11 Amazing Uses Of Essential Oils (Hair, Skin, Weight Loss And Health)

Amazing Uses of Essential Oils

In the universe of oils, there are so many oils that we live with. Like for instance, there are cooking oils, and massage oils. But, how many of you know about essential oils, and have ever used them? Or plan to use?

I think it is high time we treat “Essential oils” as the essential things in life.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are nothing but a highly concentrated version of the natural oils which are found in plants.

Distillation process is used to get essential oils from plants, where many parts of the plants including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or bark are used.

Once the distillation has happened, what you get is a “highly concentrated” part of the essential oil.

This has the same healing properties and fragrance of the plant from which the extraction took place. So you see, after distillation, the essential oil holds potential on many grounds – beauty and health, even weight loss.

Let us know about how essential oils are fast becoming the Gen Next in health and well-being.

Best Essential Oils

Here are the best Benefits & Uses of Essential Oils

Essentials Oils Can Treat
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Hair loss, Aging Skin, Red Marks, Dark Spots, Itching, Sore Throats, toothaches, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems, Nausea, Vomiting, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep disorders (Insomnia), Acne, Scars, Sprains, Headache, Migraine
Cedarwood Hair, Dry Scalp, Acne, Eczema, Thinning of Hair, Dry Skin and Skin Irritations (such as fungal infections), Sleep, Toothache, Cough, Arthritis
Peppermint Hair, Oily Scalp, Itchy Scalp, Acid Reflux and other Digestive Issues, Allergies
Rosemary Hair, Itchy Scalp, Aging Skin, Stress, Anxiety, Scars, Allergies
Clary Sage Hair, Skin, Acne, Menstrual days, Teeth/Gums
Sage Hair, Skin, Menstrual days
Basil Hair, Scalp, Allergies, Sore Muscles and Joints
Juniper Hair, Itching, Acne, Eczema, Dandruff, Hair loss, Stress, Anxiety
Ylang Ylang Hair, Aging Skin, Stress, Sleep, Fatigue
Sandalwood Dry Skin, Aging Skin, Itching, Sleep, Scars, Allergies, Memory, Relaxation
Lemon (Citrus limon) Hair, Oily Skin, Red Mark, Dark Spots, Weight Loss, Itching, Itchy Scalp, Sore Throat, Flu, Cold, Breathing Problems, Stress, Scars, Acid Reflux, Allergies
Cypress Hair, Oily Skin, Aging Skin
Rosewood Hair, Stress
Melrose Hair
Thieves Hair
Palo Santo (Burseragraveolens) Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems
Eucalyptus Globulus. Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems, Itchy Scalp, Acid Reflux, Allergies
Eucalyptus Radiata. Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems
Tea Tree (Melaleucaalternifolia) Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems, Itchy Scalp, Acne, Allergies
Eucaly Niaouli (Melaleucaviridflora) Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems
Ravensara (Ravensaraaromatica) Sore Throats, Flu, Colds, Breathing Problems
Orange Oily Skin, Acid Reflux
Bergamot Oily Skin, Weight Loss, Stress, Anxiety, Sleep, Allergies
Geranium Oily Skin, Dry Skin, Itching, Stress, Scars
Myrrh Dry Skin, Scars
Palmarosa Dry Skin, Aging Skin, Itching
Roman or German Chamomile Dry Skin, Itching, Stress, Sleep, Allergies
Tangerine Aging Skin
Patchouli Aging Skin
Frankincense Aging Skin, Red Mark, Dark Spot, Stress, Anxiety, Scars, Allergies
Elemi Aging Skin
Grapefruit Weight Loss
Cinnamon Weight Loss, Stress, Allergies
Fennel Weight Loss, Stress
Marjoram Stress, Anxiety, Sleep
Vetiver Stress, Anxiety, Sleep
Calendula Scars
Neroli Scars
Helichrysum Scars, Allergies
Carrot Seed Scars
Ginger Acid reflux
Clove Allergies
Lemongrass Allergies
Thyme oil Allergies
Oregano oil Allergies
Black Pepper Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Digestive, Ageing
Cardamom Aphrodisiac, Cephalic, Stomachic, Circulatory Stimulant, Mental tonic
Citronella Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic
Jasmine Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Menstrual Cycle, Labor Pains
Manuka Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiallergenic, Nervous Relaxant

1. Lavender oil :

Why it works: One of the most used essential oils in the world, lavender oil is multifaceted and is loaded with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Lavender Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need:

  • Lavender oil
  • Water (optional)

How to prepare

To use it as a perfume, mix lavender oil and water to get a subtle fragrance. For acne, use the oil directly.

