The top 10 essential oils I use and recommend
I got lucky. My personal “playlist” of essential oils are all carried by a company I am affiliated with. Not only do I get the assurance I am getting high quality oils but I also get a nice discount. Saving a few dollars is important and being able to stretch my budget further means a lot, especially at the end of the month when things get tight.
The top 10 essential oils I use and recommend all deal with relaxation, stress relief, improved respiratory functions and with disinfecting. As a smoker (46+ years), I have most of the usual respiratory problems: COPD, emphysema, and bronchitis. Being able to breath easier is high on my priorities without having to resort to prescription medications.
Stress relief and relaxation is something we all need. If I can combine breathing easier, reducing stress, boosting immunity, and making my surroundings safer for me and others; I think of it as a win-win situation.
Without being in any particular order other than being the container I happened to pick up, here are the top 10 essential oils I use. Please note, no medical claims are being made and all product links are to my affiliate site.
This is a useful essential oil to have, Lavender is: sedative, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, anesthetic, immune-boosting, and antiviral. It is used primarily as a fragrance, and as an insect repellent. You can apply it to the skin for rashes, acne, or insect bites. Lavender is a great anxiety reliever, excellent for sound sleep (regarded as a mild sedative) and adding a few drops to your laundry’s rinse cycle will help with odors and give a nice scent. Lavender also has antibiotic powers, just a few drops will naturally clean and sterilize any surface.
One of the most beneficial oils, Tea Tree is a powerful anti-fungal, antibiotic oil which can be used to treat many common ailments. It is applied topically for athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, cold sores, warts, and insect bites, among others. You can create a natural disinfectant spray by mixing a teaspoon of tea tree oil into a spray water bottle, and use it on counter tops, door handles, and pet areas.
Tea tree oil is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and exhibits anticancer activity It kills oral bacteria for up to two weeks, can be used for gingivitis, heals mild to moderate dandruff, and kills the influenza virus.
Tea Tree oil also works like benzoyl peroxide to treat acne. It takes longer, but causes fewer side effects, and is less drying than the common drugstore ingredient.
This is another great one to have at home, with so many uses. Lemon oil is commonly used in commercially available products: dish detergent, laundry soaps, floor cleaners, and spray cleaners. The scent is that of the fruit: bright, light, zesty, and clean. A powerful antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent. Diluted lemon oil is effective when it comes to skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene, a compound that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation, and toning the skin.
The scent of lemon oil has also been shown to hav e a powerful effect on mood. One study’s findings suggest that diffused lemon oil has antidepressant qualities. Another found that the scent of lemon oil boosted mood.
Peppermint oil has been proven to help fitness workouts; helping you to work-out harder and longer (it is incredibly invigorating). Peppermint has long been known to sooth the stomach, to improve focus, and help reduce fever and stop muscle pain. Peppermint is made up mostly of menthol and menthone and is a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant oil. An effective treatment for headaches: one study reported a significant reduction in the pain of tension headaches within 15 minutes, and the pain continued to drop for the following hour. Peppermint soothes nausea, improves concentration and memory, and is an analgesic (it numbs and kills pain on the skin). Peppermint is both energetically cooling and warming.
This is one of my favorite scents I use while walking and hiking. One deep breath of Eucalyptus helps to alleviate chest congestion and improve my sinus and allergy symptoms as well. often used in aromatherapy to help purify the body. Eucalyptus has excellent disinfectant properties to naturally eliminate germs and odors. The scent is similar to camphor (think of VapoRub, and Tiger Balm ointment) and is slightly minty. It will clear your airways quickly; but use only a drop, it can take your breath away. Eucalyptus freshens up a room and makes the air feel clean.. It can also help boost your immune system and is anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus makes a great natural pantry and closet moth/bug repellent and has the ability to kill fungus, bacteria, insects, mites, and weeds.
