Herbal oils have long been associated with aromatherapy, even though they have more uses than just helping you relax or making your skin smell better. Herbal oils have been used since the beginning of time to treat a variety of symptoms and health issues, but they can be used around the house as well.
Herbal oils are captured from plats in a way that preserves their scents, as well as beneficial health properties. If you are looking to get some herbal oils, but don’t know where to start, we have a list of 8 oils that should never miss from your home.
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Lavender oil has been used for many centuries and is one of the most versatile herbal oils to have around. You can use it for various purposes, either for therapeutic purposes or around the house. When it comes to therapeutic uses, lavender oil can be used to treat skin rashes, acne, insect bites and minor burns.
You can add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath, to help you relax and get some good sleep, or add it to a steam inhale to clear your sinuses. Lavender oil can also be combined with baking soda and water to create a natural deodorant. You can also add a few drops to a sachet of dried flowers and place them inside your closet to keep moths away.
Peppermint tea is a very popular way to treat nausea or an upset stomach, but peppermint oil has even more powerful benefits. Massaging it on your abdomen along with a carrier oil can help with stomach cramps and queasiness while using it on your chest and throat will help calm coughs and bronchial congestion.
Peppermint oil can also be used around the house to eliminate odors. Simply spray a diluted peppermint oil mix onto shoes to eliminate bad smells or add it to your floor-washing water to make your entire house smell fresh. A few drops of peppermint oil around cracks or openings in the walls can help keep spiders and rodents away, as the scent is unbearable to them.
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The calming properties of the chamomile plant have been known since ancient Rome when they often used chamomile tea to ease off the nerves. In topical use, chamomile oil can help treat dry skin, dermatitis, acne, bee stings, as well as cuts and bruises. Chamomile oil can also be used to help ease off stress, anxiety and various PMS symptoms.
Around the house, chamomile oil can be good against mites and fleas by dribbling a few drops near doors and windows.
CBD oil has been the talk of the town recently, especially since a number of studies revealed its potential in treating a number of issues, including depression, anxiety, inflammation, and pain. Hemp oil can be used either sublingually, for faster absorption into the bloodstream, as well as in other forms. To treat localized pain, CBD-infused topicals are a much better option, as they act locally.
CBD can also be inhaled either by adding CBD oil to a vaporizing pen or smoking CBD hemp flower. For those of you worried, no, CBD oil and hemp buds are not psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you a “high” feeling.
Jasmine oil is predominantly used in aromatherapy for its sweet scent and health benefits. Jasmine oil is often used as a natural remedy to treat stress, anxiety, menstrual cramps, and fatigue. It is also known to act as a powerful aphrodisiac, together with ylang-ylang.
You can use jasmine oil either in a diffuser, inhale the aroma, or by mixing it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and use it for massages. It is also believed to have antiseptic properties, with a study revealing it can help fight bacteria such as E. coli, candida or L. casei. It can also be used as a rinse to treat oral infections.
The peel of the grapefruit has a fresh scent and makes for a popular oil to be used around the house. You can use it to treat oily skin and hair, acne, tension headaches, and even cellulite, by simply massaging it to the needed areas.
At home, grapefruit oil can be used to make antibacterial cleaning sprays, as well as blend it with aloe gel to create an antimicrobial hand sanitizer. If you want your clothes to smell fresh, simply add a few drops to a piece of fabric and place it in the dryer. It will give your laundry a nice citrusy scent, without having to use products that can contain harmful chemicals.
Rose oil can be used to help reduce anxiety, as some studies show, but it has a number of other benefits as well. Because it has antioxidant properties, rose oil can also be used to treat anxiety and improve skin complexion, some even saying it even helps reduce wrinkles, giving those who use it a younger look.
Adding a few drops of rose oil to your bath or massaging it into the skin can improve sleep quality and help with insomnia. Rose oil can also help aid menstrual cramps and pain, especially when combined with lavender, cinnamon and clove oil. You can either apply it onto the skin or use an aromatherapy diffuser to inhale it.
Everybody recognizes eucalyptus because of its powerful smell, but few know of its health benefits. Eucalyptus is useful in alleviating chest congestions, as well as asthma attacks and fibromyalgia pain. You can either blend it with other oils or use it to make a salve and use locally.
Eucalyptus also has disinfectant properties, which makes it ideal to have around the house. You can spray it in your kitchen or bathroom by combining it with water, to eliminate germs, or use it with a diffuser to spread the scent everywhere around the house and eliminate odors.