We need to start with some basic essential oils on our journey to a more natural and healthy lifestyle. There are some oils you really cannot be without! They are the foundation of many aromatherapy experiences.
We are looking for therapeutic value and the ability to deal with a wide range of purposes, and of course.............great aromas! We also want them to be reasonably easy to obtain and understand.
If I had to choose ten basic essential oils.................
Every home should have a bottle of lavender..........even if they have no other oil. It is one of the most calming oils, capable of many important jobs and is truly indispensable! It is great for treating wounds and burns, and can be applied directly to your skin. It has many healing properties that act on both a physical and psychological level.
It has a delightful floral and woody smell which almost everybody loves.
Tea tree oil has an impressive range of properties. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and has a powerful antiseptic action. It can be used for treating common ailments such as fungal infections, candida infections, acne etc. In the past I have used it to help with verrucas and it has worked very well.
It has a strongly medicinal, spicy smell.
Chamomile is very good for the treatment of nervous conditions and insommnia. It is anti-bacterial and antiseptic but is mostly valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile essential oil is particularly good to use with children and can help with tetchiness and teething problems!
It has a warm, fruity aroma.
This is a very balancing essential oil which seems to work wonders on the mind, body and
spirit! It works very well on chillblains and is often used in
skincare. It is frequently used as an anti-depressant and also has
antiseptic and astringent properties.
As you can see, Geranium essential oil has many diverse applications.
Geranium has a lovely, girly, floral fragrance which is uplifting whilst also working as a sedative.
Eucalyptus essential oil is best known for its effectiveness against coughs, colds and rheumatic conditions. It is also great for boosting the immune system and relieving aching muscles.
It has a strong balsamic, camphorous aroma - very distinctive!
This is one of the most stimulating and uplifting oils. When mixed with a carrier oil and used for aromatherapy massage, it's very good for relaxing muscles without making you feel dopey.
Rosemary essential oil has a woody, camphorous fragrance.
This is a good anti-bacterial oil and is helpful for treating wounds and infections. It's wonderful, when added to water, for cleaning and deodorising your house.....especially if you have pets! A very uplifting yet relaxing oil.
Lemon has a light, citrus, zesty smell.
This is a beautiful oil and one of my personal favourites! It helps slow breathing down and has a calming effect on emotions. It is also one of the most useful oils for respiratory infections, especially when used in aromatherapy massage. Frankincense can also help with those dreaded wrinkles!
It has a fresh camphorous smell.
Peppermint has been used for thousands of years, probably because of its digestive health properties. This makes it a good oil for the treatment of indigestion, bad breath and flatulence. It is also good for stimulating the mind and improving clarity and alertness.
If you want to get rid of mice, mosquitoes or ants, this is the oil to reach for!
Peppermint essential oil has a fresh and distinctive menthol smell.
Rose essential oil has very feminine qualities and so is very valuable in helping with menstrual problems or women who are suffering from depression, tension or just feeling sad perhaps as a result of a break-up. The effects on an emotional level are probably just as important as those on a physical level.
It is also a very good oil to use for skincare.
Rose has a rich, sweet, floral aroma.
I am actually going to sneak a number eleven in at this point.....because I wouldn't be without my black pepper essential oil!
Black pepper oil is great for cheerfulness!
I mainly use it in aromatherapy massage or a soothing bath, for aching muscles and fatigue. Both my husband and I are involved in different sports and have many friends who are also sporty, so this oil is invaluable!
I have also found that black pepper blends well with other oils and can give a different 'twist' to some mixes, which works well for me.
This essential oil has a pleasant, warm aroma - with a bit of a kick!
So.....these basic essential oils would certainly make a good starter kit to have at hand. The ones I have chosen are quite common, generally easy to find and not too expensive. They also cover a good range of health and household problems.
Of course you may not agree with all of my 'Top Ten' (or should I say eleven!) and you probably have some of your own essential oils that you would not be without. That is one of the wonderful aspects of aromatherapy........it is very individual, and different people may use different oils or blends to treat the same ailment or problem.
Find out about essential oils for wrinkles here.
Have fun building up your range of basic essential oils!
I'd love to hear which are your favourite essential oils.....
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Click on the links below to see favourite essential oils and their uses. They were all written by other visitors to this page.
Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
I love Spikenard. It's amazing and complex chemistry make Spikenard extremely versatile. I see this oil as an all round cure-all that I can't live without! …
I just love the smell of Patchouli. Some people say it is a "hippy" smell. I like to think it is more of a "free spirit" smell. I use it all the time in …
This oil is number 1 for massage. It is long lasting and when you have finished it is easy to wash from your body.
Lavender, Geranium and Frankincense
Blended together as a massage oil this is deeply relaxing and almost soporific. If I am using it during a long massage, or several massage sessions …
Brilliant for treating psoriasis, I blend it with Lavender and Rose Geranium to relieve the itching, stress and sleeplessness this condition causes. …
Peppermint Essential Oil
I get really bad migraines. Peppermint essential oil has been one of the only things (including medicine) that will get rid of my migraines and return …
Lavender oil & Lemon oil
I combine 3 drops per 100 ml of Lavender and 2 drops per 100 ml of Lemon Oil to freshen the air in my home and I love to smell it as it is coming out of …
I use it in my baths, or as bath salt gifts! I apply a drop to each wrist when I feel too happy or excited. It helps me sleep and relax when I …
Tea tree peppermint & frankincense
Tea tree is great for healing skin conditions. Peppermint is really helping me in my digestion. Frankincense I think it may have some properties that …
When I inhale Cedarwood, I sigh with relief. I love that it is calming not only to muscles, but to the respiratory system, intestines, heart and nerves. …
Exotic and comforting scent that takes me back to my teens. I use it in an oil burner to relax in the evening.
Lemongrass is so versatile from oily skin to cleaning the commode. Love it in a diffuser or to keep the no-sees away. I have very little room on my …
Bergamote Essential Oil
Bergamote has a beautiful aroma that everybody knows from the earl grey tea. It combines citrus fresh aroma with a sweet wooden fragrance. This oil …
It really relaxes me when I use it
It really relaxes me when I use it
It's soothing and stimulating at the same time.
I love how it eases the mind for meditation.
grapefruit essential oil
Grapefruit essential oil smells AHMAZING. It has an uplifting effect. Can be used as a perfume--stays on forever and is 100% natural. Boosts metabolism, …
I'm a massage therapist. I keep a spritz bottle of rose water in my massage room and I spritz my face, hands, and clothes between sessions to refresh …