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The Endless Uses for Essential Oils


Article by Hayley Hyer

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If anyone ever judges you for being obsessed with essential oils, show them this list. There are tons of uses from natural cleaning supplies to mental health to physical health and beauty! Here's a breakdown of which oils are best to use for different tasks and homeopathic remedies.

8 Essential Oils to Use for Sleep

Sleeping is hard! It can be so difficult to unwind and tell our brains to calm down when we're ready. While there are lots of over-the-counter medications that can help, you can also turn to nature. Essential oils are derived from plants that have been used as medicine for years and years.

Essential Oils You Can Use for Cleaning

If you like to make your own natural cleaning supplies, you probably already know a few essential oils that are great ingredients to have on-hand. But there are some antibacterial oils that may surprise you! Here is a list of essential oils that can all be used in DIY cleaning products for a safe and natural way to clean your house.

Soothing Essential Oils for Sore Muscles

Sore muscles can be pretty distracting. Whether it's your neck and shoulders aching from the way you've been sitting at your desk or your legs from those few extra miles you ran, essential oils can soothe your soreness and help you keep going on about your day. If you prefer more of a natural, holistic approach to your health, read about these different oils to see what's right for you.

12 Essential Oils to Use for Your Health

Long before Western, modern medicine, people were using herbs to treat wounds, headaches and other ailments. If you are someone who tries to limit how much medicine you ingest and make your liver process, you have probably looked into topical treatments you can use for healing instead of taking an oral painkiller.

Essential oils are great for topical use (please don't ingest them unless prescribed by a doctor!), and can be extremely powerful. You'll have to look at the brand you choose and see if the oil is safe to put directly on your skin or if you'll need to mix it with a carrier oil.

Essential Oils for Men

"Sandalwood, black pepper, peppermint and eucalyptus oil are very common in men’s products. Beginning on the bottom with heavy notes of patchouli, vanilla and musk, medium and top notes are very distinct of woodsy, musky and citrus scents. When men choose pure essential oils for fragrance or to enhance a massage, they typically find something that is close to fragrances they use in their other products." —Julie E. Furnas, Bend Lifestyle

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