Almost everyone has heard of essential oils, but how many of us really know what their uses are beyond the popular aromatherapy. Some of these oils are used in processing natural soaps and lotions partially due to the way they smell or other benefits. Just the scent of some essential oils may relax or put one in a better mood. Here are 10 of the most popular oils and what their uses. Read on, you may be surprised.
Lavender is a wonderful scent. Lavender essential oil is said to induce relaxation. Other topical uses include, soothing skin rashes to minor burns. Adding a few drops to a bath is known to induce relaxing sleep and clear the sinuses. Lavender is great when used in the laundry for eliminating odors.
Tea Tree oil is one essential oil that should be in every medicine cabinet. This is one oil that you must never take internally, but used topically is amazing for eczema, acne, nail fungus, warts and bug bites. Try putting a drop or two in your shampoo to treat dandruff and even head lice. Keep fleas away from pets by putting drops around your pet’s bed.
Lemon oil is great for everything from furniture polish to killing bad breath germs. This is another great oil for relieving stress and it makes an effective hand sanitizer if mixed with aloe gel.
Peppermint oil is great in tea to ease an upset tummy. Try mixing a few drops with some coconut oil and applying to topically to relieve cramps. A drop or two will back a tick out and off your skin, and cool hot tired feet. Use a little in your mop bucket to clean floors and leave a fresh scent. Put a drop wherever you see signs of rodents or spiders, they will not return.
Eucalyptus oil eases shingles, asthma attacks and fibromyalgia pain. Add some to an oil diffuser in your bathroom to eliminate germs and offensive odors.
Clove oil is very effective to relieve toothaches. It has been used for many centuries for many mouth related pain. It is also great for relieving athlete’s foot, prickly heat, earaches, mosquito repellent and even bruises.
Chamomile is soothing. As a tea it is often prescribed to relax when nerves are on edge. As an oil it is great for dry skin, dermatitis, bee stings and cuts or bruises. Try putting a few drops in doorways to keep insects out of your home.
Frankincense has been used for many years for keeping the dead safe it is also a great remedy for acne, warts, scar tissue and even a stress or migraine headache. Keep insects away and relieve a panic attack.
Grapefruit is not only a healthy, tasty fruit, it is also a great essential oil. Used topically it is great for cellulite, swollen lymph nodes and migraines. Mixed with baking soda it is also a refreshing deodorant. Much like lemon oil, the citrus oil is a great anti-bacterial that is used for cleaning and freshening all around the house.
Oregano oil is gaining popularity as an anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic and an anti-fungal. It can also relieve pain from fibromyalgia, cysts and tendonitis. Around the home use diluted as an antibacterial spray for any germy surface. It also repels bugs.
There are many more great essential oils that will alleviate many ailments, pains and even kills germs. Oils have been used for centuries to cure what ails, many years before modern medicine. Most are just as effective, or more so in curing illness and killing germs.