How To Choose The Best List Of Essential Oils For You

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Each one of us have different needs, illnesses and mood changes. Using one essential oil blend tailored for someone else may not help you. Also, many essential oil brands have a large list of essential oils to choose from, each one of them with different properties, benefits and aromas.  So how do you choose the best list of essential oils made specifically for you?

Aromatherapist and Essential Oil Expert Bill Fifield suggests:
A simple solution for me was to return to the French medical reference books and use some of their research to rank the oils by effectiveness. For example, in some French texts, you’ll find a series of plus signs indicating the effectiveness of a particular oil or blend of oils. Four or five plus signs (++++) indicates an exceptionally effective oil for a particular use. Three crosses is an excellent oil, but two or fewer crosses indicates only good to modest value. You’ll also find these signs indicating how effective a particular essential oil treatment is for various conditions and various methods of use.

With this information, it’s easier to create a list of essential oils based on our needs. For example, you’ll hear sellers praise oils for common, well-known diseases like cancer and they only have two plus signs in these books. You’re better off focusing on much more effective and predictable uses of essential oils that have as many as five plus signs.

So I did my own research and I found a book by renown Belgian bestseller author, pharmacist and aromatherapist Dominique Baudoux called “Contemporary French Aromatherapy”.   This unique guidebook (I found out is very hard to find these books in English) includes pharmacological and therapeutic observations of 100 essential oils commonly used in the distinctive French approach to aromatherapy. This book will broaden the horizons for all essential oil practitioners because the guide is rooted in pharmacology, therefore vitalistic aspects are also woven into the therapeutic philosophy. Precise guidelines for all methods of essential oil delivery are presented, and numerous tried and tested formulations are offered. You can get the book by following this link.

 

Essential Oils Guide Based On Your Own Research

Here’s my suggestion for those who are looking for real value from your essential oils after researching several French medicinal books and using my own experience as well.

  • Look for the top dozen best-selling essential oils.
  • Go to the reviews section and read the comments. You’ll see a lot of stories about the benefits in relieving headaches, allergies, general pain, etc but few stories about diabetes and cancer. With this you can guess which uses are most dependable.
  • Learn all you can about them, benefits, dosage, etc.
  • Order them and use them to see how effective they are in your life.
  • Understand their benefits by reading charts, testing your own blends and choosing your favorite based on your own satisfaction. Your wellbeing is also repaired with essential oils. 
  • Study success stories showing the most popular uses for the oils and compare your results.

My Own List Of Essential Oils

These are the ones I use everyday, which have 4 and 5 plus signs in the medical books I researched and studied from French literature. With these, I can create my own blends and I use them for many purposes such as for calming and relaxation, infections, digestion, general pain and discomfort, exercise and recovery, massages, aromatherapy and for general wellness. 

  • Lavender (Buy it here): Helps the respiratory and digestive system. It can attack viruses that create mucus in the body and assists with opening the lungs.
  • Eucalyptus (Buy it here): Effective for respiratory issues, mucus, coughing, etc. It's also used for disinfecting wounds, control blood sugar, sores, and oral health.
  • Lemon (Buy it here): Powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic. This study found it boosts immune and circulatory systems.
  • Peppermint (Buy it here): Menthol in peppermint acts as a decongestant and it helps break down mucus. It's also used to treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), digestive problems, and for skin problems.
  • Frankincense (Buy it here): Is an ideal agent to combat asthma complications, reduces arthritis, and maintains oral health.
  • Thyme (Buy it here): Antibacterial, fights alopecia, yeast infections, skin conditions, and it's natural insect repellent, expectorant and cough suppressant.
  • Cinnamon (Buy it here): known for its mucolytic action (drying properties) which makes this oil ideal for battling mucus congestion throughout the body.

How else can you choose the best list of essential oils for you? Additionally to the steps I provided you above, I recommend you to get yourself an EO Sampler like this one that has 20 essential oils 10ml samples (each one of them will give you around 200 drops).

With this list of essential oils you are good to go! You don’t have to guess what they will do,  you can rely on them. The only thing here you need to take care of is the type of aroma you like the most, and this will increase your wellness and your everyday mood. There are many more oils that will become your favorites as you try them, but get the fundamental ones first and learn to use them.

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