The 10 essential oils listed below offer many different benefits that range from health care to home and garden maintenance, and beyond. Although there are many oils out there, consider these essential oils as some to keep handy.

1. Lavender

This oil has versatile uses that serve many purposes. Its therapeutic uses include reducing anxiety, alleviating skin issues such as rashes, treating minor burns, and disinfecting cuts and scrapes when used as an antiseptic.

2. Peppermint

The leaves are primarily used as tea to alleviate stomach discomfort. Useful as a mouthwash to freshen your breath. It kills bacteria when adequately diluted and use to combat odors. In addition, it deters rodents and spiders with its powerful minty scent.

3. Lemon

It has a pleasant citrus smell that neutralizes odors, leaving a clean scent when used as a house cleaner or room spray. Blended with aloe vera, it makes a great hand sanitizer killing germs and bacteria.

4. Tea Tree

Also known as the medicinal oil. Useful to treat fungus, bacteria, and reducing inflammation. Blended with jojoba oil, it gets rid of acne. Add it to your shampoo to treat dandruff and psoriasis. It makes a great disinfectant too.

5. Grapefruit

An uplifting and multi-purpose oil. It makes a great anti-bacterial cleaning spray. Diluted with a carrier oil, use it to massage temples and forehead to relieve headaches and migraines. Consider adding a few drops of this oil to your dog’s bed to repel fleas.

6. Lime

It makes a great combination with massage oils for its refreshing scent. Suitable for oily skin and to treat acne. Add it to a salt or sugar scrub for an uplifting experience.

7. Rosemary

This oil is reviving, refreshing, and strengthening. When used as aromatherapy, it’ll increase creativity and alertness. Add it to shampoo to help prevent dandruff and stimulate hair growth.

8. Sweet Orange

A joyful and warming oil. Beneficial for settling digestive upsets when used in compresses. Add it to massage oils and baths to help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

9. Eucalyptus

Also known as the natural vapor rub. It’s the go-to oil for chest congestion during a common cold. It also eliminates germs and odors when used as aromatherapy.

10. Frankincense

Well-known to be used in Yoga studios due to its relaxation powers. It helps alleviate anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia. It also makes a great face moisturizer.

Before using any essential oils, please do your research, educate yourself on their uses and toxicity, test before using, and buy from a reputable supplier. Due to essential oils’ high concentration, do not apply directly to the skin, dilute before using.

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