…and I thought I’d share!
I was in a Pinterest-y mood today and decided to check out what was going on in the “essential oils tag.” And let me tell you, there was a LOT going on…it was almost overwhelming. But I was up for the challenge (not to mention that when I get into researching a topic that interests me, I tend to go into full-on-obsession mode)! I thought that it would only be polite to share what I’d learned with all of you here and give you a (hopefully comprehensive) list of some essential oils and what they do. ❤
Please keep in mind that I am not a professional doctor, therapist, etc! These are just tips that I researched from Pinterest, other internet sources, or just my own experience. 🙂
Before we get into the list, let me give you a little insight into the little magic potions that are essential oils (but be sure not to drink them like a potion…these oils are for topical use only!). www.essentialoilhaven.com gives some great beginner’s advice. According to their page, “Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.” They go on to talk about how essential oils are used in aromatherapy and are believed to have uplifting effects on the mind.
It’s important to note that while many essential oils smell lovely, they are different from perfume oils which are chemically engineered. Essential oils are all-natural.
I honestly haven’t had much personal experience with a wide variety of essential oils, but the ones that I have used, I’ve had really good experience with. And after all my research (and with yesterday being my most recent pay day) when I go out shopping in a little while I might have to pick up a few more oils for myself. 🙂
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Please Calm Down (Lavender)
I think probably the most common and popular essential oil that most people know about is lavender. Lavender is best known for its relaxation abilities and calming properties. It is a popular ingredient in bath bombs and Epsom salt blends, and it smells really nice! (As I’m writing this I actually have lavender in my essential oil diffuser at this very moment!) Apparently you can use lavender to help with muscle tension, irritated skin, and headaches. For me, I love the smell of lavender, and it’s one of the cheapest oils out there and is available in pretty much any drugstore, so I’d highly recommend picking some up for yourself!
Rise And Shine And Actually Stay Awake (Lemon)
Lemon oil is known for energizing and helping with focus. So while you might use lavender to relax at night, it’s probably a good idea to use your lemon oil in the morning to help wake you up and focus your mind for the day ahead. It’s also known to uplift one’s mood and promote positivity. I even read that because of its benefits, it’s sometimes known as the “detox oil” – pretty fitting for this blog! 🙂
…so remember how I mentioned I was going to go shopping later? Well I actually just went and ended up grabbing some lemon essential oil…I’ll for sure be trying this out tomorrow morning!
Your Skin Will Thank You (Tea Tree)
I have actually had plenty of experience with tea tree oil! It’s pretty much a go-to for skin irritations, and for someone with sensitive skin, I find myself reaching for it whenever I want an all-natural remedy. For me, I use it as an acne treatment, and it’s fairly effective. It’s powerful stuff though, and should only be used in small doses to avoid major drying. Due to its natural cleansing properties, it can apparently be made into a variety of natural cleaners.
Add Chocolate And You’ll Smell Like Starbucks (Peppermint)
I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, simply because I don’t like the taste or scent (unless it’s toothpaste or another sort of breath freshener). However, I know that my dislike of peppermint isn’t a common trait of most people, so I thought I’d take one for the team and include it on this list, seeing as how it’s another pretty common oil.
Peppermint oil is best known for its cooling properties along with healing a variety of aches and pains like digestive discomfort, headaches, and fevers. It seems to be a popular ingredient in essential oil blends for healing.
The Actual HP Potion That Comes From Magic Rocks (Frankincense)
Similar to peppermint, frankincense is a pretty versatile oil that is used from healing skin conditions and scarring to helping with depression and anxiety. It seems very well-rounded in its healing properties so much so that it is known as a tonic and is effective as an antiseptic (disinfectant against germs). So cleansing! I actually have never used frankincense oil before, but now I think I’ll have to get it, partly because of all its amazing uses but also because please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know that frankincense came from those cool little rock clumps? Like yes please I would like magic healing oil from crystals of the earth.
I Need To Give This To The Drama Queens In My Life (Clary Sage)
Clary sage is, like lemon, an excellent mood booster and promotes positivity and is used to help against anxiety and depression. It apparently can also be used as a hormone balancer and can help with cramps, PMS, and even hot flashes? :O Ladies, this one is for sure one to add to your collection (mental note to add it to mine too)! It basically seems like a great mood booster all around, especially if it can help with PMS hoo boy.
Give This To Someone If They Smelly (Lemongrass)
Lemongrass is a natural deodorizer and can be used as a helpful air freshener. It’s also good for the skin, and can be used to scent shampoos, soaps, and lotions. Along with skin, it’s also great for hair health and can not only be used to keep hair shiny and fresh, but also to reduce hair loss. Along with basically every other essential oil, it’s a stress reducer and can help with aches and pains.
Do you feel like a witch now? Or a yogini? I feel like I should be potion brewing or meditating now or something, but seeing as it’s almost 1 a.m. (oops), I should probably just be sleeping. I’ll go ahead and refill my diffuser with lavender again and get to it!
What are some of your favorite essential oils? Do you blend yours at all, and if so, what can you recommend? Leave me a comment to spread the love! ❤