These 5 essential oils are must-haves for a Joyous Home, free of chemicals! Essential oils are one of the most versatile natural products out there. From home cleaning to freshening the air in your home to helping with insomnia and anxiety, there really is an essential oil for everything and everyone!
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of the most commonly used essential oils. From soothing skin to using a lavender spray for insomnia or anxiety to cleaning. This oil is versatile and it’s an antimicrobial powerhouse! It’s been shown that Lavender Essential Oil is an effective antibacterial agent. In fact, lavender essential oil has active properties that help with respiratory tract infections and it has an immunostimulatory effect. Whether you spritz your pillow with some lavender essential oil or you add it to your next batch of natural cleaner, it’s a great oil to keep on hand!
Thyme Essential Oil
For centuries, thyme has been used across nations and cultures for incense in holy temples, ancient embalming practices, and warding off nightmares. Thyme Essential Oil continues to have a multitude of uses. Specifically the common thyme and German Thyme essential oil is one of the most antimicrobial oils available. The active compound in thyme essential oil is thymol, which is what gives thyme oil it’s antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Did you know that peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 B.C. and have been found in several Egyptian Pyramids?! Today, peppermint oil is used for so many things. While peppermint oil isn’t as antimicrobial as other oils that are widely available, it has been shown to have synergistic effects with other essential oils, making it a great addition to Essential Oil Blends. In addition to being a great oil to include in a countertop cleaning spray, peppermint oil has also been extensively studied and used as an anti-nausea remedy.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil is widely touted as the ultimate pimple fighter and spot-treatment. It’s also known as melaleuca and is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds, which is why it’s one of the top antibacterial essential oils. In fact, tea tree oil is such a powerful antibacterial agent that lab studies have found that it can inhibit the growth and even kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi including E. Coli and Influenza. You can see now why so many people are reaching for Tea Tree Oil to add to cleaning supplies!
Sage Essential Oil
Before we get into the benefits of sage oil, it is important to recognize the two different types of sage essential oil that you may find at your local health food store. These two oils come from the same genus and belong to the same family of evergreen shrubs, but they’re very different. Think of them as second cousins rather than siblings. Clary sage is herbaceous and floral smelling and is more calming and relaxing whereas sage is stronger and spicier smelling and is more uplifting. In terms of benefits and uses, we're going to talk about Sage Essential Oil. Sage oil has been shown to be antiseptic and antibacterial. Recent studies have even shown that it can be used as a disinfectant against airborne microorganisms!
Article by Joy McCarthy - Joyoushealth.com