Top 10 Essential Oils Everyone Should Keep at Home

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Essential oils are so much more than just pretty smelling perfume alternatives. These are powerful compounds taken from flowers, herbs, bark, and other organic plant matter. Other than their obviously beautiful scents, essential oils have health and wellness benefits while having almost no negative side effects or toxins. For example, a very recent study has shown that thyme essential oil can kill many types of cancer cells including breast, lung, and ovarian cancer cells.

Take a look at the top 10 essential oils everyone should keep at home in their medicine chests.

1. Lavender

This scent is great at calming the nervous system, making it the perfect for calming the mind before sleep. Lavender can ease depression symptoms. The relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of this oil makes it perfect in a relaxing bath, or as massage oil. Used in a diffuser throughout the house, it can create a calming atmosphere for everyone who enters. This oil can relieve nervous tension, headaches, even migraines.

On top of its calming benefits, lavender has anti-bacterial properties, so it’s perfect to use on cuts, wounds, acne, bug bites, burns, even dandruff. Lavender essential oil is also perfect for when you have a cold as it decongests the sinuses and respiratory system.


2. Tea Tree Oil

This essential oil has so many healing compounds it’s hard to list them all; anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-parasitic. This has to be the go-to oil for almost any purpose. Tea tree oil regenerates skin tissue so use it on lesions, burns, insect bites, cold sores, fungal infections, lice, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, and eczema. And this list is only a start! You can even use tea tree oil mixed with some water and spray it in areas where you find mold, mildew, or places where you would like to kill bacteria and germs, such as in the bathroom.

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