Complementary and alternative medicine has been gaining popularity over the last several decades, and essential oils are only one example of that. Essential oils are potent concoctions that have been extracted from plants to capture their scents, flavors, and beneficial properties. They can be a part of your hair, skin, and healthcare collection or even used for aromatherapy.

If you want to start using essential oils but aren’t sure where to begin, we have made a list of some of the most common and useful ones below to help you decide.

Lavender Essential Oil

This is a very popular oil with a light floral scent that helps people sleep and relax. Breathing it in can help fight headaches or it can be used topically to reduce swelling and itching associated with bug bites. It’s a great place to start since it offers a wide variety of benefits.

Basil Essential Oil

This oil is extracted from basil and offers internal and topical benefits. It has been proven to be an antiviral and an anti-inflammatory, which means it can help you when you have a cold or the flu and may work as a muscle relaxer. It’s also been shown to help with stress and used to treat acne.

Basil can also be added to your hair care products as it can add shine to your hair and get rid of any buildup.

Lemon Essential Oil

Another citrus oil you can use is lemon, which is filled with antioxidants that fight anemia, reduce inflammation, relieve nausea, and boost your energy levels. It can be used on the skin, but it is photosensitive, so it should only be used at night and washed off when morning comes.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Inhaling the scent of peppermint has been shown to offer relief from IBS symptoms. There is also some evidence that this essential oil can assist with indigestion and headaches. If you apply it topically, it provides a cooling sensation, which means it can help with itchy skin conditions, muscle pain, and sunburn relief.

Rose Essential Oil

Another sweet and floral scent is rose, which in oil form can help reduce levels of anxiety. It also has antioxidant properties that help treat acne and improve your complexion, so you look younger than before. However, skin irritation can occur, so use a large amount of carrier oil with rose oil.

Orange Essential Oil

Since orange oil is chockfull of vitamin C, it should be no surprise that it has skincare benefits when you use it topically. This oil is in lots of beauty products and can make your skin smoother, brighter, and clearer. It also has health benefits since it can aid in pain relief and help treat anxiety.

These are six of the most common and popular essential oils that can help with a variety of illnesses and issues. If you’re looking to get started with essential oils, using one or more of these will give you a great start. Once you know you enjoy the oils, you can start to build on your collection.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-are-essential-oils

https://www.healthline.com/health/essential-oils-find-the-right-one-for-you

 

https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/most-commonly-used-essential-oils

 

https://www.auracacia.com/community/essential-oil-must-haves

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