The Most Beneficial Essential Oils (And Their Uses)

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of essential oils. Made directly from flowers, barks, seeds, or roots of plants, essential oil uses include anything from muscle aches or aromatherapy to cosmetic care or home cleaning. But where does a person start to look with so many to choose from?

This list will guide you through the process. In no particular order, the most effective essential oils:

1. Eucalyptus

You know that reassuring, minty smell that comes along with sinus congestion rubs? That’s eucalyptus. The oil’s association with sinus medication is clear: it helps break up mucus, whether in the chest or in the sinuses. It also boosts immune health, preventing you from getting sick in the future.

Eucalyptus’ anti-inflammatory properties help ease muscular and joint pain in anything from cramps to arthritis. It also relieves pain and prevents infection in sores and bug bites.

Lastly, its strong smell cuts through and covers other unsavory odors.

2. Frankincense

From its use in incense in ancient Egypt to today, frankincense oil remains highly popular because of its anti-inflammatory, astringent, disinfecting and diuretic properties. Not only can it speed up healing of wounds and burns, it can lessen the appearance of scars.

Like eucalyptus, frankincense also promotes immune function and reduces inflammation while preventing future aches in muscles and joints.

A little of the oil mixed with coconut oil and baking soda combines to make a great toothpaste to keep your mouth clean and infection-free.

3. Tea Tree

You can find tea tree oil near the top of every essential oil lover’s list. With a dream combination of antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory qualities, it is often used to treat and prevent bacterial and viral infections. It works wonders on sore throats and earaches and is also known to clear up acne problems or oily skin. More information can be found if you visit the New Directions Aromatics website.

Using it on small cuts or burns (including sunburns) helps to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Bugs hate this stuff! Tea tree oil also makes an effective insect repellent. (Witch hazel works well too.)

4. Lavender

Lavender oil, commonly used for aromatherapy, brings quite a few other top-notch qualities to the table. While the oil does aid relaxation, it is also antifungal and antibacterial. Its heath benefits include faster healing of cuts, stings, and rashes; inducing sleep; reducing anxiety; and improving circulation.

Best of all, lavender oil costs relatively little and is mild enough to apply directly to your skin!

These amazingly beneficial essential oils will better your life in so many ways. While this list is a good starting point, don’t be afraid to explore the multitudes of great oils out there!