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10 Essential Oils and Their Benefits You Should Know About

When we think of oils, we tend to go to the basic oils used for hair, body oils or the ones used for massages. And what we usually miss out are the variety of essential oils that benefit in not just one but various ways.

But what are essential oils? These are the aromatic oils extracted from various parts of plants like leaves, roots, flowers etc. It is their natural and organic features which make them so useful. Read on to know more about such oils that can help you with personal care and home care.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

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As the name suggests, this oil is derived from the flower of the same name. Its pleasant smell has antidepressant properties and the oil has other psychological benefits like curing anxiety etc. Some of its physiological benefits are:

  • Treats minor wounds and burns
  • Relieves blocked nose
  • Fights acne
  • Cures hair loss

2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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This oil is made from the eucalyptus leaves of selected species of the plant. It has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Along with increasing focus, it also:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Treats respiratory infections
  • Cures sinus and asthma
  • Relieves stress 
  • Used as an insect repellent

3. Lemon Essential Oil

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Unlike the popular belief, the lemon oil is extracted from the outer peel and not from the juice of the inner fruit. It has antidepressant and antiviral properties. It helps cure:

  • Sore throats
  • Oral infections
  • Skin issues
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Bad breath
  • Hair loss and dandruff

4. Cinnamon Essential Oil

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This oil is distilled from cinnamon bark or leaf. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-clotting properties which is why it has the potential to:

  • Treat headache
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Relieves pain
  • Treat cold and flu

5. Clove Essential Oil

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This oil is derived from the healthy spice – Clove. It has antifungal, antioxidant and antiseptic properties which help in:

  • Relieving toothache
  • Treating gum diseases
  • Curing indigestion
  • Getting rid of head and earaches
  • Treating athlete’s foot and heat rashes 

6. Rosemary Essential Oil

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This oil is made from the leaves of the shrub by the same name which is also used as a culinary herb. It also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties which help:

  • In growth of hair
  • Treat headache
  • Reduce respiratory problems
  • Fight bad breath  

7. Tea Tree Essential Oil

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This oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant and has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and many more such properties.
Mix 3-4 drops of tea tree oil with the carrier oil to help:

  • Cure insect bites 
  • Get rid of hair lice and dandruff
  • Relieve chest congestion
  • Eliminate body odour
  • Keep vaginal infections at bay   

8. Jojoba Essential Oil

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This oil is made from the seeds of the jojoba shrub. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps:

  • Soothe irritated skin
  • Reduce acne
  • Heals wound
  • Moisturises skin

9. Peppermint Essential Oil

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This oil is derived from the leaves of the peppermint plant with antifungal and antiseptic properties. It is commonly used as an air deodorizer.
It also helps in dealing with various other problems like:

  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Keeping rodents and insects away
  • Lifts mood

10. Oregano Essential Oil

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This oil is extracted from oregano leaves which has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It has several health benefits along with its popular culinary uses.
Some of its treatments are:

  • Sore throats
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis pain
  • Cysts
  • Repel bed bugs and lice

Though these essential oils assure a healthy lifestyle, make sure you run an allergy test by applying it on a patch of a small area first. It is advisable to take your doctor’s advice before application of any of these oils.

Written by
Ayushi Jain

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