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Every essential oil has its own specific use and benefits. If you are just starting out using essential oils as a natural way to find calm, ease pain, for skincare or just for the joy of the incredible aromas, where exactly do you start? It can be confusing, there are so many oils! As a qualified aromatherapist I'm here to take away any confusion and tell you my top 3 essential oils to have in your cupboard. Ready to smell to get well? Let's go!

Lavender - The great all-rounder

The reason I believe lavender should be in your cupboard at home is because it's the most versatile oil. It has a wide variety of uses, it's most commonly known for its effects on the nervous system, helping with stress and insomnia, it's great for relieving pms, colds & flu, and it is an antiseptic so it's good for the skin. Lavender is a great all rounder and is the first choice to help if you suffer with insomnia. It can be used directly on the skin so a few drops on your wrists, on your neck or on your pillow at bedtime is a great way to help you get a good nights sleep.

Tea tree - For its antibacterial and anti fungalproperties

Tea tree is another oil that can be used directly on the skin (only use lavender & tea tree directly on the skin, all other essential oils need to be diluted in oil or a cream) Tea tree is unusual in that it has a broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is a powerful immunostimulant so when the body is threatened with any infection, tea tree increases its ability to respond. It is great for skin conditions, massage into the skin, use in a bath or in a diffuser. Great to use in steam inhalation.

Peppermint - Clear the mind

Peppermint is great for the relief of muscle pain and is one of the oils used in our muscle & joint balm. The main reason for choosing this oil is that it is great to help clear the mind. We often have such busy minds and peppermint oil may be beneficial for people who struggle to concentrate or who have mental fatigue. It helps to clear and circulatory congestion that exists thus strengthening and calming the nerves. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a carrier oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil etc) and massage into the temples to relieve headaches. It's also great for sinus congestion and colds – use steam inhalation and is also great for skin irritation or itching.

There we have it! The three essential oils to get your hands on to start your collection! All are affordable to and easy to find, be sure to use a reputable company (please get in touch and I'll share my favourite companies) Try using peppermint and lavender together add 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of peppermint to 10ml of oil and massage into the temples to relieve headaches or add 6 drops of each to 100g of epsom salts and add to your bath for a calming, mind cleansing bath! Enjoy!

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