Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 1]

essential oil lavender flowersUses for Common Essential Oils

Using aromatherapy is so easy to do but there are some basic oils and things you should include in a basic care kit to get you started.

1. Lavender Oil

There are many uses for essential lavender oil. These are just some of them. You can likely find even more uses for lavender oil if you wanted to.

  • Calming – Inhale a few drops of lavender oil to help create calmness. You can use it in crowded places, in your car, or office discretely. Just put a few drops on a cotton ball and smell it, or put in a diffuser to spritz the air. You can also put it into lotion to rub on your hands and arms, inhaling as you do to enhance calmness. It will also help you get to sleep at night.
  • Insect Bites, Minor Cuts & Burns, Skin Issues, Cold Sores & Dandruff — Putting a couple drops of lavender oil into carrier oil then rubbing it into your skin, scalp or on a bit on irritation can help calm the skin and heal the problem.
  • Nausea & Motion Sickness — Put a couple drops of lavender oil behind your ears to help with motion sickness and nausea.
  • Nosebleeds – Make a compress with a drop or two of lavender oil on a tissue or cloth and then press it under the base of the nose to help stop the bleeding.
  • In Food – While you should be careful about eating essential oils because you need to be sure to buy the right kind, lavender oil is especially good in recipes and iced tea. It can help reduce allergies and more.

Lavender is an amazing essential oil with many uses. Most people also love the smell so you can safely use it to help an entire household relax. On a side note lavender is exceptionally easy to grow requiring virtually no watering or care after you plant it.

2. Tea Tree Oil

You can use tea tree oil to treat everything from acne to sunburn if you know how.

  • Acne – Treat your acne with a couple drops added to lotion and then apply to the blemishes every night to help treat them.
  • Athlete’s Foot – Add some to warm water to soak your feet in. This will help cure your athlete’s foot as well as help treat other types of yeast infection related illnesses.
  • Antiseptic – Great for use on cuts, burns and other skin problems because it kills germs and prevents infection.
  • Chest Congestion – Put some tea tree oil into a vaporizer to help loosen chest congestion.

Using tea tree oil in these treatments will work wonders. Some people even say tea tree oil can treat headaches, colds and even lice.

3. Peppermint Oil

There are so many uses for peppermint oil when it comes to aromatherapy. One of the most used essential oils; it can treat everything from a cold to sore muscles.

Energy – When you are feeling tired during the day, just take a whiff of peppermint oil and it will pick you up fast. No need for caffeine.  Great for road trips, studying, school and more – try adding a few drops to your shampoo for a morning pick me up that won’t quit.

Diet Aid – If you are hungry inhaling peppermint oil can help reduce cravings and hunger.  Just put a drop or two on your temples or collarbone whenever you feel hungry to help get yourself back under control.

Muscle Care – Put a few drops of peppermint in carrier oils like sweet almond oil and rub directly on the sore muscles for best results to reduce pain and improve healing.

Focus & Concentration – Some people claim that smelling peppermint oil can help people and children with ADHD gain focus and concentrate better on tasks.

There are many more ways to use peppermint oil such as to help with teething, colic, balancing hormones and more. As you learn more about the uses of peppermint oil you’ll definitely want to keep it around.