Uses for Common Essential Oils [Part 2]
4. Chamomile Oil
Universally thought of safe by doctors and practitioners alike, chamomile is used for an anti-inflammatory calming action.
- Calming – Put a few drops in some hot water, place a towel over your head and the bowl to inhale the steam.
- Bruises, bites, stings, skin irritation – Make a compress by putting a few drops of oil in hot water and then soaking a cloth in the mixture. Place compress on the bruises. Alternatively, put a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into the bruise.
- Allergies – Use a diffuser in your home or office during the day and during allergy season to help lesson symptoms. You can also spray on your feet and inhale directly during serious flares.
- Irritability & Insomnia – Inhale or drink chamomile tea to help experience the calming effects of this essential oil.
Due to chamomile’s anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, calming and relaxing properties it’s a very commonly used essential oil.
5. Eucalyptus Oil
This essential oil is an analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal and expectant oil. Mostly used for respiratory issues due to the fragrant oil as well as the way the scent affects people psychologically.
- Increase Circulation & Blood Flow – Put a drop in the massage oil and rub into skin to help increase circulation.
- Improve Lung Function – Whether it’s bronchitis, asthma or congestion you can improve the lung function by using an inhalation tent to breathe in the steam.
- To Wakeup – Whether you have jet lag, trouble waking up in the morning or are just tired, adding some eucalyptus oil to your bath or shower can do wonders for your energy level.
There are many other uses for eucalyptus oil too, such as helping with kidney stones, reducing pain, and more. You’ll definitely want to keep this around regularly.
6. Lemon Oil
There are so many uses for lemon essential oils. You can use it for many purposes including antiseptic, cleansing and healing.
- Concentration – Put some lemon oil into lotion so that you can rub it on your arms and neck, inhaling deeply. Then take a test, or do work. You’ll find that your focus is better and your mind is sharper.
- Alertness – If you feel as if you’re dragging through the day and not really aware of what is happening around you, try inhaling some lemon oil using a diffuser in the room you’re working in.
- Positivity – Put some drops of lemon oil in candle wax, turn on some positive music and you’ll feel a lot less negative almost immediately.
- Nausea – If you’re suffering from nausea due to morning sickness or as a side effect to medication try putting a few drops of lemon oil onto a cotton ball and sniff it each time you are afflicted.
Lemon is so common that you’ll notice it’s in so many things that you use from shampoo, to skin care, to cleaning products. That’s because the smell is so clean and fresh and inoffensive.
These are likely some of the most commonly used essential oils. There are many others that you can use to get started with aromatherapy. Studying scents and how they can affect your health and quality of life can make a lot of difference in your life. You can use essential oils in so many ways to help improve and complement other methods of health care. Used wisely, you can accomplish so much more than you ever thought.
Uses 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.