The idea of using essential oils to improve your health is not a new one: essential oils have been used for centuries to improve everything from emotional disorders like anxiety and depression to physical ones like acne and hormonal imbalance. Here are a few of nature’s most potent elixirs:

Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil is energizing and cooling. It clears the sinuses, and awakens the mind. In fact, it’s a great alternative to menthol salves when you have a cold. Try a refreshing sinus steam by using 4 drops of peppermint essential oil into a large bowl of boiling water. Breathe in the steam to fight congestion. Or, if you have sore muscles after a workout, rub a few drops of peppermint oil (mixed with a carrier oil like Argan or Jojoba) onto the affected area.

Lavender Oil: One of my favorites, lavender is one of the few essential oils that’s gentle enough to be used undiluted on the skin (most others need to be mixed with a carrier oil to avoid skin sensitivity.) Lavender is known best for it’s calming qualities. I like a few drops of it in my bath to help me decompress after a rough day. If you have chronic headaches, try placing a drop of lavender oil on each of your temples to help with the discomfort. Lavender oil is also a great antibacterial oil. Use it as a toner to help fight pimples.

Rose Oil: Although this is one of the more expensive essential oils, I think it’s worth it. Look for Rose Otto to ensure you’re getting the real deal. Rose is known for alleviating women’s issues including menopausal hormone imbalance, PMS, and menstrual cramps. Mix a few drops of rose oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto your lower belly if you’re experiencing cramps.

Neroli Oil: Created from distilled orange blossoms, Neroli oil is one of nature’s natural antidepressants. It evokes feelings of happiness and well-being and acts as a gentle sedative, especially when inhaled. Mix together 4-5 drops of Neroli into 8-12 ounces of water and pour into a spray bottle. Spritz lightly on your face when you’re feeling a little down.

Do you use essential oils? Share your faves! 

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