There are more than 90 types of essential oils in the world, each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits. When you don’t know from where to start in your journey to natural healing of your body and soul and you don’t know how many drops you need to drip into the aroma diffuser, then this article below is the best guideline to follow.
Five Best Essential Oils
Peppermint oil is promoted for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), other digestive problems, the common cold, sinus infections, headaches, and other conditions. Peppermint oil is promoted for topical use (applied to the skin) for problems like headache, muscle aches, joint pain, and itching. In aromatherapy, peppermint oil is promoted for treating coughs and colds, reducing pain, improving mental function, and reducing stress.
To use peppermint oil for pain relief, simply apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern three times daily, add 5 drops to a warm water bath with Epsom salt.
Lab studies show that the compounds found in peppermint oil have antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties, meaning it may also help to fight infections that lead to symptoms involving the respiratory tract.
To provide seasonal allergy relief: – rub 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to your back, temples and chest; – add to aroma diffuser with essential oil 2-3 drops each.
To increase energy and improve exercise performance: – drink 1-2 drops with a glass of water; – Rub 2-3 drops each to the back of neck and temples.
To alleviate headaches: rub 2-3 drops to temples, back of neck and forehead.
To improve IBS symptoms: – Drink 1-2 drops with a glass of water; – Rub 2-3 drops to abdomen area.
To freshen breath and support oral health: – Add 1 drop to toothpaste; – Add 1 drop under tongue before drinking a glass of water.
To promote hair growth and reduce dandruff: – Add 2-3 drops to shampoo or conditioner; – Massage 2-3 drops into sculp while showering.
To releieve itchiness: – Rub 2-3 drops into the area of concern 3x daily; – Foe sensitive skin, add 2-3 drops combined with coconut oil 1:1; – Add to warm water bath.
To repel bugs naturally: – Rub 2-3 drops into exposed skin areas (2,5 hours use).
To reduce nausea: – Inhale directly from bottle; – Add 1 drop to glass of distilled water; – Rub 1-2 drops behind ears.
To improve skin health: – Mix 2-3 drops with lavender oil 1:1 and apply to area of concern.
To provide sunburn relief and protection: – Mix 2-3 drops with half teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to skin.
Lavender oil is commonly used for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It is also used for depression, dementia, pain after surgery, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses. In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component.
Lavender oil benefits:
- Antioxidant protection;
- Used as a diabetes natural treatment;
- Improves mood and reduces stress;
- Supports brain function;
- Helps to heal burns and cuts;
- Promotes healthy skin and hair;
- Relieves headaches;
- Improves sleep;
- Relieves pain;
- complementary therapy for cancer.
Massaging lavender oil into the back of your neck, chest, wrists and temples can induce relaxing and calming effects. If you are experiencing muscle or joint pain, or pain at the site of injections, apply 2–3 drops of lavender to the affected area.
To improve your quality of sleep, diffuse lavender oil in your bedroom before or during sleep. Also, you can rub 3–5 drops directly on your neck, chest and temples. Making a mixture of lavender oil, Chamomile essential oil and magnesium oil is the best combination for improving sleep. Just rub this mixture into the back of your neck and wrists to induce a calm, peaceful feeling.
Taking a healing bath by adding 15 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to the bathtub is another effective way to use lavender oil to improve sleep and relax the body.
To use lavender oil for skin health, combine 3–4 drops with ½ teaspoon of coconut or jojoba oil and massage the mixture into the area of concern. It is recommended to mixing lavender oil with frankincense essential oil and applying it to your skin first thing in the morning, right after you shower, and right before bed. This will help to reduce inflammation and signs of aging.
Using lavender oil topically can help to improve a number of skin conditions, from canker sores to allergic reactions, acne and age spots. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to ease skin conditions and reverse signs of aging.
One of the most effective natural headache remedies is combing two drops each of lavender oil with peppermint oil and rubbing the mixture into the back of the neck and the temples. Diffusing lavender or inhaling it directly from the bottle can also help to relieve headaches.
For burn relief and to heal cuts, scrapes or wounds, mix 3–5 drops of lavender oil with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture to the area of concern.
To support the nervous system with lavender oil, diffuse it at home, inhale it directly from the bottle or apply it topically to the temples and back of neck.
To relieve stress and improve sleep, put aroma diffuser by your bed and diffuse oils while you sleep at night or in the family room while you’re reading or winding down in the evening. You can also apply lavender oil topically behind your ears for the same benefits.
To use lavender oil for diabetes, apply it topically to your neck and chest, diffuse it at home or supplement with it for the health benefits.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.
Tea tree oil benefits:
- Treats acne;
- Cures Athlete’s foot;
- Suppressing allergic contact dermatitis;
- Treats dandruff and cradle cap;
- Cures head lice.
- Wound dressing. Place a few drops of oil onto fresh wound dressing to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.
- Homemade mouthwash. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water and use as mouthwash. Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic if taken internally.
