Making the decision to live a healthy live is easy, but following up on it can be a bit tough.
Thankfully, some of these essential oils are like having an extra friend helping you where you need it most.
Here’s a list of the 7 Best Essential Oils and how to use them:
1. Lavender Essential Oil
This calming, relaxing essential oil is perfect for helping your mind relax and dropping your energy levels for a good snooze.
A good night’s sleep is often overlooked, but it’s arguably the most important aspect of health. Sleep allows your brain and body to decompress, heal and regenerate to become a better and more relaxed version of yourself.
Eight hours of sleep is the standard for a good night’s sleep (1), but getting into the deep restorative sleep is what dictates the quality of your rest. If you have a poor eight hours of sleep, you’ve essentially just had ⅓ of a bad day before you even woke up!
If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, add lavender essential oil into your nightly routine. Simple apply 1 drop topically or place in a diffuser for an aromatic ambience. Applying lavender essential oil to the bottom of your feet and pillow is also a method commonly used to fall asleep.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil can be one of the greatest assets for people looking to lose weight and curb appetites.
One of the largest difficulties for people looking to lose weight is the incessant desire to snack on small things (2). As you probably know, those small snacks add up.
Enter peppermint essential oil. Peppermint is renowned for its ability to support digestion (3), boost energy, improve focus, and relieve muscle pain.
Simply apply a drop or two topically or drop into a diffuser and allow the scent to do its magic.
3. Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential is incredibly helpful for improving digestion (4), reducing inflammation, relieving nausea, and supporting your joints.
Your body goes through a lot on a daily basis. Everything from frequent exercise to even sitting down taxes your body. With its ability to reduce inflammation, ginger essential oil (5) gives your body an extra hand to focus on healing and feeling better.
4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is popularly known for its pleasant smell, but it’s also a powerful aide for those with respiratory issues (6) caused by allergies or conditions like bronchitis. Eucalyptus largely owes its antispasmodic, decongestant, and expectorant properties to a compound called cineole, which helps to ease coughs and combat upper respiratory issues.
It’s ability to improve breathing and create a healthy ambiance is why eucalyptus is often used at spas and massage parlors. If you’re often in situations where there is dirty, dust, or pollen around, you will likely see huge improvements from occasionally using eucalyptus essential oil.
To use, place a few drops in a diffuser and allow the aroma to cleanse your breathing.
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense has been around for thousands of years, mostly in religious and spiritual settings. Its benefits include brain support, building immunity to viruses, reducing inflammation and it could even help the body fight serious diseases (7).
Those benefits aside, frankincense (8) is very good at putting people in an introspective and contemplative mood. This mood is very conducive for meditation, which is a very helpful way to reduce stress levels. The high and low level stress we accumulate in our days can cause havoc to our health, so the more ways you find to reduce it the better off you will be.
6. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil (9) can be used for everything from cleaning products to cleansing your body.
The health benefits are twofold:
By substituting lemon essential oil for some of the traditional cleaning products from your environment, you will allow your body to respond positively to its environment (10).
By consuming a drop or two of lemon essential oil in a glass of water a day, you will give your lymphs an extra hand in draining and cleaning your body of impurities (11).
7. Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh is an appropriate oil to close out our list because it just makes you feel and look good. Myrrh is naturally anti-septic, helps to support your skin (12), and keep your hormones balanced.
This historic essential oil dates back to the Biblical days, and has been long used for its pleasant fragrance and ability to relieve skin infections (13). Simply apply a drop or two topically anywhere on your body to reduce anything from acne to athlete’s foot.
These seven essential oils will help you kickstart your journey to health. Keep in mind that these are only a handful of essential oils and there are many more with many more healthy properties. Make use of them and reduce the risk of a myriad of unpleasant conditions and get yourself to a point of always feeling good.