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There are a vast number of essential oils on the market today, but knowing which oil to choose can be difficult. Here are just a few common, well-loved oils for your consideration.



One of the most versatile oils, lavender is popular for a reason. With a soothing scent, it can be both gentle and therapeutic. It’s commonly used as a calming agent or sleep aid.



Cultivated from a hybrid of spearmint and water mint, peppermint oil is useful for combating common cold symptoms such as congestion and coughs. With its cooling property, peppermint oil can be used to relieve muscular pain. Applying it directly to the skin tends to be most effective for these purposes.



From reducing stress hormones to overpowering foul odors, rosemary essential oil can be used in many ways. With a diffuser, the clean, fresh scent of rosemary can serve as a natural replacement for air fresheners, and when applied topically, it can stimulate circulation.



In plant form, eucalyptus has often been used to treat sinus congestion and respiratory issues, and as an oil, it can have the same effect. With antiseptic properties, eucalyptus oil can be used to treat minor wounds and prevent infection.


This is by no means an extensive list. Many more essential oils exist, and each have unique properties. Assessing the benefits and applications of each before making a purchase can help you get the best use out of your oils.

Stay tuned! Next week, I’ll touch on a few uncommon essential oils for your consideration.

Gretchen Reuter Footer Holistic