Aromatherapy is an often undervalued holistically, but the field is blossoming. Now more than ever, healthcare professionals are incorporating essential oils into their offerings and others are turning to them to dive deeper with self-care practices. If you are looking to kick-start aromatherapy studies, look no further. Want to heal skin issues? Reduce anxiety? Continue reading on for the fun and factual 4-1-1 of the 5 must-have essential oils that make the perfect at-home collection!
The 5 Must-Have Essential Oils That Make the Perfect at-Home Collection!
- Ylang Ylang
Distilled from the flowers of a tropical tree, it’s sometimes nicknamed ‘poor man’s jasmine.’ The exotic, feminine scent is an aphrodisiac and confidence booster. Ylang Ylang has an affinity for the male and female reproductive systems, supporting PMS, impotence, and dysmenorrhea. It’s also one of the most harmonizing oils, reducing pulse rate while simultaneously increasing alertness.
Examples of use: You can apply Ylang Ylang oil to the skin to promote relaxation, kill bacteria, lower high blood pressure, and increase sexual desire. It is also part of a combination spray used to kill head lice.
Vetiver is a safe, viscous oil, distilled from the root. Its woody and strong root-like smell has customarily been used to bring about tranquility and ward off bugs. Today, Vetiver is considered one of the most balancing and grounding essential oils. If you’re feeling flighty or scattered, one whiff of Vetiver can center your mind and body. Searching for a natural way to reduce anxiety? Vetiver may help!
Examples of use: People use Vetiver for nerve and circulation problems.
3. Tea Tree
Like Eucalyptus, Tea Tree is native to Australia where it was traditionally used in indigenous medicine to heal skin infections. It’s balsamic, spicy scent soothes respiratory ailments and is gentle enough to use undiluted in small amounts on healthy, adult skin. It’s a must-have oil thanks to its immune enhancing properties as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial.
Examples of use: If you have a sore or infection anywhere on your body, add a drop or two on the affected area and repeat regularly twice a day.
It has been thought for centuries to inflame passions as an aphrodisiac, and is still one of the most recognized scents in the world. The German Commission E commended lavender for treating insomnia, and nervous stomach.
Examples of use: Lavender is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach.
5. Clary Sage
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, powerful liquids. Their potency must be respected and they can be toxic if used incorrectly. The way you handle and use essential oils is very important. Please read the following advice to help ensure that you use essential oils safely and effectively. Please note that this list does not constitute a complete safety reference. If you are unsure please contact your physician, or a qualified local aromatherapist for more advice.