How to Use Essential Oils: The Top Five Must-Have Essential Oils

how to use essential oilsEssential oils are pretty amazing. They smell wonderful and they also have numerous purposes. You can use them to freshen up your house, disinfect surfaces, relieve body pains or help your digestion. There are countless easy ways to use essential oils, especially if you buy a starter kit. Essential oils are the aromatic oils that are extracted from various plants. Their medicinal properties have been used for thousands of years, providing healthy, natural and affordable ways to ease various issues.

The most common essential oils are lavender, peppermint and lemon — however, there are countless other oils that you can use.

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Top Five Must-Have Essential Oils

1. Frankincense

As one of the oldest-known oils, it should be no surprise that frankincense is at the top of this list. It is currently being researched as a possible cure for cancer, but its healing properties extend far beyond that. It can help alleviate discomfort and redness from irritation, making it an ideal way to treat rashes and acne. It also helps with coughing and other bronchial symptoms.

 

2. Chamomile

This oil derived from its flower has numerous health benefits. It’s most well-known benefit is its calming effect. It calms nervous disturbances and hyper-reactions — so if you have a hyper-active child or one that was diagnosed with ADHD, try using chamomile oil before using medicine. Thousands of kids are misdiagnosed with ADHD so going a natural route could save them from negative side effects of medicine. Chamomile also acts as an anti-depressant and can help make you feel happier and more energetic.

3. Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

The Melaleuca oil — more commonly known as tea tree oil — has been labeled as a cure-all oil, and not without reason. It works as a disinfectant and can help boost your immunity. Rubbing some oil in your scalp can help with dandruff or it can kill lice as an alternative to over the counter shampoo. You can even rub some oil on your chest to help fight coughs or congestion. However, this oil is toxic if ingested, so make sure you only use it on the outside of your body.

4. Clove

In addition to being a popular spice used in baking, cloves also produce a powerful antiseptic oil that has many uses. When it comes to clove oil, a little bit goes a long way. You can use clove oil for cleaning out wounds, just be sure to dilute it first with some other oils because it is very strong. It can help with ear aches and toothaches as well.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an ingredient in numerous health and skin creams, but the oil has all of the benefits in one concentrated bottle. Rubbing some oil on your chest before going to bed can help respiratory issues and can be used to treat non-bacterial sinusitis. If you’re experiencing muscle pain, this oil can help relieve it. In addition to health benefits, you can also put a few drops of the oil in water and use that to help freshen up your home. It kills bacteria and germs in the air, so in addition to a nice smell, your house will also be cleaner.

Want your house to smell delicious? Read this: How to Use Essential Oils to Make Your House Smell Heavenly

Essential oils are a great investment if you’re trying to go for an all-natural approach for your life. You can replace plenty of your medicines and household cleaners with an essential oils kit and see even better results — at a cost-efficient price.

Contributor Bio: Ali Lawrence is the blogger at Homey Improvements. In her free time, she enjoys cooking healthy meals in her apple-red kitchen and binge watching tv shows. Find her on Google+.

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