Top 5 Essential Oils

top 5 essential oils

Top 5 Essential Oils

These top 5 essential oils have a number of different benefits that range from health care to home and garden maintenance. If you only plan to have a few in the house at any given time, these may be your best bet.

1. Lavender

  • Effective disinfectant for cuts and scrapes.
  • Rubbing the oil into your temples and forehead can relieve headaches.
  • Add a drop or two to a paste of baking soda and water for an effective underarm deodorant.
  • A few drops can help to alleviate sinus issues and respiratory infections when added to a steam inhale.
  • In the home, sachets of dried lavender with some extra oils dribbled in can keep moths away.
  • Adding a few drops to your laundry’s rinse cycle can eliminate odors from stinky socks and sweaty gym clothes.
  • Add lavender oil to the water you use to wash the floor to freshen up your living space
  • A drop or two placed inside fresh toilet paper rolls will release their scent whenever someone tugs a few sheets free.

2. Tea Tree

Use topically to treat the following:

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Dermatitis/eczema
  • Acne
  • Cold sores
  • Nail fungus
  • Warts
  • Insect bites
  • Add a few drops of it to unscented shampoo to alleviate dandruff and psoriasis, and a few more drops in that same shampoo will treat head lice as well.
  • Add a teaspoon of tea tree oil to the water in a misting bottle to create a disinfectant spray for counter tops, door handles, etc.,
  • Add a few drops of undiluted oil around your pet’s bed will keep fleas at bay.

3. Lemon

  •  A few drops of lemon EO added to olive oil makes a gorgeous furniture polish.
  • Add the EO to dish detergent, homemade laundry soap, floor cleaners, and spray cleaners.
  • Add a drop or two to a mixture of coarse salt and baking soda and then use that as an antibacterial scour for wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks.
  • Lemon essential oil also has therapeutic uses:
  • Add a couple of drops to a glass of water and gargle with it to relieve bad breath.
  • A few drops added to shampoo can alleviate dandruff.
  • Lemon oil added to a bath or diffuser can alleviate anxiety.
  • Blended with aloe gel, it acts as an antimicrobial hand sanitiser.

4. Peppermint

  • Massage your abdomen with a carrier oil that has a few drops of peppermint essential oil added to it to relieve stomach cramps and queasiness.
  • If you or your pet has a tick under your skin, a drop or two of pure, undiluted peppermint EO will draw the insect out.
  • Blend with pine and eucalyptus and added to a carrier oil, peppermint is great for applying to the chest and throat to calm coughing fits and help relieve bronchial congestion.
  • Add a drop or two added to cool water can make a great foot soak to soothe tired, overheated feet.
  • Around the home, you can spray diluted peppermint oil into stinky shoes and boots to eliminate odours.
  • Add a teaspoon of the peppermint to floor-washing water for a fresh scent, as well as antibacterial properties.
  • Placing a few drops of peppermint oil around cracks in walls will also deter rodents and spiders: they can’t stand the scent of it.

5. Eucalyptus

  • great for alleviating chest congestion (either blended with other oils or alone).
  • As a salve, eucalyptus can also ease asthma attacks when spread on the throat and chest. That same salve may help to alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia if rubbed into the affected area a few times a day.
  • A few drops added to a compress and placed on skin affected by shingles can ease the pain associated with that condition and may speed the healing process.
  • Eucalyptus’ disinfectant properties make it ideal to use in a spray for your kitchen and bathroom or diffuse the oil in your bathroom to eliminate germs and odours.

Before using any essential oils, please do your research to educate yourself thoroughly on their uses and possible toxicity (i.e. lemon essential oil should be kept away from cats).

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