Some oils I recommend to start with are Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree (Australian), Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, and Lemon. You can put 3-4 drops in the bath and enjoy. Peppermint has a powerful aroma, so just use 1, maybe 2, drops. Remember to mix these with a base oil, such as: jojoba, sweet almond, or any other base or carrier oil, if they are to used for massage. Essential oils by themselves can be a skin-irritant.
About those 6 oils:
Lavender-- Lavandula officinalis --is used for a wide
variety of things. One of the most helpful is in the treatment of scalds and burns. This should be your FIRST oil!
No household should be without this one.
Eucalyptus--Eucalyptus globulus -- is used to treat colds,
flu, acne, viral infections, cuts, burns, stress, depression, and mental exhaustion.
Lemon--Citrus limonum -is used as an astringent and
antiseptic that is good for itchy skin conditions; such as eczema; or also on oily skin. It is also used for
stress management, anxiety, tension and mental fatigue.
Peppermint--Mentha piperita --Peppermint is really good
for upset stomachs, stress, depression, tension, it's a stimulant, and will help clear the sinuses.
Rosemary--Rosmarinus officinalis --is used to treat stress,
has an uplifting affect for concentration and memory, releives muscle aches and pains, migraines, arthritis, colds,
skin problems (acne, cellulite) and hair care.
Tea Tree (Australian)--Melaleuca alternifolia --is an antiviral,
antifungal, and antibacterial oil. It is used to treat boils, burns, warts, genital herpes, ringworm, acne, sunburn,
and much much more.
Ylang ylang--Cananga odorata --is known as the flower of flowers.
It has a sweet, exotic floral aroma. It has many healing properties, such as: antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative,
and an antiseptic. It is useful for treating acne, irritated or oily skin, and as a hair rinse or tonic for hair growth.
Also good on insect bites.
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Base or Carrier Oils: These are the oils that Essential oils are mixed with to make them more safe before applying to the skin. What kind of base oils you use depends on the type of skin you have (dry, oily, etc). What oil(s) you use depends on what they are for (massage, bathing, soaks, compresses, etc.)?
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