How to use:

Since it is a natural perfume, you can apply lavender oil directly to your skin or dilute with few drops of water for a subtle fragrance.

Lavender oil also helps treat acne by removing impurities from the pores and rejuvenating the skin.

  • Add a drop of lavender essential oil directly to the pimple.
  • Do this twice a day.
  • While the swelling and redness is drastically decreased, the pimple will vanish too in a few days.

Hair

What you need

  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil

How to prepare:

Blend all these oils in a bowl –

  • 3 drops (each) of lavender oil and rosemary oil,
  • 2 drops (each) of thyme oil and cedarwood oil,
  • 4 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 a tsp of jojoba oil

How to use:

  • Firstly, massage this oil concoction on a small patch on your scalp to see how it reacts.
  • If all goes well, then massage it on your entire scalp for all of 5 minutes every night.
  • Wrap your hair with a towel
  • Repeat this for 7 months (min.) for best results.

Health

What you need

  • Lavender Oil

How to use:

  • Just rub few drops of this essential oil in your cupped palms, then inhale it to calm down your mind.
  • You can also rub lavender oil on your wrists, stressed feet, temples to get a calming effect.

Lavender oil benefits

  • To resolve problems such as Hair loss, Aging Skin, Red Mark, Dark Spots, Itching, sore throats, toothaches, flu, colds, breathing problems, Nausea, Vomiting, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep disorders (Insomnia), Acne, Scars, sprains, headache, Migraine

2. Cedarwood oil :

Why it works: Also called ‘cedar’ oil, the cedarwood oil is a mixture of organic compounds considered safe by the FDA. It has antiseptic, antifungal, astringent properties rolled into one.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Cedarwood oil

How to prepare:

  • Just add a few drops of cedarwood oil to the soap, lotion or face wash that you normally use.

How to Use:

  • Rub the prepared lotion on the affected areas.

Hair

What you need

  • Cedarwood oil
  • Coconut or Jojoba oil
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

How to prepare:

You have two options here – either mix few drops of cedarwood oil to your shampoo or conditioner, or add this essential oil to coconut or jojoba oil.

How to use:

  • Apply this mixture on your hair
  • Wrap it in a towel and leave it for half an hour.
  • Then wash your hair completely.

Health

What you need

  • Cedarwood oil
  • Any essential oil

How to prepare: Troubled with wounds, cuts or nicks from shaving? Mix cedarwood oil with any other essential oil.

How to use:

  • Rub the prepared concoction on your affected areas of the skin to get relief.

Cedarwood oil benefits

  • Whether it is hair thinning, or other hair problems such as dry scalp, or for that matter dry skin and insomnia, cedarwood oil creates a comforting and uplifting experience.

3. Peppermint oil :

Why it works: Peppermint is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint and is high in “menthol” content which is the primary source of the cooling sensation it emits. So the very idea of “mint fresh” peppermint brings freshness to one’s mind and body.

Peppermint Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Peppermint oil
  • Carrier oil

How to prepare:

  • Since it can cool and sooth the skin, combine 15 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil.

How to Use:

  • Just massage the diluted oil into your skin.
  • It will help moisturizing the skin and avoid further damage to it.

Hair

What you need

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Shampoo

How to prepare:

  • Add just 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to your shampoo

How to Use:

  • Wash your hair like you normally do with the peppermint based shampoo.

Health

What you need

  • Peppermint oil

How to prepare: Peppermint oil has menthol which is very refreshing and helps fight coughs, colds, blocked noses and muscle pain.

How to use:

  • Apply the oil topically in order to get relief from seasonal colds and sore muscles.

Peppermint oil benefits

The oil brings down a fever. So whenever you are down with one of those viral fevers, mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on your your neck or on the bottom side of your feet. This will help in treating fever naturally.

4. Rosemary oil :

Why it works: Rosemary oil is known for its natural antiseptic properties and woody fragrance. It is also loaded with antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Rosemary Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need:

  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • Apple cider vinegar

How to prepare:

  • In a saucepan, mix fresh rosemary leave and 4 cups of ACV and heat until it begins to reduce to half.
  • Take it off the flame and let it cool down.
  • Strain and store in a jar or bottle.

