Everyone is talking about essential oils, from their alluring fragrances to their topical application in beauty. Chances are, you know someone who works as some kind of sales representative for an essential oil distribution brand, even if they are only doing it for the discounts. However, what is it about these oils that are causing so many rave reviews? You will have to try them to find out— here are some recommendations from yours truly.
Lavender makes for a great starter oil because of its reputation for promoting relaxation. It blends well with many other oils in a diffuser and lends a soft, floral scent to the air. Add a few drops to an Epsom salt bath, and you will be soaking in pre-bedtime bliss. Lavender oil is also known for reducing redness on the skin, so try mixing a few drops into some coconut or olive oil and applying it to irritated spots.
Frankincense goes along with lavender in promoting calm and relaxation. It has a warm, woody, spicy aroma, and combines well with rosemary and lemon oils.
Sweet Orange oil has the opposite effect of lavender oil, producing an energizing effect when diffused. It smells clean and bright, as most citrus essential oils do. It also leaves a sweet finish on the air. Sweet orange oil combines well with cinnamon and cassia oils, as well as eucalyptus.
Spearmint oil, like sweet orange oil, is an energizing fragrance. It smells fresh but tends to overwhelm other oils it is combined with. If you want to combine spearmint oil with another oil, (I recommend pine oil,) add only one part spearmint oil to two parts whatever other oils you choose.
Quality rose essential oil can be expensive, partially because it takes a vast number of rose petals to produce only a very small amount of oil. Good rose oil, however, is worth its weight in gold. It has a gentle, floral scent like no other oil, and a luxurious feel about it.
Bergamot is best known for the role it plays in many different teas, but it is also a very pleasant and useful essential oil. Its mild citrus scent brings out the best in any oil it’s paired with, especially when it comes to floral scents or eucalyptus. Add it to a bath for a boost of uplifting fragrance.
Eucalyptus oil is known as a cleansing essential oil and for a good reason. Not only does this oil smell fresh, but it also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus is a great oil for cleansing the air in your home, and also for clearing your nose if you find yourself feeling congested.
Tea tree oil falls in line with eucalyptus oil as a bactericide and fungicide. Mix a few drops with a few teaspoons of witch hazel to treat acne and other skin issues topically, or add it to a diffuser for a cleansing fragrance.
Like many citrus oils, grapefruit oil is squeezed from the rind of the fruit itself. Grapefruit’s scent is sweet but tangy. It mixes well with other citrus oils but is especially pleasant in combination with aromatic oils like basil or palmarosa.
However energizing all citrus oils may be, lime oil has a certain edge about it that is reminiscent of a tropical vacation. (Or maybe just margaritas!) Either way, it works in practically any oil blend and makes for a fresh scent that feels like summer.
Do you have a favorite essential oil (or combo) that didn’t make this list? Tell us about it in the comments!