Each essential oil has its own benefits to bring to the table. For example…
Mood: For stress relief, try lemon, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver and ylang-ylang essential oils.
Depression: Most specialists suggest peppermint, chamomile, lavender and jasmine to help reduce depression.
Memory: Sage oil is the most commonly recommended oil to improve memory.
Dry skin: The best essential oils for dry skin include rose, lavender, geranium and sandalwood – calming, moisturising and gentle on the skin.
Healing: Lavender, calendula, rosehip, everlasting (helichrysum) and buckthorn essential oils are among those used to speed up the healing process of the body – but as with most oils, a selection of these do more than just healing wounds. They can also reduce the severity and discomfort of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Premenstrual syndrome: Inhaling lavender oil has been shown to relieve PMS symptoms such as anxiety, low mood, nervousness, pain and bloating.
Migraines: Peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood and rosemary are the essential oils generally recommended for migraines and headaches. Top tip: You can mix these oils into an avocado, coconut or almond oil and spread that oil onto your skin, scalp, neck and temples to relieve symptoms.
Sleep quality: Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram and ylang-ylang have a healthy sedative effect on the body.
Digestion: Citrus essential oils, including lemon and orange, are normally the best to ease constipation, indigestion and bloating and speed up metabolism so food is digested quicker. However, some studies have cited ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage and lavender as being effective as well.