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The First 5 Essential Oils You Must Buy

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Peppermint- can be used as a diffuser and helps in concentration. Oregano-fights off cold, flu and is a spot treatment for acne. Tea tree oil- soothes skin and provides relief from razor burns. Lemon-calms nerves, curbs anxiety. Lavender- helps relieve sore throat and earaches. Pregnant, nursing women, children under six should avoid essential oils.

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. You should try to find out the botanical name, chemotype (if applicable), origin of plant (this can drastically change the chemical constituents percentages) and extraction method before you buy any essential oil.

Some essential oils come from seeds while many others are extracted from the leaves of the plant. Because essential oils are so highly concentrated it takes a large amount of plant to produce just one small bottle of oil. Essential oils are incredibly powerful due to this high concentration, so a little bit goes a long way.

The History Behind Essential Oils

Essential Oils (oils extracted aromatic plants) have long played an important role in history, medicine and religion. Oils have been used in religious ceremonies, cosmetics, funeral rites and perfume. The Ancient Egyptians are often credited with being the first to use essential oils. One of the oldest documents – dating back to 1553 BC – called the Ebers Papyrus details how to use frankincense for a variety of ailments. When Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in 1922, archeologist Howard Carter found 35 alabaster jars that were used to hold oils.

Chinese aromatherapists believed that extracting a plant’s fragrance was a way to free its soul. The Ancient Greek Hippocrates used the aromatherapy of several essential oils to fumigate Athens and fight off the plague epidemic. Pure essential oils were incredibly valuable and saved for priests and royals. Ancient books such as the Bible also talk about the use of essential oils. According to the book, Essential Oils for Beginners, the Old and New Testament reference essential oils over two hundred times.

Today, scientists, physicians and researchers are beginning to return to the use of essential oils as a way to naturally and holistically heal our bodies.

Why Are Essential Oils Really Helpful?

Currently, there are no medicines that are capable of breaking the blood/brain barrier, but essential oils can do this. There are no medicines that can infiltrate a cell to cure a virus, but essential oils can. Always check with a physician before using essential oils, which are generally not recommended to be taken internally. Pregnant and nursing women and children under six should also avoid essential oils.

Essential oils are natural if grown, harvested, and extracted properly. Because these oils are extracted from plants they contain some of the most powerful chemicals plants synthesize. Good-quality essential oils are known to help with congestion, memory loss, pain, inflammation, headaches, nausea, killing bacteria, viruses and fungus, stimulating the immune system, skin issues and many more ailments and concerns.

When certain oils are blended with the correct knowledge based on therapeutic properties and chemical families, the blends can be even more powerful than a single oil. Plant Therapy calls these oils, ‘synergies’.

The Five Beginner Essential Oils You Have To Buy

1. Peppermint: Can be used as a diffuser and helps in concentration. It also helps clear up your sinuses if you put it in the diffuser with a bit of frankincense and water. Mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut will calm an upset stomach. After a long day, your feet can soak in a tub of water with essential peppermint oil. You can spray them to avoid spiders and for freshening a room, cupboard or clothes.

2. Oregano: Can be used for painless wart removal. Taking several drops of this oil in a capsule boosts your immune system and might fight off the cold and flu. You can also use it as a spot treatment for acne with diluting it in water. Oregano is one of the most powerful anti-fungal herbs and can heal UTI and yeast infections.

3. Tea Tree Oil: Can provide relief from razor burns and also a good treatment for acne. It helps soothe your skin, so you can use it as an ingredient in your lotions and creams. Works great as a laundry freshener. You can use ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of vinegar with a few drops of tea tree essential oil to clean any surface. It also helps boost immune support, just use it in a diffuser or on the bottoms of your feet.

4. Lemon: You can add a few drops in your water and drink it, but some essential oils cannot be consumed. So while choosing this make sure, that this can be used internally from whichever store you purchase from. Lemon’s detoxification properties are great both internally and externally. Helps calm down nerves, boosts moods, curbs anxiety and freshens your mouth. You can also use behind your ears on wrist as a perfume.

5. Lavender: It is known for its legendary calming properties, so spritz some on your pillows and bed sheets for a good night’s sleep. You can also put it on the back of the kid’s necks at night to help them calm down and sleep well. It can help soothe sore throat, just rub it externally-wherever you feel pain. For mild burns, apply lavender essential oil to get immediate relief. Ear aches can be combated by mixing some lavender oil with olive oil and applying it outside the ear.

 

By Rachelle Chandraan

 

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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129 comments
RandyHung
RandyHung 5pts

I have had issues with asthma my whole life and a friend of mine recently got me a gift of some essential oils from Healing Solutions. I was a bit skeptical at first, I told her that I would give it a shot and try them. After a couple of months, I have to say that I am now an advocate of using these oils to help with asthma related issues.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Anindita Kar Refer to the link! :)

Ana Luisa Estay Escuti
Ana Luisa Estay Escuti 5pts

Thank you it is very clearly expressed the use of Essential Oils where can i buy these oil ? I live in the Canay Islands Spain

bananakay1
bananakay1 5pts

Hi Ana,

I sent you a private message on FB but it landed in your other folder. I can assist you with your questions about essential oils.


Randa

Lauren Borszczowskyj
Lauren Borszczowskyj 5pts

I thought lavender would have been at the top of the list Helen Rooney! Still....nothing beats tea tree tipped all over your bed \U0001f605\U0001f602\U0001f61c\U0001f618

Emi Ito
Emi Ito 5pts

See? Peppermint is also good. We can use it as mosquito repellant.

Donna Smith Caton
Donna Smith Caton 5pts

I love essential oils and have been using them for many years.

Sarah Ludwick
Sarah Ludwick 5pts

Lavender, tea tree, peppermint, clove and rose geranium

Kimberly Renae
Kimberly Renae 5pts

Instead of buying new ones, how about focusing on the ones I already have which are pine, lime and lavender. Would love to see a comprehensive list of oils and their uses. More beneficial. ;)

Ravi Luchoo
Ravi Luchoo 5pts

need more research on this subject matter

Kimberly Renae
Kimberly Renae 5pts

Instead of buying new ones, how about I focus on the ones I already have which are pine, lime and lavender. Would love to see a comprehensive list of oils and their uses. More beneficial. ;)

Nancy Pepper
Nancy Pepper 5pts

Seems that Young Living oils can be ingested.

Holly Fryman
Holly Fryman 5pts

But Betty, there are indeed "therapeutic" grade oils out there. I am currently using them & ingesting them & have had amazing results. I will not use this forum to market what I use. I merely want to let others know that if they do a LOT of research ( do not trust these overnight companies that are supposedly "giving away" essential oils thru FB), they can find pure 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Anyone may feel free to PM me if you do want more info.

Lisa Kimberly
Lisa Kimberly 5pts

"Currently, there are no medicines that are capable of breaking the blood/brain barrier, but essential oils can do this. There are no medicines that can infiltrate a cell to cure a virus, but essential oils can."Uh, not true. Avastin is currently being used for brain cancer patients.

Betty Frey
Betty Frey 5pts

there is no such thing as therapeutic grade oils. that is simply a trademark name. there is no agency that grades oils. it's, in my opinion, deceiving. Oils are not supplements.