Essential oils aren’t anything new. However, over the past couple of years, they’ve become mainstream. Most people use them to give their rooms a fresh scent or to help them relax and feel better. Essential oils are extracted from plants which gives each oil it’s specific smell or aroma. Although you really shouldn’t drink/swallow essential oils, you can put them in diffusers, on things like your pillow, or on your wrists like where you would spray perfume.
Most Popular Essential Oils
Even though there’s A TON of different essential oils, we’re going to go over the top 10.
- Peppermint. This is typically used for an energy boost or to aid digestion
- Lavender: This one is probably the most popular essential oil. It’s used to relieve stress. A lot of people also say it helps them sleep.
- Sandalwood. This is used to calm nerves and can also help you focus.
- Bergamot. This is another essential oil that can help with relieving stress
- Rose. This is one of my personal favorites. It can help with improving mood and reducing anxiety.
- Chamomile. This essential oil is used to improve mood and help you relax.
- Ylang-Ylang. This is used to treat headaches and nausea.
- Tea Tree. This one is typically used to help with healing boost immunity. This is why skincare products that have tea tree oil work so well. So next time you’re feeling sick, try this one!
- Jasmine. This is used to help fight depression and can boost your mood overall.
- Lemon. This essential oil is used to aid digestion, improve mood, relieve headaches, and more. Lemon is great. That’s why people always add it to their water, smoothies, or juices.
I know these sound a little confusing because there’s a lot of overlap with each essential oil’s purpose, but that’s also the fun part. You can try finding the ones that make you feel best or create your own mix of different essential oils. What I like to do is put lots of rose oil, a little bit of sandalwood, and a little bit of lemon oil into my diffuser while I’m doing school work and I’ll let it run for hours.
Even though these tons of benefits from using essential oils, it’s important to keep in mind a couple of things. First, there’s still the possibility for adverse reactions. Make sure you try to buy pure essential oils only. This ensures that there are as few of added chemicals as possible. Second, animals can also be sensitive to essential oils, so make sure to research what’s safe for your pet. And lastly, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should ask your doctor if it’s okay to use essential oils.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from www.healthline.com