As an aromatherapist I’m currently in possession of around 50 different essential oils. It’s great for me to have such a large choice at my fingertips and gives me endless combinations to cover a variety of needs. But what if you are just starting out with aromatherapy and still learning how to use the oils? You certainly don’t want to be spending a fortune on a huge collection of oils when just a few will do for your own personal use. Here’s my list of 5 of the “most essential” essential oils, all are pretty versatile and none will break the bank. Don’t forget that with just 5 oils you will get numerous combinations.
Mandarin (citrus reticulata) is sweet, soothing and gently uplifting. Known for its calming effect on the digestive system it is also gentle enough to be used with children and during pregnancy. A playful oil, mandarin gives a sense of happy relaxation.
Ginger (zingiber officinalis) is warming and stimulating and works well with digestive and respiratory health. Working to unlock tense and tight muscles, it also motivates and pushes us forward when we are lacking direction or slow in taking action.
Cypress (cupressus sempervirens) is cleansing, strengthening and calming. It is a circulatory tonic and is often used in skincare for its astringent and antiseptic properties. It brings us serenity in times of chaos, helping us to manage change and transition.
Geranium (pelargonium graveolens) is a regulating and balancing oil and the plant itself sits somewhere between a herb and a flower. Excellent for skincare and menstrual problems, geranium regulates the nervous system and helps us to bring our life back into balance.
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) can be both sedative and stimulating in action depending on our needs. A powerful sedative when calming the mind or treating sore, and tired muscles, lavender can also bring spiritual energy and a sense of revival.
As with all essential oils care must be taken, especially if you have a pre-existing condition, are on medication or are pregnant. If in doubt always ask a trained aromatherapist.
What about you? Do you have any essential oils you wouldn’t be without? I’d love to know your favourites!