Most of our medicine cabinets look like portable pharmacies. Sometimes you have to wonder, could these chemically-enhanced drugs really be good for me? Although essential oils should never be a replacement for prescriptive medicine, they can and will provide economical and strong remedies to health problems.
Yes, essential oils from a fragrance oils company can be expensive, but they last years and have so many uses. The little bottles can be quite daunting – ‘I’m paying how much for something that small?!’ – but trust us, a little goes a very long way, and has big results.
You may even discover that essential oils work so much better for your body than what your doctor recommended. They’re even great as household cleaners!
It’s easy to find essential oils – just visit your local health store. At first, the shelves of strange oils may be a little daunting, but don’t panic! Ask your shop assistant for aid, or begin your new medicine cabinet with the suggestions below.
It’s time to ditch the minor, over-the-counter drugs in your bathroom, and try swapping them with these little, essential powerhouses:
Your problem: insomnia or troubled sleep, insect bites, burns, and rashes.
Qualities: antidepressant, antifungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and regenerative.
Lavender is a versatile must for any holistic cabinet. Its most famous property is sleep-promotion. Rub two drops on each foot before bed, and enjoy an easy night.
Another great use is in the kitchen. Lavender can be applied neat to fresh burns to ease pain and skin damage. If you store it in the fridge, it adds to the cooling sensation.
Stressful day at work? Add a few drops to your pillow and breathe in the scent of lavender flowers. Relax…
Your problem: sore throats and a runny nose, intestinal parasites, and liver cleanser.
Qualities: antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral.
Heavy night on the alcohol? Give your liver a little TLC with a mixture of lemon oil and water. Another top tip is to apply a small amount to the base of your nose, in order to stop your sniffles.
Melaleuca (tea tree oil)
Your problem: cuts and wounds, infections, burns, cold sores, and inflammation.
Qualities: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, strong antiseptic, digestive, immune stimulant, insecticidal, and tissue regenerative.
Melaleuca, or tea tree oil, is a miraculous healer. Apply to cuts to prevent infection and promote fast regeneration.
Your problem: headaches, fever, bad breath (!), digestive issues, and toothaches.
Qualities: antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral.
It seems like everyone has an unhappy tummy these days. Soothe stomach troubles with peppermint oil. Family member has a fever? A drop or two on the base of their feet should bring down their body temperature.
If you have a headache, rub a little into your temples.
There’s a reason why toothpaste is minty! Max out the mint-factor by adding a drop to your toothpaste, and cure bad breath.
Apply a few drops to your chest if you have a bad cold to free up your airways.
This post was written on behalf of Ungerer Limited