How to use:

  • Whenever you are taking a bath, add 1 cup of this treated solution to a warm bath.
  •  Soak yourself in it for 20 minutes.

Hair

What you need:

  • Rosemary leaves
  • Apple cider vinegar

How to prepare:

  • To a jar that has ACV, add crushed rosemary.

How to use:

  • While shampooing your hair, pour in 1/4th cup rosemary vinegar to about 2 cups water
  • Rinse your hair with it.

Health

What you need

  • Rosemary essential oil.

How to use: Down with throbbing headache or migraine? Not to worry.

  • Just add a few drops of rosemary oil to the temples (forehead zone) or the aching zones of your head.
  • This will bring you relief.

Rosemary oil benefits

This aromatic herb benefits hair growth, improves memory, thickens hair and works wonders for itchy or sunburned skin

5. Clary Sage oil :

Why it works: The Clary sage essential oil has a sweet and nutty aroma (if you compare it with “sage” oil which has a strong spicy scent). It is good for it’s antiseptic, astringent, digestive, and deodorant.

Clary Sage Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Clary Sage oil
  • Carrier oil (optional)

How to prepare:

  • You can use the oil on a solo basis or combine it with a carrier oil to ensure max absorption and effect

How to Use:

  • Just massage it on skin and you are good to go.
  • When you do that, expect healing of rashes and skin inflammation, and younger and beautiful skin

Hair

What you need

  • Clary Sage Essential oil
  • Shampoo or conditioner

How to prepare:

  • Mix a few drops of Clary Sage Essential oil with your shampoo or conditioner

How to use:

  • Wash your hair with this blend and get healthy hair and scalp

Health

What you need

  • Clary Sage Essential oil
  • Piece of cloth
  • Warm water

How to prepare:

  • soak a piece of cloth in warm water which has few drops of clary sage oil.

How to use:

  • Put the soaked and treated cloth piece on your tired eyes for 10 minutes.
  • This will bring relief from anxiety and tension.

Clary Sage oil benefits

From toning skin, muscles and hair to strengthening gums, and reducing skin inflammation and skin rashes, clary sage oil does all.

Essential Oils

6. Sage oil :

Why it works: Sage is a boon, and this is a fact recognized by Chinese to the Arabs. It is packed with compounds like camphene, cineol, borneol and bornyl acetate – all of them stand out in treating digestive problems, apart from a great addition to skincare and cosmetic products. Plus, the sage oil is a very good skin toner too as it regulates sebum production in oily skin.

Sage Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Sage herbs
  • Water

How to prepare:

  • Boil a tablespoon of sage herbs in about 250ml water.
  • Steep it for half an hour.
  • Then strain the concoction.

How to use:

  • Once the treated solution of sage has cooled down, dab it on your face.

Hair

What you need

  • Sage oil
  • Rosemary oil

How to prepare:

  • A combo of sage and rosemary makes your hair thicker and shining.
  • Boil 2 herbs in water.

How to use:

  • Dab your hair with sage rosemary herbal rinse daily for a week to get the hair volume back and reduction in dandruff.

Health

For sore throat:

What you need

  • Dried sage leaves
  • Water
  • Honey

How to prepare:

  • Boil a pinch of dried sage leaves in 100 ml of water.
  • Thereafter, infuse it for 15 minutes
  • Strain and sweeten it (with honey, not sugar).

How to Use:

  • Gargle your throat with this solution twice a day to get relief.

Sage oil benefits

Treats Skin problems, has hair benefits and is beneficial for women during menstruation days.

7. Basil oil:

Why it works: Known as the ‘Elixir of Life’, Basil oil is multipurpose in every way, and super light too. It is loaded with carminative and antibacterial properties, and widely used in aromatherapy too.

Basil Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Basil oil
  • Coconut oil

How to prepare: Suffering from sensitive skin?

  • Dilute basil oil with fractionated coconut oil.

How to use:

  • Massage your fatigued/sore muscles and joints with this oil blend and see how relieved you feel.

Hair

What you need

  • Basil oil

How to prepare:

  • Hair loss can be a thing of the past when you massage basil oil to your scalp.

How to use:

  • Put basil oil to your dry or wet hair and scalp once a day.
  • Shampoo or condition the hair.

Health

What you need

  • Basil oil
  • Carrier oil

How to prepare:

  • If ear ache is troubling you, all you need is one drop of basil essential oil and 3 drops of carrier oil.

