Some essential oils I can’t live without.
(Or at least I’d have a hard time living without them.)
So I buy them repeatedly.
These essential oils have a wide range of uses. I used them for natural pain control, as well as natural stress reduction.
Versatile essential oils can also be used in DIY cleaning solutions, or for natural pest control.
I’ve noticed that some kinds of single oils and blends I buy once. I use them and never order again.
In this day and age, as we deal with economic challenges, it’s important to buy only what you need and only what you’ll use.
Others I keep buying. Because they are so useful.
Here are the some essential oils I keep buying, again and again.
Essential Oils I Buy Repeatedly
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Lavender essential oil is near the top of the list. (Or at the top. It’s one of the aromatic oils I always have on hand.)
Essential oils are so useful. Some types more than others.
If I had to choose just one single essential oils, it would be a toss up between lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil.
Both of them are amazing.
Lavender essential oil has a clean fresh smell. So it’s a natural in DIY cleaning formulas. It has a wide range of other household uses.
- I use lavender essential oil to make a DIY linen spray. (I just put about 20 drops of lavender essential oil in a glass spray bottled filled with water. Add a tablespoon of vodka or alcohol free witch hazel to preserve it.) Then I spray it on pillows and linen to prevent that dirty hair smell.
- Lavender essential oil spray can also be used to combat ants in the kitchen. The linen spray recipe works really well.
- If I have a particularly dirty batch of laundry, I add a two or three drops of lavender essential oil to the wash cycle.
- Lavender has a number of potential health benefits. One study that ran in the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal noted that lavender essential oil may be able to help stabilize the mood and act as a natural sedative.
- Bug bites. Lavender essential oil is great for bug bites. Bees stings too. Although if you have a bee allergy don’t rely upon it as a standalone treatment. Seek appropriate medical care.
- Lavender oil for burns. Lavender essential oil is also a natural burn remedy. We’ve known this since 1910, when a French chemist named Maurice Gattefosse badly burned his hands. Then he plunged them into a vat of lavender oil. The hands healed quickly, with minimal scarring. (For serious or widespread burns don’t use lavender. Seek medical help instead.) Lavender is my go-to remedy for minor kitchen burns.
- Lavender oil for sunburn. I try to put lavender essential oil on my face if I plan to be outdoors in the summer. If I forget, and notice redness, I use it then. The redness quickly disappears. (I have olive skin. So work with your own doctor for a good sun block strategy.)
- Lavender essential oil for sleep. Many nights when I couldn’t sleep I’d put a drop or two of lavender essential oil on a cloth and leave it by my pillow. Instead of worrying about staying awake all night, I’d focus on the lovely smell of lavender oil.
- Homemade bath salts. You can also use lavender essential oil to make homemade bath salts. You can then soak your feet or your entire body in a tub of lavender essential oil.
- Lavender oil to fight wrinkles. Lavender oil seems to have an affinity for the skin. You’ll often find it in natural high end skincare products. Especially those designed to fight the visible effects of aging. I was unable to find a study that proved lavender oil can make your skin look younger. But it’s believed to be a good remedy for aging skin.
Both are very high quality. Neither are sold by price inflated multilevel marketing networks. You may not be able to find Plant Therapy locally. But it’s available online. You can see it below. (I highly recommend buying essential oils online because you don’t know how long they’ve been sitting on a store shelf.)
Different Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil
As far as I’m concerned, lavender essential oil is rivaled in versatility only be peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint oil is another aromatic I keep buying. Over and over again. Here’s why.
- Peppermint essential oil for cleaning. This aromatic oil is great for cleaning. Just like lavender oil.
- Peppermint oil for headaches. This is the first oil I reach for when a headache strikes. I mix 2 drops of peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil before putting it on my aching forehead for instant relief.
- Peppermint oil for natural pest control. Many people (myself included) use peppermint essential oil to control pests naturally. During the warmer weather I put a little bit of this aromatic oil on a kitchen sponge and use it to wipe down counters, to keep the ants away. It seems to work. But do a small test patch first if you have high gloss counters.
- Peppermint oil for aches and pains. Lavender oil is often used for natural pain control. But I think peppermint essential oil works even better.
- Allergy relief. I often put a drop of peppermint essential oil and another drop of eucalyptus essential oil on a cloth during hay fever season. I leave this cloth near my computer while working. My allergies are relatively mild and this is the only “medication” I need to use for relief.
- Peppermint oil for a quick pick me up. This aromatic has an invigorating smell. So it’s a good choice when you feel as if you’re dragging and want a quick mental boost.
Peppermint essential oil comes from peppermint, which is hardly and widely available. It is very reasonably priced. Or should be if you’re not paying MLM prices. (Which I don’t.)
I’ve bought a number of brands of peppermint essential oil.
The two I recommend highly are Plant Therapy peppermint essential oil and Now Solutions Peppermint essential oil. The latter comes in a big bottle. So it’s good for cleaning projects, as well as personal care.
Essential Oil Blend For Pain Reduction
There’s one essential oil blend I can’t live without. This is Natures Fusions Cooling Waters Anti-Inflammatory blend.
The first time I tried this the company sent a free bottle for me to review. I was blown away. I’ve since purchased it and paid for it.
That’s because I live with chronic pain. It’s not that bad. But every now and then I need some relief.
This is when I use Cooling Waters. It’s an amazing blend that works so well for me. It also smells exquisite.
It contains a blend of essential oils. Including peppermint and lavender. It’s deep blue in color because it contains German chamomile and blue tansy essential oils.
This amazing blend is the best I’ve found for pain. It also works as a natural pick me up during the day and a sleep remedy at night.
The only thing I don’t use it for is cleaning. Because other essential oils work just as well. And I can save Cooling Waters for pain relief.
Tea Tree Essential Oil for Mold Control
Tea tree essential oil is probably the best aromatic for mold control. I always like to have it on hand.
During the summer we put a few drops in the basement dehumidifer to help control mold. I also like to use it around my bathroom sink handles to combat mold buildup.
I don’t buy the most expensive brand on the market. Instead, I look for a decent product in a big bottle because I use a lot. The brand of tea tree oil I buy is sold by Now Foods.
Versatility of Citrus Essential Oils
I’ve also purchased sweet orange essential oil and lemon essential oil. These are two very useful oils. Citrus oils are known to be mentally uplifting, and are often used in various mood formulas. Both sweet orange and lemon essential oils are relatively cheap, due to the fact that citrus rinds are abundant.
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