Are you feeling tired, congested or sore? Essential oils are plant extracts that help ease the discomfort of these common ailments as well as many more. If you have hiked through a pine forest or walked through a peppermint field you may have noticed the soothing effect of these natural aromas.

We have gathered 13 common essential oils into an infographic that outlines which oils to use for different symptoms, explains benefits, and suggests oil pairings. In order for you to best use our guide, it is important to understand how to properly apply and utilize essential oils.

 

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Using Essential Oils

Applying Topically – Essential oils are so light in weight and size that they are able to find their way to the blood stream through the skin. Many oils used for hair and skin are applied topically. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Inhaling – Diffusers are commonly used to cleanse the air. The lungs are lined with blood vessels, which circulate the oils through the body once you breathe them in.

Mixing with personal care products – Adding a few drops of oil to shampoo, body butter, or even toothpaste can have positive long-term effects.

Ingesting – Oils used for digestive health can be added to water. No more than three drops should be used. Before ingesting be sure to double check warning labels! Not all oils are safe for consumption and even those that are should only be consumed in VERY small quantities.

 

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Top Three Oils for Medicinal Use

If you are new to aromatherapy and looking to build your natural medicine cabinet, start with these oils. They all have a wide range of benefits and can be found in your local health food store.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is commonly used for its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. This oil can help lessen many skin conditions including rashes, acne, dandruff, bug bites, burns and more.

Peppermint Oil
Similarly, peppermint oil is known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and decongestant properties. Peppermint oil can be ingested or used topically to help with head discomfort, respiratory issues and indigestion.

Lavender Oil
Lavender is beloved for its lovely smell which soothes and acts as an analgesic, as well as its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial, diuretic and sedative properties. It is also useful for burns, cuts and inflammation.

 

Now that you are informed on how to use the oils and the top choices for homeopathic remedies, read through our guide to learn about even more benefits these organic aromas can offer. Below are 13 common essential oils with common ailments they alleviate and suggested pairings.

 

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Please note, essential oils are not to be used in place of medication.