How to Use:

  • Massage the derived oil around and behind your ear.
  • You can also put few drops of basil oil on a cotton swab and then place it over your ear.
  • See to it that the oil doesn’t get inside your ear.

Basil oil benefits

Rejuvenating Hair and skin, and fighting skin allergies and acne. Pregnant and nursing moms should avoid using basil oil for health reasons.

8. Juniper oil :

Why it works: Jump for joy as juniper oil has chemical components such as camphene, sabinene, bornyl acetate that bring you relief from stress, anxiety and problematic skin (all the more why we need it today). If you are suffering from skin and hair problems like acne, eczema (which leads to aggressive itching), dandruff, hair loss, then you have found the best essential oil which works as an antiseptic.

Juniper Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Juniper oil
  • Carrier oil

How to prepare:

  • Dilute juniper oil with a carrier oil in the same ratio of 1:1.

How to use:

  • Once you have diluted the juniper oil, go ahead and apply it directly to the skin.
  • Then massage it on the affected and infected area to get relief.

Hair

What you need

  • Juniper oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Olive oil.

How to prepare:

You can turn dull and drab ahir around by using juniper oil hair and scalp tonic. All you require is the mix of the following – juniper oil, rosemary oil, cedarwood essential oil and olive oil.

How to use:

  • Start off by blending 10 drops of juniper oil, 8 drops of rosemary, and 7 drops of cedarwood oil with 3 tbsp olive oil.
  • Now massage this concoction on your scalp as well as hair before you wash them.
  • Keep your hair wrapped in a fresh and warm towel for 2 hours.
  • Subsequently, wash it with a shampoo.
  • Make sure there is not an iota of oil left on the hair before you rinse off your hair. The massage therapy works well by stimulating blood circulation to the scalp. This in turn boosts the overall health of the scalp, while the tonic keeps the hair and scalp moisturized.

Health

What you need

  • Juniper berry
  • Coconut oil

How to prepare:

  • Acidity is a common problem most of us face. Wanna relief from acid reflux and indigestion symptoms? Get juniper berry and coconut oil by your side.

How to use:

  • Massage few drops of juniper berry along with coconut oil over your abdomen, entire stomach and chest.
  • You can also explore the option of taking it internally.

[Also Read Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil]

Juniper Oil Benefits

Juniper oil benefits

When it comes to hair strengthening and saying goodbye to skin problems like acne etc., juniper oil delivers its promises to its fullest.

9. Ylang Ylang oil :

Why it works: With benzyl acetate, geranyl acetate, methyl benzoate and other such components in tow, the ylang ylang oil is rich in medicinal properties. It is also known as a “stress buster” oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Carrier oil

How to prepare:

  • Ylang ylang oil when mixed with carrier oils works as anti-aging skin toner.

How to use:

  • Add 5 drops of ylang ylang oil into chamomile tea.
  • Once it cools down, apply it your skin.

Hair

What you need

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Coconut oil

How to prepare:

  • For healthy and shiny hair curls, all you need is a combo of 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1-2 drops ylang ylang oil.

How to use:

  • Massage the hair with the oil mix
  • Braid your hair and sleep with a scarf on.
  • The morning of next, style your hair as usual.

Health

What you need

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Carrier oil

How to prepare:

Ylang ylang oil is all there to boost your circulatory system.

How to use:

  • In order to control your blood pressure, it makes sense to massage a drop of this oil along with a carrier oil over your heart daily.
  • You can also take it as a dietary supplement by adding one or two drops of it to water or warm tea.

Ylang Ylang oil benefits

Promotes relaxation, fights insomnia, stress, fatigue, acne, ageing skin, hair problems.

10. Sandalwood oil :

Why it works: sandalwood essential oil is loaded with relaxing and calming properties, it is a memory booster, natural aphrodisiac, astringent,anti-viral and antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and anti-spasmotic in nature.

Sandalwood Essential Oil Recipe:

Skin

What you need

  • Sandalwood oil
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon essential oil

How to prepare:

  • Mix equal parts of the above mentioned oils for an excellent anti-wrinkle blend

How to use:

  • Mix 3 to 5 drops of frankincense, geranium, lavender and sandalwood essential oils to an unscented lotion and apply it to face.

