Hello! Here at Fruitful Fellowship, we love having other blogs come over and share their insight with us, Rashelle from Mom au Naturel has had a lot of experience with essential oils in her daily life and wanted to share how they can be helpful to everyone!
Take it away Rashelle!
I love essential oils. I often use them for aromatherapy purposes, for natural healing, and sometimes even for their antibacterial purposes! I first learned about them from my grandmother.
When she turned 50 she decided to go back to college to become a massage therapist. She had always been more into the more homeopathic remedies as opposed to traditional medicine. I would go over to her house while she was studying and she had boxes full of essential oils. She would have me smell them one by one while explaining the properties of each. She told me that if you really loved the smell or really hated it that it meant your body needed more of it. I didn’t fully understand then but now that I am raising my own family in a more natural setting and have started to experiment with their properties in everyday life I have realized that essential oils are great to have.
I have made a list of the top 10 essential oils in my opinion and what each one helps with. I hope with this list that I can help introduce someone else to them the way my grandmother introduced me.
10. Roman Chamomile
This oil can be used for aromatherapy purposes when you are stressed or feeling depressed. It has a very calming effect on par with drinking chamomile tea but the essential oil is more concentrated. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and is very useful for headaches. I have used this oil when I was feeling especially anxious or stressed.
Aromatherapy-wise, sandalwood can be used along the same lines as the Roman Chamomile essential oil in that it helps calm nerves and ease stress. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac. Sandalwood is also known to have many uses in skincare. It is said to be able to even out skin oils and help fade stretch marks and scars.
Ginger has amazing properties in general. My family drinks ginger tea when we are sick and it gets rid of a sore throat in less than an hour. Ginger is often used to help with nausea (it is great for morning sickness!) and can help ease sore muscles if applied to them.
The smell of rosemary has been linked to helping keep focus and to help with alertness. It also helps with memory retention so it is especially good to have around when you are studying for something important or need to be extra alert. Topically it is very good for skin and hair. It can help with dry scalps and oily skin.
6. Blood Orange
Blood orange is my go to when I am feeling down. The bright scent is quite a ‘pick me up’. The smell of blood orange is very positive and is quite a mood brightener. It also is very good for the digestive system and can ease stomach problems and is even an antiseptic!
Peppermint essential oil has a very uplifting scent as well that can get rid of tension headaches. This is another that is a good cure for nausea- a lot of the time people are told to suck on peppermint candy to calm their stomachs. It is also a mood brightener and if you are like me-reminds me of Christmas.
This is one of those oils that are especially good for cleaning. It is anti-microbial and can be added to water to create a decent disinfectant. It has a very unique smell that you may find familiar-it is what is used in vapor rubs to ease stuffy noses when you have a cold. The scent has a lot of healing properties especially with coughing and flu-like symptoms.
The lemon scent is very uplifting and is often associated with cleanliness due to its use in a lot of commercially sold cleaning products. I like to diffuse some in a room for a bit before I have company come over so that they get that hint of lemon and it gives off the impression of the house being extra clean even if it isn’t necessarily. Lemon is also very helpful with cold symptoms.
Many people associate lavender with sleeping. It is true that the scent is very calming and often so much so that it leads to sleep. I used lavender as a pillow mist to get over insomnia and it worked wonderfully. Lavender oil also has some other great uses. It is antibacterial so it can help heal cuts while also giving off a calming scent, which makes it great for taking care of hurt children.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (or TTO as it is often referred to as) is the number one essential oil I believe every household should possess. It is antibacterial and is great to use as a natural cleaner. I dilute it with water and can clean most of my house with just a few drops. I have also used it for years on my face as a toner. It gets rid of the bad bacteria and helps clear up your skin. It also gets rid of worse problems, for example scabies. We had a scabies situation in my house not too long ago and tea tree oil cleared it right up. A 1% concentration will kill most bacteria and a 3% concentration will kill all types of bacteria. It is definitely nice to have on hand.