5 Essential Oils to Add to Your Medicine Cabinet

5 best essential oils

When most people think of essential oils, they often imagine using them in perfumes and in diffusers. After all, essential oils do smell great. 

That's not all they offer, though. These oils impress in ways that go well beyond the sense of smell. They pack the healing energy of plants. Essential oils can also be powerful allies for those interested in preserving or restoring their health. Unlike many commonly used drugs and medications, these oils bring no unwelcome side effects. They won't add to your body's toxic load or put additional stress on your liver, either.

Below, we've compiled a list of the essential oils you need most at home.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is distilled from melaleuca alterniflora, an Australian plant with renowned healing properties. Oils or creams infused with tea tree oil can clear acne blemishes and heal fungal issues, such as athlete's foot.

Lavender

Known for its versatility, lavender has been hailed as one of the most relaxing oils around. It's mainly used to usher in calmness and serenity, lowering stress hormones. Here's a tip: rub a few drops on the soles of your feet at night to have a more restful sleep. Lavender oils or creams may also be applied to soothe bruises, cuts, and skin irritations.

Frankincense

One of the oils frequently mentioned in the Bible, frankincense has a history that dates back thousands of years. From then until today, people have used frankincense to enhance meditation and promote spiritual growth. This oil is also said to alleviate depression. It can also help restore the body's immune system. Finally, frankincense may be used to soothe skin inflammation and bug bits.

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Peppermint

Peppermint oil is a must for students. It fosters mental sharpness and clarity. These facilitate studying and learning. One study found that inhaling this oil boosts mental accuracy by as much as 28 percent.

Oregano

If you feel the onset of flu symptoms, reach for a bottle of oregano oil. This oil has potent antibacterial qualities. That's why many swear by its ability to stave off colds and other illnesses.

(This Tibetan Style Essential Oil Diffuser can help you get started.)

As these five picks illustrate, essential oils can soothe a wide range of ailments and conditions. Whether you're suffering from chronic acne or a common cold, there is an oil that can help improve your health and well-being. They're worth incorporating into your healthcare arsenal.

Warning: Australian safety guidelines in the practice of aromatherapy do not recognise oral administration as a standard method of application. Do not apply pure essential oils directly on the skin; always use a carrier oil--such as coconut oil or jojoba oil--to dilute the essential oils. 

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