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Basic Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Updated on November 28, 2011

Purchasing pure essential oils can tend to be costly.

The redeeming quality of the expense is the fact that a few drops will go a long way; this is the trait that makes the cost completely justifiable.

When you first begin your journey into aromatherapy, you might want to look for the basic essential oils to stock up on.

The following is a list is the most widely used essential oils, and it will give you a good base with which to start.

**make sure that they the oils you purchase are pure, and also be sure to thoroughly read the labels and adhere to all recommended usage guidelines and warnings.

Lavender is the essential oil that is most widely used.It can be used on skin abrasions, insect bites, burns, and eczema.

Chamomile (German) is commonly added to bath water and massage oil compositions.It is also used to lower body temperature in the event of a fever, while simultaneously ridding the body of harmful bacteria.

Chamomile (Roman) is used to calm the mind and body of mental and physical stress.

Rosemary (Verbenon) is another essential oil that is widely used as a skin care agent. It works to rejuvenate cell regeneration.It is also good for sore muscles and joints.

Eucalyptus (radiata)is known for its antiviral properties and it is also used as an expectorant.You can use eucalyptus as a topical agent in order to soothe the pains from arthritis, and muscle stress.

Peppermint can provide relief for nausea when a drop is placed on the tongue.It has also been shown to be effective at relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Tea Tree is yet another oil with antiviral, and antifungal properties, it also has antibacterial properties as well.It is used as a topical agent for the healing of wounds, treatment of acne, and it is commonly used as a light oil sheen for black hair.

Ginger is commonly known to relieve digestive disturbances, such as gas and diarrhea.When combined with cardamom, ginger can be used externally as a stomach pack to reduce abdominal cramps and pain.

Thyme has considerable antibiotic properties.It is used to treat urinary infections, and eliminate Candida.Thyme is not to be utilized for daily usage.

Mandarin has calming effects and a well-liked scent, and it is widely used to calm anxiety when used with a diffuser.

Everlast is regularly used by skin care professionals to lessen the appearance of scars.It is an anti-inflammatory agent that is widely used to prevent swelling after bruises and sports injuries.It is important to remember that it is always to be utilized in dilutions of 2% or less.

Gernaium is highly fragrant oil that has antiviral and antifungal properties.It is gentle for topical uses, and it is commonly used as an additive to essential oil compositions to give them an extra layer of fragrance and body.

Neroli is generally mixed with a carrier oil to be used in perfumes or body sprays.It will also ease tension, anxiety, and discomfort from menopause.

Niaouli has antibiotic and antifungal properties.It also calms respiratory allergies, and it is used to balance oily skin.It has also known to help with non-acute hemorrhoids.


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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Loved it! I always carry lavender and peppermint oil with me at all times, as a matter of fact, I'm drinking peppermint tea made with the oil as we speak. Some how I never really got to those other oils. I just use the tea leaves of most of these, but now I must get the oils, especially the Eucalyptus oil. Thanks for this very well put together hub. Voted up,m useful, awesome, interesting.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I'm gon'na get some mandarin. Thanks for the knowledge. Great hub.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thank you for the very useful explanation. I never got past lavender, so now I have a research base. Voted up! Useful, interesting and just plain AWESOME!