Essential oils are growing in popularity. Though they’ve been used for a long time, only now are we starting to catch on to the potential they have to improve our lives. If the world of EO’s seems a bit intimidating and you don’t know which oils to get started with, you’re in the right place.
Our bundle of these four powerful oils is a great place to get started. Pink grapefruit, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender cover all the bases. They boost your energy, stimulate your brain for more productivity, enhance relaxation,improve sleep and you can use them to clean your home without worrying about toxic chemicals.
They’re also a great way to start experimenting with mixing your own oils. But before we dive into that, let’s talk about their respective qualities and the different ways that you can use each of these potent essences.
Energizing, stimulating and excellent for helping aid weight loss. Grapefruit essential oil is a powerful substance high in limonene, a substance derived from citrus peel that is extremely high in antioxidants.
- Energy boosting
- Increases focus and brain activity
- Aids in weight loss
- Stress reduction
- Acne/skin care
- Helps with sugar cravings
- Fights candida overgrowth
- Naturally antibacterial
- Helps fight depression
Research on Grapefruit Oil
One study found that grapefruit essential oil, along with a few others, resulted in reduced blood pressure and a calming effect on the sympathetic nervous system.
There’s also evidence that grapefruit oil can help reduce those stubborn depressive symptoms that few are immune to. The use of grapefruit and other citrus oils helped patients see a reduction in their antidepressant intake.
An animal study showed that grapefruit essential oil increases lipolysis which helps with suppress weight gain.
Aromatherapy massage using grapefruit oil in showed a reduction in abdominal fat as well as improved body-image in post-menopausal women.
You may have tasted lemongrass before in Thai food, but it’s more than just a delicious herb for cooking. Lemongrass is an energizing and antibacterial powerhouse of an essential oil.
The scent of lemongrass will transport you to distant lands. Not only does its smell enhance energy levels and increase focus, lemongrass oil has been shown in studies to have an anti-cancer effect.
- Reduces muscle aches and pains
- Boosts energy and focus
- Stimulates and improves digestion
- Germ killing antibacterial properties
- Eases abdominal cramps
- Air freshener
- Repels bugs
- Lowers cholesterol
- Fights candida overgrowth
Research on Lemongrass Oil
An animal study showed that lemongrass oil reduced chemically-induced apoptosis or cell death in the mammary glands of mice. Another study showed a compound in lemongrass oil called citral kills cancer cells in certain tumors.
Both lemongrass and ylang-ylang have been shown to be highly effective eco friendly bug repellents. An excellent alternative to deet and chemical based repellents.
Anxiety plagues many people. Often the solution is pharmaceutical drugs with a ton of nasty side effects. Researchers have looked into the anxiety reducing properties of lemongrass essential oil and found that even brief exposure shows positive results in reducing anxiety.
Candida or yeast overgrowth runs rampant in our sugar addicted society. One study which compared 12 essential oils found lemongrass to be highly effective in killing candida.
The favourite food group of koala bears, they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from eucalyptus. A common addition to decongestant chest rub, eucalyptus is truly a marvellous gift from the plant kingdom.
The Aboriginal and indigenous peoples of Australia and South America have used eucalyptus to heal wounds for thousands of years. It’s potent scent gives a clue as to how powerful an antiseptic and antibacterial compound it is.
- Chest Decongestant
- Helps with respiratory problems
- Alleviates sinus pressure and helps treat sinusitis
- Speeds wound healing
- Eliminates odours
- Air purifier
- Natural cleaner
- Insect repellant
- Useful against herpes
Research on Eucalyptus
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem. Luckily researchers have discovered that certain plants high in the compound pipertone, including eucalyptus, help combat antibiotic resistance against Enterobacter cloacae.
Eucalyptus has been found to be an effective mosquito repellant. Bugs and germs really hate this stuff, it’s also been shown to have antiviral activity for treating herpes simplex along with another Australian favourite, tea tree oil.
Highly antimicrobial and antiseptic, eucalyptus oil should be in everyone’s first aid kit.
Arguably the most popular essential oil, lavender gets its claim to fame for good reason. It’s calming properties not only soothe the emotions but also offer great relief to physical burns, cuts and scrapes.
The history of lavender is also interesting as it was used as an antibacterial substance in hospitals during WWII.
- Treats headaches
- Calming and stress relieving
- Improves sleep
- Treating sensitive skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- Balances blood sugar
- Speeds healing for burns and cuts
- Improves mood and helps with PMS
- Air freshener and purifier
- Antifungal and effective against candida
Research on Lavender
The research on lavender is much more plentiful than many other essential oils. The benefits extend from drastic improvements in sleep quality in postpartum women to treating the common drug resistant ‘staph’ bacteria.
Ever heard a colicky baby crying? It’s no fun, but researchers have found lavender aromatherapy massage effective at treating infantile colic.
Commonly lavender is used to reduce stress and anxiety. It has profound calming effects that stretch from the emotional realm to the physical. Known to promote deep sleep with it’s gentle sedative properties and provide pain relief for people suffering from migraine headaches. Lavender’s healing properties really do go the distance.
You can play around with mixing the oils to get as many benefits as possible.
Oil combinations for perfume or body spray
Instructions: Add a few drops to your FREE diffuser necklace for a long lasting aromatherapy perfume. You also add 10 drops each to a cup of water with a tsp of liquid carrier oil for a homemade body spray.
Lavender + Pink grapefruit
Lemongrass + Pink grapefruit
Lemongrass + Lavender
Oil combinations for cleaning and air fresheners
Instructions: Add a few drops of each oil to your diffuser or a few drops of each to 1 cup pure water with a tablespoon of white vinegar as a natural all-purpose cleaner.
Lavender + Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus + Lemongrass
Pink grapefruit + Lemongrass
Oil combinations for muscle rub
Instructions: Combine essential oils at a ratio of roughly 1:10 in your favourite carrier oil.
Eucalyptus + Lavender
Eucalyptus + Lemongrass
Get started today with these fantastic four essential oils and you’ll be well on your way to understanding the power of essential oils.