by Nichole Carver of Vitality Nutrition, General Manager

Have you ever seen an essential oil and thought to yourself “What is that good for?” Often we hear about all the benefits of oils such as Lavender or Tea Tree, but seldom about the less common oils. Here are five oils you’ve probably seen, but may not know about.

#1 Vetiver - This oil is excellent for calming, grounding, and balancing. Vetiver gently stimulates the immune system, calms the nervous system, and improves circulatory function. Emotionally, it helps dispel anger, hysteria, irritability, and reduce neurotic behavior. Inhale or apply to the skin directly or with a carrier oil.

#2 Cypress - This oil helps regulate blood flow, making it great for varicose veins or other circulatory problems. It helps to decongest the lymphatic system, reduce water retention, and relax muscles. It has also been shown to benefit the respiratory systems and alleviate pain in the muscles and joints. Inhale or apply to the skin directly or with a carrier oil.

#3 Clary Sage - Historically, this oil has been used to improve vision and tired or strained eyes. It is used to calm the nervous system, but has particular benefits for women, including reducing menstrual issues such as cramps and hot flashes. Apply topically to the affected area. For the eyes, soak a clean cloth in a mixture of a few drops in warm water. Press moist cloth over both eyes for 10 minutes.

#4 Geranium - Historically, used to treat acne, sore throat, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is also beneficial for women due to the positive effect it has during menstruation and menopause. This oil can also uplift mood, lessen fatigue, and promote emotional wellness. Inhale or apply topically to affected area.

#5 Patchouli - Historically used to treat hair and skin problems, such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, dandruff, and oily scalp. It is also beneficial in accelerating the healing of wounds and reducing the appearance of scars. Considered an aphrodisiac for both men and women, it elevates libido, decreases sexual anxiety, aids in erectile dysfunction, etc. Inhale or apply to the skin directly or with a carrier oil. Can also be added to hair and skin products.