It never ends. The endless responsibilities, timelines, and strict deadlines. While you may want to go home and relax, it just happens that you have bills to pay at home and other planned/ unplanned activities which leave your body exhausted and your spirit drained. Understandably, if life had a pause button, most of us would use it on a daily basis.
But, since that isn’t an option, we are left not just physically ailing but also emotionally and mentally ill. It is no wonder we are falling sick all the time, and, some of the diseases we suffer from don’t seem treatable by science!
Are you thinking what we are thinking? Wondering what life would be like if we’d breath in some form of sweet-scented air, and feel relief almost immediately, feel less stressed, and lead happier and healthier lives? Even with the hectic lifestyles?
Well, you are in luck because it turns out that essential oils hold the answers to not just our stressful lives but also to the endless ailments.
Essential oils offer an opportunity for you to reboot a toxic life, naturally. Besides kicking stress out of your life, essential oils have made way to medicine cabinets because most, if not all the oils have pain relieving properties, as well as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties, among others.
So, what are essential oils?
Essential oils are the highly concentrated, fragrant, and water-insoluble phytochemicals (chemical compounds) extracted from the leaves, stems, barks, roots, and the flowers of plants. The process of extracting the oils is distillation.
Categories of essential oils
- There are floral, exotic, resin, woodsy, spice, herbal and citrusy essential oils.
While most of us are finding out about essential oils just now, the oils have been the main form of alternative treatment for centuries. The practitioners of alternative medicine used the essential oils for aromatherapy as they improved the psychological and the physical wellbeing of the users.
Essential oils are toxic if inhaled directly making topical application and inhalation the best way to reap the benefits of the oils.
Over the years, inhalation has triumphed as the best way of using essential oils hence the rise of oil diffusers. You just need to identify the best essential oils to diffuse.
Benefits of diffusing essential oils
Wouldn’t you want to change the quality of your life, given the power? Well, essential oils give you that power to make drastic changes and to improve your quality of life. Since the world is getting more and more polluted by the day, an essential oils diffuser will make your home safe and happier than the rest of the town. Besides improving the quality of life and the air, here are the other reasons for diffusing:
- It relaxes your mind letting you sleep better
- The oils elevate your mood
- They prevent illnesses by boosting your immunity and warding off infections
- The oils improve breathing by reducing inflammations and congestion
- The oils offer pain relief
- Essential oils super-charge the brain cells improving your focus and mental acuity
- They are safe thanks to auto timers in the diffusers
- The oils have insect repelling properties
- They help you save money
- They are safer than candles and incense
- They help you beat the heat and the best diffusers work as humidifiers too.
In short, there is no limit to what essential oils can do.
With all the promise the oils hold. Here are 31 of the best essential oils to diffuse:
Lavender essential oil is the most popular essential oil around. It has been in use for years not just because of that sweet lavender scent but also because of its mood-lifting and therapeutic properties.
You could also use lavender oil for sore muscles and fatigue. It has immense antibacterial power making lavender essential oil suitable for treating acne and even sinusitis. Lavender essential oil is also ideal for managing menstrual cramps and insomnia.
It also works magic on dark circles, wrinkles, eczema, dry skin, and dark complexion. On the hair, this magic oil will help in treating alopecia, get rid of dandruff, and lice.
Therefore, lavender oil, which has been used for centuries could be all you need for cosmetic uses as well as emotional and spiritual uplifting.
Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil an hour before bed to experience the enormous effects of the oil. Works best if you suffer from insomnia or if you snore.
Perceived as the king of all essential oils – perhaps because of its role in the spiritual world, frankincense essential oil is one of the most versatile oils.
It is known for its effects on youthful and longevity as it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and moistens dry skin.
It also has antibacterial properties, and it is used to treat a sore throat. Frankincense essential oil also boosts the immune system, cures warts, alleviates pain and melts the stress away. With its mood-lifting properties, the oil also helps in fighting depression and anxiety and epileptic seizures.
