The Basics of Five Popular Essential Oils

The Basics of  Five Popular Essential Oils 
Essential oils contain many healing and medicinal properties. They promote health and work as natural remedies that can be taken in by the skin. Another great thing about essential oils is that a little goes a long way. These oils are so potent that it only takes a few drops to treat your problem. Because of this, what looks like a "tiny" bottle can a year or more, depending on what you're using them for. 

When you buy essential oils, you have to remember they are all natural and not the same as perfumes or fragrant oils. The latter aren't real and are harmful to the body and skin. Essential oils are safe to use on the body but need to be diluted with a base or "carrier" oil (sesame, sweet almond, olive oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil are great carriers). If you're new to essential oils, you should check out these five essential oils:

Peppermint

This oil helps with a fever or a hot day because of its cooling properties. To instantly cool down, rub this oil (with a carrier oil) directly onto your chest, neck, and back. If you're feeling nauseated or suffering from motion sickness, the smell of peppermint can help ease your stomach. This oil can also provide relief from migraines and headaches. Many people with allergies and sinus issues depend on its natural healing properties to breathe properly and reduce the symptoms of sinus attacks, pain and sinus headaches. 

Lavender

Lavender is also a most popular essential oil because of its various uses. Next time you're going to take a bath or getting ready to go to bed, try adding some lavender to the water or onto your pillow. It promotes unwinding and relaxation. It helps fight bacteria and viruses so it can also be used to treat cuts, stings, and insect bites. Lavender is soothing and comforting so it can help relieve stress and anxiety. Use it to draw out bacteria and impurities such as when you have a stye in your eye by applying a drop of lavender on the bridge of your nose. Lavender is gentle and can be diluted with sweet almond oil or another carrier oil and used on babies and toddlers for diaper rash and fever. 

Tea Tree Oil

This oil can help treat anything from scrapes and insect bites to dandruff. It helps fight bacteria and fungus so it's also a great treatment for acne when you combine it with aloe vera or coconut oil. If you're having congestion problems, try adding tea tree oil to a diffuser or vaporizer. This oil can also be used for cleaning clean. Try combining oil with water for a safe and natural cleaner. It has so many effective preventative and healing properties that it's referred to as "the medicine cabinet in a bottle". Keep it handy as you'll find unlimited uses for tea tree oil. 

Eucalyptus 

This oil is a great treatment for colds and coughs. You can apply it to your skin or you can add a few drops to steaming water to inhale. It helps clear the lungs and nasal cavity. Inhaling the aroma of this oil can help prevent you from getting a cold. Keep eucalyptus oil on hand for disinfecting the air you breathe, preventing or fighting lung problems and issues with rje bronchials. 

Roman Chamomile

This oil has a great aroma that promotes relaxation. It can also be used to reduce irritation, redness, or acne on skin. It's an alternative to tea tree oil for those who have more sensitive skin. It can also help relieve eczema and diaper rash when paired with coconut oil. Many people use it for stress relief, reducing anxiety and to help them during times of sleeplessness and insomnia. 

After working with these basic oils and learning about which one is used for what, it can be fun to make your own blends that you can use everyday. Essential oils can not only be used to treat sicknesses or problems on the body, but also used to make you relax or even lift you up when you're feeling down. Essential oils are the concentrated lifeblood of plants and can improve your mind, body and spirit.