Lavender might be the quintessential essential oil because it does it all. Use it for stress and pain relief, to brighten your mood, or for a more peaceful night’s rest (consider a drop or two on your pillow). If you’re looking for an oil to explore first, lavender is a great choice, especially if you’re looking to enhance your facial oil routine.
If you’re suffering during cold/flu season, try diffusing a few drops of eucalyptus oil into steam. Eucalyptus’s cool, crisp properties should help ease your cough and any sinus or chest pains. You could also apply it directly onto any sore muscles via carrier oil.
This oil comes from the orange’s peel, and it’s mostly associated with boosting your immune system. It’s used to reduce anxiety and promote relaxing thoughts, too. After all, when your mind registers the smell of oranges, how can you not imagine the sight of tropical orchards packed with orange trees, stretching along the sea?
Combined with coconut oil, lemongrass essential oil makes for a popular aromatic addition to a massage, since it purifies the skin. Some report that lemongrass’s aroma alleviates nervousness. You might also want to diffuse a few drops on your patio during summer cookouts, as it’s known to repel mosquitoes.
Peppermint essential oil is sort of like aromatherapy’s version of smelling salts. A few whiffs of peppermint’s signature menthol scent should shake the cobwebs from your mind and wake you up. And as you probably guessed, it’s popular to soothe the sinuses of those with congestion issues.
This is another classic immune-system booster. Extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree of eastern Australian, tea tree oil has been used by the Aussies for decades. When used in aromatherapy, it helps stimulate blood circulation and may kill acne bacteria. (Note: do not take tea tree oil internally).
With an earthy, uplifting aroma, Frankincense creates a comfortable and spiritual environment.
Rosemary has become increasingly important over several years. It helps to stimulate hair growth, boost mental activity, and relieves respiratory problems and reduce pain.