Let’s work our way down the list with benefits and how to use.
Cedarwood – well besides the smell reminding me of my grandmothers cedar chest, this is a wonderful oil for pest control. There is a reason they used to store wool blankets and sweaters with cedar and line closets. Other uses, get a more restful sleep, promotes healthy skin and breathing functions, very relaxing and calming and has a soothing effect on the mind and emotions. This oil may be used aromatically in a diffuser or topically diluted on the skin.
Invigorating Blend – This is one of my favorites for it’s uplifting aroma. It is a blend of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine and Clementine essential oils as well as Vanilla Absolute. It cleans and purifies the air and I think is especially good after cooking fish to get rid of the smell. It is very uplifting to your mood, energizing and helps reduce stress. Use this oil aromatically or topically. Use caution if using topically and you plan to be out in direct sunlight. Highly dilute or wait 24-48 hours.
Clove – I remember as a child my mom’s favorite flavor of candy was Clove. This as a spice has been used in cooking and candy/treat making. It has also been used for it’s numbing effects in dentistry. It has powerful antioxidant properties, supports cardiovascular health and promotes healthy teeth and gums. This oil may be used internally, aromatically or topically diluted. Remember a little goes a long way.
Eucalyptus - I use this oil a lot to support my respiratory function but it also is good for soothing tired and sore muscles. It also assists with clear breathing. I like to make a natural vapor rub when cold season is upon us and this oil is one of the main ingredients. This oil can be used aromatically or topically. Always dilute for sensitive skin or small children.
Fennel – I left this oil off my graphic but thought I would include it here as it does have a lot of really good benefits. It has been used for centuries as a tonic and has a licorice scent and flavor. Relieves occasional indigestion and digestive troubles, eases monthly menstrual cycles, support a healthy lymphatic system and calms skin irritations. This oil can be used internally, aromatically or topically.
Lemon – This oil has a multitude of uses …more than we want to put here. I use it for just about everything from cleaning the air and solid surfaces, gets gummy gunk from labels off bottles, uplifts your mood and helps improve focus. I also like this with a bit of honey to ease coughs. Use internally, aromatically and topically. Use caution if using topically if you plan to be out in the direct sunlight. Highly dilute or wait 24-48 hours.
Lemongrass – This is my newest favorite as I love the scent. I didn’t use to but all of a sudden I crave the smell. The taste is wonderful also. This has been used in Asian and Caribbean cooking for its flavor and aroma. It support a healthy digestion, soothes aching muscles and helps tone the skin. Use internally, aromatically or topically. Dilute for sensitive skin.
Lime – Everytime I smell this oil whether it is from the bottle or in the diffuser it reminds me of summer and the limeades we would get at the drive-in eatery. This oil is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, has a refreshing aroma and stimulates the mood. Promotes emotional balance and well-being. I also like this in some of my homemade cleaners. Use internally, aromatically or topically. Use caution if using topically if you plan to be out in the direct sunlight. Highly dilute or wait 24-48 hours.
Rosemary – We tend to use a lot of the herb and I’m looking forward to trying this oil in my cooking more as it is wonderfully aromatic. This oil also supports healthy digestion and soothes muscles aches and pains. I have also found that massage therapists use this oil frequently in their massage oils. Use internally, aromatically or topically.
Repellent Blend (most brands have this) –Have you ever been camping and bit by tons of mosquitoes? Used one of those name brand repellents and reeked and coughed from the smell. Did you know you were spraying chemicals on your body and inhaling that into your lungs. I guarantee you won’t go back to that store bought stuff after you try this. It really smells good and more importantly it does repel those insects and can be used safely for the whole family including pets. Use this blend aromatically or topically. No need to dilute as it already is in a base of coconut oil.
Wild Orange – My husband’s favorite oil by far. It has a wonderful citrus aroma that is very uplifting. Wild Orange can be used in any household cleaners to make them more effective. It protects against environmental and seasonal threats. Energizing to the mind and body. We especially like a drop in hot cocoa or in a fruit dip…yumm. Use this internally, aromatically or topically. Use caution if using topically if you plan to be out in the direct sunlight. Highly dilute or wait 24-48 hours.
Just as a note: I only recommend essential oils that I know and trust are pure and have been put through the rigorous 3rd party testing to ensure there are no pesticides, contaminants and no alterations such as added solvents or other oils that are not the pure essential oil as noted on the bottle. This is not to say there aren’t good oils on the market, this is just my recommendation.
Please use all safety precautions with essential oils as they are highly concentrated and less is more, so only a drop will provide you the benefit you desire.
Please note that any statements I make here on this blog have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as these are my own opinions. Essential oil products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a doctor prior to the use of any essential oil or food supplement product.