1. LAVENDER // lavandula angustifolia
This oil has a soft scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. It's perfect for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products. It is one of the most popular oils. Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home. It can be applied topically, taken internally, or diffused aromatically. This is a "do-all" oil: it supports emotional health, it's calming, it aids healthy sleeping habits, and it even speeds healing of cuts and scrapes.
2. Frankincense // boswellia carterii
This oil dates back to ancient times and played an important role in the daily lives of Ancient Egypt, Persian, Hebrew, Greek and Roman civilizations. It was “used to treat every conceivable illness known to man” and was more valuable than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.
Frankincense essential oil is a "must-have" because it supports emotional balance and grounding, the immune and nervous systems, and the skin. It can also help in meditation and prayer, as it helps to quiet the mind. It can be used aromatically, topically and internally, doesn’t require dilution for adults and it is safe for all ages.
3. Lemon // citrus x limon
This is one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand and can be used as teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash and household cleaner. This oil is energizing, a flavor enhancer, helps with circulatory support, and boosts the nervous system. The real question should be "what doesn't this oil support?"
In fact, here's a simple trick: trying to drink more water? Adding lemon* to your water can will improve its flavor, balance your pH, and ultimately may motivate you to increase your water intake.
*I recommend consuming oils that are GRAS, Generally Regarded As Safe. Young Living Essential Oils has a vitality line that are able to be consumed internally.
4. Tea Tree // melaleuca alternifolia
Well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds, tea tree oil can be used for skin health, healthy hair, teeth whitening, insect bites, natural deodorant, and so much more. Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.
5. Peppermint // mentha × piperita
Pleasantly suitable for an abundance of oral and topical uses and antimicrobial properties, peppermint may be the most versatile essential oil in the world (along with lavender.) Literally, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help. Peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin and a calming effect on the body, which helps to relive sore or tense muscles. It also has antimicrobial properties so it can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.
Bonus! Stress Away (A Young Living Essential Oils Proprietary Blend)
This oil is a pre-made blend of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocetea, and Lavender. People call this oil a "Vacation in a Bottle" due to the tropical scent. It can be used aromatically and topically. Dilution isn't required, and the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living happens to come with an AromaGlide roller filament that you can pop right into the bottle for easy application when moments of stress arise.
I hope this short guide to the most essential oils has helped you get a little more acquainted with essential oils and how they can be so beneficial for whole body health and wellness. This is the first post of many on the subject. Next week will be oils for LOVE.
Megan DiGesare is an Essential Oil Educator with Young Living Essential Oils based out of Palm Beach County, Florida, who was raised on holistic medicine from a young age. She loves to incorporate her oils in different ways throughout all aspects of her life and wants to show the world that Essential Oils are for everyone. When she isn't shouting her love for oils from the rooftops you can find her traveling, dining out at the newest restaurant in town, or spending time with friends and family. Find her online at @thefutureisoils.
DISCLAIMER: Information in this post is meant for informational and educational purposes only and to motivate you to make our own health care and dietary decisions based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. The information or products discussed in this class are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Statements made in this class have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.