Essential oils—the best the plant has to give from its heart—its volatile oils. An example is peppermint oil that we use to make desserts and confectionaries. However, the essential oils are also used for its therapeutic value and fragrance. By using the essence—the spirit—the lifeblood of the plant known as essential oils, you will benefit. They are essential for the plant to live. Marjoram is used as a savory spice in vegetable and meat dishes while the parts of the plant are processed into 100 percent pure essential oils.
Benefits of using essential oils
Your body and mind will receive benefits from essential oils made from the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and bark. Lavender, for instance is soothing and calming for relaxation. Peppermint can provide relief from stomachaches and indigestion. Oils are used for many conditions such as the hair, skin, congestion, and to remove foul odors from your environment. Oils can heal sores and cuts, and some have antifungal and antiseptic properties. The mist will improve dry skin, and dry nasal and sinus passages. Aromatherapy is beneficial for heady fragrances around you at the same time treating for lowering blood pressure, inflammation, and other conditions.
What to look for in essential oils
You will want to purchase 100 percent pure undiluted essential oils. Do not buy “fragrance oils” or “perfumed oil” because they are not pure. Do not buy oils where different plant types are the same price. They could be poor quality oil or artificial made up of chemicals. Essential oils are more costly, but competitively priced with the top brands. Do not purchase essential oils that have been thinned down with vegetable oils. You will want to know the country source and the Latin name of the plant on the label. If you test an essential oil on a paper towel and it turns greasy or oily, it has probably been cut with vegetable oil. You will want to buy 100 percent pure essential oils.
How to use essential oils safely (infographic)
How to store essential oils
Purchase your essential oils in dark amber bottles with the lids on tightly. Store the oils in a cool dry place out of sunlight and away from heat. Some oils can be stored in the refrigerator, so check the labels.
The Best Essential Oils for Specific Conditions
There are essential oils for everything! Use them in your diffuser, in the bath, as compresses, and as massage therapy.
1. Weight Loss
We know that the only way to lose weight is to watch what we eat. Eat nutritional foods, and stay away from sugar and certain carbohydrates, such as bread that has a higher glycemic index than sugar! Exercise, watch portion size, eat fat-free protein, stay away from soda, and drink lots of water. Essential oils will not do weight loss for you.
Brain chemistry plays a role in weight loss and maintenance. Certain essential oils such as chocolate and sweet smells can trigger a response that affects your desire for foods. Ayurvedic medicine goes into detail about this, but the Ayurvedic holistic philosophy is not discussed here.
Cardamom Seed Essential Oil is warming, is great for circulation, causes sweating, and is used as a diuretic to encourage urination to eliminate toxins and lowers blood pressure. Drink lots of water and you will see weight loss eating heathy.
A common problem for women is cellulite. It is accumulated fat that becomes hard in tissue around it that has lost its elasticity. It looks like dimples on the butt, hips, and thighs. Cellulite is thought to be a result of fluid accumulation in fatty layers of skin. Therefore, reducing water retention is very important for removing cellulite. Some essential oils will help with the problem. Be patient and get into a weight loss program to help you. Use the essential oils that follow with carrier oils.
Cedarwood Essential Oil for Cellulite is used in anti-cellulite products. When you mix this essential oil with carrier oils it will help fight cellulite.
Cypress Essential Oil for Cellulite is great for breaking up cellulite. Use a few drops in your bath water and as a massage.
Geranium Essential Oil for Cellulite is used for treating cellulite. It is also an antifungal, antiseptic, relieves depression, and anxiety. Use with a carrier oil and do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil for Cellulite when mixed with a carrier oil such as evening primrose will break up cellulite. It is loaded with vitamin C and is great for the immune system.
Juniper Essential Oil for Cellulite being an astringent, analgesic, and having diuretic components, the calming juniper is used for cellulite treatment and helps with fluid retention. Drink lots of water and eliminate your bladder of toxins. Use with a carrier oil and do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Lavender Essential Oil for Cellulite with its stimulating action is good for treating cellulite when mixed with a therapeutic carrier oil.
Lemon Essential Oil for Cellulite improves the immune system and helps to remove cellulite.
Rosemary Essential Oil for Cellulite acts as a diuretic to remove water from your cells.
Tangerine Essential Oil for Cellulite used in massage to prevent stretch marks and helps to remove cellulite. Avoid the sun’s UV rays with this oil on your body and wear a sunscreen.
