What are the Uses of The Most Popular Oils?
Whilst many oils share properties, certain oils are used specifically for certain treatments. Below is a list of the most common essential oils and how they are generally used:
- Basil - clear, sweet and slightly spicy it is used to sharpen concentration, help with depression and soothe headaches and migraines.
- Bergamot - an excellent insect repellent that also aids urinary and digestive problems. Good for stress-related skin complaints.
- Black pepper - a spicy and sharp aroma used to stimulate the circulation and to help with muscular aches and pains. It can also be used topically for the treatment of bruises as it stimulates blood flow.
- Citronella - an oil derived from lemongrass used in insect repellent.
- Clove - a topical analgesic used in dentistry, it also has antiseptic properties and is used to treat muscle spasm, trapped wind (flatulence) and nausea.
- Eucalyptus - an oil often combined with peppermint to treat respiratory problems associated with cold or flu.
- Geranium - an astringent, antiseptic and diuretic that is one of the most popular oils available.
- Jasmine - an oil used as an aphrodisiac.
- Lavender - a soothing aroma used in the treatment of cuts and burns, headaches and migraines and to relax.
- Lemon - a citrus aroma used to calm and relax and sharpen concentration.
- Rose - used as an aphrodisiac.
- Sandalwood - an oil used as an aphrodisiac.
- Tea tree - an oil with topical properties to treat bacteria, microbes, fungi, viruses and parasites - useful for disinfection.
- Thyme - a fresh, medicinal and herbaceous aroma used to treat arthritis, skin complaints, cold and 'flu symptoms and poor circulation.
- Yarrow - an oil used to reduce joint inflammation and cold and 'flu symptoms.
- Ylang-ylang - used as an aphrodisiac.
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