With over 90 different essential oils out there, you’ve likely found one you love by now. From their cleansing properties to their mood-boosting abilities, essential oils have found their place in our culture for good reason. Still, if you’re new to the scene, or simply ready to expand your oily horizons, you may be interested in learning more. Below are six of the most popular—and effective—oils that others can’t stop raving about.
The soothing scent of lavender is a mainstay in most homes. Its calming characteristics help to make it a natural sedative, most effective in face masks, on the temples and in diffusers. It is also incredibly powerful for helping to protect from germs with its antibacterial qualities, as well as heal minor scratches and burns, due to being an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
We know what you’re thinking… what can’t it do?
Considered “nature’s first aid tree”, tea tree oil is a power-punch against viruses and bacterias. In addition to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, it is also an antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, AND stimulant. And that’s just when it comes to humans. One of our favorite uses of tea tree oil is as an insecticide, helping to keep pesky bugs such as mosquitos, ticks and even lice at bay. If you haven’t downloaded our all-natural essential oil bug spray, go ahead and do that now!
That said, the scent of tea tree oil can be a bit… harsh. While some people genuinely enjoy it, others have found relief simply by mixing it with some of their more preferred scents.
Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut citrus? In this case, we’re talking about lemon! Used often for natural cleaning products in the kitchen, lemon has incredible antibacterial qualities. It is also frequently digested to help with internal GI issues or as part of a detox. Its vibrant scent is an instant energy booster, so keep a little lemon oil around you to roll on your wrists, temples or behind the ears!
We’ve already talked about our love affair with peppermint oil, which you can find, here. But in case you haven’t read it, in short, it’s amazing. Peppermint oil is ideal for helping to beat congestion due to colds, open the sinuses, soothe upset stomachs and relieve body aches. It’s not too shabby at warding off bugs, either!
Ready to boost your immune system or increase your focus? Eucalyptus is the go-to oil for that. With antifungal, -inflammatory, -septic, and -microbial qualities you can’t go wrong keeping a tiny bottle of this in your cabinet.
Finally, thieves oil. So we may be cheating JUST A BIT here because thieves is actually a blend of five different oils: cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. It’s incredibly earthy and has a slight “holiday cookie smell” to it. Thieves has become increasingly popular in the last few years as a powerful, yet safe, cleaning agent. It’s also used in several homemade oral cleansers, like toothpaste and sprays. Not surprisingly, it’s also the perfect secret ingredient in apple ciders, applesauce, and teas.