Health & Beauty

7 Of The Best Essential Oils To Add To Your Diffuser In 2022

By Olivia Arezzolo
1st Apr 2022

A series of drops of essential oil with an orange flower in the centre.

Be it for sleep, stress or sex (yes, even sex), there’s an oil or two that can help with many of the problems standing in your way of achieving perfect wellness—here are seven of the best essential oils to add to your repertoire.

Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Chamomile And Lavender 

If you struggle to switch off in the evening, lavender could be for you. Research shows it can reduce anxiety—or just the inability to switch off—by up to 45 per cent. This isn’t just helpful for falling asleep, but also staying asleep, as anyone who’s woken up at 1am and been consumed by anxious thoughts will tell you. Ideally, you should look for a blend with both lavender and chamomile, as chamomile is another natural sedative essential oil. Our pick is Oil Garden’s Sleep Assist.

Best Essential Oils For Pain Relief 

Peppermint, Lemon And Lime 

You might think you’re alone in your struggles with aches and pains, but actually, about one in five Australians suffer some form of chronic pain—so if that’s not you, chances are, it’s one of your best mates. The oil that will come to your aid is peppermint, which has been shown to help reduce multiple kinds of pain, from the objective to the subjective. Start with alternating a few drops of ECO’s peppermint and lemon oils to your diffuser, and see which works best for you.

Best Essential Oils For Immune Support

Eucalyptus, Clove And Rosemary  

With COVID still lurking, keeping our immune system supported is pretty high on our agenda for all of 2020—and beyond. If you feel much the same, your essential oil go-tos are clove, rosemary and eucalyptus, all of which are anti-bacterial and anti-viral and can help purify the air in your home or office, so make life easy with a blend like ECO’s Immune Support or Buckley and Phillips Immunity. 

Best Essential Oils For Alertness

Lemongrass And Cinnamon 

Whether you’re feeling stressed or can’t concentrate on a single spreadsheet, you need some lemongrass in the air: the experts say it enhances attention, alertness and calmness, everything you need to deal with your boss’s late afternoon requests. Similarly, cinnamon can stabilise blood sugar levels, often the real reason you’re slumping. A blend with both is Lively Living’s Vitality, or you can grab them both individually—cinnamon here and lemongrass here

Best Essential Oils For Skin


Lacklustre, lifeless and blemished skin be-gone, glowing, just-got-back-from-holiday skin is just one essential oil away. And the oil you need? Jojoba (buy it here), an antioxidant rich, hypoallergenic (read: reduces redness) oil that helps prevent acne. Because it’s a carrier oil, you can rub it straight into your skin—and even add a tiny drop of another essential oil that would normally be too harsh to use on the body. A favourite blend is Fleurett’s Smooth and Soothe Facial oil.

Best Essential Oils For Sex 

Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang And Patchouli 

Just when you thought essential oils were only for grandma, you learnt that they can spice up your sex life. Yep, aphrodisiac essential oils include the likes of sandalwood (which increases desire), ylang ylang (which has been found to ‘enhance euphoria’ during sex) and patchouli (which can reduce inhibitions)—all parts of having more great sex. You can try all three in Plant Therapy’s Sensual Synergy blend.

Best Essential Oils For Stress 

Bergamot, Sweet Orange And Grapefruit

Citrus oils to the rescue—for basically any reason you’re stressed, they are likely to help. If you have a racing mind, sweet orange oil helps you think more clearly and rationally, while the zesty fragrance of grapefruit has been shown to lift your mood when you're under pressure. A mood-boosting blend is ideal, such as ECO’s Sun Kissed blend.

If you’re looking for some self-care ideas to go with your favourite essential oils, we’ve got you covered right here.

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