The Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Indians and Egyptians have used essential oils for thousands of years for everything from their skincare to therapeutic properties. In recent years, these oils have moved to the mainstream with many looking for more natural remedies. Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds that are extracted from flowers, fruits, plants or trees. From relieving a headache, zapping a pimple and lowering stress levels, here is a primer on the benefits of 10 common essential oils.
Note: Most essential oils should not be applied directly to skin but to a carrier oil, such as coconut. Be sure to consult a health care practitioner and read the instructions.
Try it: Quell queasiness by rubbing some ginger oil on the affected area.
Try it: Use a mix of peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender for headaches. Try Saje’s peppermint halo roller, which has a mix of warming and cooling actions that relieve the pounding. Apply to scalp for migraines.
Try it: Apply a few drops to your moisturizer.
Try it: Add a few drops to the tongue several times a week.
Try it: Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale.
Try it: Inhale a few drops when you need a memory boost.
Try it: Add a few drops to a bath or to your pillow at bedtime.
Try it: Dilute a few drops and use it to clear up a pimple. Or, add a few drops to your shampoo to help with dandruff.
Try it: Add a couple of drops to a diffuser and breathe in.
Try it: Diffuse it, or add a few drops to a towel or to your bed.