If you feel stressed and are unable to sleep well because of joint pain, you might want to diffuse lemongrass when you get home, or at the office. You can also add the oil to your bathing water.
Lemongrass essential oil also treats headaches, and it alleviates digestive discomfort. All these functions come about because of the combined aromatic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties of the essential oil.
- Peppermint essential oil
You need to diffuse peppermint essential oil not just because of its cool and refreshing scent but also because of its health benefits. You will feel the effects of this essential oil if you diffuse it when feeling stuffy or when your respiratory system feels congested. You could also invest in peppermint essential oil if you suffer from seasonal allergies or colds.
But, that isn’t all you get from diffusing peppermint oil. You could also use it to alleviate headaches, to boost your mood, to alleviate and fight depression, and to improve your mental focus. According to some studies, peppermint essential oil helps with digestive issues, boosts your energy levels, and it relieves nausea.
- Ylang Ylang
Not only is ylang-ylang the best essential oil for your relationship and intimacy with your partner – it balances the male and the female energies, but it also balances your life.
Diffusing ylang-ylang essential oil also helps you relax, and it boosts your confidence levels.
The first thing that attracts you to cedarwood essential oil its fresh earthy smell. It is calming, and if all you need after a long day at work is to relax, then cedarwood’s got you.
But, that isn’t all you get from this oil – it is one of the best essential oils for treating eczema and dry scalp.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, this essential oil works magic when treating arthritis. You can use it as a natural deodorizer.
Diffusing geranium essential oil is one of the best ways for you to fight a cough or a cold. It has anti-inflammatory and even antibacterial properties which make geranium a must-have in your home.
It also soothes muscles, and it heals wounds. Geranium essential oil also fights against premature aging.
Oregano doesn’t just make a great spice that works for every meal, in oil form, the essential oil can be diffused leaving you with immense health benefits. The oil has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic properties.
With all these properties, Oregano, which means the “Delight of the Mountains” improves general health making you happy, just by inhaling it. Some of the active ingredients of this essential oil include pinene, carvacrol, cymene, thymol, bisabolene, borneol, caryophyllene, terpinene linalyl acetate, and geranyl acetate. These ingredients make the oil ideal for use in aromatherapy.
Oregano essential oil is ideal for healthy skin. Also, thanks to its richness in antioxidants, it fights diseases and prevents premature aging by neutralizing antibodies.
The oil is also effective in treating respiratory conditions, allergies, inflammations, and it also prevents infections while fighting viruses, protozoa, bacteria, and fungi.
- Clary Sage
This sweet-scented essential oil is helpful in balancing hormones, and it also helps with PMS. Clary sage is also essential in managing insomnia because it has soothing and calming effects.
It is bactericidal, and it also works as an antiseptic, antidepressant, an antispasmodic, a nervine, and an astringent. You might also like this essential oil because it eliminates bad odor, relieves anxiety and depression, lowers blood pressure and it also reduces inflammations and stomach disorders.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils. It also goes by the name melaleuca essential oil. It has a host of health benefits attributed to its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, cicatrizant, balsamic, fungicide, expectorant, stimulant and insecticidal properties.
Despite the name, this essential oil doesn’t come from the plant making tea, the beverage, but from a tea tree called Melaleuca alternifolia.
Though toxic when taken orally or when used in high concentrations, diffusing tea tree oil for a few minutes will treat coughs and colds and also reduce the symptoms of colds thanks to its expectorant qualities. The oil will also help in improving the health of your skin and hair. It is relaxing.
You might also like this essential oil because it works as an insecticide, a fungicide, and it also works to improve the hygiene of your home.
- Sweet Marjoram Oil
This essential oil has a woody and a spicy aroma with a warm and a calming effect. It has several healing benefits attributed to its analgesic, antiseptic, bactericidal, antiviral, cephalic, fungicidal, and sedative effects. It is also a vasodilator and a nervine that improves blood circulation while boosting your mood.
These properties of the essential oil mentioned above result from the oil’s richness in active ingredients like sabinene hydrate, cymene, alpha-terpinene, terpinolene, gamma terpinene, Linalool, and linalyl acetate, among others.
