Whether it’s for the sake of smelling good or helping us sleep, we in the wellness world use essential oils for pretty much everything. And while there are *plenty* of scents out there worth adding to your arsenal, we tapped S.W. Basics founder and Skin Cleanse author Adina Grigore to spill on the 10 best essential oils that everyone should have on deck.
When compiling her list of best essential oils, she considered a number of factors: affordability, efficacy, potency, and range of applications. Each one will run you under $15, and packs a “real punch” because of the variety of ways they can be used. As Grigore puts it, “They don’t just smell good. They have the ability to make you feel really good, too.” Essential oils can be used to help alleviate headaches, help with congestion, and more. Keep reading to see how to use 10 different essential oils.
The 10 best essential oils on Adina Grigore’s botanical best-of list
1. Lemon oil
Lemon oil is commonly used in the kinds of commercially available products you encounter every day. If you walk down the aisles of any grocery store, you’ll find everything from household cleaner to hand soap to flavored sparkling water with the essence of lemon. As is the case with many citrus oils, the scent closely mimics that of the fruit from which it’s derived: bright, light, zesty, and clean.
These days, of course, a lot of those flavors and smells are made artificially, but still, there’s a reason that lemon has become so universally identified with freshness and cleanliness: Its oil is a powerful antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent.
“There’s a reason that lemon has become so universally identified with freshness and cleanliness: Its oil is a powerful antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic agent.”
Diluted lemon oil can be wonderfully effective when it comes to skin care because of its high concentration of D-limonene, a compound that assists in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting circulation, and toning the skin. In fact, recent research showed that D-limonene has skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory properties.
The scent of lemon oil has also been shown to have a powerful effect on mood. One study’s findings suggest that lemon oil vapor has antidepressant qualities. Another compelling study found that the scent of lemon oil boosted participants’ moods, a finding confirmed through self-reported data as well as empirical data (elevated levels of the anti-stress hormone norepinephrine were measured in the blood of participants).