I get asked all the time “What oils should I buy first?” so here’s the first three of my magnificent seven oils I think should be in any starter kit and why. I’ve specified method of use and strength in some cases, but where I haven’t, my advice is always to dilute the oils at less than 1% which would be no more than 20 drops in 10ml of your chosen carrier. For best results, so as not to clog your pores, always use a cold pressed natural oil, a pure aloe vera gel, or gently melt some coconut oil so it’s just liquid, not overly warm, enough to help you evenly mix the essential oil through.
There are many varieties of Lavender but for the purposes of this list I’ve chosen Lavandula Angustifolia as it is just so versatile and effective. It is healing, immune-boosting, pain-relieving, calming, and balancing. It has great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is safe to use (diluted) on babies, and children over the age of three. This and Tea Tree, mentioned below are the ONLY oils I feel comfortable advising anyone who is not a certified aromatherapist to use neat on the skin. Put a drop on a small cut or burn, or even a pimple to disinfect, speed up the healing process and minimise any potential scarring. A drop on your fingertip can be dabbed along your upper eyebrow and temple to relieve a headache, or just in front of and under your earlobe to relieve earache. Two drops on a tissue inside your pillowcase will help you get a good night’s sleep.
2. Tea Tree
Similar to Lavender, Melaleuca Alternifolia, is another great all rounder. It is highly anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and helps with wound healing. It boosts the immune system and is very good for respiratory infections (put it in a burner, or inhale with steam). It’s also great for repelling insects and even works well for pets, although I would advise you to seek specialist advice as dosage would vary widely according to your animal’s size.
Citrus Lemonum is a wonderfully balancing oil, it has a delightful uplifting scent, and is also energising. Numerous studies have shown it aids concentration, I like to use it in a warming stone type burner for this purpose. Somewhat counter-intuitively, as it is considered a tonic, Lemon Oil is good for Insomnia. Two drops on a tissue inside your pillow will unleash their magical balancing powers to help you get some rest.
I’ll give you the remaining four oils in next week’s post! In the meantime, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the list so far. Do you agree that these three are amongst the most versatile of all the widely-available oils? What would be in your top three? Let me know in the comments below, or over on the Facebook page.