10 Essential Oils to Keep in the Home or at Work

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Here are my top 10 essential oils for the home and at work:

Lavender is capable of many important jobs and is a delight to use. It is so very effective in the treatment of burns and scalds, is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring, and also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Although not known specifically s a circulatory stimulant, lavender oil certainly seems to allay the effects of clinical shock and as a mood tonic and antidepressant it helps to deal with the psychological shock of injury. A truly indispensable oil.

Tea Tree
The antiseptic action of tea tree is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid – and it is non poisonous to humans! The Aborigines have been using this indigenous Australian tree in their medications for centuries and today tea tree is a the subject of a great deal of international research. Its impressive antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties make it useful in the treatment of candida and all sorts of infections, for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and pyorrhoea, among other things.

Peppermint has been used by many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Chinese and American Indians, no doubt because of its extremely useful health-promoting properties. It is an excellent digestive, it helps the respiratory system and circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. These qualities make it a good oil in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, flu, catarrh, varicose veins, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache and fatigue. It even keeps mice, fleas and ants away!

There are several types of chamomile essential oil. Chamomile German is an excellent variety and its beautiful deep dark blue colour, due to its high azulene content, comes as a bonus. Another excellent variety, chamomile Romans, is particularly good for the treatment of nervous conditions and insomnia. Although chamomile is antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant, it is most valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. These apply to internal conditions like rheumatism, as well as to external inflammations. Chamomile is indispensable if you have children, because it can be used for teething troubles and in the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. Chamomile is used in the treatment of burns, including sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhoea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and all nervous and depressive states. Its analgesic, diuretic, sedative, and calming properties make chamomile an extremely desirable oil. For kicking the tranquiliser habit it is invaluable, and in anorexia nervosa it is extremely helpful. As if this weren’t enough, chamomile is used in rejuvenation treatments.

Eucalyptus has been distilled from at least 1788 when two doctors, John White and Dennis Cossiden, distilled Eucalyptus piperata for its use in treating chest problems and colic. This was in Australia where the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are so called because of the extraordinary blue haze that exudes from the resin of the eucalyptus gum and envelops the entire landscape. In such a powerfully aromatic environment, the medicinal qualities of this ancient tree would be hard to miss. The wide range of eucalyptus varieties make a marvellously versatile and useful oil. Eucalyptus cools the body during summer and protects it in winter. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorising. Research has proved its antiviral properties as well. It is best known for its effectiveness against coughs and colds but is equally effective in the treatment of cystitis, candida, diabetes, and sunburn, while also being useful in veterinary care and as an insect repellent.

Geranium is one of my favourite oils because it works profoundly on the emotions and is useful in many medical conditions- and smells wonderful while it works so hard. The oil is extracted not from the familiar brightly coloured geranium but from the species Pelargonium – Geranium Robert or ‘lemon plant’ – which is very often displayed in abundance in Greek restaurants. Geranium will make chilblains disappear overnight and brings a radiant glow when used in skin care. More importantly, it is a vital component in the treatment of endometriosis, is very effective for menopausal problems, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, and as a nerve tonic, and works well as a sedative. It is reputed to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer and if nothing else, would certainly help the patient to relax and cope with the pain. Geranium has many applications, from frostbite to infertility, and its antiseptic and astringent properties contribute to its general usefulness. Its delightful floral fragrance makes it a pleasure to use, either on its own or as a contributory oil in blends.

Rosemary is both a physical and mental stimulant, which makes it a good oil to have in the morning bath, while also being excellent in the treatment of all muscular conditions, making it the perfect oil for a bath after a long tiring day. This antiseptic oil is used in the treatment of muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, headaches, coughs, flu and diabetes, among other conditions. It is also very useful in beauty treatments, being used in hair care and acne and cellulite remedies. For the sportsman, cook and gardener, rosemary is invaluable.

There are many types of thyme, some of which can be used safely in all situations and some which cannot. Thyme has notable antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and like many good things, should be used with in moderation. Overuse of it can stimulate the thyroid gland and lymphatic system. It should never be applied to the skin undiluted and should not be used on children unless it is within the chemotype Thyme linalol.
Thyme has powerful antiviral properties. When flu is around it is a wonderful oil to have on the room diffuser. It also assists in the elimination of toxic wastes from the body. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including whooping cough, warts, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, and acne. It is also extremely useful in antiseptic powders, hair and skin care regimes, and cooking. Just to make it a perfect all-rounder, thyme will discourage all manner of parasites and insects from invading your home.

When our adventurous seafaring ancestors sailed the high seas, fresh lemons saved them from getting scurvy. For modern stay-at-homes, the essential oil of lemon is just as useful as a water purifier. This antiseptic and antibacterial oil will perform many tasks when used in blends, including treating verrucas, insect bites, and tension headaches. It has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. It will assist you to slim, help disperse cellulite, and keep wrinkles at bay. Its contribution to synergy makes it particularly useful in blends while it is indispensable as a fragrancing and flavouring agent.

Clove oil is antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic and is a good oil for the prevention of disease and infection. Being a spice, it can easily be incorporated into your cooking. It is best known as a quick cure for toothache although it is equally useful in digestive problems and muscular disorders. It can be used in the treatment of asthma, nausea, and sinusitis, and as a sedative. Clove is a powerful oil that has been used for the sterilisation of surgical instruments. It should not be used undiluted on the skin.
I hope the tips are of use to you and I hope to see you soon!
Steve x