9. Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil has a quite strong, sharp and earthy smell. It contains antioxidant, antibacterial, analgesic, antiparasitic, antifungal, aphrodisiac, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties.
It is one of the best treatments for toothaches and gum diseases. Several toothpastes, mouthwashes and oral care medications contain clove oil as a key ingredient. You can simply put a little clove oil on a cotton ball and dab it on the sore tooth and surrounding gums to reduce a toothache and swelling of gums.
You can also use diluted clove oil to treat athlete’s foot, prickly heat rash, fungal infections, indigestion, asthma, headaches, and earaches. You can even diffuse the oil to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
Note: As clove essential oil is very strong, always dilute it before using. Pregnant women and people who have liver or kidney conditions should not use this oil. If you are allergic to eugenol, the main component in clove essential oil, do not use it.
10. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. It has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. It is also good for your health, mainly due to its antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant and sedative properties.
Topical application of diluted frankincense oil helps treat acne, wrinkles, minor burns, boils, scar tissue, insect bites, rashes, cuts and scrapes. You can add a few drops to any carrier oil and use it to massage your body to promote sleep, reduce anxiety and fight stress.
Add a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale it to relieve nasal congestion and treat headache and migraine pain. When added to bathwater, it helps reduce body pain, menstrual pain and arthritis pain.
Scientists have found that some properties in frankincense oil even help stop cancer from spreading. In addition, when put in a humidifier, it helps repel mosquitoes and flies.