The Essential, Essentials
If I had to pick my top 5 essential, essential oils. It would be hard to choose. Most of these I pack for when I travel or hike, or I just bring along our own 'Kəvən™ products that contain dominant notes of some of these oils.
This is what I have at the top of my list today and why:
1. Lavender: Lavender is one of the few essential oils that you can apply directly to your skin undiluted. It heals burns, scars, helps reduce inflammation, and bruising. It is antibacterial, yet has aromatherapy properties that are very calming. It is amazing to add a few drops to your calming bath, and makes and excellent addition to a linen spray, because it helps you sleep. It is one of the essential oils that can be safe for healthy pregnancies and babies, if used in small doses with a carrier oil.
Mice and rats despise Lavender (making it also great to use in the home to deter pests!) Did I mention flies, mosquitoes ants, and all sorts of other creepy crawlies hate lavender? This is a must for hiking and camping to help keep the bugs away when you are out climbing a mountain. I use it in my organic bug spray that I make, and am sure to have it handy while out & about.
We use lavender in many of our products, even though some people don't prefer the scent. Its healing qualities far outweigh its lovely scent and sometimes we choose to highlight it, like our Crescent Oil Bar, or we choose to keep it nice and mellow (*like in our soon to be released balm for outdoors and everyday hardworking men and women.)
2. Tea Tree: Tea tree can be used on the skin undiluted, but you have to be really careful. It is very drying. However, it is one of the best essential oils for spot treatment of acne, or after a cut or bruise.
I also like to add a few drops to my favorite bulk, liquid castile soap bottle, to give it an extra punch in the antibacterial department. It's enough, that I feel good not using any harsh chemicals, but it's a great addition in the bathroom or areas that visitors and guests use when coming in and out of our home.
It's also fantastically helpful when sick to use a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water. You place a towel over your head and inhale the steam of the essential oil infused water. It helps break up mucus and moisten the lungs to heal bronchitis quicker.
3. Lemon: lemon is known to be a bit photosensitive, so it isn't suggested you don't go into the sun directly after working with lemon oil.
I use a few drops in my homemade dish soap, laundry soap, wool dryer ball, and soak my old dish sponges in lemon oil and water overnight to kill germs and give them a refresh.
A few drops in some baking soda set in a room, will also help deodorize problem areas... mine is near my cat litter box.
This oil is also deemed safe for healthy pregnant women and babies to use when diluted with a carrier oil.
4. Neroli: This is an absolutely complicated and heavenly essential oil. Its great for the skin and I love it in my bath soak. I put it in my facial cleansing oil serum, and find it both uplifting and romantic.
Once again, safe for pregnant women and babies.
I don't really use it anywhere else in the home, but I don't see why you couldn't.
5. Myrrh: They say that Myrrh resin was something from biblical times. I use in in my homemade toothpaste. It has absolutely healed my gums. But, just like normal toothpaste, myrrh is not meant to be ingested. I have seen it do wonders for peoples dental health. They say it can be used as a mouthwash aid as well.
Myrrh in a carrier oil is supposed to be excellent when rubbed on the chest to help heal bronchitis. I've used it while traveling in Germany, when everything was closed on a Sunday and there was no doctor to be found.
It has also quickly healed and closed wounds. Some of those wounds probably should have gotten a stitch or two.
One of the most interesting things about myrrh is they say it kills MRSA. I'm not able to confirm this, but I still take it with me hiking and use it on wounds regularly.