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You’d have to live under a rock not to be aware of the current essential oil craze. I jumped head first into essential oils about four years ago, including trying to sell them and amassing a pretty serious collection. But as time went on I realized that selling them wasn’t for me, and I really only used a handful of them on a regular basis.
You may be curious to try essential oils, but it’s difficult to navigate what information is accurate, and what is just someone trying to sign you up for their company. Or maybe you just want to try a few and see what you think! Today I am going to share what I would recommend if you can only buy a few essential oils.
My Most-Used Essential Oils
I believe I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 bottles of essential oils (I really don’t do anything halfway), but I use about 5-10 of them on a regular basis. Typically I use oils topically and in a diffuser, although I do like a drop of basil in my bruschetta. I have a diffuser in my bedroom and one in my living room, although I only bring the one in the living room out on occasion when I want to use it. I use Young Living essential oils and haven’t really dabbled with other brands, so some of the blends I like are exclusive to YL. However, I am sure you can find something comparable in the brand of your choice. Here are the 5 I would recommend you get if you can only buy a few essential oils.
This is a blend of spruce, cypress, and 3 eucalyptus oils as wells myrtle, pine, marjoram, lavender and peppermint. This is named RC for “respiratory congestion” so I think you can guess how this smells. I put this in my diffuser every night because I have asthma and allergies and I feel like this helps me breathe easy and get a good night of sleep without being too stimulating. I also like to apply this topically when I miss breathing out of my nose.
They call lavender the “Swiss Army knife” of oils with good reason. It can be used for a ton of things, but I mostly use it in my diffuser with lemon and peppermint. I also like lavender for occasional use on my skin, and put a drop in my mascara. I order a new bottle of this almost every month.
You already know that I use lemon in the diffuser, but this is also great for cleaning. Sharpie on the wall? Get the lemon oil! Beware tho, as it breaks down petrochemicals i.e. it will eat through plastic.
Peppermint is a regular in the diffuser, but I also love this one for the occasional skin itchiness, and to soothe nausea. I am a gagger (that sounds so delicate) so I always have a bottle of peppermint in my purse in case I encounter any sights or smells that set me off.
Purification is a blend of citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender and myrtle oils. This one is great for eliminating odors. I put a couple drops in my husband’s shoes on a regular basis, and put it in the diffuser with lemon when my daughter tries her hand at cooking. This one is also great for before and after spending time outside during insect season! We also use it on minor skin irritations. As you can see, this is another one that has a ton of uses in one bottle.
There is nothing wrong with amassing a huge essential oil collection, but that level of commitment just isn’t for everyone. If you’ve been curious about getting a few essential oils but didn’t want to drink the Kool Aid just yet, you can’t go wrong with these favorites from my collection.
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