Photo: Orange essential oil is one of the most popular choices for wood polish. Shutterstock.
Many people use basil while cooking as it helps increase the taste of food and even works as a decoration when serving dinner to make it look fancier. Another reason to use basil is by improving your overall well-being. Ocimum basilcum is another name used for the oil. One caution is for people who have epilepsy. They shouldn’t use basil in their home or food as it can cause more problems than help them.
Basil can help aid in digestion, especially with stomach pain or irritable bowel syndrome. It’s also known as an antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory essential oil, so it has many other health benefits, such as relaxing muscles and increasing alertness.
Clary sage is more professionally known as Esalarea. It’s not a conventional essential oil because most people don’t know about it, but it carries many great uses. It can be used directly on the skin or diffused into the air. There is little to no information on side effects, but it’s always important to watch your skin for signs of an allergic reaction if you use it directly.
This essential oil has many health benefits, including reducing menstrual cramps and aiding in various stomach issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and an upset stomach. It has antibacterial properties, is known as a natural antidepressant, and helps reduce stress.
Eucalyptus is an essential oil that has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It’s known to help decrease inflammation in your body, whether it’s from arthritis or illness. When using it in your diffuser, this oil can help in seasonal allergies and many diseases, including influenza and pneumonia. Many people will mix this essential oil up in a solution to help fight any mold or mildew they have growing around their homes.
It’s a popular essential oil for all-purpose cleaners, including wood polish. Other health benefits with eucalyptus include helping to decrease or silence coughing, breathing easier, controlling blood sugar, repelling insects, soothing cold sores, freshens breath, and disinfects wounds.
Lemongrass is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the lemongrass plant. Many people compare it to orange because of its citrus scent that’s used for cooking and aromatherapy. It has antibacterial properties that help aid in skin and blood infections. It’s also known to help prevent gastric ulcers and relieve nausea.
Other people use lemongrass because it helps them control their cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and acts as a pain reliever. It’s known to help ease tension, anxiety, and headaches. Besides diffusing it in the air, you can also rub it on your skin, such as where you feel any pain.
Cinnamon is an ingredient that’s been used for centuries when it comes to cleaning and polishing furniture and floors around your home. It’s also a great spice that aids in flavoring your food, making it easy and safe to ingest. You can also use the essential oil to rub on your skin or diffuse it into the air.
There are many health benefits of cinnamon, such as improving digestion, stimulating blood circulation, relieving pain, and reducing stress. It can also help to fight off infections and repel insects. Many people turn to cinnamon because it has a great smell that will help freshen up your home and fight against mold and mildew.
There are many health benefits that thyme helps in aiding. For instance, it can help aid symptoms of a yeast infection and antibacterial properties. One clinical study shows that this essential oil can help people in treating bacterial infections, especially staphylococcus strains.
If you’re struggling with the common cold, pneumonia, or often find yourself coughing, you can add thyme essential oil into your diffuser; it should ease your symptoms. Another benefit is that you can add it to your shampoo and condition to aid in any hair loss.
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“5 Best Essential Oils for Green Cleaning.” Karen Peltier, The Spruce. April 2020.