For these essential oils to treat cellulite, consult with an aromatherapist, pharmacist, or check with your healthcare provider.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil benefits the skin by revitalizing and invigorating face and body. Skin aging is reduced because carrot promotes new cell growth. Raw carrots with vitamin A are good for your eyes too; so eat plenty of them!
Geranium Essential Oil will help to control the oily skin-type person and reduce new acne spots. Geranium tightens the skin and makes it more elastic to bounce back! Blood circulation is improved when you spread on the oil with a carrier oil. Geranium oil repairs, heals burns, cuts, broken capillaries and maybe small varicose veins, eczema, dermatitis, and does about everything good for the skin!
Lemon Essential Oil has astringent and antibacterial properties with its chemical components of acids and other chemistry. It aids oily skin of the face that is susceptible to acne. Pores will appear smaller and closed. Lemon is good for you, so make a real tree lemonade and enjoy your diffuser using lemon oil. Note that lemon essential oil is UV sensitive to the skin, so use your sunblock when outdoors.
Lavender Essential Oil is a favorite that everyone has in her or his essential oil kit! It has a heavenly smell and will help you relax, relieve stress, anxiety, and tension, and is wonderful for your skin. Skin cells are regenerated and it is an age defying oil for sunspots—the brown spots on skin, scars, and skin that is maturing. It is superb for all skin types.
Frankincense Essential Oil will help with skin having acne because it is antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory agent. It will make skin soft and smooth and pores will be smaller. It, too, boosts new cell growth while protecting existing cells. With that, wrinkles and aging are minimized. Scar tissue will be less noticeable, and dry skin will be more moist. The fragrance is wonderful!
Myrrh Essential Oil is known for anti-aging of the skin. With its anti-inflammatory components, it will firm up, tone, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines while maintaining the skin’s elasticity. It improves sun damaged skin, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, chapping, and dryness.
Neroli Essential Oil has the chemical citral that smells like lemons used for mature, oily, and sensitive skin. Note that citral is chemically manufactured for fragrances and the synthetics are not the same as the oils. Citral is also present in a small degree in lemon and orange. This makes it an antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It tones stretched saggy skin and will regenerate skin cells. It will not dry out your skin and is good for healing stretch marks.
Patchouli Essential Oil is wonderfully fragrant and was popular as incense in the 60s. Patchouli encourages new skin cells, smooths wrinkles and lines, is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal. It works well for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Rose Essential Oil can be pricey and the fragrance is delightful, intoxicating, and romantic. It is used for mature and dry skin. It helps to relieve depression, improves confidence, self-esteem and is used for skin tone, skin texture, dermatitis, psoriasis, and lowers cortisol, the stress hormone when breathed in using your diffuser.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is a very popular essential oil for predisposition to acne. The bacteria that causes acne is eliminated or reduced when using tea tree regularly. Acne usually occurs with oily skin types. Outbreaks will decrease when oil is decreased in the face by using tea tree essential oil. Note this is not a tea that you drink.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil has a scent that is floral and romantic. It calms and soothes. Acne reappearance is minimized and skin oil manufacturing at the gland level is controlled. It is wonderful for all types of skin and enhances the elasticity of the skin.
Bergamot Essential Oil is floral and fruity smelling and provides a relaxing calm to the emotions and body. Your senses will be elevated with the fresh lovely scent.
Geranium Rose Essential Oil smells similar to roses, balances hormones, and has a sweet flower fragrance. It will calm your nervous system and suppress anxiety.
Lavender Essential Oil is a favorite for many conditions. It gives an herbaceous, sweet, and floral fragrance wonderful for stress, anxiety, tension, and is great for burns and cuts.
Mandarin Essential Oil calms the nerves and is valuable for anxiety, and sadness. You can use sweet orange essential oil if mandarin is hard to find. Note that mandarin essential oil is UV sensitive to the skin; use your sunblock when outdoors.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has a strong fragrance being somewhat fruity and sweet. It is a best essential oil used in aromatherapy for anxiety, stress, tension, and insomnia.
Sandalwood Essential Oil has a musky fragrance that is sweet, earthy, and woody. It will calm the nerves and provides fantastic relief for anxiety and stress. Use the santalum spicatum species.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is spicy, floral, and exotic and can be an aphrodisiac. It will calm your nerves, balance and harmonize your mind and calm your nervous system.
