We all know botanicals are incredibly transformative for skin, but they offer an endless array of other benefits—from cleaning your home and repelling fruit flies to reviving your energy and helping reduce stress. Essential oils, which are extracted from a plant’s flowers, leaves, roots, fruits, and other components, are so beneficial you can replace many of the products you already own, like your all-purpose cleaner, perfume, and massage lotion, simply by getting creative and putting on your DIY hat. The biggest bonus? By using essential oils in your day-to-day life, you can detox your health, your body, and your home!
Essential oils are also widely recognized for their positive effects on health and wellbeing. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as "the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing."
And it’s not just anecdotal evidence (which there’s a lot of!)—it’s backed by science, too. In a systemic review published in the journal Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, the researchers concluded, “…aromatherapy is a natural and noninvasive gift of nature for humans. It's not only the disease symptoms which are eradicated but the whole body is rejuvenated by the use of aroma. Aromatherapy regulates the physiological, spiritual and psychological upliftment....”
The best part is you can get started with just five versatile and multi-talented essential oils: eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint—all of which are included in our Daily Essential Oils Set.
Each of the essential oils is USDA Organic Certified, which means every drop is completely pure. There are absolutely no pesticides, additives and other substances that may compromise the quality of the oil. In other words, you’re getting the best of the best.
The Benefits of Our 5 Staple Essential Oils
Eucalyptus is best known for its clarifying properties. Often used in steam rooms or in natural chest rubs to ease congestion, it emits a refreshing and woody aroma. It can also be used as a natural insect repellent or as part of a homemade bathroom cleaner.
Tip: If your nose is feeling a bit clogged, add 4-6 drops to a washcloth and hang it in a warm shower for an at-home spa experience.
Peppermint is instantly energizing thanks to its cooling scent and sensation. Its minty and herbaceous qualities help relieve fatigue and stimulate the mind. Many people also love sniffing peppermint to alleviate headaches.
Just as sweet and juicy as the actual fruit, the essential oil of grapefruit is incredibly uplifting thanks to its citrusy and slightly tangy aroma. It’s known mostly for its ability to promote cheer and a sense of well-being, but it can also help cleanse, relieve stress and clear the mind.
Tip: Use on a cold, cloudy, dreary winter day to bring some aromatic sunshine and good vibes into your life. You can also add to a damp washcloth and place in your car as an alternative to toxic car air fresheners or drop onto a cotton ball and place in your shoes as a natural shoe deodorizer.
Lemongrass’s perfect blend of citrusy and grassy notes offers a beautifully invigorating experience. It’s also a great natural insect repellent and helps to ease weary muscles and improves alertness, muscle pain, and headaches.
Tip: Put 8-10 drops on a damp washcloth or add to your vacuum bags.
One of the most popular essential oil scents, lavender is widely acknowledged for its calming and sedative properties. Floral and herbaceous, lavender can be used to instantly relieve stress as well as lull you to sleep.
Tip: Put 8-10 drops on a damp washcloth and add to your dryer as a homemade dryer sheet.
How to Customize Your Life With Essential Oils
Essential oils are not only useful on their own; they also work together harmoniously with the right blends. Read on to learn how you can create your own customized experiences using our five daily scents.
Customize your skin care products. One of the best investments you can make for your health is unscented natural skin care or carrier oils, like sweet almond or jojoba oil. With these, you can tailor your skincare ritual depending on your mood by adding drops of any of the five scents.
A word of caution: Make sure you don’t use undiluted on the skin, as essential oils are extremely potent. To avoid photosensitization (irritation from sun/UV exposure), use no more than four drops total of any citrus fruit essential oil combination per 30 ml/1 oz. of a carrier as a safe general rule of thumb.
Customize your environment. Use any of the scents with an at-home diffuser or burner to scent your room and create the ambiance you want. For example, if you need more energy or focus while you work, diffuse grapefruit in your office to clear your mind and feel more motivated. You can also mix with water in a spray bottle for a natural room or linen spray.
Simple Essential Oil Recipes Using the 5 Scents
As we mentioned, these five essential oils are extremely adaptable and easy to tailor for various moods and uses. Below are some simple 10-second recipes to help you enrich all aspects of your life.
Use these blends by either dropping onto a damp washcloth or cotton ball, using a diffuser or mixing into a base oil.
2 parts lavender
Clarity & Focus
As you can see, there’s an infinite number of ways you can enhance your body and home by simply using the five scents in our Daily Essentials. Just use a little bit every day and transform your life one drop at a time!