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The 6 Most Versatile Essential Oils You Can Own (You Already Have No. 2, Right?)

The 6 Most Versatile Essential Oils You Can Own (You Already Have No. 2, Right?)

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As an essential oil practitioner, there are several oils that I use more often than others. This is because these essential oils are extremely versatile, with each having multiple uses.

Here is a list of what I consider the six most versatile essential oils you can buy. Stored property, they can last several years.

1. Tea tree.

Tea tree essential oil is native to Australia and has a hot, spicy, nutmeg-like, medicinal aroma.

Tea tree was named by Captain Cook’s crew, who brewed the small, dark leaves as a tea. Its astounding healing properties were used by the Aborigines. During World War II, medics recognized its powerful germicidal and antiseptic effects.

Tea tree is a powerful antiseptic and kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is great for treating cuts, burns, chicken pox, acne, cold sores, halitosis (bad breath), insect stings, blisters, head lice and rashes. It is useful in fighting fungal and yeast infections, as well.

For household uses, tea tree can be utilized as an anti-microbial laundry freshener, insect repellent, mold remover, natural deodorant, foot deodorizer and general cleaner.

2. Lavender.

Lavender essential oil is native to Europe and Australia and has a fresh, sweet, herbaceous and floral scent.

Lavender has been used for many centuries but became popular with the Romans, who used it to scent baths and for healing.

It is used frequently in soaps, perfumes and potpourri.

Lavender essential oil has both stimulating and relaxing properties, as it calms, invigorates, refreshes and lifts the spirits. It has powerful antiseptic, analgesic and healing effects, as well.

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In aromatherapy, it is great for treating depression, stress, anxiety and insomnia. Try using it in an oil diffuser or in a hot bath.

In massage therapy, it is perfect for reducing aches and pains, including headaches. It has been used to reduce labor pains for centuries. It is ideal for healing burns, cuts, rashes, and also is used to treat dermatitis, acne and scars.

3. Peppermint.

Peppermint grows worldwide and is part of the mint family, and has a fresh, minty and menthol aroma.

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Mint was prized in Japan and China for centuries and has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1000 BC. Traditionally, people drank it as a tea or chewed the leaves to cure complaints of the stomach or to calm nerves.

Peppermint is invigorating, stimulating, refreshing, cooling and clears the head.

Peppermint essential oil is perfect for treating general aches and pains, headaches and muscular pains, since it is an analgesic and has a warming quality.

It is also good for mental fatigue, symptoms of a cold, morning sickness, indigestion, travel sickness, varicose veins, sunburn, insect bites, nausea, indigestion, PMS and menopausal hot flashes.

Use peppermint oil as a massage blend, in baths, in an oil diffuser or as a compress. A few drops on a tissue can clear your head, whether you’re suffering from a cold or mental fatigue, and also can relieve symptoms of nausea and headaches.

4. Rosemary.

Rosemary is grown in England, the Mediterranean, China and California for cultivation purposes. The oil has a fresh, green, woody and slightly minty smell.

Rosemary is ideal as an antiseptic and astringent. It is a natural analgesic and warming oil. Furthermore, it is invigorating but calming and is a great cleansing oil.

Rosemary essential oil is perfect for treating aches, pains and headaches because of its analgesic properties, and it warms the body. It also aids in increased blood circulation and reducing fluid retention. Furthermore, it is good for anxiety, nervousness, breathing problems, coughs, fatigue and as a mental pick-me-up.

Use rosemary essential oil in massage blends, hot baths and oil diffusers — or simply inhale from a tissue. It can also be used as a natural insect repellent and is safe for the garden, as well.

5. Oregano.

Oregano is an herb that is grown worldwide. Oil of oregano has a warm, sweet and spicy aroma.

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It has been used since ancient times. Hippocrates wrote extensively about oregano, praising its healing properties. The ancient Greeks used oregano oil for the treatment of wounds, headaches, the common cold, insect bites and snake bites.

Oregano oil is an antimicrobial which inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. It also has anti-viral, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Oregano essential oil has many uses. They include relief in muscle soreness, prevention of sickness, fighting infection and treating congestion or colds. It also battles psoriasis, eczema, nail fungus, ringworm, acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, arthritis, skin tags and warts.

The oil can be blended to use as a hand sanitizer, natural insect repellent, mouthwash, laundry detergent or as a natural household cleaner.

6. Helichrysum.

Helichrysum is native to the Mediterranean region, where it has been used medically for thousands of years. The oil has a strong, straw-like scent with a honey undertone.

Helichrysum has a lot of full-body benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It is also known as a natural antibiotic and analgesic.

It relieves aches, pains, headaches, symptoms of arthritis — and is anti-inflammatory. It also is a skin antibiotic and is anti-fungal. Furthermore, the oil aids in sunburn relief, acne treatment, hemorrhoid relief, liver stimulation and works to detoxify. It is a natural immune system booster, too.

Helichrysum essential oil is expensive, so it is OK to buy it already blended with a carrier oil. Once blended, the best way to use this essential oil is to massage it right onto the affected area.

As always, make sure your oils are 100 percent pure and diluted properly!

These are my most-used oils. However, I also use ─ and you might want to check out ─ lemon, geranium, clove, clary sage, thyme, frankincense, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus and wintergreen essential oils. All of these oils have tons of healthy and practical uses, as well!

