Posted on February 19, 2019
I have selected for you 6 essential oils that can naturally remedy these small ailments of everyday life such as colds, nausea, difficulty to sleep or stress … or simply to embalm your home. Although the oils of this selection are presented by range, they are equal by their quality!
I have a small preference for the brand Pureessentiel, which offers interesting mixtures in bottle or spray, but I recommend you as much the other essential oils that I present to you.
At the end of the article, I propose a little buying guide to help you recognize or select good essential oils.
The best cheap essential oils
Due to the components (plants used and virtues) and contained quantities, the prices of the bottles can fluctuate. To begin our selection, we will review some essential oils at reasonable prices which, I'm sure, can quickly find a small place at home!
Biover: the best price
Pleasant and soothing smell
Regenerative properties for the skin
Strong smell for some
The organic essential oil of lavender is an essential oil. It is found everywhere, whether it is among soaps, home fragrances or scented candles, shampoos, lotions, massage or bath oils …
Its aroma gives it a place of choice in perfumery, cosmetics, and even in gastronomy! It can also be used with a diffuser of essential oils or be diluted in a base oil. Its smell, very characteristic and easily recognizable, has the gift of reminding us of holidays, Provence, the sun …
Biover lavender essential oil is a 100% pure and natural oil. It can help calm tensions. You can use it in the evening to promote sleep or relaxation: a drop of lavender can be enough to massage your temples.
The Romans already used lavender to embalm their bath and their laundry. This aromatic plant is known for its many virtues: it is antiseptic, soothing and healing.
It can soothe an itch, make a relaxing bath or relax before falling asleep. It also has regenerative properties for the skin, which is why it is used in many treatments.
And another small advantage of this oil is that, diluted in a shampoo, the smell of lavender can scare or act against lice, which can be very useful!
If you have difficulty falling asleep, you can rub your wrists with a drop of lavender or put two small drops on your pillow, to promote relaxation, and sleep. But also consider using it in the summer, as it can protect you from mosquitoes!
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Oil to massage, diffuse, or consume
Stimulates appetite and refreshes the air
Odor too sweet in diffusion for some
Voshuiles offers a wide selection of essential oils with different virtues. I present you in this article, a sweet orange oil certified AB, Ecocert and HEBBD. Its very affordable price and its multi-use side make it a very popular oil.
The orange tree is produced in hot countries, the Mediterranean, but also in Florida, Brazil, South Africa. The essential oil of orange is obtained from the zest of the fruit under cold pressure. It takes about 100 kg of fresh zest to get 500 ml of essential oil!
Thanks to its particularly sweet and pleasant fragrance, sweet orange oil can have a positive influence on your mood, or promote your sleep. Its sweet and slightly acidic smell can also stimulate the appetite (it is hardly surprising that children love it!). It is also known as antiseptic and aids digestion.
And we can use it in many ways!
In diffusion, it refreshes and purifies the ambient air. This oil usually contains geraniol, linalool, and limonene. It is therefore necessary to be attentive to the risks of allergy!
Orally, you can take 1 to 2 drops diluted in a spoon of honey or in an infusion. Drink preferably your small brew in the evening before going to bed to fully enjoy its soothing effects.
This oil can also easily find its place in cooking, and offer a fruity note of citrus to your sweet or salty preparations. Its flavor goes particularly well with spices such as cinnamon, ginger or anise.
With one or two drops, you can prepare syrups, flavored oils, flans, biscuits, chocolate, gingerbread … anything that could give you mouth watering! Simply disperse one or two drops in a fatty substance (oil or butter) or honey to incorporate it into your preparations. We understand immediately why this oil can stimulate the appetite!
Dermal, you can apply it in massage. But do not expose yourself to the sun for at least 12 hours after use on your skin! It is a photosensitizing oil, which can be irritating.
You can also embalm your home by diffusing a few drops in a diffuser. Versatile so, besides being very nice!
The best mid-range essential oils
Let's continue our selection with some famous brands or laboratories in the field of aromatherapy for the manufacturing quality of their essential oils and the diversity of their offer.
Note, however, again that the price of these oils varies according to the quantities and plants used.
Puressentiel: the best mid-range
Blend of 18 essential oils
Smell fresh and pleasant
Effective against seasonal diseases or allergies
In diffusion, it cleans the air
Do not use in the presence of a child under 1 year old
Puressentiel is a recognized laboratory in the field of aromatherapy. Their essential oils are ideal for diffusion. The mix that I present to you, "Diffuse Respi", can help you breathe better.
It is a 100% pure and natural oil, certified HEBBD. The oils in this blend have soothing, antiseptic, sanitizing, antibacterial properties, which help promote respiratory comfort and enhance immunity. Use at the first sign of cooling or seasonal sensitivity!
With green anise, tea tree, cedar, lemon, clove, peppermint, sage, thyme … there are 18 oils in total that can help you cure diseases seasonal (respiratory diseases and seasonal allergies) that make us see green and not ripe …
Only a few drops are enough to embalm your room by giving it a nice touch of cool. This sanitizing mix also exists as a spray if you prefer.
