10 Essential Oils to Keep at Hand

Essential oils are not only useful for their particular fragrance. From health care to garden maintenance, they can be used every day for enhancing the quality of life. But there are so many options out there and you probably don’t want the trouble of having to choose between one essential oil and another, not least because some of them are seemingly similar. The following list will help you narrow your options.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil

1 – Lavender essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Anxiety, nervousness
  • Somatic and visceral pain (including menstrual pain)
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections
  • Cough, asthma, sinus congestion, tonsilitis, laryngitis, bronchitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor peripheral circulation
  • Slow digestion, vomiting, colic, flatulence, diarrhea
  • Acne, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis
  • Wounds, cuts, burns, sunburns, bug bites
  • Alopecia

2 – Oregano essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Somatic and visceral pain
  • Wricks
  • Arthritis, tendinitis
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections (including ringworm, shingles, warts, and yeast infections)
  • Cough
  • Irregular menstruation, premature menopause
  • Slow digestion
  • Intestinal worms
  • Food poisoning
  • Eczema, psoriasis
  • Bruises

3 – Tea tree essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Muscular pain and sprain
  • Weak immune system
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot, ringworm, warts, and onychomycosis)
  • Cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis
  • Intestinal worms
  • Acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis
  • Wounds, bug bites
  • Dandruff, hair loss

4 – Eucalyptus essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Mental exhaustion
  • Muscular pain
  • Bacterial and viral infections (including shingles)
  • Cough, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Fever
  • Diabetes
  • Intestinal worms
  • Wounds, cuts, ulcers, burns, bug bites

5 – Lemon essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Insomnia
  • Mental fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, lack of concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Asthma
  • Halitosis
  • Stomach ache and cramps
  • Obesity
  • Sagging or tired-looking skin
  • Dandruff, devitalized hair

6 – Chamomile essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, nervousness
  • Headache, toothache, muscular pain
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections
  • Fever
  • Oedema
  • Rheumatism, gout
  • Slow digestion, bloating, flatulence
  • Intestinal worms
  • Dry skin, acne, eczema, dermatitis, boils
  • Wounds, cuts, bruises, bug bites

7 – Peppermint essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Depression, anxiety, mental exhaustion
  • Somatic and visceral pain
  • Nausea
  • Weak immune system
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections (including tuberculosis)
  • Cough, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Poor peripheral circulation
  • Indigestion
  • Greasy skin
  • Dandruff, hair loss

8 – Clove essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Insomnia
  • Mental fatigue
  • Loss of sex drive, premature ejaculation
  • Headache, toothache, earache, muscular pain
  • Sore gums, mouth ulcers, dental caries
  • Nausea
  • Weak immune system
  • Bacterial and fungal infections (including tuberculosis, ringworm, and athlete’s foot)
  • Cough, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis
  • Poor peripheral circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Indigestion
  • Acne, eczema
  • Wounds, cuts, bruises, bug bites

9 – Frankincense essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Headache, toothache
  • Dental caries
  • Weak immune system
  • Viral infections (including warts)
  • Cough, nasal congestion,
  • Irregular menstruation, post menstrual syndrome, premature menopause
  • Water retention
  • Halitosis
  • Slow digestion, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea
  • Acne, wrinkles, boils
  • Wounds, cuts, bug bites

10 – Grapefruit essential oil

Medicinal uses

  • Headache
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Lymphatic ganglion inflammation
  • Water retention
  • Arthritis, rheumatism, gout
  • Inappetence
  • Acne, cellulitis, greasy skin
  • Greasy hair

Precautions

Never use any essential oil directly on the skin. Dilute it with sunflower, olive, sesame or sweet almond oil (1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

For bath, dilute 8-10 drops of essential oil in a cup of epsom salt or milk.

For internal use, dilute 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of honey.

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