Chamomile Essential Oil has been used since ancient times for its relaxing and calming benefits. Roman chamomile is a best essential oil for babies and youngsters, as well as adults, for nausea, muscle pain, insomnia, and pain in the joints. Used very diluted, it will pacify babies when they are fussy and have colic, are teething, or have upset tummies. Put a warm compress on baby’s stomach area. Bath baby with 1 to 2 drops of chamomile essential oil added to the bath water. Dilute to half strength for youngsters and babies. If you use 4 drops, use 2 drops for them. Essential oils are very powerful.
Basil Essential Oil stimulates hair growth by stimulating the scalp’s circulation. It works well mixed with peppermint oil.
Lemon Essential Oil is good to treat dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under active sebaceous glands making your hair dry. Straight hair is not as susceptible to dryness as is curly hair. Lemon can dry the hair, so use it on oily hair. Hair will become dry after only one treatment.
Chamomile Essential Oil is soothing and calming for scalp and hair. This is one of the best oils for conditioning hair. It helps to exfoliate skin cells that are damaged or inflamed from harsh chemical processes done. It also rids the white flakes, scales, and psoriasis at the scalp.
Jojoba Essential Oil is useful for any hair type. The oil’s properties help damaged hair. Use it in your conditioner and massage into your scalp for healthy shiny hair.
Lavender Essential Oil is wonderful for calming and soothing the scalp and hair. It treats hair loss (alopecia) and stimulates new hair growth. Massage your scalp with lavender that is diluted with a carrier oil so you will not burn your sensitive scalp skin. Give this about 6 to 7 months to see results.
Myrrh Essential Oil is beneficial for oily hair in small quantities. Your scalp will be sanitized and feel clean after using it.
Peppermint Essential Oil is good for scalp circulation and blood flow at the hair root. Peppermint is cool and tingly and this is the reason blood will flow better to the hair. Peppermint is also excellent when mixed with basil essential oil for hair.
Rosemary Essential Oil is great for dandruff, itchy scalp, and dry hair.
Sage Essential Oil reinvorigates the scalp best. It heals the scalp from psoriasis, dandruff, and itching.
Tea Tree Essential Oil cleanses and disinfects the scalp of dandruff and psoriasis.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil treats for dandruff and oily hair.
Carrier oils must be used with these oils for hair treatment. Do not use the pure oil alone. Some good carrier oils are coconut, olive, grapeseed, Vitamin E oil, and vegetable oils.
Use about an ounce of your favorite carrier oil for making a topical oil for your headaches. Apply at the temples keeping away from your eyes. Sweet almond oil is a great carrier oil, then select your 100 percent pure essential oil.
Lavender, Spearmint, and Eucalyptus Oil are known to lessen headaches and eliminate them entirely. Add 5 to 8 drops to your diffuser and breathe in. You can also massage a few drops on your fingertips and massage into your scalp. Keep the mixture in an amber or dark glass bottle and store in a cool dark place with the lid on tight. Do not shake the bottle to mix it; roll in your hands.
Cedarwood Essential Oil has a long history and is mentioned in the Bible. It is uplifting with its woodsy fragrance. You will go to sleep quickly with this essential oil.
Clary Sage Essential Oil has an herbal nutty fragrance that is warm and mellow for relaxing and comfort. It too will help put you to sleep for a good night’s rest.
Lavender Essential Oil is calming, relaxing, and improves sleep up to 20 percent. Blend with Roman chamomile for a superb treatment for insomnia.
Marjoram Essential Oil with its woody spicy aroma is calming for muscle tension, and nervousness and will give you sleep you desperately need. The Romans and Greeks have used it for thousands of years.
Neroli Essential Oil made from the bitter orange is also recognized as orange blossom is calming and you will be lulled to sleep by its components. It has a honey sweet fragrance with notes of citrus and floral. It is calming and relaxing.
Patchouli Essential Oil is musky, spicy, and earthy. It is beneficial for stress and sleep. It should be a staple in your essential oil kit. This was used by hippies and maybe that is where the word peace came from because you will feel peaceful and calm.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has an herbaceous aroma that is sweet and warm for relaxing and calming nerves to get a restful night’s sleep. Combine Roman chamomile with lavender—be sure it is Roman a best essential oil for sleep.
Sandalwood Essential Oil has a sweet, warm, earthy woodsy aroma. It too reduces anxiety with its delightful fragrance that will put you to sleep.
Valerian Essential Oil is not the best smelling and is best to use with another fragrance for a better scent. It has been used since ancient times for tension, and stress, to feel serene and tranquil. It is absolutely a best essential oil for sleep.
