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5 Best Essential Oils to Improve Your Health

By Alexis Mills

Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries because of their natural healing properties. Each one has a different effect on the body whether it is calming, energizing, or immune boosting. Whether adding it to your diffuser, a product you already have, or applying it to the skin, most of these oils can be used for beauty purposes, cleaning products, and for health enhancements. See below for some of the most popular oils and what they can be used for -- from boosting your mood to fighting off illness.

Tea Tree Oil 

Get this, the basic properties of this oil are antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic, decongestant, and insectidal. This is one powerful, versatile oil to be used for beauty, household cleaning, or for your health. It is widely used to help with smelly feet, dandruff, or as a skin ointment for acne, but clearly it has much more to offer.

Eucalyptus Oil 

Eucalyptus is mostly used as an immunity booster and a decongestant. This is a great oil if you have breathing issues, are prone to allergies, or get headaches often. Its main use is for respiratory health,but has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties, can fight skin fungus, and kill head lice. You can also use it to keep away spiders.

Lavender Oil 

This oil is most commonly used for its relaxation benefits and helping people get a good night's sleep or when you want some down time. While it effectively works for those purposes, it also has an antiseptic that works well with any skin irritation, cut, wound, or bruise you may have.

Peppermint Oil

Like eucalyptus oil, peppermint has powerful decongestion properties to help breathe more efficiently and clear your airways. It's known to awaken the senses and body to increase your awareness and mind to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. It' also used to assist in digestive issues and help ease an uneasy stomach.

Lemon Oil

This refreshing oil has the ability to brighten your air, home appliances, and your beauty routine. It has the ability to boost the immune system, help with digestive issues, treat asthma, aid in weight loss, reduce stress, and fight against fever.

Take note that before using any essential oil on your skin, test it in a small area to make sure you don't have a bad reaction. Since these oils are all very potent, they should be used in moderation and diluted, especially when used directly on your skin. Hopefully you are able to realize the wide range of uses of essential oils and see how this natural aid can seriously benefit your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arlington, Tex. 

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