Spotlight On Essential Oils


I have always taken a keen interest in essential oils, and now more so than ever. I love the scent, and the idea of sorting out some of my ailments through use of non-medicinal aids. There appears to be growing interest in them too, as health and nature stores continue to sprout everywhere. People the world over are becoming more and more enlightened about aromatherapy. People are increasingly becoming more open minded and are now willing to try alternative remedies in a quest for optimum health. Perhaps this explains increased research into this area.

It is therefore not surprising that the medical world is also sitting up and taking notice and embracing it, with some hospitals even setting up aromatherapy units on their premises. Health stores are seeing alarming profit growth, as people have taken to using aromatherapy at home. However, It is always wise to ensure you know what you’re doing and administering the right dosage. So before you start using essential oils, always read the packaging and seek advise from the health store ‘practitioners’. They have the relevant training and experience, and are therefore best placed to guide you on the proper use of all herbal remedies.

Focus on 5 of the best essential oils:

Tea Tree Oil

One of the most well known essential oils, Tea tree oil can be used to combat all manner of skin ailments from insect bites, skin infections to the dreaded acne. It can be applied neat, although if you’re using it for the first time, you’re best doing a patch test before applying.


Most people will have heard of Lavender oil, but will probably only know it for being a good sleeping aid. If you struggle with sleeping, a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow and your sheets will soon have you nodding off! What many people aren’t aware of is that it also has natural antiseptic properties, which makes it very good at healing burns.


This essential oil could help treat alopecia. Apply one drop to 5ml water; apply to the affected area of the scalp and massage gently.


If you have dry, irritable skin, this could be the oil for you. All you have to do is add it to your favourite moisturizer and apply it to your skin. Patchouili has also been known to be good on dry, cracked heels.

Sweet Orange

Feeling down? Sweet Orange oil is well known for its ability to lift spirits. It can also be mixed in with your moisturizer and applied to skin. However, it can stain skin, and as it can lead to skin being photosensitive, you need to avoid sunlight when you have it on.

All these essential oils are safe for home use. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced Aromatherapist for guidance on dosage, which oils to avoid and which would be best for you based on your own personal needs.

Do you like using essential oils, and do you have a favourite?

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