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Essential oil remedies have been used medicinally and therapeutically for thousands of years. Much like tea, essential oils offer a way to distill the natural properties of plants known for their healing qualities. But in the case of essential oils, the part of the plant that ends up in the bottle is mainly the aroma.

That puts essential oil remedies in the aromatherapy camp rather than the medicinal camp, which is why essential oil remedies are considered a form of alternative medicine. But that’s no reason to scoff at their reported benefits. We all know how closely our sense of smell is tied to our emotions, and there’s no denying the connection between aromatherapy and mind-body health.

Essential oils are an essential part of my wellness routine. Nothing soothes my stress like a nice, long bath infused with a mixture of rosemary and cedar essential oils. Rosemary is said to be emotionally and mentally uplifting, while cedar just reminds me of home. (You know I can never resist a woodsy scent!)

What’s the best essential oil blend for you? We turned to Essential Oils for Health, an essential oil guidebook by Kymberly Keniston-Pond. Keniston-Pond is a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, and this book is a simple, easy source with 100 essential oil recipes intended to target everything from mood swings to cellulite and more. Check out this starter guide to essential oil remedies and find out what they can do for you!

How to use essential oils: Essential oils are not perfumes! They shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin, but diluted by blending them into unscented creams and oils. If you’re just starting out with essential oils, the simplest way is to add them to baths or use a diffuser like the ones pictured above. I use a cute ceramic candle diffuser that I picked up at a dollar store, so you don’t need to go all out to get started. You can even add a few drops to a gently simmering saucepan on the stove, if need be. Same thing!

Important note: When using essential oil remedies, remember to respect their natural chemical properties. Check with your doctor if you’re pregnant and/or breastfeeding, and don’t use essential oils on babies and children under the age of seven.

Allergies (Hay Fever)

Eucalyptus, Lavender, & Peppermint. Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, and so is peppermint, which also offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Lavender is said to have natural anti-histamine qualities, and its soothing properties are well documented. Mix and match these essential oils in a steam diffuser, or blend with an unscented face cream and apply day and night for ongoing allergy relief.

Muscle Pain

Eucalyptus, Ginger, & Peppermint. Along with their decongestant properties, eucalyptus and peppermint are said to be natural pain relievers. Ginger offers additional anti-inflammatory benefits. You can blend these oils with an unscented cream or with grapeseed oil for topical application, or you can add them to a hot bath and soak the pain away.

Mood Swings

Clary Sage, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, & Frankincense. Feeling a little too up and down lately? Settle yourself down with a blend of these mind-calming essential oils. If your mood swings are PMS-related, clary sage is thought to help with hormonal balance. Frankincense is thought to calm anxiety and nervousness, while Ylang Ylang soothes anger and frustration. Rosemary is always a great emotional uplifter.

Fatigue

Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon, Peppermint, & Rosemary. Lemon, like other citrus fruits, is associated with invigoration and cheer. These qualities are distilled in lemon essentail oil, making it a perfect pick-me-up. Geranium offers even more uplifting, stress-relieving benefits, while the other oils serve to stimulate the mind and clear your head for better focus.

Coffee & Tobacco Addiction

Lemon, Peppermint, Clary Sage, & Ylang Ylang. Trying to kick a bad habit? Blend the uplifting, energizing qualities of lemon and peppermint to strengthen your will and keep your spirits up. Then turn to ylang ylang and clary sage to clear negative thoughts away so you can breathe deep, keep calm and stay on track.

There’s a huge variety of essential oils out there. How you use them is up to you. Whether it’s finding a scent that triggers safe feelings or turning to essential oil remedies for medicinal benefits, try making room for these powerful aroma treatments in your life. For details on how to blend and use these essential oil recipes, check out Essential Oils for Health

What scent soothes your mind and soul? Tell us in the comments!

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