In studies, Sweet Orange reduced anxiety when it was inhaled and when applied topically. It slowed down participants’ pulse rates and breathing rates, while they also reported feeling more cheerful and vigorous. The scent alone is uplifting and energizing. Sweet Orange essential helps to increase energy and mood, and also boasts a variety of other health benefits. This essential oil is used to relieve fatigue, treat colds, cough, poor circulation for acne, to relieve inflammation, promote better digestion, improve the appearance of skin, and can be used around the house to disinfect surfaces and freshen the air. And for a added bonus, just smelling it can sometimes satisfy my cravings for sweets!
Black Spruce has a soft, fresh, forest-like scent. Historically used for healing wounds and muscular pain, it was also an important part of spiritual rituals because of its purifying and cleansing properties. In Europe, Black Spruce was used to treat gingivitis and stomach infections. Black Spruce essential oil is often added to saunas, hot baths and massages because of its high content of esters, which contributes to its balancing and antispasmodic properties. The most remarkable quality of Black Spruce is its ability to clear “blockages”, respiratory and emotional. Black Spruce is grounding and stimulating at the same time. It has a calming effect on a nervous, hyperactive individual but it energizes someone who is feeling lethargic and melancholic. The fresh, clean scent breeds feelings of harmony and goodwill.
Frankincense has a woody, spicy smell and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped into a tea or taken as a supplement. Frankincense can also used as a flavoring agent in foods and as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, and perfumes. Frankincense is used for pain and swelling for various diseases. And used for gas (flatulence), wound healing, and other other conditions, but there is not any good scientific evidence to support any use. Frankincense oil seems to kill some types of bacteria and fungi (yeasts). Frankincense was valued in ancient times in worship and as a medicine and is still an important incense resin, particularly in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. The resin is also used in aromatherapy and skin care products and is valued in folk and Eastern medicine.
Many consider Copaiba to be something of a rare oil. It has a spicy-woody aroma, very pleasant. Copaiba is an amazing alternative to synthetic versions of pain relievers for those suffering from chronic conditions. It is high in antioxidants and has analgesic properties. Helping to reduce pain and inflammation, it’s often in the formula of many salves, creams, and lotions. Copaiba can reduce the number of fungi and fungal growth in or on the human body, as well as enhance the performance of the respiratory system. Copaiba oil is ideal for those who suffer from problems with digestion, circulation, pains, and aches of all kinds, skin conditions,
Used topically, Grapeseed absorbs easily into the skin to deliver intense moisture without irritating skin, without leaving an oily residue, or clogging pores. It ideal for skin types that are oily, sensitive, and mature. It is commonly found in cosmetic products such as face creams, lip balms, and sunscreens, as its antiseptic and astringent properties help to repair skin.
Grapeseed contributes to hair softness and smoothness and promoting growth. As a conditioner, it moisturize dry, frizzy, damaged, and brittle hair without leaving hair smelling unpleasant or feeling heavy and greasy.
Medicinally, Grapeseed boosts circulation and reduces the appearance of varicose veins, spider veins, and cellulite. Used as a base for massage, it soothes tired muscles, and its anti-inflammatory activity can relieve the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. The natural Vitamin E content boosts immunity and improves numerous body systems as well as eliminating harmful bacteria.
The top 10 essential oils on my playlist will most likely be different from yours. As I have tried different oils, my top list has changed and evolved. I do not use each oil every day, sometimes quite a few days go by without me using some of these oils. Then I get the rush of re-discovering a particular essential oil…
Essential oils can appear as costly, I always suggest buying just 1 or 2 as a trial. Finding the right combination of oils is a matter of personal preference and should be a path of discovery and experience. The really cool thing is if you find you are not thrilled with one scent, there are recipes (combining oils) that can allow a lot of flexibility in your choice of essential oils. And, just a small drop of essential oils goes a long way!
Do you have a top 10 essential oil list? Or a shorter list? No list? I would love to hear your recommendations for oils or to hear about your favorite. Leave a comment, I’m waiting…
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders