7 Must Have Essential Oils For Aromatherapy Use
Some of you have asked how to get started using essential oils. Which oils should you have on hand? Well, there are many essential oils to choose from, over 100 are readily available. You do not have to purchase all of them to get started. I suggest you start with a basic kit that contains some of the more common aromatherapy oils then add some of your favorites. Purchase small quantities and experiment with blending different oils together. Purchase one or two good books on aromatherapy to guide you. Take a class. Many are offered at health food stores, adult education classes and aromatherapy boutiques. Some of the oils to have on hand are:
Lavender: known to be calming, used for insomnia, general first aid, burns and bites. Use in baths (wonderful), massage, perfumes and inhalation.
Tea Tree: Antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal. Use for cuts, bites, dandruff and athletes foot. A must for your first aid kit . A drop may be used neat on the skin.
Eucalyptus: A must have for this time of year. May be used daily to kill cold germs in the air. Helpful for colds and sinus congestion. Use in a diffuser, inhalation and massage. Aids headaches, a digestive aid, pain killer, travel sickness. Use in massage, compress, diffuser, inhalant .
Orange: Think happy! Another basic scent. Calming, yet uplifting, blends well with the other citrus oils and Lavender. A wonderful scent for children.
Lemon: Great for cleaning your home. Fights germs and bacteria. Another refreshing citrus scent. Helps concentration.
Peppermint: Energizes, great when driving on a long trip. Use in your car diffuser. Reduces nausea and headache. Improves digestion.
Rosemary: Rosemary essential oil is fiery, aromatic and invigorating.
Known throughout history to be a very protective scent, helping to clear negative energy from one's aura and environment.