitizer by adding a few drops of clove essential oil to a spray bottle with water. It has also been known to kill mold. Try adding 10 drops of clove oil to 100 ml of water, spray it directly on the mold, and then clean it off.
Its uses are numerous, we have only listed a few for basic information.
The part of the plant typically used to produce essential oil is the bud, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
Clary Sage is commonly used to reduce muscles spasms and cramps by helping to control nerve impulses. It is mainly for this reason that it is useful for menstrual cramps and can help mitigate spasmodic coughing and stomach aches.
It is considered to be an emmenagogue and therefore can stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area and uterus, further helping with uncomfortable pains due to menstruation and pms.
Traditionally, it has also been known to help reduce vision impairment due to age, as well as support and eye health in general. Clary Sage essential oil is also considered useful in uplifting your mood and can be helpful during times of particular stress.
Thanks to its antiseptic virtues, the oils can also be applied to small wounds and cuts to prevent infections.
The parts of the plant typically used to produce essential oil are the buds and the leaves, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii)
Frankincense is considered to be among the most ancient and precious oils, and when diffused in the air can bring on a calming and grounding effect. It has been known to help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as ease muscle and joint pain. As a matter of fact, boswellia carterii extract is often used in natural supplements for support in joint pain and flexibility.
It has also been traditionally used as an expectorant by eliminating phlegm deposited in the respiratory tract, as well as help relax breathing passages. It has been hailed as diuretic, a tonic, and a digestive aid, as well as an effective astringent in skin care!
What else can be said about this precious oil?
Well, it also seems to be an effective air purifier when diffused!
Try taking a warm bath with this essential oil….it will provide great benefits to both your mind and your body!
Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the plant.
Oregano (Oreganum Vulgare)
When you think of oregano you probably think of the herby smell of the oregano spice….well the scent of the oregano essential oil is not much different, just more intense.
Traditionally, oregano has proven to be an effective immune booster, as well as an aid for digestive support, and a regulator of glucose levels in the blood.
Thanks to the presence of thymol and carvacrol, oregano also boasts antibacterial virtues and can be applied to small cuts to prevent the onset of minor infections. When diluted, it is also effective as a mouth wash, and used to gargle with if you have a sore throat.
Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E, K), and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, niacin,) oregano can also be helpful in supporting heart and bone health, and fight free radicals!
Due to its rosmarinic acid component and immune boosting properties, oregano can act as natural antihistamine. A study has shown that It can help alleviate and even reduce reactions to certain allergies by reducing fluid build-up and swelling during an allergy attack.
The parts of the plant typically used to produce essential oil, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
The scent of peppermint is a familiar one to many. Whether you’ve tasted it in a breath mint or a tea, we all know what a refreshing yet soothing aroma it has.
It’s a wonderful essential oil that has the ability to improve digestion, stomach aches and headaches, as well as alleviate nausea and minor pains.
Peppermint is also used to stimulate mental alertness and uplift mood, and thanks to its menthol component it is often used to help clear the respiratory tract and for the temporary relief of nasal congestion.
Its camphor, menthol, and carvacrol components have also proven to be resistant to certain bacteria (salmonella, E.Coli, certain staph infections), and therefore this EO can be an optimal addition in supporting a healthy immune system.
Try adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to your daily moisturizer or hair conditioner to stimulate blood circulation and improve the look of dull skin and greasy hair.
The parts of the plant typically used to produce essential oil, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Tea Tree essential oil is considered to be one of the oils with the most all-encompassing virtues. It is certainly one of the most wide spread in medicine cabinets across millions of homes. Why? Its reputation as a cure all is not exaggerated.
It is renowned for its anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-microbal and antiviral properties, providing excellent support for the immune system, as well as for minor cuts and wounds. It is for the same reason that the tea tree oil is an effective aid for skin ailments, particularity acne. It also acts as a cicatrisant and can help diminish the appearance of scars.
There is also a reason why Tea Tree oil is used in many shampoos on the market; it has been used to reduce dandruff prone hair, as well as hair loss. Adding a drop to your regular shampoo or conditioner, and massaging thoroughly, can provide increased blood flow to your scalp and strengthen hair follicles. It can also be used as a natural insecticide, and helps repel fleas and lice!
As a stimulant in aromatherapy, it is a versatile oil and can blend well with many other essential oils. It has shown to be effective in stimulating hormone secretions and blood circulation, but most importantly on the immune system.
The parst of the plant typically used to produce this essential oil are the twigs, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation.
Lavender (Lavandula officianalis)
Not surprisingly, many essential oil users and aromatherapists hail lavender essential oil as their favorite. Its wonderful, rich floral scent penetrates deeply and is an effective promoter of calmness and restful sleep. It provides comfort during stressful times and helps improve mood. It is among the most versatile of oils, and among the safest when diluted properly. Its antibacterial properties make it a must have in everyone’s medicine cabinet, and it provides relief from bug bites and small skin inflammations, including acne. It is also an oil that blends well with other essential oils, particularly clary sage.
Used during massages it has also been known to provide relief to achy joints and muscles.
You can also add a few drops to your laundry detergent, or a spray bottle with water, for fresh smelling laundry and a clean scent for your home!
The parts of the plant typically used to produce this essential oil is the flower, and the extraction method most commonly used is steam distillation.
Just remember, if you are used to the strong commercial fragrances found in perfumes, you might initially be a little surprised and maybe disappointed by the purity and intensity of some of these scents. Just keep in mind that they are nature derived, and provided to us by Mother Nature through a genuine unpolluted distillation process. They are not artificial, nor diluted with chemicals!
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