Despite the various components of this mixture, the smell is not excessive. According to users, the air also seems really clean after being broadcast. Know that you can distribute this oil in a conventional diffuser and do not have to use a diffuser Pureessentiel), which is most interesting (free to choose the one you like!).
Another very popular blend from Pureessentiel is the "Air Pur" mixture, ideal for cleaning the air of a room (child or adult), a damp room with little ventilation, toilets. The diffusion of this oil can help fight against polluted or smoky atmospheres as well as bad odors (tobacco, bedding, animals).
For the winter, you also have other essential oils more original or less known as "Walk in the forest" or "Cocooning" which currently meet a certain success. They can offer a particularly soothing and warm atmosphere to your home.
Mearome: a popular French organic production
Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
Natural and certified by several labels
Odor too pronounced for some people
I chose to review Mearome Tea Tree Oil, which is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is particularly known for fighting acne and oily skin.
Mearome offers organic products that are AB and Ecocert certified. The quality of their 100% pure and natural essential oils is certified by the HEBBD and HECT labels. The composition of the products is clearly defined. Mearome only uses fair trade plants and small local producers, and their products are not tested on animals. Mearome makes a point of honor to respect these requirements!
This gives you the certainty of obtaining an unmodified, reconstituted or diluted oil without paraben, phenoxyethanol, perfume or synthetic dye … Distillation and packaging of oils are carried out in France.
It cleanses the skin to prevent the formation of pimples, and soothes redness and irritation. Similarly for mushrooms and cold sores on which you can apply a drop of essential oil.
Users seem particularly convinced of the benefits of this oil (and more particularly of its antifungal effect). As for the smell it gives off, it is not always appreciated, but it is an odor that remains bearable and that subsides fairly quickly.
This tea tree bottle contains 30 ml, so you'll have a good little time before you get to the end! Because only a few drops are enough for use … Multi-use, you can even use it for a house cleaning by mixing, for example, 3 drops of essential oil to a few drops of lemon, with baking soda in 1 L of water.
Phytosun: soothes the respiratory tract
Soothes the respiratory tract
No problem noted
Phytosun offers a wide range of choices of essential oils including Lemon, Basil, Noble Laurel, Scots Pine (for all tastes so!). The range includes 2 segments: pure essential oils for those who want to compose their own product or for a specific use, as well as ready-to-use oils containing a combination of essential oils or natural ingredients.
Each of their oil has specific properties that lead to different precautions for use. Phytosun is HEBBD certified. The HEBBD quality criteria specify that their essential oils are pure and natural (unmodified or diluted) and come from the distillation of aromatic plants.
Phytosun only offers botanically and biochemically defined products: the botanical species, the geographical origin, the cultivation method, the organ producing, and the mode of extraction (cold pressure or distillation) are indicated.
I propose here the essential oil of thyme, which helps to strengthen the immunity, to soften the throat and to soothe the respiratory tracts. In diffusion, this oil spreads a sweet and slightly bitter smell, a real wind of freshness!
Thyme oil can also be used to give vigor to your hair, if you add two to three drops in a shampoo. It is an oil that is, according to users, invigorating and invigorating. Always useful to have at home!
To cite another example of the range, you also have wintergreen oil that not only helps to relieve local muscle or pain (diluted with vegetable oil or sweet almond) but also to act in prevention before a sporting effort (by heating the muscles).
The best high-end essential oil
In this range, I have selected a noble chamomile essential oil!
Again, it is an organic product that meets the quality requirements.
The price of "high-end" essential oils depends on the scarcity of the plant used and its quality of manufacture.
Pranarôm: the best upscale
Soothes tension, nervousness
Pranarôm International SA is an aromatherapy laboratory founded in 1991 by Dominique Baudoux, a pharmacologist and aromatologist known and appreciated for his books on aromatherapy. Pranarôm offers different essential oils in its range!
I have decided to introduce in this selection, the essential oil of noble chamomile (chamaemelum nobile or Roman chamomile), grown on the light and sandy soils of Western Europe. It is a perennial plant with leaves whose heads are composed of white, yellow flowers in the center.
The ingredients of this oil are from organic farming: the distilled part here is the chamomile flower, known to resolve tensions, to fight against stress and insomnia. It is a powerful antispasmodic, rich in analgesic compounds, anti-inflammatory that can help to calm the itching or skins prone to allergies, and it is also a good antiparasitic!
You can put 2 drops (up to 3 times a day), on a neutral support such as honey, cane sugar or vegetable oil, to soothe nervousness or a state of stress. You can also apply 3 drops on the solar plexus or drop 2 drops on the inside of your wrists and breathe its sweet scent of chamomile.
If you have dry hair, you can use it in a shampoo to soften your hair. It is also effective for sensitive skin! It is a family oil, which can be for children (from 12 months, dermal) as parents: a real treat for the home!
Its high price is explained by the amount of flowers needed to produce a bottle. To give you an idea, it takes about 100 kg of flowers to produce between 400 ml and 900 ml of oil!
