I put together this short and snappy list of essential oils and their uses in response to several requests from readers.
There are so many different essential oils, each with their own uses and benefits. This list of essential oils and their uses focuses on some of the more popular oils.
Here’s the list of essential oils covered in this article. The write-ups are listed in the same order to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.
If you want to see any other oil featured here in this list of essential oils and uses, do let me know through the comments below.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, reduce stress levels, unwind, relax and get better sleep. To unwind and relax when you are feeling particularly anxious or stressed, add a few drops of lavender oil into a warm bath. As you inhale the aroma of lavender, you will begin to feel the stress leave your body and you will feel increasingly more relaxed.
In order to get a good night’s sleep, you can either add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser that is placed on your bedside table or add a few drops directly onto your pillow. Inhaling the soothing lavender aroma will lull you to sleep gently and also help you stay asleep longer.
Lavender essential oil is also used to help fight the flu, migraines, and colds and soothe insect bites. Put a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale to get the flu-fighting benefits of the oil. For soothing insect bites, gently rub the area with a few drops of lavender mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil.
Blending a drop of lavender oil with your cream or lotion before applying to your skin, acts as a natural deodorant while at the same time allowing you to enjoy the many benefits of lavender essential oil.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
If you had to choose just one essential oil from the numerous options available, tea tree oil would be a great choice. It is just as popular and useful as lavender essential oil.
Tea tree oil is best known for fighting infections, and for reducing acne outbreaks and acne scars. My teenage son used tea tree oil for his acne and it helped tremendously. Not only did he have fewer outbreaks but he is now totally scar-free, thanks to tea tree oil. It works! Try it.
Of course, there are numerous other healing properties of tea tree. It heals a number of skin conditions, cuts and burns, it boosts the immune system, treats cold sores, and muscle aches. Never use tea tree or any other essential oil for deep cuts or gaping wounds. These should be attended to by a qualified doctor to minimize the risk of infection.
Tea tree oil can also be used to treat respiratory conditions. Tea Tree oil can be applied directly to the skin when blended with a carrier oil, added to bathwater, and/or inhaled.
Although tea tree is not toxic, care should be taken not to use it around the nose and eyes. It should not be taken internally.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is the most popular of the mint oil varieties.
Peppermint oil is the best essential oil to reach out for when you want better focus and to be more alert, Whenever you feel that you’re starting to lose focus, just a whiff of peppermint can get you back on track. There’s a good reason why most chewing gum have a peppermint flavor. Once you smell this essential oil, you will instantly be refreshed and find it easier to focus.
This oil is mostly used to enhance mental alertness, and is also often used to combat irritation and allergies, and aid digestion.
Be cautious when applying peppermint oil and avoid applying anywhere your eyes
Chamomile Essential Oil
Drinking a cup of chamomile tea during a cold winter’s day is always relaxing. However, if you want to truly take some time to unwind, then you need to start using chamomile essential oil. This essential oil is used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, and mood lifter.
It can be used in a diffuser, steam therapy or a few drops in a bath, on a pillow or a handkerchief placed in a purse or pocket. You can blend it with massage oils or mix it with certain creams and lotions.
Caution about using chamomile essential oil – This oil should not be used if you are allergic to ragweed. If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, make sure to ask your doctor before you use chamomile oil for any purpose.
Lemon Essential Oil
It may not surprise you that lemon oil is one of the most popular essential oils on the market, considering the clean smell this fruit is known for.
This essential oil aids in digestion, improves concentration, and eases the symptoms of arthritis and acne. It is also a powerful natural immunity booster.
If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, you can simply add a few drops of lemon oil to your diffuser or vaporizer.
To boost your immune system, include a few drops in your bathwater and soak it in for a few minutes.
Caution when using lemon essential oil – You should not use this oil immediately before going out in the sun.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-Ylang is often used for reducing stress and anxiety, soothing headaches, alleviating nausea, lowering high blood pressure, stimulating hair growth, fighting intestinal problems, and reducing the effects of certain skin conditions. To get the health benefits of ylang ylang for any of the above purposes, simply add a few drops into your diffuser and inhale the dispersed vapors.
The strong, unmistakable scent of ylang ylang essential oil serves as a potent aphrodisiac. If you’re planning a romantic bath with your significant other, adding a few drops of ylang ylang oil into the bath water will arouse and enhance your sensual feelings.
Another way to enjoy the aphrodisiac properties of ylang ylang is by giving your partner a sensual massage using a carrier oil blended with a few drops of ylang ylang.
Rosemary Essential Oil
If you’re feeling stressed out and finding it difficult to stay focus, adding a few drops of rosemary oil to your bathwater or diffuser will help you relax and focus. This essential oil can enhance memory and improve overall brain performance.
You can also use rosemary oil to soothe cramping muscles, migraines, and headaches. If you’re suffering from certain skin issues, you can benefit from using this essential oil.
Caution when using rosemary essential oil – Rosemary oil is noted for being one of the strongest essential oils, which is why pregnant women, as well as individuals with high blood pressure or epilepsy should avoid using it.
Jasmine Essential Oil
With its soothing and pleasant, it comes as no surprise that jasmine essential oil is best known for its relaxing properties. It isn’t easy to make jasmine oil, which is the main reason why it’s one of the most expensive oils available.
Jasmine essential oil can be used to relieve mild depression, reduce tension and ease respiratory problems. It is often used combined with lavender, geranium and rose essential oils.
This oil is also often used as a great home air freshener.
Caution when using jasmine oil – Pregnant women should avoid using this essential oil.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium is another excellent essential oil you can use on a regular basis.
Geranium essential oil is often used to counter PMS and hormonal imbalance. Add a few drops to your bath to relieving uncomfortable PMS symptoms.
It can also be used to ease nerve pain.
Geranium can be used as an aromatherapy oil in a diffuser, in the bath or added to different body products.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is an essential oil made from the Juniperus Virginiana tree that’s been around since the time of ancient Egyptians. In fact, this is believed to be one of the first essential oils ever extracted.
You can mix Cedarwood oil with facial creams or massage oil, and you can also add a few drops to your diffuser or vaporizer to get the benefits of this essential oil.
Cedarwood is best known for helping alleviate anxiety and stress.
It can also aid respiratory problems and ease urinary tract infections.
Note that this oil is a skin irritant and must be diluted with a carrier oil, like almond, jojoba or avocado oil before applying to the skin.
Marjoram Essential Oil
If you’re suffering from anxiety problems or dealing with hyperactivity issues, then you should add a few drops of marjoram oil to your vaporizer or diffuser.
In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, this essential oil also helps combat depression and fatigue. Not to mention that it alleviates circulatory and respiratory issues as well.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood is best known for alleviating chest pain. It can also be used to relieve tension. It’s worth noting that sandalwood also has anti-inflammatory properties and that it hydrates the skin.
Due to its particularly woody fragrance, it’s incredibly easy to recognize the smell of sandalwood. This is one of the more expensive essential oils because it is extracted only when a tree reaches maturity. However, if you can afford it, then you should definitely purchase it, as it offers numerous health benefits.
Only the more popular oils feature in this list of essential oils and their uses. There are several more essential oils and even more ways that you can use them.
The best way to maximize the benefits of different essential oils is to experiment with your own blends in a diffuser.