Health benefits of the top 10 essential oils


As you may have noticed via instagram, I’m starting to work with essential oils. I’ll be hosting some workshops on the run up to christmas so be sure to sign up to my newsletter for details.

So what are essential oils? Well, they are organic compounds that are extracted from the plants. They have so many uses, from relaxation to healing and can replace most modern medicine, especially when it comes to things like colds & flu, sore muscles, skin conditions and digestion problems.

But it’s SO important that you buy certified, pure therapeutic grade oils to see the true benefits.  Not all essential oils are created equally. In fact, most of them are pointless and often synthetic.  If you want to order or find out more about the brand I trust and personally use, email

To get ONE 15ml bottle of lemon essential oils, it actually takes 45 lemons.

Since every essential oil has unique and healing benefits, I thought I’d run though 10 of the most popular essential oils and just some of the ways you can use them…

Ginger will improve your digestion, reduce inflammation and relieve nausea.

Sandalwood which is my absolute favourite, as I tell Tanya of Tanya’s Healthy Living, it just smells so grown up and will improve energy.

Lemon is one of the most popular essential oils, I’m not ashamed to say that I add a drop or two to my G&T’s (again, if you want to ingest essential oils they HAVE to be 100% therapeutic grade). But lemon doesn’t just taste amazing it also improves lymph drainage and cleanses the body. It’s a great oil to diffuse too if you want to get energised. Also, use lemon to replace many of your household cleaners – better for the environment and better for your health. 

Rosemary is great for brain function and memory so great if you’re working or studying. It can also thicken your hair so be sure to add some to your shampoo.

Peppermint is a wonder oil, it helps with digestion, can improve breath, boosts energy, relieve headaches and will reduce fevers.

Lavender is perfect for improving your mood and relaxing you. It’ll also help heal any cuts or burns you may have too.

Oregano is not just great in tomato based sauces but is also has powerful anti-microbial properties.

Clove may make you think of the dentist but that’s because it packs a powerful antioxidant punch, is anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic.

Eucalyptus is a firm favourite in our house over winter, it purifies the body and also get help with respiratory issues such as sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis.

And finally Frankincense which helps build immunity, reduces inflammation and supports healthy brain function.

Do you use essential oils? What are your favourite blends?

Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

18 thoughts on “Health benefits of the top 10 essential oils”

  1. I love essential oils and really believe in their power. In fact I’ve not been without a bottle of lavender to hand for years! Sandalwood is also stunning. Great post.

  2. I love essential oils so much I did a degree in complementary therapy. lavender is my favourite and when used correctly it’s like magic.

  3. I don’t use essential oils, thanks for sharing their benefits though. I should really look into trying some.

  4. I don’t use oils at all and now I have read this post I think I need to get some sandalwood in my life for my energy levels thank you

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