The 5 Best Essential Oils That Aren't Just a "Fragrance"

Essential Oil’s Over the Years

Essential oils have been popular in cosmetics, not just for their enticing smell, but also for their shocking properties. They have been used religiously by many cultures and around the globe for centuries. Dating back to the Egyptian era, essential oils were used in ointments, cosmetology, and aromatics. Used in aromatherapy, essential oils were inhaled in a steam form and could help alleviate pain, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. Applied topically, they were used to treat wounds, anti-bacterial, inflammation, anti-viral, and other conditions. For cosmetics, perfume and fragrances were initially made from essential oils. These age-old plant extracts have had widespread recognition in recent years, especially within the wellness and beauty field. 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted from plants through distillation or other mechanical processes, removing the aromatic compound from the plants, and in some cases is combined with a carrier oil to dilute the plant extract. There are more than 100 varieties of essential oils and each has different components that make it incomparable. When an essential oil is applied and absorbed into your skin, it can have an effect on the feel and look (although it is recommended you always patch test and dilute essential oil before applying it to your skin for the first time). Inhaling essential oils can stimulate the part of your brain that links long-term memory, behaviors, and emotions with certain scents. This is why some people believe that aromatherapy can trigger memories or emotions that can be connected to certain smells.

 The 5 Best Essential Oils & What They Can Do For You

1. Lavender Oil 

Lavender is one of the most common and versatile essential oils that can come to mind. It comes from drying the purple flowers of the lavender plant and soaking them over a span of weeks in oil in order to infuse it.  Lavender oil is also most used in cosmetics because it can help heal wounds, treat acne, reduce redness, tighten, and hydrate the skin. Those with sensitive skin prefer lavender essential oil to many others. Inhaling lavender oil in aromatherapy can promote relaxation, decrease anxiety & insomnia, and even help alleviate menstrual cramps. 

2. Tea Tree Oil

This magical oil has been used for many centuries especially for its medicinal properties as a wound healer. The leaves of the Australian tea tree plant are steamed and produce the tea tree essential oil which is antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. Tea tree oil is one of the best oils for the skin as it can help treat burns, dry skin, acne, dark spots, redness, irritation, among other things. It has been popularized for its ability to kill odor and fungus, especially with the feet and underarms. A little secret about this oil is that it can also act as a bug repellent, warding off flying and stinging pesky insects. 

3. Ylang-Ylang Oil

Ylang-ylang oil comes from a tropical species of a yellow star-shaped flower n the Cananga tree that is native to India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and some parts of Australia. People say it smells very light and floral, and enjoy using it in aromatherapy to release linalool, which has tension, depression, and stress-reducing properties; sometimes it is even used as an aphrodisiac.  Linalool can do more than just relax, as it has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Ylang-ylang oil can help manage the oil production of the skin and can smooth wrinkles, help acne and dark spots, encourage new skin cells to form. 

4. Geranium Oil

Geranium oil, also commonly known as Rose Geranium Oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves and flowers of a geranium plant that originates in South Africa, which smells slightly like roses. This oil is wonderful for dry skin and can help the skin tighten, reducing signs of wrinkles. It is thought to have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used in aromatherapy to help with anxiety and depression. 

5. Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil comes from the small white flowers of the jasmine plant, thought to be native to Iran, but more commonly found now in tropical environments. Jasmine oil is one of the most expensive essential oils because it takes nearly 7.5 million flowers to be distilled for one kilogram of essential oil. Jasmine oil is an anti-bacterial, fighting off wrinkles & scars, improving the skin’s elasticity, and soothe dry skin. Jasmine oil is popularized for it’s benefits of acting as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, reducing depression, and improving sleep quality. 

Cammellatte Essential Oils

Co-founder Vika pictured with a variety of essential oils that are used in Cammellatte products.

The above oils are used in our natural camel milk skincare line. Each body care item is specially formulated with hand-picked essential oils that target each body part and skin issues that could arise. The Cammellatte Foot Cream has tea tree oil to fight off fungus, and calendula oil to repair cracked skin. The Cammellatte Hand Cream has calendula to repair dry cuticles and nail beds, and geranium oil to promote the growth of nails. The essential oils are also what our fragrance is composed of, serving as not only a skin treatment powerhouse but also as aromatherapy by inhibiting a decadent enjoyable scent. The essential oil aroma encourages relaxation and de-stressing with the different notes of floral and plants. Visit here to know more about our signature scent.