10 Essential Oils You Need to Have at Home

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Essential oils have seen a burst of popularity in recent years, reaching out beyond herbalism into many people’s homes and kitchens. These potent oils pack a punch, they are compounds made from plants and used for aromatherapy and as additions to many “all-natural” cleaning and beauty products.

Due to their potency and the potential for danger, it is important to use these oils cautiously. This means diluting them well to prevent accidental toxic exposures. Always research the type of oil you plan on using to find out if it is safe for what you want it for, and in what doses. 

1. Lavender

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Lavender essential oil is created from lavender plants and is most commonly associated with promoting a sense of calm and tranquility. It is said to relieve stress and anxiousness and is often used in diffusers in the bedroom to promote a night of restful sleep. Due to its gentle and pleasant scent, lavender oil is a staple ingredient in many bath and beauty products.

2. Lemon

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Lemon oil is lurking in many products that we use on a daily basis in our homes. The citrusy, familiar scent is bright, refreshing, and cheerful. Often used in cleaning products, lemon oil has an invigorating scent that is thought to boost moods. This is on top of its antimicrobial properties, which makes it a must-have oil for essential oil enthusiasts.

3. Clary Sage

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Clary sage oil is popular due to its antidepressant properties and for its ability to help with menstrual cramps and symptoms that arise from menopause. Clary sage has a long history of being used by humans, and with the recent interest in essential oils, it is seeing another surge in popularity.

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4. Tea Tree


Apart from its uplifting scent, tea tree oil is for amazing benefits for the skin and for the respiratory system. Tea tree oil is said to help with common ailments such as coughs and is a natural antimicrobial and antifungal. 

5. Eucalyptus

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Eucalyptus oil has a familiar scent that is immediately recognizable, as it is reminiscent of vapor ointments and camphor-containing medicines. Aside from popping up in many cleaning or personal care products, eucalyptus oil is good to have on hand to freshen up the air in your homes, especially if you are not feeling well.

6. Peppermint

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Peppermint essential oil is so common, you probably already have it hiding in some of your favorite products at home. The bright, minty scent makes the air feel fresh and clean. As an added bonus, it has antimicrobial properties and appears to be helpful in relieving headaches and soothing nausea. 

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7. Bergamot

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Bergamot essential oil is from the bergamot orange fruit. Its scent is very invigorating and promotes a good mood. It is also calming, and many people use it in their diffusers at home. Bergamot oil is to boost immunity and help the respiratory system if you are not feeling well. 

8. Sweet Orange

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There is something about the citrusy scent of oranges that just smells clean and refreshing. Sweet orange oil is a great addition to your home cleaning products and to relieve anxiety and promote good moods.

9. Cinnamon

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Cinnamon oil is a warm and cozy scent, reminiscent of baking. It is often in personal care products for soothing aching muscles. This oil is a must-have due to its pain-relieving and anti-microbial properties. 

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10. Lemongrass

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Lemongrass not only smells good, but also an antifungal, antimicrobial, and to repel insects. Also, Lemongrass is often in personal care, bath, and beauty products. 

The essential oils you choose ultimately depends on what you plan on using them for and the effect you are looking for. However, if you are new to essential oils, these ones are tried, tested, and true favorites that would be a great addition to your herbal oil cabinet. 


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