The 5 Must Have Essential Oils To Stay Healthy So You Can Keep Up With Your Life
One of the many ways I stay productive and manage my time efficiently is my making sure I’m staying healthy. Part of my health and wellness routine is using essential oils daily. Essential oils have a long history of supporting health and wellbeing and you may have heard about some of their benefits. With so many essential oils to choose from, it can feel like a big challenge to know which ones to start with. If you’re new to using essential oils, here are 5 go-to choices that will help you to live happier and healthier.
If you only add one essential oil to your life, lavender is a great choice. It’s a hugely versatile essential oil and can help to improve sleep, mood and chronic pain problems. If you’re usually hit by painful cramps at “that” time of the month, lavender can help to ease menstrual cramping.
The sedative effects of lavender make it a super important essential oil for anyone who suffers from stress, anxiety or depression, it has also performed well in studies for these due to its ability to calm and soothe.
Studies on rats (ugh!) have also shown some really good potential for using lavender to protect against oxidative stress in the brain and cognitive impairment.
A lot of these benefits are linked to lavender’s antioxidant benefits. According to studies, it can increase activity of powerful antioxidants, including glutathione.
Peppermint is a great multi-purpose essential oil too. It can help with a huge range of areas, from reducing stress and relieving chronic pain (especially headaches).
From a pain perspective, studies have shown that it can ease joint pain from fibromyalgia. It’s thought that peppermint is one of the essential oils that may be able to act as a topical analgesic to act on pain. You can use it topically on sore and painful areas or add a few drops to a warm bath for an all-over body effect.
If you have sensitive skin I recommend diluting this oil in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. And keep your fingers away from your eyes if you get peppermint on your hand (it will burn if it gets in your eyes)!
It’s a highly energizing essential oil that is stimulating and can boost your mood and improve memory and focus, especially when the scent is inhaled.
Peppermint is also a handy essential oil to have around if you suffer from allergies. Adding it to a room diffuser (along with eucalyptus oil) can offer relief or you can use it topically on your chest.
Thanks to its strong antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities, lemon oil is super handy to have in your home for disinfecting purposes. When anyone gets sick, the antibacterial action should kill nasty germs and bugs. This makes it perfect for using in natural cleaning sprays.
You can mix up some vinegar, water and lemon oil and have a quick, effective cleaner that isn’t harmful to your family (especially if you have children that put everything in their mouth like my youngest!)
The antimicrobial qualities of lemon oil make it a perfect essential oil for boosting your immunity. It’s a great choice for fighting coughs as it helps to encourage drainage in the lymphatic system and get rid of fluids that contribute to coughs.
It has other uses too, from tackling dandruff to boosting your mood through its energizing scent. When it’s inhaled, it can help to reduce nausea, especially for morning sickness.
I also like to place a cotton ball with a couple drops of lemon at the bottom of my garbage pails (and the diaper genie) to keep the odours at bay.
Like lavender, tea tree is an essential oil that you may have prior experience of, even if you’ve not used it in aromatherapy (which I don’t recommend because it smells antiseptic – not a very relaxing scent).
Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties have made it a popular ingredient in skincare products and it’s a great oil to use if you have problem skin. Psoriasis and eczema can also benefit from tea tree oil.
It’s also a good choice if you suffer from a dry, flaky scalp or dandruff as the antifungal properties can kill off the fungus that triggers scalp problems. In studies, tea tree oil has helped to improve dandruff symptoms by up to 41%.
As an added bonus, it’s also a great essential oil to turn to for zapping cold sores, warts and fungal infections naturally. Heading to the public pools or splash pads this summer – be sure to pack the tea tree to keep everyone’s feet fungus free!
According to studies, tea tree oil has such strong antimicrobial properties that it may even help to inhibit the bacteria that cause pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
Got nasal or sinus congestion? You’ll definitely want to have some eucalyptus oil handy. With its menthol component, it’s great for opening up your airways, relieving a cough or sore throat and encouraging easier breathing. Plus, if your sinus troubles are giving you pain, it’s ideal for relieving this too.
These aren’t the only benefits of eucalyptus oil though. It’s also been proven to reduce headaches, tackle pain and inflammation, get rid of “brain fog” and help wounds to heal more quickly.
One word of caution about eucalyptus: it’s not recommended for use around young children as it’s potentially fatal if it’s ingested. Keep it well away from curious little fingers!
Having these 5 must have essential oils close at hand can help to supercharge your wellbeing. Alongside good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle in general, they can be super effective in supporting good health.