Which Essential Oil Do You Need in Your Life?

Like mushroom tea and ginger shotsessential oils are one of today's many hot wellness trends.

However, essential oils are anything but new. In fact, they've been around for centuries. An article written by Hazem S. Elshafie and Oppolito Camele cites that essential oils and aromatherapy may date back as early as Egypt in 4,500 BC, ancient China and India in 3000 and 2000 BC, and Greece in 500 and 400 BC. Basically, they've been around for a long time in a lot of different places.

Essential oils are plant-based and provide a natural way to treat different ailments. Essential oils are said to alleviate anxiety, depression, nausea, and insomnia. They can also reduce nausea, improve concentration, treat headaches and clear sinuses. So if you've wanted to try essential oils but didn't know where to start, this guide will lead you to the perfect essential oil for you!Shutterstock: bottles of essential oil with flowers and herbs

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Note: As a general warning, you should never consume essential oils. They should only be used topically (on your body) or diffused in the air. A small percentage of people also have an allergic reaction to essential oils, so go to a doctor if you break out in rash or hives after using essential oils. If you have pets, Found Animals suggests that you contact your vet before using essential oils, as some essential oils are toxic to animals. They can tell you which ones to avoid or safe ways to practice aromatherapy without hurting your fur babies.


For Energy – Peppermint

Are you relying on coffee to get you through the day? Peppermint oil is going to be your best friend. The menthol in peppermint stimulates your brain and wakes you up. This is the perfect scent to put in your diffuser if you need to feel energized and focused.

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For Relaxation – Lavender

Lavender is the perfect scent to relax your body and mind. It soothes your nervous system and brings your anxiety levels down so that it can calm you even after the most stressful day.

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For Positivity – Lemon

Lemon essential oil is like sunshine in a bottle. This bright citrus scent lifts your mood and boosts energy. It's the perfect scent for the morning, as it will help you start your day with a positive mindset.

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For Sleep – Chamomile

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? Chamomile is the insomnia-fighting scent you need in your life. Chamomile tea is famous for inducing sleep and chamomile essential oil is no different. Use this scent before you go to bed to help you fall asleep and improve your sleep quality.

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For Getting Over a Cold – Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a cold-busting essential oil. Eucalyptus can improve your respiratory system by reducing and breaking up mucus in your chest. You can dilute eucalyptus oil in water and inhale or rub a diluted mixture on your chest.

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For Curing Headaches – Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is an anti-inflammatory superstar. It has pain-relieving properties, which may help relieve headaches. It can also decrease anxiety, which can prevent stress-induced migraines.

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For Comfort – Rose

Whether roses come in a glass vase or an essential oil bottle, the scent is always uplifting and comforting. This classic and powerful scent can provide comfort by reducing anxiety and depression.

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For Settling Your Stomach – Lemongrass

Lemongrass is well-known for its ability to treat stomach issues. Lemongrass can relieve nausea and stomachaches.

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