Vetiver Essential Oil also known as khus oil is an earthy, woodsy, sweet aroma that is calming and deeply relaxing to simulate a sedative effect for relieving insomnia.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil has a rich spicy, floral, and romantic scent. It removes stress and tension for a good night’s sleep. It inspires romance and balances emotions.
Eczema is itchy, scaly and becomes inflamed and is a chronic condition with no known cure. It can be made worse by humidity, dust, cold weather, and spores from plants. Millions of people suffer from it globally and essential oils can relieve the skin lesions when massaged into the skin with a carrier oil. Lavender, thyme, myrrh, and frankincense are known to reduce the dry itch and to disinfect the area.
Psoriasis is a different complaint in skin syndromes where skin cells develop at a faster rate than normal. The skin will have flaky patches, scaly and dead skin that are raised at specific areas. Essential oils can be used rather than cortisone medications. Try lavender, Roman chamomile, patchouli, and melaleuca also known as tea tree. Always mix 6-10 drops with carrier oils such as a teaspoon of organic almond or coconut oil. You can also add the essential oils to your bath to disinfect all of your body. The pure essential oils can be irritating to sensitive skin, so carrier oil is advised. Try a patch test first. Additional helpful essential oils are: helichrysum italicum, orange, neroli, bergamot, cajeput, Roman and German chamomile, cypress, and rose geranium.
Hemorrhoids affect about 70 percent of all people globally before reaching 50 years of age. They are caused by pressure on the veins in the anal area and are painful, itchy, and burning. They push against the blood vessels when inflamed with redness and possible bleeding. They can go away on their own when not pushing on them when eliminating stool. There are medications that can help. When you use essential oils, you might lessen the pain, burning and swelling. Vasoconstrictors, such as peppermint essential oil, constricts the blood vessels to help with irritation and discomfort.
Cypress Essential Oil is a number one best astringent to tighten the skin to increase circulation in this area to shrink hemorrhoids, stop bleeding, and excessive swelling. Drinking lots of water will flush toxins from your body and soften stools to make elimination less painful and difficult. The colon must have water to function correctly.
Avocado Essential Oil is a popular choice for its soothing and calming effects and allows deep tissue absorption used externally.
Chamomile, Evening Primrose, and Rue Essential Oils are natural remedies that support irritated skin to reduce pain while being soothing to your bottom area.
Olive and Sesame Essential Oils will benefit you as well with their antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Mix with vitamin E carrier oil and apply to the hemorrhoid area and gently massage in.
Chronic pain and mild pain can be alleviated with: eucalyptus, frankincense, oregano, lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils.
Try lavender, lemon, sweet marjoram, thyme, valor, and peppermint used in your diffuser with a therapeutic grade respiratory blend and lime essential oil together that can help stop snoring. Rub on the bottom of the feet or put into your diffuser for an all-night mist.
Use angelica, cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, ravensara, and rose. Check with your doctor for your condition to know if it is wise for you to use in a diffuser or massage treatment.
Inflammation can be treated with frankincense and myrrh using a diffuser or massage.
There are many opinions for what is safe to use when pregnant for you and your baby. What you eat, drink, and put on your skin gets to your baby via the blood stream. Some essential oils affect your central nervous system making them unsafe when pregnant. Discuss with a certified aromatherapist before using or discuss with a pharmacist or your doctor.
During your first trimester, do not use essential oils on your skin. Avoid using these oils on your skin during your entire pregnancy in alphabetical order: cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, fennel, geranium, jasmine, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, rosewood, sage, and thyme.
Young Living™ has been in business since 1993 and are fully aware of their processing methods and they do not rebottle. They carry a large inventory of essential oils and are one of the most expensive companies with a great reputation and customer loyalty. The therapeutic oils are grown from seeds, harvested, and distilled under their control. Their products are guaranteed for a refund or exchange.
Edens Garden™ is a favorite essential oil company located in California since 2009. They have 150 plus essential oils from which to choose and they provide discounts on their product line. The oils are bottled in glass amber to prevent deterioration. The essential oils are 100 percent pure with no additives. They provide a 30-day back guarantee if you are unhappy with their essential oils.
dōTERRA® has been in the market place since 2008. They use low heat distillation for processing the plants into 100 percent pure essential oils. They use CPTG testing for oil purity. Their products are a bit pricy but less expensive than Young Living™ Essential Oils. You can return an oil that is not outdated for a 100 percent refund if you are not happy with it.
