BEGINNER’S GUIDE - Chapter 5
The top 10 essential oils for beginners
There are so many essential oils to choose from that it can be hard to know which ones to try first! We’ve put together a list of easy to use classics, along with simple recipes to try that will help you gain experience and familiarity with some of the greatest benefits aromatherapy has to offer.
1. Lavender Oil
For many people, lavender serves as the gateway oil that sparks their interest in aromatherapy. It’s easy to see why! Lavender has a wonderful aroma, a calming effect on the mind and body, and it’s one of the most versatile oils available. In addition to it’s widely appreciated ability to usher in restful sleep, lavender is also great for soothing and healing the skin and can even serve as an all-natural insect repellent.
We recommend using lavender oil to make our Good Night's Rest Lotion Blend.
In addition to smelling like you just peeled a ripe, juicy orange, this oil can bring feelings of positivity and confidence into your world. It is also excellent for supporting healthy digestion, reducing occasional minor aches, and discouraging unwanted germs.
Give orange sweet oil a try in our Citrusy Soothing Blend.
Breathe deep and clear with this oil’s main chemical component, 1,8 cineole. Eucalyptus can help clear the mind, provide bright energy in your home, purify the air when others are sick, and help reduce the unwelcome presence of germs.
Give eucalyptus globulus a try with our Respiratory Support Steam Blend.
Peppermint’s refreshing aroma can help you feel awake and energized in an instant. It helps support healthy digestion and calm tummy troubles as well as supporting the respiratory system and soothing occasional minor aches and pains.
Try peppermint oil in our Soothing Head Blend.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil sends germs packing and can help clear up minor inflammation and infections of all types. While it’s tough on germs, it’s gentle on your skin, making it a great addition to your wellness arsenal.
Try using tea tree oil to disinfect the surfaces in your home with our After-Shower Tile Spray recipe.
Patchouli oil has a calming, earthy, and grounded effect. In addition to being a wonderful addition to mindfulness and meditation practice, it can help reduce redness and purify skin.
Try patchouli oil in our Calming and Uplifting Diffuser Blend.
People have prized frankincense since ancient times for its ability to inspire greater peace and connection. Frankincense is also wonderful for use on the skin helping to heal and create a healthy glow. Because Frankincense is so popular, it is on our sustainability watch list. We work directly with a distiller who is an advocate for strict harvesting regulations that will allow us to enjoy this beautiful oil both now and in the future.
Try using frankincense oil to benefit your skin in our Acne Relief Gel recipe.
Ylang Ylang transports you with its exotic, sweet floral scent. It can help quiet the mind, relax muscle tension, and promote emotional healing.
Try using ylang ylang complete in our Blues Be Gone Inhaler Blend recipe.
9. Vetiver Oil
Vetiver has incredible grounding and relaxing effects. It’s a popular scent for perfumes and can help tone down redness and skin irritation.
Experience the relaxing power of vetiver in our Vetiver and Lime Bath Salt recipe.
If you have ever experienced the calming power of chamomile tea, you can imagine the effects of roman chamomile essential oil. It helps create a sense of wellbeing, calms a worried mind, and encourages restful sleep. It can also help relieve minor muscle pain and spasms.
Give roman chamomile a try in our Muscle Pain Relief recipe.