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first.

What are your favorite versatile essential oils? Share your advice in the section below:        

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11 comments

  1. Since Americans have done just fine without these “Essential Oils” for more than two centuries why have they become so “Essential” to our survival in the past decade? As I see it Essential Oils are just the latest fad designed to separate people from their money and will soon go the way of Hula-Hoops and Poodle Skirts. Nothing you have posted on this subject makes me think this is anything more than QUACK Science.

    • Bill,

      I too was a skeptic. As a science based medical practitioner, I’ve been marketed by the proponents of essential oils for over twenty five years. I finally broke down and purchased a basic evaporator and some spa blends because my office was adjacent to the toilets. I expected my stodgy male clients to complain. Instead they reacted favorably. Looking deeper into the science, I was reminded that the first cranial nerve is the olfactory bulbs inside our sinus. Remember the smells that arise our most primal memories? That isn’t an accident. This is natures way to steer us away from toxins and poisonous foods and other substances. Then I learned a new word: adaptagen. Essential oils are distilled from natures plants, trees and flowers. Think how important the scent of flowers is to promoting pollination. Essential oils whether ingested or inhaled help the body to synthesize internal enzymes and proteins to adapt to existing stressors, environmental toxins and normal everyday metabolytes of cell processes. Sadly, we have not “done fine in the last two centuries” since the loss of of native herbology and medicine and the introduction of sulfa drugs. Modern synthesized pharmacology is searching the ends of the earth for “new” plant and animal essences to fabricate cures for the most intractable of human afflictions. We have an Austrian herbologist in our community who has patients travel far and wide for her care. She learned at the feet of her grandfather back in Austria where herbal medicine was never abandoned. It is the bedrock of their medical system in addition to newer pharmocological developments. They did not throw out the baby with the bath water as their medical system evolved into the twentieth and twenty first century. Your intransigence tells me that you haven’t tried essential oils. Seek out a practitioner in your area. Enter with an open mind and state your budget in advance. You may remain a skeptic but you cannot remain unaffected by the therapeutic effects of the oils. Try the tee tree oil for your nail fungus, your wife will thank you!

    • I use Eucalyptus, peppermint, cedarwood, and rosemary beside me as I visit my daily sites on internet.
      I haven’t had sinus issues since I started this. So, this fad saves me pain and headaches.

  2. I love essential oils. And I do believe they are indeed ESSENTIAL to have available for a WIDE variety of health concerns. I am Quite happy to have a short concise summary of what you provided. I will be sharing this information with a number of friends & family. Thanks you

  3. Bill, this is just my opinion, so here goes nothing. I just started using a couple of essential oils this year , and have found them to be pretty effective. I’m 58, level headed, but open minded and I’m starting to be more careful about what I’m putting in to my body when I’m ill or have a problem. Essential oils have been around for centuries, but not “prescibed” by doctors or put out in mainstream publishing .Why ? Because the health care field doesn’t keep ANY money if the consumer is spending cash on essential oils vs medications. It’s comes down to money, money, money !! This year I used 2 essential oils for 2 issues that I’ve been fighting forever with limited success. I’ve had horrible insomnia for over 20 years and tried everything, even doctor prescribed sleep meds with so so results. I started using lavender oil (mixed with coconut oil) before bedtime, I sleep much better now ! If I do wake up around 3am ( my main problem) I just rub a little more on my neck and Zzzzzzz Zzzzzzz. Much better than overpriced, expensive “sleep aids” , and I know what I’m putting in MY body. 2nd problem ? A nail fungus. I’ve tried everything on the market for years , nothing was working. I started using Tea Tree oil and taking Biotin, the problem is almost gone. Essential oils are not “QUACK science” they are just not as well known as traditional medication. Im also saving a ton of money as Essential oils are very cost effective. Think about it, our great grandparents and the native americans used meds made from tree bark, flowers, etc not doctor prescribed “meds” for centuries. With all due respect, you might want to read up on essential oils more, and then decide where you want YOUR money to go, and what you want to put in YOUR body. Have a good day !

  4. Essential oils are natural and cannot be patented. Pharmaceutical companies spend tens of millions of dollars trying to isolate, synthetically reproduce, and patent the therapeutic molecules in essential oils. Then charge a fortune. I’ll stick with what God created.

  5. Bill, the reason they’re called ‘essential’ oils is because they contain the essence of the plant they’re distilled or extracted from!

  6. Hands down, for me it’s Thieves by Young Living. It works! I know, the name is a turnoff, but try the oil. You’ll be glad you did. I used to have many oils, but as U finished each one, I just replaced it with Thieves.

    • I have been using essential oils for years and would never want to be without them. Tea Tree for minor cuts, peppermint with tea tree in homemade deodorant, room freshener, add citronella and water and you have natural insect repellent. It is cheaper to make your own Thieves oil if you buy the oils in bulk (4oz. or 8 oz. bottles).
      The Thieves oil recipe I use is:
      40 drops clove eo,
      35 drops lemon eo,
      20 drops cinnamon eo,
      15 drops eucalyptus eo, and
      10 drops rosemary eo. Usually I double the recipe.
      Makes a great room spray when mixed with about 30 drops Thieves and 4 oz. water and a splash of witch hazel, or just plain water.

  7. nice information..Issue is that pure herbs are really hard to find now…

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