Essential Oils are increasingly becoming a household necessity for improving physical, mental and emotional heath. From aromatherapy to natural remedies, there are many uses of Essential Oils including treatment for skin conditions, muscle soreness, and improving digestion.

Essential oils are extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, or tree roots. Once extracted, they go through a distillation process separating the oil and the water-based compounds with steaming. According to Draxe, Aromatherapy did not become popular in the U.S, until the 1980s when the oils began to be added to lotions, candles, and other fragrances.

Below is a list of some of our favorite essential oils and their conventional AND unconventional uses that you might be shocked to discover!

Application method:

A-Aromatic (Diffused, burned, or inhaled for an aromatic/therapeutic experience)

T-Topical (Applied directly to the skin by itself or mixed with carrier oils (olive/coconut)

I-Internal (Take them as a dietary supplement, a capsule, or adding a drop to drinks.

Skin sensitivity

N-Neat- Apply topically with no dilution or added carrier oil

S– Sensitive- Should be diluted for sensitive or young skin

D-Dilute- Should be diluted before using topically.

Essential oils

Basil Essential Oil: A-T-I-N

Conventional uses: Diffuse or burn for release of anxiousness/adds flavor to foods

Unconventional use: Apply topically to remove blemishes/ Take one drop internally for gas reduction.

Bergamot Essential oil: A-T-I-S

Conventional use: Diffuse or burn for release of high levels of stress

Unconventional use: Rub/massage feet before bedtime for foot reflexology

Cedarwood Essential oil: A-T-S

Conventional use: Massage for relaxation

Unconventional use: Acts as a bug repellant/Place a few drops on a cotton ball and leave in closets or similar areas to keep moths at bay.

Eucalyptus essential oil: A-T-S

Conventional use: Diffuse for clear breathing

Unconventional use: Breath freshener/lower abdomen massage during menstruation for soothing support.

Frankincense: essential oil: A-T-I-N

Conventional uses: Skin rejuvenator/ Diffuse for aromatic experience/encourages feelings of peace

Unconventional use: Apply to cuticles and nailbed for healthier fingernails and toenails.

Lavender essential oil: A-T-N

Conventional uses: Apply to pillows for better sleep/ Diffuse for aromatic experience/calming effect.

Unconventional use: Add to shampoo for healthier hair/Apply one drop to skin to soothe skin irritation.

Lemongrass essential oil: A-T-I-S

Conventional use: Dilute with carrier oil for healthier skin.

Unconventional use: Diffuse outside as an insect repellant.

Myrrh essential oils: A-T-I-N

Conventional use: Diffuse to improve mood.

Unconventional uses: Take two drops in water and honey or your favorite tea to help ease the stomach.

Patchouli essential oils: A-T-N

Conventional use: Diffuse for aromatic experience/ balance emotions.

Unconventional uses: Mix with baking soda, water, peppermint or spearmint to create a mouthrinse/Apply to facial moisturizer to reduce appearance of wrinkles.

Peppermint essential oils: A-T-I-S

Conventional use: Massage to neck and shoulders to release tension.

Unconventional use: Take in two drops to relieve upset stomach.

Spearmint essential oil: A-T-I-S (lighter version of peppermint)

Conventional use: Massage to neck and shoulders to release tension.

Unconventional use: Take in two drops to relieve upset stomach/ Diffuse to repel insects.

Ylang Ylang essential oil: A-T-I-N

Conventional use: Diffuse with lavender to promote better sleep/ increases sexual desire

Unconventional use: Take two drops internally for antioxidant support/kills head lice.

Safety first: As always, consult with your primary care physician before using essential oilsinternally or even topically. Especially if you’re pregnant.

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