Anyone who is not familiar with the ins and outs of aromatherapy might have no idea why on earth they would need to have essential oils around their home. If this sounds like you then you might be surprised to find out the many ways that these aromatic essences can benefit the health, mood, and lifestyle of not just you but everyone in your home. Maybe you already have an interest in the ancient practice of aromatherapy but are not sure where to start? However experienced or interested you are, keep on reading to discover our choices for the top five essential oils every home should have and the numerous uses each of them has to offer.
The oil extracted from the lavender plant using steam distillation has played a part in the health and cosmetic practices of cultures around the world for centuries. To this day, this traditional fragrant extract is used as a cleaning product, perfume, medicine, and relaxant in many homes. You might have heard about how a few drops of lavender oil placed on a pillow at night can help induce a regular pattern of deep, invigorating sleep and how the calming scent of the plant can reduce the effects of stress, depression, pain, and tension. If all of these incredible benefits aren’t reason enough to keep your cupboards stocked with lavender then how about the many lesser known, quirkier benefits of the purple plant? If every time the summer rolls around your home becomes plagued with unwelcome creepy crawly guests then try a few squirts of lavender around the house as this works as a repellent for mosquitoes, ants, midges, and moths. Another unusual use is as a cure for acne. Many dermatologists make use of this essential oil when treating the illness and healing the scars it leaves behind. Other uses include treatment for respiratory disorders, urine problems, and blood circulation.
Health and beauty fanatics often keep tea tree oil in the house at all times. Thanks to its many benefits, affordability, and easiness to obtain this really is one of the most essential of all the essential oils. The natural antiseptic and antifungal properties of tea tree mean that it works wonderfully as a cleaning and healing agent. Treat bodily problems like sunburn, skin tags, skin infections, acne, and fungal nail issues by rubbing some tea tree oil across the affected area. Alternatively, if it’s your home and not your health which is in need of a spruce up fill a spray-nozzle bottle with water and a few drops of the oil and you will find that it works excellently as a cleaner of all types of surfaces. Once you’ve made full use of your tea tree extract you will find that your skin and your home are glowing.
The distilled oil extracted from dry eucalyptus leaves is immediately recognisable among aromatherapy enthusiasts thanks to its exotic, sweet scent. There are many different reasons to keep this essential essence around your home. One of the best known uses of eucalyptus is pain relief; it can help to soothe the pain and discomfort of a wide variety of ailments. It can also help to cure and relieve the symptoms of respiratory and sinus issues such as excess mucus, chesty coughs, asthma, bronchitis, chest infections, and sinus inflammation. In addition to these health benefits, eucalyptus is commonly used in cosmetic products thanks to its appealing aroma. The oil can work wonderfully in mouthwashes and toothpaste, as well as being a great addition to moisturiser and hair care products.
You might be used to popping peppermint as a breath freshener throughout the day, but are you aware of the many healthy properties that this minty extract boasts? Peppermint is a traditional healing agent, particularly for stomach and bowel complaints, and it has even been found in the pyramids of ancient Egyptian royalty dating all the way back to 1,000 BC. One of the most common uses for the oil is as a helpful treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. If you suffer from this common uncomfortable complaint then take a few oil capsules and you will certainly discover the power of peppermint. Plenty of other gastrointestinal issues can be greatly relieved with the help of peppermint, which is viewed as a healthy and natural (but equally powerful) alternative to the medicine Buscopan. A study in the year 2000 showed that 67% of participants suffering from the digestive disorder dyspepsia reported that their symptoms “very much improved” after taking peppermint oil.
Lemongrass is a perennial plant, recognisable for its long leaves and perhaps best known as a common ingredient in many traditional South and East Asian dishes. Keep this essential oil around your home and you’re sure to appreciate its sweet citrusy scent as well as its health and hygienic properties. This aromatic healing agent can be used to boost digestion and ease symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, heartburn, and stomach cramps. Taking lemongrass oil capsules can also prove beneficial for high cholesterol sufferers as well as anyone under the weather with a cold or flu. The oil is jam packed with vitamin C which works effectively to boost the immune system and flush out the common cold. Lemongrass can also ease the pain of joints and muscle aches which are a common side effect of the illness.