Sweet Marjoram is native to the Mediterranean, and it promises to improve your wellbeing.
It is a relaxing oil, and you can use it to alleviate digestive discomfort and relieving joint and muscle pain. It acts as a nervine, hence its use in spas and homes to relax and destress. It also cures spasms, helps you control your sexual desires, and it also improves cognitive function.
The grapefruit essential oil is the kind of essential oil you need if you are in need of a painless, healthy and an affordable way to de-stress. When diffused, the oil is effective in boosting your mood. It also helps in alleviating anxiety and depression.
The oil is rich in linoleic acid and which makes the oil an important element for the skin and the cell membranes. It offers immense moisturizing benefits to the skin.
While diffusing the oil, some of the expected benefits include clearing and refreshing the air. It is relaxing, and its sedative effects will help you fall asleep fast and deeply.
- Bergamot oil
Bergamot essential oil is derived from the bergamot citrus fruit which is a tropical fruit native to Europe. The fruit and the extracted oils have a powerful aroma making bergamot a key ingredient in perfumes.
Besides the cosmetic use, bergamot essential oil has medical uses thanks to its richness in aloha bergapten, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpineol, linalool, limonene, linalyl acetate, neryl acetate, nerol, geraniol, beta bisabolene, geraniol acetate, as well as myrcene.
These active ingredients give bergamot essential oil its sedative, antidepressant, antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant, antibiotic, and antispasmodic properties. Thanks to these features and the fact that inhaling the oil improves digestive function, you can use bergamot essential oil at home. It boosts mood, refreshes and promotes feelings of wellness.
It also improves blood circulation while preventing infections, reducing pain, eliminating bad odor, and improving the appearance and the health of your skin. It also kills germs.
Cassia essential oil isn’t as popular as the other essential oils mentioned above but, it notable antifungal, antibacterial, as well as antiviral properties. While keeping you safe from diseases, the oil also cleanses the air of your living spaces. It also helps to treat and manage allergies and sniffles.
You may know about cinnamon the spice but, this you can also find cinnamon essential oil. The oil has impressive health effects, other than the amazing smell.
The inviting slightly sweet, rich, and earthy taste of the oil will make your home comforting as well. Letting cinnamon essential oil diffuse in your home will help you relax, and it will also fight off diseases. This oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, as well as anti-depressive effects.
This essential oil has many health benefits and diffusing it into your home may help you ward off illnesses, and also live happily. Copaiba essential oil protects against infections, it prevents the growth of fungi, and it also boosts your respiratory health. The main active ingredient of copaiba essential oil is terpenes which make the oil suitable for fighting allergies. It also moistens and tightens the skin, eliminates infections, and it is mood boosting.
Clove essential oil is extracted from the evergreen clove tree. The oil has immense health benefits. You can add it to your diffuser to manage respiratory diseases and to treat infections. It has antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiseptic functions.
Clove essential oil proves effective in treating colds, coughs, headaches, asthma and, it is also effective in the management of stress and depression. The oil is also an effective immune booster, and you can also use it as a room spray.
- Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary is a popular culinary herb that belongs to the mint family. Diffusing rosemary essential oil has many health benefits including boosting mental activity and focus, it also offers relief to respiratory problems, and it reduces pain. It also removes bad odor, and it relieves stress.
- Lime Oil
If you cannot find your happy bone, then you could seek help from this essential oil. Besides its antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial and astringent properties, this oil has relaxing and mood-lifting effects. You could also use this essential oil because of its cleansing effects.
- Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the oldest essential oils used for aromatherapy. It has a cool and a refreshingly sweet scent that makes it the go-to essential oil for aromatherapy. Its main active ingredient is eucalyptol. This active ingredient makes eucalyptus essential oil a decongestant, an anti-inflammatory agent, antispasmodic, antiseptic, an expectorant and an antibacterial agent.
