We’ve already made quite a few posts on the wonderful gift of nature that’s known as essential oils, but if you’re not even remotely aware of what they are or what they can do, or if you’re just starting out with this whole ‘going natural’ thing it can all be a little overwhelming.
So, if you have Where am I supposed to start questions or concerns, this post is for you! We’ve done a bunch of research for you and have come up with a short list of five must-have essential oils you should invest in when starting your collection. Regardless of whether you’re completely new to this whole aromatherapy thing or you’re just looking to expand your knowledge and/or looking to add to your already hefty collection, we’re hoping that you’ll be able to take something away from this article by the time you’re finished reading it.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Lemon essential oil has so many different uses and it’s usually one of the cheaper varieties on the market so it’s definitely one of the first essential oil investments you should make.You can add a couple of drops to your shampoo bottle to help combat dry scalp and dandruff, add it to your homemade laundry soap for added fresh scent, add a few drops to some olive oil and use it as the best homemade furniture polish you’ve ever seen, blend it with aloe gel for an antimicrobial hand sanitizer, or place a couple of drops in your diffuser to help relieve anxiety.
You can add a couple of drops to your shampoo bottle to help combat dry scalp and dandruff, add it to your homemade laundry soap for added fresh scent, add a few drops to some olive oil and use it as the best homemade furniture polish you’ve ever seen, blend it with aloe gel for an antimicrobial hand sanitizer, or place a couple of drops in your diffuser to help relieve anxiety.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Seriously, this stuff is super versatile. But please keep in mind that if you choose to use it topically at all (with a carrier oil, of course!), you’ll need to keep the area you use it on covered from direct sunlight for at least 12 hours since it’s photosensitive.
This is another ‘holy grail’ of essential oils. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties and can be used for just about anything in your home or on your body.
From fungal infections to bruises to tooth pain to warts and sprains and everything in between; relief really is as close as an oregano oil (diluted with some olive oil) massage. When diluted in water, it makes a pretty amazing counter cleaner. Throw it in a diffuser and you’ve got yourself a pest-resistant room that smells a little like an Italian bakery. It’s a win-win if you ask me.
This essential oil makes a pretty incredible disinfectant and it smells absolutely divine! It can be used topically with your favourite carrier oil to help with acne, boils, cysts, scar tissue, cuts or scrapes, and it can even help fade scarring if used on a regular basis. If you’re feeling stressed.
Simply put a couple of drops in your diffuser and you’ll almost immediately begin to feel it fade away (some people also report that diffusing this oil helps rid them of headaches and migraines, but I’ve not had that experience with it myself).
4. Tea Tree
In more than one instance, I’ve heard of this essential oil referred to as ‘a medicine cabinet in a tiny little bottle’. People that have used that phrase really aren’t far off, either – This stuff can be used for just about anything! Add it to your shampoo as an effective combatant against psoriasis and dandruff (and even lice!), apply it to acne, eczema, warts, or cold sores and watch them disappear, apply it to nail fungus for some quick relief or dab some on insect bites to get rid of the itch.
I’ve definitely said this before, but I’ll say it again just in case you missed it the first few times: If you only invest in one essential oil from this entire list, make it lavender. This stuff not only smells incredible and works for a variety of purposes and ailments; it’s also one of the very few oils that can be applied to your skin neat (read: without the need for a carrier oil) so you don’t have to worry about it if you’ve run out of olive or coconut oil.
It’s incredibly relaxing when added to a detox bath, helps alleviate minor burns, can be added to natural deodorant, and can help relax you into a deep, restful sleep when added to a diffuser.
Which one of the oils on the list is your personal favourite? If your favourite isn’t on the list, what did we miss? We always love reading what our readers have to say about us, so let us know by leaving us a note in the comments section below!