- Natural dandruff remedy. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into regular shampoo and wash hair as normal.
- Acne treatment. Add 4 drops of tea tree oil to a half cup of water. Apply to the face with a cotton pad once daily.
- Household cleaner. Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with a cup of water and a half cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use as an all-purpose antimicrobial cleaner.
Bergamot oil is used to help with the flow of vital energy so the digestive system can work properly, and it’s also used to prevent the growth of bacteria, relieve muscle pain and boost the health of your skin. Known to build confidence and enhance your mood, bergamot oil is one of the best essential oils for depression and it helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. Bergamot oil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It’s uplifting, improves your digestion and keeps your system working properly. Bergamot oil prevents the growth of germs that cause body odor.
Bergamot oil benefits:
- Helps to relieve depression;
- Helps to lower blood pressure;
- Prevents and fights infections;
- Relieves stress and anxiety;
- Alleviates pain;
- Boosts skin health;
- Aids digestion;
- Works as natural deodorant;
- May help to reduce fever;
- Boosts oral health;
- Fights respiratory conditions;
- Helps to lower cholesterol.
- To use bergamot oil for depression and mood changes, rub 1–2 drops into your hands and cupping your mouth and nose, breathe in the scent of the oil slowly. You can also try rubbing 2–3 drops of bergamot on your stomach, back of neck and feet, or diffusing 5 drops at home or work.
- To help reduce your blood pressure and pulse rate, diffuse 5 drops of bergamot at home or work, or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples and abdomen.
To prevent and fight infections, diffuse 5 drops of bergamot or apply 2–3 drops topically to your throat, abdomen and feet.
- To relieve stress and anxiety using bergamot oil, diffuse 5 drops at home or work, inhale the oil directly from the bottle or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples and back of neck. You can also try DIY Stress Reducing Solution that’s made with bergamot, lavender, frankincense and myrrh essential oils.
- To reduce pain, rub five drops of bergamot oil on sore muscles or where you feel tension. To cover a larger surface area, combine bergamot with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
- To improve the health of your skin or promote healing, put five drops of bergamot oil on a cotton ball or pad and rub it on the infected area. You can also add 10 drops of bergamot oil to your warm bath water — the benefits of a bergamot oil bath go way beyond your skin. It’s great for your mood and reducing built-up tension.
- To ease digestion and help to regulate your appetite, rub five drops of bergamot oil onto your stomach.
- To use as a self made deodorant, add 2–3 drops of bergamot oil to the deodorant you already use every day, or you can even add the oil directly to your armpits.
To get rid of a fever by fighting infections, relieving stress and reducing cortisol levels, simply diffuse 5 drops of bergamot oil at home or apply 2–3 drops topically to your temples, back of neck and bottoms of your feet.
- To boost oral health, rub 2–3 drops of bergamot oil onto your teeth or add one drop to your toothpaste.
- To use bergamot oil for respiratory conditions, diffuse 5 drops at home or inhale the oil directly from the bottle. You can also try rubbing 2–3 drops of bergamot on your throat and chest. You can also try drinking Earl Grey tea, which is made with bergamot extract.
Chamomille oil is used for various digestive disorders including indigestion, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and intestinal gas (flatulence) due to mental stress. Women use it for morning sickness and painful menstrual periods.
Benefits of Chamomille oil:
- Fights anxiety and depression;
- Serves as a natural allergy reliever;
- Helps to alleviate PMS symptoms;
- Reduces symptoms of insomnia;
- Boosts skin health;
- Supports digestive health;
- Promotes heart health;
- May relieve arthritic pain;
- Gentle enough for children;
- Displays anticancer activity.
- To fight anxiety and depression, diffuse 5 drops, or inhale it directly from the bottle.
- To improve digestion and leaky gut, apply 2–4 drops topically to the abdomen. When diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil, it can even be used in low doses for children with colic and diarrhea.
- For a restful sleep, diffuse chamomile oil next to bed, rub 1–2 drops onto the temples or inhale it directly from the bottle.
- To help calm children, diffuse chamomile oil at home or dilute 1–2 drops with coconut oil and apply the mixture topically to the area in need (such as the temples, stomach, wrists, back of neck or bottoms of the feet).
- To use as a home remedy for acne, treat various skin conditions and combat the signs of aging, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and apply chamomile oil to the area of concern, or add 5 drops to a face wash. If you have very sensitive skin, dilute chamomile with a carrier oil before applying it topically.
- To promote heart health, apply 2–4 drops topically over the heart or take internally by placing it under the tongue.
- To ease nausea, inhale chamomile directly from the bottle, or combine it with ginger, peppermint and lavender oil and diffuse. It can also be used topically on temples to help with nausea.
Also, don’t forget Frankincense. Often referred to as the “king of oils,” frankincense or Boswellia is one of the most potent and medicinally useful essential oils on the planet. It’s main benefit is boosting the immune system by stimulating its activity and killing germs that cause infection.