11 Must-Have Essential Oils

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Essential oils have become a popular home remedy for many health ailments not to mention some can even be used around your home for cleaning purposes. There are many benefits and these 11 essential oils will become your go-to for a multitude of reasons.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural plant extracts from roots, seeds, flowers, and bark. They are made by distillation or mechanical pressing various parts of the plant which produces its fragrance. They are called “essential” oils because they are “essence” of the plant’s fragrance.

Synthetic oils are not considered true essential oils.

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy or topically applied. Both are avenues for the oils to enter your body for health and well-being benefits.

Purity

Please make sure you are using high quality, pure essential oils. Look for essential oils sold in dark glass bottles that are clearly labeled with the Latin name, plant parts used, type of extraction, growth method, net contents, and country of origin. Also if it’s termed for/as fragrance, it’s not pure.

Dilution

Because essential oils are considered “all-natural” don’t assume they are gentle and chemically inactive. They are actually extremely potent and you will only need a few drops for anything you choose to use them for. Less is more in this case.

Essential oils, if using topically (on the skin) should be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil to avoid skin irritation. Certain essentials oils can be used “neat” which means undiluted but please research each to determine that is true for the particular essential oil that you have.

Dilution has two primary benefits: it may increase absorption by spreading the oil over a larger surface area and it decreases the likelihood of a negative reaction.

For diffusing, use only 2–3 drops per your diffuser’s reservoir. Using any more will not have any more benefits and you are just wasting your valuable and expensive oil.

Now that we’ve covered some important information, let’s look at my 11 favorite, frequently used oils and their benefits.

Note: I’m not paid for promoting doTERRA in this blog article nor am I any longer a Wellness Advocate (which means I sold it) but I am a long-time user of their oils and know they are transparent in their sourcing, process, and properties of their oils.

This is my go-to list so I advise you to research different oils to find what you feel is “essential” in your life and medicine cabinet.

Known as the king of oils. Frankincense has been around since biblical times. there are many benefits of this oil. It may reduce symptoms of arthritis, aids in protecting the body from inflammation, aids in a properly functioning gut, reduce anxiety, and soothes the skin. This is definitely an oil I would not be without. While it’s quite expensive, it’s worth every drop.

Smells oh so good! Uplifting and energizing when diffused. It also has cleansing properties so it’s wonderful to clean and purify surfaces. Did I mention it smells good?????

DoTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, On Guard helps purify. I never go anywhere without this oil and regularly use it as a hand sanitizer. When I know I’ll be out in a crowd, I spread a little on my wrists and throat.

Lavender is known for its calming properties and to ease feelings of tension. It may aid in a night of more restful sleep. I occasionally dilute it with water and lightly mist my pillow just prior to bedtime. It’s also soothing to skin irritations.

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It can also be used to help with acne as well as insect bites. You can also use it for cleaning home surfaces by adding some in a spray bottle with water.

Helichrysum oil is best known for its restorative properties to the skin. It’s also used in anti-aging products. Add a drop or two to your face lotion. Helichrysum is good for scars and aids in healing.

Peppermint helps in respiratory function, is wonderful in a diffuser paired with Wild Orange, and is even a natural bug repellent!

Turmeric aids in healthy immune and nervous systems. It’s also great for your complexion and you may just add a drop or two to your favorite face lotion. This oil reduces joint inflammation.

**Note…those on blood thinners should not use Turmeric.

This oil is a powerhouse. It promotes overall cellular health and protects the body and cells from oxidative stress. It is said to also support a healthy brain and nervous system while aiding in a healthy immune response. I combine this with a carrier oil and put it on the bottoms of my feet at bedtime.

Known as the “grounding blend,” Balance is my favorite, next only to Frankincense. The fragrance is calming and relaxing. I apply Balance topically but have no need to dilute this one. I use it on my wrists or back of the neck. I also diffuse it for aromatherapy. One other use is I have my massage therapist use it during my massages.

This oil aids in the digestion of food and soothes occasional upset stomachs. I use it topically on my stomach diluted with fractionated coconut oil. Another option is Digestzen Touch which is already diluted and ready to use in a rollerball.

If you are using essential oils, which one is your favorite?

Originally published at https://parkitontheporch.com on November 24, 2020.

Writer of various topics, stories, and life. Lover of all things nature. Come kick your feet up and sit a spell with me. Personal blog: www.parkitontheporch.com

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