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3 Popular Essential Oils: Healing Benefits and How to Use

3 Popular Essential Oils: Healing Benefits and How to Use

Frankincense, lavender, and eucalyptus are three popular essential oils, and each boasts a range of healing properties and well-being benefits, from pain relief to skin toning, and restful sleep to improved focus. Discover how to use each of these therapeutic essences below.

1. Frankincense | Olibanum

Frankincense is an important oil for toning and invigorating the complexion, particularly for mature or sun-damaged skin. Frankincense can be used as both an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and its distinct aroma helps to sooth frayed nerves, making it useful for treating anxiety.

Benefits of frankincense essential oil:

Soothes aches and pains
Tones skin
Acts as an antiseptic
Fights colds
Relieves anxiety

Uses of frankincense essential oil

Best uses of frankincense:

In an ointment: The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense essential oil make it an effective ointment to use on sore joints, helping to reduce pain and increase movement.

As a facial toner: Mix 2 teaspoons aloe vera juice, 6 tablespoons water and 4 drops of frankincense.

In a diffuser: Add a few drops to a diffuser, vaporizer or oil burner.

In a massage oil: Add a few drops to a base oil for a toning massage.

2. Lavender | Lavandula angustifolia

A versatile and popular essential oil, lavender has a calming fragrance and is particularly renowned for its ability to relax and promote restful sleep. Its rejuvenating and soothing effects make it an effective skin treatment and a good skin healer.

Benefits of lavender essential oil:

Soothes and heals skin
Promotes restful sleep
Acts as a pain reliever
Acts as an antiseptic
Freshens the air

Uses of lavender essential oil

Best uses of lavender essential oil:

As a bath oil: Combine with a base oil or 2 tablespoons of milk and disperse in a relaxing bedtime bath.

As a massage oil: In an oil blend, it is restorative and de-stressing.

3. Eucalyptus | Eucalyptus globulus

This warming and antiseptic oil is great for relieving aches and pains as well as healing mouth ulcers and insect bites and stings. The oil tones and balances the skin, and its sharp aroma helps increase concentration and lift feelings of depression.

Uses of eucalyptus essential oil

What is it eucalyptus essential oil good for?

Acts as an antiseptic
Tones skin
Eases aches and pains
Improves focus

Best uses for eucalyptus essential oil:

In a massage oil: Blend 2-3 drops in an ointment to rub on the chest to clear sinuses and aid sleep when congested.

In an inhalation: Add a few drops to hot water and use as a facial steam to unclog pores, cleanse, tone, and leave you clear-headed and refreshed.

In a diffuser: Add a few drops to a diffuser to combat fatigue.

 

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