If you have progressed beyond “beginner essential oil user” and you want to expand your collection, figuring out what to add can be challenging. You likely have a half dozen to a dozen basic oils that are enough for the average user. Of course, if you really want to dive into using essential oils, you will need a wide array and your collection should encompass at least two dozen oils. Growing your collection of essential oils is fun, but where should you begin?
This is a super fragrant oil that is best known for its ability to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. It is popular in outdoor candles and Tiki torches for exactly this reason. In addition to outdoor use, citronella is great for deterring moths and ridding your pets of fleas. You can burn citronella oil in a burner to discourage fleas from entering the home or you can prepare a pet bath with a few drops of this oil and water in a spray bottle. Be sure you are using a pure citronella oil and that you use only a small amount on your pet. Citronella is generally safe for both cats and dogs, but you should check with your veterinarian before using this or any other home remedy for your pet.
Juniper berry is brightly fragranced oil. It is wonderful for detoxification and eases digestion. It is also effective for soothing stiff joints related to arthritis. Many women find a juniper berry oil bath eases symptoms associated with menstruation and PMS. There is also evidence juniper berry oil soothes skin conditions, including scars, acne, eczema, and oily skin.
Most people include orange or lemon oil in their collection, but if you want to expand your essential oils and add a citrus oil, try lime. Lime oil has a refreshing and uplifting scent. Many find it eases symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is also effective for boosting immunity and easing chest congestion, coughing, and sinusitis. Lime oil can be added to a bath, mixed with base oil to create a massage oil, or burned in an oil burner to dispel the fragrance throughout your home.