An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from the leaves or seeds of plants. It takes a large amount of plant to produce just one small bottle of oil. It’s, hence, no surprise that due to their high concentration, a little bit goes a long way.
Essential oils have made a place for themselves in several aspects of life. You’re bound to come across some during a spa session or while shopping for candles, perfumes, or even bars of soap. And if you’ve only just ventured into the vast world of these versatile oils, you’re bound to be stumped by the sheer number of options that are at your disposal. We’ve put together a list of 5 most versatile essential oils that you can’t do without.
1. Peppermint Oil
Since ancient times, peppermint oil has been used as a digestive aid. Current studies also look at its benefits on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.1
Caution: Avoid using peppermint oil around the throat or neck area of children under 18 months.
id="2">2. Frankincense Oil
The word frankincense is French for “pure incense,” and the name could be attributed to its fresh and woody scent.
If you tend to be stressed out often, frankincense oil might come to your rescue. It has calming properties when diffused in the air. Like peppermint oil, it also has antimicrobial properties. You could add a few drops of it to a cup of water and use it as a toner to ward off acne or as a mouthwash to get rid of bad odor. Besides this, you could also use this frankincense oil-water mixture to clean dirty surfaces. Certain studies have also found that frankincense oil improves the appearance of scars, acne marks, and wrinkles.3
3. Tea Tree Oil
The Aborigines of Australia were the first to use the tea tree leaves as medicine, crushing them and applying them to skin infections and bug bites.
Most popular for its acne-busting properties, tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties make it the ideal weapon against eczema,
4. Lemon Oil
Lemon essential oil is extracted from lemon peel, which is the most nutritious part of the lemon but is often discarded while cooking.
The most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils, lemon essential oil is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body. Traditionally, it was added to a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or coconut oil to stimulate lymph drainage through massage. Diffusing it might boost mood, repel bugs, and improve neurological activity that promotes the
If you’ve used lemon essential oil on your skin, do avoid stepping out in the sun for 72 hours as they may cause an increased reaction to its UV rays.5
5. Lavender Oil
It is believed that Russian scientist René Gatefossé discovered the healing properties of lavender when he severely burned his arm and immersed it in a vat of lavender essential oil to find later on that his tissue had healed rapidly without scarring.
Popular for its floral aroma and calming properties, lavender is here for you on the days that you can’t get yourself to sleep. All you have to do is
A Word Of Caution
Although the essential oils we’ve listed out are considered safe, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when you’re using them.
- If you are prone to
- Keep essential oils away from your eyes and out of your ears since they might trigger allergic reactions. Do not handle contact lenses or rub your eyes with oil on your fingers.
- Pregnant and lactating women should avoid using essential oils.
- Do not ingest essential oils until you’ve consulted a professional.
|↑1||By the way, doctor: What can you tell me about peppermint oil? Havard Health Publishing.|
|↑2||Common Essential Oils. Western Michigan University.|
|↑3||8 Surprising Uses For Frankincense Essential Oil. Space Coast Education Center.|
|↑4||The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil. Cinta Aveda Institute.|
|↑5, ↑6||Common Essential Oils. Western Michigan University.|