Known to work wonders, essential oils contain the true essence of the plant from which they were derived. Contrary to what you’d think, they are not oily to touch, but rather a pure liquid extracted from the plant. The oils are distilled by using either water or steam and are highly concentrated.
Because of this, essential oils are packaged in small bottles as only a few drops are needed at a time. The uses vary from aromatherapy to household cleaning to insect repellent to natural remedies for physical discomfort and well being. Essential oils are often used by diluting them with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil) and then applying this blend to the skin for absorption. Essential oils can also be diffused (not heated) so they are released into the air.
Three great Essential Oils are Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oils.
Not only is it one of the few oils that is gentle enough to use undiluted, it’s often claimed a “virtual first aid kit in a bottle”. The antibacterial properties allow it to fight germs (which is why it’s also such an important ingredient in many all natural cleaning products for home and body), and, like peppermint, it’s often credited with aiding digestion and helping fight headaches.
Here are some great ways to use Lavender:
Try a few drops of this oil (with Epsom salts) in your bath for aching muscles or in a foot bath, your porous soles will absorb lavender quickly into the bloodstream.
Massage a few drops into your forehead or nape of neck for relief from a headache.
If you can’t get to sleep, soak a washcloth in a sink filled with warm water and lavender oil and place wrung out washcloth on your face and breathe in the calming scent. Or, place a few drops on your pillow to drift into sleep.
Lavender is also known to help with:
- Soothing nervous tension, headaches, anxiety and depression.
- Relieve pain from soreness in the joints.
- Disinfect scalp and skin: effective on lice removal.
- Enhance blood circulation; may also lower blood pressure.
- Aid in Digestion by increasing the mobility of the intestine.
Powerful antiseptic, anti fungal and anti-viral.
Some great ways to use Tea Tree oil:
Good for clearing acne, cold sores, warts, and burns.
Diffuse to kill germs.
Useful cleansing agent for skin including foot odor. Tea tree essential oil can help to control germs, bacteria, and fungi.
Tea Tree is also known to be:
- Anti-fungal: use on athlete’s foot, eczema.
- Antiseptic: use on cuts and burns.
- Anti-viral: use a few drops in the bath.
- Combat lice and sooth dry/dandruff scalp.
- Treats sinus infections, colds and persistent coughs.
The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating.
Some uses for Eucalyptus Oil are:
Try adding a few drops of eucalyptus to a tissue or cotton rag and place over the steam vent of a humidifier for optimal sinus clearing benefits and to keep room germ free.
Powerful antiseptic and works well when used in baths and massages during the cold season.
Blend in oil for natural chest rubs.
Eucalyptus Oil has been known to aid with:
- Helping with respiratory problems: effective relief from colds and coughs.
- Antiseptic: good for cleaning wounds and soothing burns and stings.
- Relieving muscle pain: analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
- Fever reducer: reduces body temperature.
It is important that you use essential oils with care. We are not medical professionals and are not trying to diagnose and/or treat anything. As always, seek the advice of a professional when beginning and essential oil regimine.
We recommend using Pure, Authentic Essential oils, such as Young Living Brand. For more information about Young Living, read more here.
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