Essential oils are concentrated mixtures of different parts of a plant, each with their own unique benefit to the body. Stress, muscles soreness and sleeplessness are all ailments that can be counteracted with the use of oils.

Oils have gained mainstream popularity in the last few years, but using essential oils as part of an aromatherapy wellness routine has been done for thousands of years.

Essential oils are a natural way to cure a variety of aches and ailments. Photo: Pexels

If you’re looking to naturally boost your wellness regimen, how do you know which oil to start with? The answer to this question really depends on what you’re looking to fix.

We’ve rounded up five essential oils that cover a myriad of symptoms, from achy muscles to exhaustion.


Thyme is most commonly used in the kitchen, but also provides a host of aromatherapy benefits. Photo: Matt Mongomery/Unsplash

Thyme is one of the most commonly used herbs in food preparation, but also has countless health benefits attributed to its name alongside its role as a culinary workhorse.

Thyme has an extensive laundry list of benefits to the body, including killing infections and bacteria and relieving stress and anxiety.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is used in many cultures for stress relief, as well as joint and muscle pain. Photo: Jazmin Quaynor/Unsplash

Native to Australia, eucalyptus and its benefits have traveled the globe, providing health boons to thousands. Benefits of eucalyptus oil include improving respiratory health, soothing sore muscles and joints (due to its anti-inflammatory properties) and disinfecting wounds.

Lavender oil

Lavender is well known for its benefits for the body and mind. Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash

If you have any experience with using plants to heal the body and mind, you’ll have run into lavender at one point or another. The powerhouse of plants, when lavender is turned into an oil, the list of benefits could fill a small novel.

Lavender oil has been shown to slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality and promote concentration as well as to help combat anxiety.

Jojoba oil

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Jojoba oil is primarily lauded for its skin benefits, and although it is great for moisturizing, the oil also accelerates the healing of wounds.

If you’re in the backcountry and in a pinch, carry some jojoba oil as part of your first-aid arsenal.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint has been shown to possess antimicrobial properties. Photo: Pexels

Peppermint’s benefits go far beyond its pleasing taste. When applied topically, its cooling sensation can provide muscle relief. The plant also has been shown to alleviate nausea, headache, upset stomach, indigestion, anxiety and mental fatigue.

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