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For generations and generations, civilizations survived and even thrived using only what mother nature provided them, including what we now call essential oils. Essential oils are basically essences that are extracted from plants to be used for various medicinal, personal, beauty and household purposes. Though essential oils have almost always been popular to some extent, the use of them has once again become more commonplace over the past several years.

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As more people have begun to examine the safety and efficacy of the pharmaceuticals that have been pushed on us for the past several decades, a great number of people have turned to more natural remedies to cure what ails them, leading many to discover or even re-discover the incredible benefits of essential oils.

Though there's not a ton of modern scientific data regarding the effects of essential oils for every ailment, anecdotally many are singing their praises. These days people use essential oils for everything from depression and anxiety to allergies and colds, and mostly extolling their effectiveness to anyone who will listen. Click through our gallery to find out more about 10 essential oils that could have you feeling better in no time.

Cinnamon essential oil improves circulation. 1

Cinnamon essential oil improves circulation.

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Cinnamon essential oil has been said to improve blood circulation. It's not only warming but it can also benefit your heart. You can mix it into a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil and use it as a massage oil to double down on the blood flow benefits.

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It also helps with indigestion. 2

It also helps with indigestion.

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Cinnamon has been used as a digestive aid in Latin cultures forever, so it's no surprise that its essential oil can help your tummy. If you don't like the taste, try using the essential oil blended into a massage oil instead of drinking cinnamon tea.

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Cinnamon can reduce fatigue. 3

Cinnamon can reduce fatigue.

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Because of the positivie effects cinnamon oil has on blood flow, it can also be effective in waking up your muscles to reduce fatigue.

Get the benefits of Vicks without the petroleum. 4

Get the benefits of Vicks without the petroleum.

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If you're Latino, you've probably sworn by Vicks to cure pretty much any ailment your entire life, but if you'd like to stay away from petroleum in your health products, you can get similar benefits from eucalyptus essential oil, which is great for breaking up congestion.

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Eucalyptus can help asthma sufferers. 5

Eucalyptus can help asthma sufferers.

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Because eucalpytus can help open up airways, diffusing it could be beneficial for asthma sufferers. Just be sure to check with your physician first.

It can even help sore msucles. 6

It can even help sore msucles.

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Eucalpytus oil can be blended with a carrier oil and any other essential oils you choose to create a massage oil that will relieve sore muscles.

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Frankincense has been known to heal since ancient times. 7

Frankincense has been known to heal since ancient times.

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Yup, the frankincense you know from Bible stories is still used today. Frankincense essential oil can help ease anxiety when diffused or used as a part of a massage oil.

It has cold-fighting properties. 8

It has cold-fighting properties.

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Frankincense has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, and can help you beat a cold that causes chest or nasal congestion.

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It might get rid of your headache. 9

It might get rid of your headache.

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Some people have even said that frankincense can cure a headache. Try it on a hot compress to see if it works for you.

Ginger essential oil is a great way to ease stomach issues. 10

Ginger essential oil is a great way to ease stomach issues.

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Most people know that ginger can help with nausea, but you might not know that you can get it as an essential oil. If you don't like the taste, try diffusing it for the same effect.

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Get rid of gas with ginger essential oil. 11

Get rid of gas with ginger essential oil.

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Using ginger essential oil can also help relieve painful gas. Just use it in a cold-mist diffuser or vaporizer.

It's also great for blood flow. 12

It's also great for blood flow.

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Similarly to cinnamon essential oil, ginger essential oil is also great for blood flow. It's very warming and can increase blood flow to cold limbs. Combine it with a carrier oil and use for massage or add it to a hot bath.

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Lavender is a go-to essential oil. 13

Lavender is a go-to essential oil.

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Lots of people start using essential oils with lavender essential oil, because it works for so many different things. It's most well-known for its ability to ease insomnia. Diffuse it or apply it to your skin via a carrier oil.

Relieve sore muscles. 14

Relieve sore muscles.

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Because lavender has amazing relaxing properties, it can help your muscles relax enough to ease any soreness.

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Lavender is also a decongestant. 15

Lavender is also a decongestant.

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Lavender can also work as a decongestant, especially when combined with eucalyptus and peppermint oils.

Lemon oil can break a fever. 16

Lemon oil can break a fever.

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Lemon has tons of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it can actually aid in lowering a fever. Use it with a carrier oil for massage or diffuse it.

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Its strong citrus scent is energizing. 17

Its strong citrus scent is energizing.

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The strong, vibrant aroma of lemon essential oil can be incredibly energizing. Try diffusing it in your office for a pick-me-up when your energy is low.

Ease cold and flu symptoms. 18

Ease cold and flu symptoms.

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Lemon is antibacterial and has antioxidant properties, making it useful for relieving cold and flu symptoms like swollen glands, coughs, etc.

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Lemongrass essential oil can get rid of a headache. 19

Lemongrass essential oil can get rid of a headache.

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Lemongrass is known to help various aches and pains including headaches and migraines. Try diffusing it or using it on a hot compress.

It might ease arthritis. 20

It might ease arthritis.

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In ancient medicine, lemongrass was used to ease pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and rheumatism. It works as a massage oil when combined with a carrier oil.

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Lemongrass might also be able to reduce a fever. 21

Lemongrass might also be able to reduce a fever.

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Diffusing lemongrass essential oil may also be effective at reducing a fever without the use of over-the-counter medicine.

Oregano essential oil can ease upper respiratory infections. 22

Oregano essential oil can ease upper respiratory infections.

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You know those pesky upper respiratory infections that often drag on and on? Oregano essential oil may help kick them for good. It's an excellent antiviral and antimicrobial oil.

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It can help with pain from a sore throat. 23

It can help with pain from a sore throat.

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Using oregano essential oil can also help cure a sore throat. If you can find food grade oregano essential oil you can actually use a drop under your tongue or add it to your tea. Otherwise, diffuse it.

It actually has antibiotic properties. 24

It actually has antibiotic properties.

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If you think you have an illness that might require antibiotics but you can't get to the doctor's or pharmacy right away or if your condition is mild and you'd like to avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics, try your oregano essential oil.

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Peppermint essential oil is great for getting rid of a headache. 25

Peppermint essential oil is great for getting rid of a headache.

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Peppermint essential smells amazing and can be truly effective at getting rid of a stubborn headache. Diffusing it is best, but you can also just give it a few sniffs. Avoid applying it directly though as it may be irritating to skin.

It's also really energizing. 26

It's also really energizing.

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Peppermint oil is well-known for its ability to boost energy. If you're feeling fatigued, diffuse it or use it on a hot compress.

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Soothe an upset stomach. 27

Soothe an upset stomach.

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Peppermint is a great digestive aid. You can dilute it in a carrier oil and massage onto your belly.

Get rid of fungus with tea tree oil. 28

Get rid of fungus with tea tree oil.

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Tea tree oil is an antifungal and can actually get rid of toenail fungi, dandruff and more. It can be diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically until the fungus is gone.

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It can relieve a cough and sore throat. 29

It can relieve a cough and sore throat.

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This oil is also an antiseptic and antimicrobial, and can be really effective at relieving a sore throat and cough when diffused or applied topically.

It might even break up your congestion. 30

It might even break up your congestion.

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While tea tree oil is great for relieving your symptoms, it might even be able to clear up the cause. It's known to help break up congestion, which is often the cause behind coughs and sore throats.