We spend a lot of money on buying beauty products, new whitening creams, de-stressing tea and a whole range of products that promise us beauty, relaxation and spiritual healing. So why not get a little luxury while at it? Essential oils are the natural, chemical-free alternatives to everything from traditional cosmetics to potentially toxic fragrances. But they can do much more than make you smell good.
Here are 10 essential oils and their uses that you must familiarize yourself with.
Lemon essential oil:
I know! Using oil to stop oil production may sound counterproductive; but wait till you hear this. Just one drop of lemon essential oil rubbed on the problem area (skin or scalp) can reduce the oil production considerably.
Lavender essential oil:
This one’s a great moisturizer. Simply rub it on dry skin and watch that area stay moisturized all day. It’s also a great scar reducer; so that’s good news for women who have blemishes and stretch marks.
Peppermint essential oil:
Peppermint essential oil is best for people who are looking for a soothing and calming effect. Inhaling its scent will soothe your nerves and an upset stomach. A drop in your morning tea every day will cure all stomach problems and regulate easy digestion. Smelling peppermint oil also keeps hunger pangs at bay. So keep a tiny bottle in your purse always.
Rosemary essential oil:
If you have a dandruff problem this might just be your new best friend. Massaging a few drops of rosemary oil on your scalp 30 minutes before taking a shower can reduce the flakes. Add a few drops to a clarifying shampoo which is detergent and sulfate-free, and use it thrice a week for best results.
Rose otto essential oil:
If you’d try anything to get rid of PMS, then give this a shot. A few drops of Rose otto mixed with any carrier oil (like olive oil or coconut oil) make for a good massage-able to ease monthly pains.
Cedar wood essential oil:
Cedar wood essential oil is known to be healing and soothing. Good for arthritis patients, it soothes sore muscles and eases musculoskeletal pains. A few drops in your bath water can also alleviate kidney problems and urinary tract infections.
Jasmine essential oil:
This oil is completely a feel-good one. Inhaling a few drops of lavender oil added to a diffuser will chase away depression and calm your nerves. For the naughty ones, inhaling the scent of jasmine is known to improve the libido of both men and women!
Tea tree oil:
Acne, dandruff, skin ailments… you name it, tea tree oil can cure it! Add a few drops to your normal moisturizer, or mix with any carrier oil and apply it to problem areas.
Geranium essential oil:
Cellulite be gone! Mix some geranium essential oil with a light carrier oil and massage it on your problem areas to reduce ugly cellulite.
Chamomile essential oil:
It is well known that chamomile tea induces sleep, so it’s only natural that chamomile essential oil should do the same. Add a few drops to a warm bath to get rid of that insomnia.
Remember, most essential oils are a bit too concentrated; so it’s always safer to use them with carrier oils.