10 Top Essential Oils for your Natural Health Kit

When you build an essential oil basic care kit, you'll have holistic and natural solutions for a variety of purposes like natural skin care, home cleaning, first aid, stress relief, and gardening.

There are hundreds of essential oils to choose from, but if I had to pick the top 10 essential oils that I've found the most useful and have a range of purpose, I would recommend: lavender oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, rosemary oil, ylang ylang oil, lemon oil and ginger oil.

Build your Kit One Essential Oil at a Time

All of these organic essential oils are reasonably priced and readily available from any reputable essential oil wholesaler or retailer. You can build your kit one essential oil at a time, learning about the properties and uses of each, or buy an essential oil kit with some or all of the recommended basic natural oils.

Here is a brief description of each of the 10 aromatherapy essential oils:

Lavender: one of the few essential oils that can be used full strength on the skin without harmful effects. It is a potent antiseptic, and an antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral agent making it a "first aid" kit all on its own. A touch of lavender essential oil on the temples and back of the neck can ease a headache. A drop of full strength (neat) lavender can soothe and help heal a minor burn, or relieve the itch of an insect bite. If you only have one oil around the house, this should be it.

Tea tree: a useful medicine kit in a bottle. Tea tree oil is an effective disinfectant and bactericide killing a broad spectrum of bacteria and some stubborn fungi such as candida, warts, and athlete's foot. It's also a mild local anaesthetic, soothing to cuts and burns and mouth ulcers. For mouth ulcers, sore gums, bad breath or plaque, dab on pure tea tree oil or add 3 drops to water and use as a mouthwash twice daily. Use as a household disinfectant by adding to wash, cleansers, etc.

Peppermint: Stimulating and cooling on the skin. The penetrating, minty scent clears the head.

Chamomile: Relaxing, soothing, calming the nerves without being a sedative. Add a couple of drops to baby's bath for a calmer night's sleep. A very gentle oil for many skin conditions, digestive problems and stress. Great skincare properties, soothing irritation and balancing the skin's functions. Its mildness, as well as its proven effectiveness, makes it a universal remedy, even in baby care.

Eucalyptus: Well known as a decongestant. An excellent antiseptic. Its camphor-like smell makes it useful as an insect repellant. It has an overall cooling effect and is uplifting and invigorating. Helps to fight colds and flu, loosens mucous.

Geranium: Soothing and uplifting. Known for its balancing and harmonizing effect. Used to balance skin conditions from oily to dry - brightens the skin.

Rosemary: restorative, reviving and strengthening. A stimulating oil that is useful for sore muscles and chest congestion. Hair care: use a few drops in rinse water for dark hair.

Ylang Ylang: The name means "flower of flowers". Exquisite floral scent. It is a calming oil. Also has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac. Because it has a balancing action on the secretion of sebum, it can be used for all skin conditions. It has a tonic action on the scalp and is often added in shampoos and other hair preparations.

Lemon: This refreshing, clean-scented citrus oil is calming, cleansing and refreshing. Its antiseptic qualities make it useful in skin care for greasy skin and acne. A few drops in water with household cleaners freshens counters and cupboards.

Ginger: A highly warming and robust oil. Ginger oil can be used in massages and as a compress to alleviate muscle pain such as muscle cramps and muscle spasms. It is especially useful for back pains and back sprains.

Two recipes to get started:

For burns:
Cleanse the affected area, gently dab on 6 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Tea Tree with a cotton swab three times a day. If desired, protect skin with a gauze that you've added 3-5 drops of lavender to. Secure in place with a bandage.

For sprains and muscle aches:
Add 3 drops Eucalyptus, 3 drops Lavender and 3 drops Rosemary to a bowl of cool/cold water. Create a compress with a software cloth, soak in the water, and apply to the affected area.

Check back regularly for more articles on each of these essential oils, as well as recipes and ways to use these oils blended or on their own.

Good Sources of Essential Oil Basic Kits:

Essential Oil Beginners Kit
Everything you need to get started. Includes a beginners soft cover book and essential oils of: Lavender, Peppermint, Orange, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Tea Tree.

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