Plant Therapy® is a family owned company in Idaho since 2002. They believe the power is within the 100 percent pure essential oils providing undiluted oils. The high-end oils are sourced from premier suppliers globally. Third party testing has been done for GC/MS processes including by their own expert team. You will receive a refund if you are not fully satisfied with any of their oils.
Kis Oils are located in New York and provide many oils for your diffuser or a bath. They are available in single aromas, sample sets, or blends. The products are available to the customer directly ignoring multi-level marketing strategies. If you are not satisfied with their products, simply mail back your product at the sales address mentioned in the website for a refund.
Healing Solutions® sells only premium essential oils based in Arizona. They sell directly with no MLMs and on Amazon to keep prices down. Their distillation facility is GMP, ISO 9001 and Kosher certified, and FDA Registered. They sell 170 different oils to use alone or blend. Kits and blends are available. They offer superior customer service and products can be returned within 7 days of purchase if you are dissatisfied.
Calily™ is located in New Jersey and was established by a group of naturalists with a strong belief in the important benefits of using essential oils. Calily™ sells only authentic, pure, therapeutic grade oils for aromatherapy. They provide aromatherapy starter sets with 14 individual oils in brown glass bottles. The oils are for external use only and are not to be ingested. Warranty information is unavailable.
Fabulous Frannie® started business providing 100 percent pure essential oils and natural blends. All of their oils are GC/MS tested by trusted vendors from whom they purchase their oils providing a Certificate of Analysis. The oils are outsourced from various high-quality brands. They provide outstanding customer service and you can return the product within 7 days after purchase if you are dissatisfied.
Now Foods® started their natural foods and supplements business in 1948 and are based in Chicago, Illinois. They offer high-quality essential oils to health-seeking consumers. They use a unique technique for growing specific plant species, harvesting them, and then distilling to prepare the essential oils grown in a certain season of the year. Warranty information is unavailable.
Aura Cacia® began in 1982 and is a leader in 100 percent pure essential oils. Their oils are sourced from Oregon, Europe, Ukraine, and Australia. They employ the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) testing that guarantees they are providing you with the highest quality essential oils available. You will be refunded your money or receive a replacement for you product within 60 days of your purchase.
11. Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain Oils was started in 2004 and provides 100 percent pure essential oils that are safe and therapeutic for everyone. They offer the finest quality essential oils globally with over 100 singles and 75 blends. Rocky Mountain Oils has merged with Native American Nutritionals. They offer a 90-day guarantee on oils with a full refund if you are not satisfied with the product.
1. Majestic Pure™ Oils
Majestic Pure™ is based in California and offers 100 percent pure therapeutic essential oils including botanical cosmetics. They source the finest quality botanical oils from ethical producers around the world. Their product line is developed by focusing on using finest natural and hi-tech ingredients in their formulations. They sell online and provide a guarantee for your satisfaction with their products.
2. Art Naturals
Art Naturals is located in Los Angeles, California, strives for improvement in the essential oils arena providing high quality natural and organic materials. A full ingredient list is on their labels. They honor their commitment to provide you with a 100% money back guarantee to assure you of complete satisfaction with their oils. If you are not happy, they will issue you a full refund when you return the merchandise.
Pure Body Naturals™ is committed to highlighting natural and organic materials in every formula they create free of artificial chemicals and fillers with their essential oils and carrier oils. The high-quality essential oils are superb and the company is a leader in the market place in the USA. The company offers a 100% money back guarantee with every purchase if you are not satisfied.
4. Radha Beauty Essential Oils
The company was founded in 2014 knowing that beauty can be sustained with the elements from Mother Nature. The products are all natural, organic, and cruelty-free. Their 100 percent pure essential oils may well be the ultimate gift from nature and are made from the aromatic essence of plants. A 100% guaranteed refund will be provided and you can keep the product as a gift states Radha!
5. First Botany Cosmeceuticals Essential Oils
First Botany Cosmeceuticals provides high quality products for therapeutic benefits with their 100 percent pure essential oils. Their ancient wisdom philosophy is ‘the art of living wisely’ and you can with their oils. The company provides a 100% guarantee if you are not happy with your essential oils and will refund your entire purchase.
This guide will help you choose the best essential oils for your home, office, boutique, professional setting, salon, or spa. Choose the best oil or blend, and diffuse the fragrance to rejuvenate your body and spirit energy. Alternatively, use the oils as for massage therapy and in your bath water for a spa experience.
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