Among the high-end oils, you have more expensive and rare oils like the essential oil of Damask rose. FYI, the Damascus rose results from a hybridization between the rose of Provins (Rosa gallica) and eastern rosehips or Rosa centifolia. Its essence has a reputation as a universal remedy …
The products of my selection on offer at the moment
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for their perfume, but especially for their virtues on the body and mind.
Used in diffusion, they contribute to create an atmosphere in your interior, relaxing or stimulating. They can also help you clean the air, or keep away insects!
Therefore, choosing an essential oil is not necessarily obvious when you have as many bottles available on the market, whether in pharmacies, specialty shops, local producers, we get lost a little!
For a quality oil, adapted to your profile, some criteria must be respected. Here are some indications that will help you choose a quality essential oil.
It is good to know that essential oils, if they have interesting medicinal properties, are nonetheless to be used with care.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from your pharmacist to find out if this or that oil does not have a contraindication to a treatment you are taking. Essential oils are particularly discouraged during pregnancy or in the presence of an allergic ground, because they are pure and highly concentrated substances.
The color of the bottle
The plant used should ideally have been dried naturally, distilled with water vapor at controlled temperature and pressure, and the oil obtained must be bottled in a specific bottle.
The liquid must be bottled in an amber glass bottle to protect it from UV rays, which is why a plastic or clear glass bottle is not recommended.
Also look at the side of the cap, it must be dropper, which means that the product is well concentrated and undiluted. You also have essential oils in the form of a spray, such as the mixture of essential oils with damask rose spray 30 ml from Arkopharma. You can spray this spray in the atmosphere, near your pillow or on a tissue.
To choose a suitable essential oil, you must pay attention to the label on the packaging and components.
The label and components
The name on the bottle
The Latin name of the plant must appear on the package. It should also be known that some plants are sometimes named in the same way in everyday life, but do not have the same biochemical constituents or the same therapeutic properties.
Lavender, for example, can be confusing: there is lavender aspic (Latin lavandula spica) and lavender officinal (lavandula officinalis or angustifolia).
The place of culture
The place of cultivation of the plant, must be specified on the label of the bottle because a plant does not lavish the same oil according to the geographical zone where it develops.
The producer organ used (leaf, flowering top, bark, …) must also be mentioned. The orange tree, for example, does not produce the same oil according to whether the liquid is extracted from the fruit, from the flower of the bark of the fruit, from the leafy branch or from its flower. The extraction and cultivation process must be mentioned to certify that the oil does not contain pesticides.
The product should not be diluted. The chemotype (biochemically active molecule) of the plant is to be considered. The manufacturer, after having his oil analyzed in a laboratory, has a complete list of all the molecules that make up the liquid (this is called chromatography).
Note in passing that an essential oil should never be burned or heated too strongly if you do not want to destroy its active ingredients.
The different essential oils and their use
Peppermint oil, lavender, chamomile, jojoba, eucalyptus … diversity is not lacking, but these oils have their own virtues. They can be anti-inflammatory, act on the mood (fruity notes for example have a vitalising effect), muscles, anxiety, sleep … A little everything that could bother you every day!
The essential oil of tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia known as tea tree) for example, is recognized to treat lesions of inflammatory acne. Its components (terpineol, terpinen-4) act as a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The essential oil of ylang-ylang (cananga odorata), derived from the flowers of the tree of the same name, is known to balance the secretion of sebum and for its relaxing virtues. You can also treat your hair with a few drops diluted in a dose of shampoo.
Many species (lavender for example, but also thyme or eucalyptus) do not have the same composition or the same benefits, but yet have common basic characteristics! All lavender is antiseptic and analgesic, but it is good to know that the lavender officinale is particularly sedative and antispasmodic, while the aspic acts rather like anticatarrhal, expectorant and cicatrisant.
You can choose a particular essential oil or a mixture of several oils. But nothing prevents you from creating a customized mix!
Whether for dissemination or therapeutic use, the mention of a label is recommended. The fact that the plant that makes up your bottle is wild is not enough, a label organic or simple, ensures that the plant has been cultivated or picked from agricultural or urban pollution.
The crop can be of different types (conventional, wild, organic).
The AB organic label is a label that has belonged to the Ministry of Agriculture since 1985. AB is committed to respecting the government's specifications (no GMO, no pesticides, no synthetic chemical fertilizers), attests to the traceability of product control between the manufacturer and the consumer.
HEBBD and HECT are private and laboratory-specific labels, but they remain reliable.
Essential oils are relatively expensive because the yield of aromatic plants is generally low. Kilos, even tons of flower heads, flower buds, or petals are sometimes necessary for the production of a single liter of essential oil.
The price varies accordingly, from a few euros to a good ten euros (depending on the capacity also). The scarcity of the plant naturally also counts. The essential oil of Damask Rose, for example, is very expensive!
It is important to inform oneself and to adapt one's purchasing behavior in a concern of respect for nature, biodiversity and equity. Do not hesitate to ask the producer (s), where the products come from.
In summary, choose 100% pure and natural oils, because synthetic oils have no therapeutic virtue, and they can be toxic. They must also be chemotyped, their botanical species must be clearly identified.
The bottle should ideally be labeled HEBBD (Essential Oil Botanically and Biochemically Defined).