Hair

What you need

  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Jojoba oil

How to prepare:

  • To get that much needed hair sheen, add 4-8 drops of sandalwood oil to jojoba oil.

How to Use:

  • Make sure your hair locks are dry, when you begin to apply the sandalwood oil tonic.
  • This will help you get lost moisture and enjoy sheen in the process.

Health

What you need

  • Sandalwood essential oil

How to prepare:

  • Non-stop cough can be very irritating. Sandalwood essential oil gives you relaxing benefits from pesky cough.

How to Use:

  • Just add a few drops of this oil to a tissue or hanky.
  • Inhale it! This will help cut down on the duration and severity of a cough.

Sandalwood oil benefits

Memory booster, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sandalwood essential oil is extensively used for medicines, skin and beauty treatments. And of course, gives you peace, and relaxation.

Let us now have an overall look at the benefits of essential oils.

Benefits of Essential Oils

When you add some of the most common essential oils to your “naturally built” medicine cabinet, guess what happens? You not only get healthy, none of the common diseases get the courage to attack you. Let us check out some of the assured benefits that essential oils give you.

  1. Multivitamins: Essential oils, as a matter of fact, do not have vitamins and minerals since they do not have water or fat/lipid content. This makes them insoluble. But yes, there are some oils such as jojoba oil which have vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B complex.
  1. Antioxidant Support: Essential oils have antioxidants which ward off disease and damage to the body by neutralizing the free radicals. Clove Oil is one such essential oil which scores points in antioxidant support followed by Thyme oil and Cinnamon Bark.
  1. Age-Based Nutrition: Essential oils boost nutrient absorption – in the process – reversing toxic overload.
  1. Weight Management: Grapefruit oil, ginger oil and cinnamon oil support the body in weight loss program.
  1. Joint Mobility: Clove Bud, Juniper Berry, Ginger and Chamomile are some of the essential oils that help maintain healthy joints
  1. Energy and Stamina: Try out a range of essential oils such as Peppermint, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Frankincense that give energy, invigorate you and uplift your mood.
  1. Facial Care: Apart from creams and lotions, essential oils like Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Lavender, and Sandalwood in particular nourish your ageing skin.
  1. Bath and Body: Aromatherapy is the science of health and wellness that proves its mettle. And essential oils like Peppermint oil give your skin a cool tingling sensation while giving a calming effect on your body.
  1. Emotional Wellness: Strike the chord of total wellness by applying essential oils which help uplift your emotions.
  1. Mental Health: Shoo off the stress, anxiety and depression by going for essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang and chamomile which give you mental clarity and strength.
  1. Spiritual Health: When you anoint your body with the healing powers of lavender, holy basil, nutmeg, myrrh, you are on your path to spiritual attunement.
  1. Improve Cognitive Function: Studies show that essential oils improve cognitive functioning when applied to the skin or inhaled. Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, ginger are some of the oils which prove their worth.
  1. Stop Hair Loss: To enhance hair growth, all you need is rosemary, cedarwood, lavender, sweet basil essential oils. They thicken the hair by stimulating the hair follicles and upping the blood circulation the scalp.
  1. Detoxify Your Body: Cleanse-and-detox your body is a must, and what better oils than lemongrass, wild orange, grapefruit which defend your body against infection.
  1. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes: Let your body enjoy the antibacterial and healing properties of lavender, myrrh, tea tree and rosemary oils which are commonly used to heal wounds, cuts, and burns.
  1. Reduce Fever: Hey, did you know Eucalyptus oil is known as ‘fever oil’? Which is why, this emerges as one of the popular oils in getting rid of fever.
  1. Relax Tired Muscles: Aching and tired muscles can be a thing of the past when you massage eucalyptus oil on sore joints and muscles.
  1. Protect Skin from Sunburn: Say goodbye to sunburns and skin darkening by applying essential oils such as wheat germ oil, carrot seed oil.
    Other than the beauty aspect, essential oils are pretty useful in other domains listed below.

Here are some more Uses of Essential Oils:

  1. Diffusers: Also called Aromatherapy Diffusers, diffusion helps in dispersing the fragrance of the essential oil to the entire room. This helps in improving the quality of the air.
  1. Teeth Whitener: Combine the following three oils – coconut oil, lemon essential oil and fresh strawberries and then rub them gently on your teeth to get the results.

Stay tuned and find out which essential oil is the best remedy (there are so many actually) for your health, hair, skin and weight loss.

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