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10 Essential Oils To Add To Your Collection

Essential oils are derived from plants, and then are distilled for consumers to use. Most often, essential oils are used for aromatherapy. However, some people like to use them for alternative medicine. It is important to note that all essential oils you purchase should be one hundred percent pure, and always consult with a doctor before using them for medicinal purposes. Now, here are 10 essential oils that you should look into adding to your collection!

1. Lavender

This is probably one of the most well known essential oils. Lavender is amazing for relaxation and instilling calm. Due to this, it is great to use when you are experiencing anxiety.

Lavender oil is also the BEST for sleep. I like to diffuse it throughout the night.

A diffuser is very simple to use. Simply fill it up with water, and add a few drops of whichever essential oil you are choosing to use. I fall asleep so quickly and overall sleep much better when I have Lavender diffusing.

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2. Peppermint

Another super popular oil! Peppermint essential oil has so many different benefits.

For starters, you can use it topically, for itching relief and muscle pains. You can also put some of the essential oil on your temples to help with headaches. I have done this, and trust me, it works! Make sure you are diluting Peppermint with a carrier oil first, you can use coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil to do this.

Diffusing Peppermint also helps a lot with stuffy noses and nausea. Not to mention, it can make you feel more awake and alert! Perfect to have going when you are doing school work or working from home.

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3. Lemon

Lemon is probably my most used essential oil. I have repurchased it more times than I can count. I absolutely love the smell of Lemons, so I like to diffuse this one in my bedroom. It always makes the room smell super fresh and clean. It helps eliminate any odors.

This oil also has the ability to help anxiety and depression, because it creates an uplifting environment. If you are having a bad day, this is the essential oil to use.

You can use Lemon to treat acne as well as small and minor wounds because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

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4. Cedarwood

Cedarwood is another essential oil with a ton of different benefits. It has a nice woodsy scent. Similar to Lavender, it is great for sleep. Sometimes I like to mix the two oils together in my diffuser!

It can also help improve concentration, reduce stress, and ease any tension that you may have.

An interesting benefit of Cedarwood is that it can promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. You can either mix it with a carrier oil and apply the mixture to your hair, leave it on as a hair mask, and then wash it out, or you can place a drop or two into your shampoo.

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5. Frankincense

I absolutely LOVE Frankincense. This essential oil comes from the sap of the Boswellia sacra tree. The scent of Frankincense is super unique. It is woodsy, with a tad of sweetness.

This essential oil works for anxiety, colds, and coughs when used in aromatherapy. Frankincense is also great for the skin. It can treat acne, scars, stretch marks, as well as reduce signs of aging. Mix a drop of Frankincense in with your favorite moisturizer to get these benefits.

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6. Bergamot

Bergamot smells amazing. Think citrus and floral combined. It is extracted from the rind of a bergamot orange fruit. This essential oil is perfect for uplifting moods. Diffuse it when you need a pick me up!

Bergamot is used in a variety of different products, such as perfumes and colognes. Sometimes, I apply a very small amount to my wrists and behind my ears to act as perfume. Also, like many of the other oils, Bergamot works great on the skin for clearing any blemishes you may have.

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7. Grapefruit

If you love citrus scents like me, you need this essential oil in your life. I always diffuse Grapefruit essential oil when I have people over, just because I love the smell so much.

Besides the great scent, Grapefruit is useful for colds, hangovers, headaches, and depression. And although there is limited research on this, it has been stated that Grapefruit oil can help promote weight loss.

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8. Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil comes from the vetiver plant, and has a very distinct earthy scent. This essential oil creates tranquility, so it is perfect for when you want to relax in a calm environment. If you are ever feeling irritable, this one is good to use.

Vetiver also works well to repel insects, like Ticks, when you apply it topically. Make sure you are diluting it with a carrier oil first!

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9. Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is extracted from special star shaped flowers that grow on Cananga trees, and has a fruity and floral scent to it. A lot of perfumes use Ylang Ylang in their formulas, so you may recognize the smell!

This essential oil is amazing for relieving anxiety and depression. It can lower your blood pressure and help bring your heart rate down, which will promote relaxation.

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10. Black Spruce

Black Spruce essential oil comes from the needles and branches of Picea Mariana trees. It smells super woodsy. This oil is another one that promotes calmness. It works wonders for respiratory issues too.

It is also great for after workouts. Applying Black Spruce with a carrier oil to sore muscles can provide some relief.

Finally, you can mix Black Spruce in with your skin care products! I recommend doing this with a moisturizer or night cream. Black Spruce can help with dry skin, redness, and blemishes due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

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What other essential oils do you think are ESSENTIAL that everybody has in their collections? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Baylie Panattoni

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