Benefits Of Essential Oils: 10 Essential Oils To Have On Hand

We all know about the everyday power of scent: how a particular smell reminds you of something in your past, or when the smell of your favorite restaurant brings you back fun times with great people. But are you aware that some scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils may also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.

Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can apply them directly onto your skin with a carrier oil, inhaling, or use through a diffuser. Some people also like use a Diffuser Necklace. Shaped in the fashion of a locket it holds a small cashmere ball that oils are applied too. 

Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.

There are some general tips for using essential oils that apply regardless of the type. You should use high quality oil: Make sure it is pure, medicinal, steam distilled, or cold pressed. At A Scent To Remember, We carry High Quality Essential Oils Direct from the Distiller. Unlike the MLM companies, you can tell the difference in our quality to theirs. Don't Fall for the Hype these companies try to sell you.  

Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil like jojoba, almond, coconut, olive or grapeseed oils. Do not ingest essential oils unless under the direction of a Doctor, Naturopath, or Homeopath!!! Always talk to your doctor about health concerns, especially if they represent sudden changes in your well-being.

The 10 oils below will help you assemble a natural first-aid kit for a variety of common minor ailments.

1. Tea Tree: Distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifloria, tea tree is one of the oils that can be used topically, because it's great for treating skin problems like fungus and blemishes. You can dab it on acne blemishes with a cotton swab to help clear your skin, or apply it to skin fungal infections like athlete's foot. It's also found in many skin care products.

2. Lavender: Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. It is more commonly known for its relaxing effects but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation too. Dr. Oz says that the scent of lavender can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your blood. That’s a good reason to put a few drops in your bath in order to help you relax at night. You can put a couple of drops of the oil on your hands, rubbing them together and inhaling, then sprinkle a few more on your pillow before you hop in bed.

3. Calendula: Bright-orange calendula flowers are also known as marigold. Calendula can be used in a variety of forms, include as an essential oil. It's particularly good for sensitive skin and can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars. You can also put a drop in your bath water to soothe psoriasis.

4. Chamomile: You're probably familiar with chamomile used as a tea, but the essential oil has similar properties. It's particularly well known for its relaxing effects, which is why the tea is a popular to drink before bed. Add to the effect with a few drops of the oil on your pillowcase.

5. Peppermint: Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind. It also can increase mental alertness. "Dr. William N. Denver of the University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent.” Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, which is fortunate because it’s a great recipe to help indigestion — just mix a few drops in water and drink.

6. Frankincense: This is a must have Essential Oil!  It can be used for relaxation, such as in baths, and to help minor cuts and bug bites heal more quickly. Frankincense has been used for thousands of years, it is referenced to in the Bible and was one of the items the wise men brought to baby Jesus. It can be used for depression, inflammation, immunity, and to increase spiritual awareness.

7. Oregano: You may have heard of oil of oregano as a flu fighter. This strong-tasting oil has naturally antibacterial qualities, which is why many think it can help to fight colds and other sicknesses. It is taken topically, often by putting a few drops on the tongue — the taste isn't pleasant but many people swear by it during flu season. Prior to ingesting consult your Doctor, Naturopath, or Homeopath for instructions. 

8. Lemon: Lemon oil can be used not only to detox the body but it can also help with acne. If you want a healthy boost in alertness, a bit of lemon oil mixed 50:50 with a carrier is a great way to give your head a lift. Because of its uplifting properties, lemon essential oil is also good for increasing focus and concentration.

9. Grapefruit: Another citrus oil, grapefruit essential oil has properties similar to lemon oil. It's a great choice for people experiencing fatigue and it can help you deal with the effects of jet lag. It's also a natural antiseptic so you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.

10. Eucalyptus: This is a great oil to have on hand if you get frequent colds or suffer from allergies that affect your breathing and make you congested.  Eucalyptus can be used to relieve sore muscles and help clear sinuses. It also has many antibacterial properties and has been known to stimulate the immune system. Use it in a vaporizer to loosen up a congested chest or diffused in a Diffuser. But never ingest it or use it on your skin undiluted, as it can cause severe irritation. 

As with every Essential Oil, do your research and follow guidelines from a qualified source. Although Most (MLM) Multi Level Marketing sales reps claim to be Specialists in Essential Oils most are not and do not have Formal Training. Seek a Trained Knowledgeable Specialist, consult your Doctor, Naturopath, Homeopath, or do the research yourself. Remember it's your body! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.