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Essential oils can have a healing effect on us mentally, physically, and emotionally. They are known to help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion, and even improve the way your brain cells function — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. That is why having an essential oil diffuser in your home is one of the healthiest things you can do for your, and your family’s, well-being. Let’s look at our top 5 uses, and our recommendations for which oils to diffuse:

RELAXATION AND SLEEP

One of the most popular uses of essential oils is due to their ability to help you relax and unwind, particularly after a stressful or long day. Having a diffuser on your nightstand is a great way to help relax your body and mind so you can get a better night’s sleep. Our picks: Lavender, Clary Sage, Sandalwood

MOOD BOOSTER

This is one of our favorite uses for an essential oil diffuser! There are so many possibilities. Whether to energize you when you’re feeling low, or to infuse the atmosphere with festivity – think Autumn aroma of clove and cinnamon or wintry like Peppermint, White Fur and Spruce – diffusing essential oils will elevate your mood and inspire positive vibes, naturally! Our picks: Grapefruit, Jasmine, Rose, Peppermint, White Fur

IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION

Did you know that essential oils can super-charge your brain cells? Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re stressed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. Also, there are several essential oils known for their powerful ability to balance the body’s hormones. These oils, with regular use, can actually help to heal the underlying causes responsible for hampering mental function. Our picks: Peppermint, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot

WARD OFF SICKNESS

Essential oils can be used to boost your immune system, and are effective for keeping cold, flu, and other nasty illnesses at bay. They are anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they invade your body. Plus, some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body. Our picks: Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Thyme

PAIN RELIEF

Headaches? Sore Muscles? Joint Pain? While, soaking in a warm salty bath with essential oils in the water will work wonders on pain, I extend the healing relief by diffusing oils when I’m not in my tub. Our picks: Ginger, Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Bergamot

Once you get familiar with essential oils and their healing properties, you’ll find so many great uses and you will have fun taking more responsibility for your state of health and well-being. In fact, if I had to choose a basic self-care kit to keep on hand, here are the 10 Essential Oils I would stock (and do): Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove. Of course, I have so many more, but these are my constant go-to oils, plus Sandalwood, which is always my personal favorite for so many reasons beyond basic!