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Essential oils have made a difference in women’s health for centuries and, whether you realize it or not, they are all around us. When you walk through a field of flowers, enjoy the shade of a tree or squeeze the juice from a citrus fruit, you’re enjoying the benefits of essential oils. They are found in plants, roots, seeds, flowers, bark and fruit.

Consult this guide for the 10 best essential oils for women’s health, and tips on how to incorporate them into your everyday life. You’ll also want to be sure to familiarize yourself with the oil you use and make sure the oil is safe for consumption or topical application. Here are our picks for the best essential oils for women.

1. Clary Sage

  • anti-depressant
  • soothing properties
  • beneficial during women’s menstrual cycles and mood swings, eases discomfort

Everyday use: You can add a few drops into an epsom-salt bath or, if the oil is labeled safe for topical use, you can massage a few drops directly onto your abdomen to ease cramps and discomfort.

2. Lemon

  • energizing and de-stressing properties
  • wonderful for cleaning and cooking
    Everyday use: I add a drop of lemon essential oil into a glass of cold water each day. It is so refreshing, and I believe it is the reason I have been able to stay so healthy the last few months.

3. Lavender

  • reduces stress and calms nerves
  • helps with sleeping problems
  • aids with skin irritations
    Everyday use: This is probably the most-used oil in our home. We diffuse it aromatically before bedtime, add it to our baths, and apply it to the soles of our feet before bed.

4. Geranium

  • balances oil
  • aids with skin irritation
  • conditions skin
    Everyday use: Add a drop to your facial or body moisturizer, and to your shampoo or conditioner to help balance oil production and moisturize your skin.

5. Basil

  • soothes sore and tired muscles
  • can be used in cooking
  • helps memory function and focus
  • soothes insect bites
    Everyday use: Apply directly to an insect bite or sting, and if you are feeling sore from an extra hard workout, add a few drops into a massage oil and massage tired muscles.

6. Wild Orange

  • invigorating
  • mood lifter
    Everyday use: Add a few drops into your body scrub and feel refreshed and awake as you step out of the shower each day.

7. Oregano

  • purifying
  • boosts immunity
    helps with digestive and respiratory function

Everyday use: You can diffuse oregano aromatically to purify the air, or add a drop into a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat.

8. Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

  • contributes to healthy skin and nails
  • antibacterial
    Everyday use: Add a few drops to your laundry detergent for its antibacterial benefits.

9. Frankincense

  • mood lifter
  • helps with skin injuries and irritation
    Everyday use: Add a drop to your moisturizer if you have sensitive skin or diffuse it aromatically for a boost in mood.

10. Ginger

  • aids digestion
  • helps eliminate motion sickness, nausea
  • alleviates joint discomfort
    Everyday use: Apply a drop to the bottom of your feet after a meal to help aid digestion, or add a drop to a glass of water to take internally.