Eucalyptus essential oil relieves muscle pain, treats most respiratory problems, and it gets rid of mental exhaustion. You could also use it for aromatherapy or as a room freshener. It treats pneumonia and tuberculosis.
You can also use it as a soothing and a calming ingredient to your humidifier.
If you are looking for an essential oil to soothe your skin and to balance your mood, then you could try patchouli essential oil. It is best known for its antidepressant effects. It is also a sedative, and you could use it if you suffer from insomnia.
Patchouli essential oil is also a useful as an insect repellant. It also soothes inflammation, fights fever, sedates if you are hypersensitive, and it inhibits fungal growth.
- Pine Needle Oil
For effective and safe cleansing and purification of the and easy breathing, you could try adding pine needle oil to your diffuser.
It is effective in reducing inflammations, plus the associated redness. It also protects against sinus infections. It improves breathing by clearing phlegm and mucus. Pine needle essential oil also boosts immune function while fighting viral and fungal infections. The oil further stimulates the body and the mind.
The sweet scent of pine needle oil makes it ideal for aromatherapy.
- Chamomile essential oil
Like chamomile tea, chamomile essential oil is a powerful relaxant. Adding it to your diffuser will help calm your nerves and once relaxed, you can sleep better.
Chamomile essential oil is ideal for anger management because it lowers the feelings of anger. It also relieves depression and anxiety, while boosting the nervous system. It also prevents infections.
- Basil essential oil
The seeds and the leaves of the basil plant make way to tables often, and they are responsible for the unique taste in different cuisines. But, besides the dining table and the kitchen, basil oil extracted from the basil plant and added to diffusers improves respiratory health. It also helps in treating nausea and motion sickness.
Basil essential oil also relieves stress treats asthma, and it improves blood flow. It also relieves colds and pain.
- Orange essential oil
The orange essential oil is one of the most versatile oils. However, adding a few drops to your diffuser imparts wonderful health effects. It treats spasms by relaxing the muscular and the nervous system
It also has sedative effects which make it suitable for alleviating anger, anxiety, depression and numerous inflammations. The orange oil is also an aphrodisiac, and it boosts libido while fighting erectile dysfunction. It also improves cognitive function, and it treats Alzheimer’s disease.
Neroli essential oil is a great diffusing essential for use to relieve chronic depression. Thanks to its citrusy scent, the oil is often used in aromatherapy. Neroli essential oil has been shown to be effective in treating/ managing chronic depression as it evokes feelings of happiness and joy while uplifting your overall mood.
It is also an aphrodisiac, it keeps you warm, and it prevents infections. It is also a sedative.
- Ginger Root Oil
Besides its popularity as the best oil for relieving digestive issues, ginger root oil is effective in treating respiratory diseases. All you need is a, and then you can bid goodbye to common colds, cough, asthma, flue, breathlessness, and bronchitis. It is an expectorant, and it clears mucus and phlegm from the airways. It also reduces stress, anxiety depression, and mental exhaustion.
Essential Oil Blends
- Lavender, chamomile (Roman), Marjoram
Adding these essential oils in the diffuser will help you sleep deeper. They are effective oils for aromatherapy. While these oils offer sedative and calming effects individually, in combination, their effects increase, and they are more effective.
- Grapefruit, lemon, orange and cinnamon oils
This oil blend is suitable if you are looking for a morning pick-me-up. These oils are uplifting and help in relieving anxiety and depression.
- Lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, and bergamot
These oils give your home smelling sweet and as fresh as it is supposed to smell after spring cleaning. You just need to sprinkle one or two drops of the oils into your diffuser.
- Orange and peppermint
If you aren’t a morning person, then you might want to add these essential oils into your diffuser to set you for the day. These two oils banish that groggy feeling, and they will also keep you alert.
- Ylang ylang, geranium, spearmint and lavender for balanced peace
- Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, and lemon to boost your energy levels
- Lavender, Roman chamomile, lemon, frankincense, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and peppermint will help you fall asleep when you are sick.
- Orange, bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit – If your home feels and looks cold and energy deflating, then you could add these essential oils into your diffusers for some warmth.