Today we can find many products labelled with the term ‘aromatherapy’ on the packaging. From shower gels to candles and potpourri there is a vast selection of products available. However there is a significant difference between cosmetic fragrances and essential oils. A lavender-scented fragrance, may smell like pure lavender essence, but it does not have the essential oil’s antiseptic therapeutic properties. Essential oils are extracted from the roots, stems, branches, bark, leaves, fruit, and flowers of various plants and they carry medicinal properties. Therefore it is important that you choose the high quality natural essential oils for therapeutic use.
Aromatherapy is much more than just playing around with pretty smells. It is the art and science of using naturally extracted, aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for healing purposes. The healing scents of these essential oils can reduce anxiety, stress, ease minor pains, they can balance the health of body, mind and spirit.
Apart from scheduling a massage that incorporates these oils, there are several other ways to experience these aromatherapeutic oils in your home. You can rub diluted essential oils on the temples, diffuse them throughout the room with a room humidifier, drop it in your bath or simply place 2-4 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue and leave it near you.
We have selected 10 essential oils that provide a fantastic natural alternative to common ailments we see at home. Due to their various uses and wonderful properties you can enhance your life now simply with the gift of nature.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil is one of the most beneficial and useful essential oils to have at home. It has antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral effects. As a highly effective natural antiseptic it is often used in place of iodine for cuts and scrapes. Blend it with an equal part of Lavender oil for pain relief. Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to shampoo or conditioner to alleviate dandruff. When applied on the skin essential oils should always be used in diluted form, blended with carrier oils such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil.
Treats: acne, dermatitis, eczema, cold sores, nail fungus, Candida infection, insect bites, warts, dandruff, hemorrhoid
Tip: Use Tea Tree Oil as an organic disinfectant spray around your home. Simply add a teaspoon of it to the water in a misting bottle. A few drops of undiluted oil on your pet’s bed/blanket will keep fleas away.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil has an incredibly various ways to enhance your home, body and mood. A recent study showed that the essential oil of lemon can be used as a very effective natural remedy against candidiasis. Add 2 drops of lemon oil in your water daily to support metabolism and weight loss. Instead of chemical cleaners use diluted Lemon essential oil (at 2-10 drops per ounce of water), depending on the strength desired) and use as you would other cleaners for your kitchen (counter tops, chopping boards etc.)
Treats: Candida Yeast Infections, dandruff, stress and anxiety, bad breath, stimulates lymph drainage, support weight loss, aids digestion
Tips: A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil added to olive oil makes a perfect furniture polish. To inhale, place a few drops in a diffuser for a happier and more joyful mood.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Oil has been used for centuries to cure indigestion, relieve colic, gas, heartburn and headaches. It is an excellent mental stimulant, bringing clarity and alertness. If you feel tired during driving put a few drops on a tissue and place it near you in the car. It also has insect repellent effects and keeps cockroaches, spiders out of the house. Add a few drops to your body lotion to keep the annoying mosquitoes away. If you are not fond of peppermint tea, eat a few drops with honey to treat heartburns.
Treats: indigestion, heartburn, headache, nausea, fatigue, depression, coughing, sore throat, reduces appetite, insect bites,
Tips: Add a few drops to carrier oil and massage gently into your skin to relieve stomach cramps. Before removing ticks, a drop or two of pure peppermint oil will draw the insect out so it can be eliminated.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most popular and well-known essential oils, lavender oil not only used for relaxation; it also soothes respiratory illnesses and is an effective pain reliever. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory effect it very effective for minor burns to speed wound healing and reduce scarring. It is commonly used to reduce stress by applying lavender oil to the soles of the feet of patients.
Treats: aches, pains, burns, wounds, respiratory illnesses, sleeping disorders, sore muscles, headache, insect repellent, acne, insect bites, skin rashes
Tips: For a good night sleep use lavender oil in a diffuser in your bedroom, or simply put a few drops on the pillowcase before going to bed. Use lavender oil labeled “culinary grade” in your kitchen to add many dishes. It helps to bring out flavors!
Oregano Essential Oil
The essential oil of this herb must be always diluted in a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil before applying it on the skin. We all know oregano from delicious Italian and Mexican recipes but did you know the anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial, and antiseptic properties this herb has? Oregano can stop the growth of bacterias such as E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus that cause urinary tract infections. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Add a few drops to a glass of juice or milk to treat parasitic infections. To treat fungal nail infection add a few drops to warm water and soak your feet every day for 10 minutes.
Pregnant and nursing women and children under six should not ingest these oils!
Treats: fungal infections, pain, digestion, sinus congestion, sore throat, stress, nervosity, bruises, herpes, warts, cyst, fibromyalgia
Tips: To treat sinus infections or cold, put four to five drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water or a vaporizer and inhale the steam twice a day.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil is a ancient oil used for spiritual connection and to support a healthy immune system. It is also considered a holy oil in the Middle East; it was given to Christ at the time of his birth. An ingredient to many skin care products, it makes the skin healthy. Supports overall wellbeing and healthy immune system as well. can Add a few drops to your body lotion or soap to prevent acne or help heal burns, rashes, cuts and scrapes.
Treats: acne, scars, burns, cuts and scrapes, insect bites, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, asthma, allergies
Tips: Mix it with coconut oil or other carrier oil and rub into your feet to increase immune system. It is also a very effective way to boost your child’s immune system.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile has been used since antiquity and is well known ever since for its calming effects. Its oil has antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-depressant properties. It has been found very effective in fighting depression and in eliminating feelings of sadness. Even smelling these oils can help a lot in overcoming depression and bringing about a good mood. Chamomile oil has wonderful relaxing abilities, especially on the nervous and digestive systems. It can regulate and ease the menstrual cycle.
Treats: PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problem, depression, stress, skin problems, high blood pressure, wounds, digestion disorders, arthritis, muscle pain
Tips: It can be used with great effect on children, massaging a small amount into the feet or belly works wonders.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon is not only delicious in apple pies but its essential oil – distilled from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka – is also a powerful remedy for many conditions. This highly anti-microbial and anti-bacterial oil has shown to eliminate many forms of pathogenic organisms. Inhaled it improves brain function and increases brain activity and also helps you combat stress, anxiety and memory loss.
Treats: pains, aches, indigestion, improve blood circulation, bladder infections, stress, anxiety, skin diseases, acne, internal and external infections, diabetes
Tips: Consuming around 3 ml of cinnamon essential oil every day prevents heart attack, high blood pressure and controls blood sugar.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil has been found to be the strongest anti-oxidant of any essential oil it has also extremely powerful antibacterial properties, effective against a broader range of microbes than any other oil. It has been used for dental issues for centuries, and is one of the best natural treatments for toothaches, gum disease, cold sores, and canker sores. It should be always used dilated and never applied directly on skin.
Treats: toothaches, gum disease, cold sores, canker sores, wounds and cuts, fungal infection, ear aches, parasites in digestive system
Tips: To treat earaches poured it on a cotton swab and tuck it just inside the ear canal. Chew a piece of clove near the aching tooth and try to keep it on the tooth, it will quickly eliminate the pain.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries due to its antiseptic properties. The oil is distilled from the dried leaves of the Eucalyptus evergreen tree, native to Australia. As a traditional medication, Australian aboriginals use it for body pains, fever, sinus congestions, and colds. If you suffer from arthritis, asthma, colds, headaches, sinusitis, fatigue, muscle aches and pains simply add 2-3 drops to your bath. Use it in diffusers to improve concentration, or as an insect repellent.
Treats: sinus congestion, cold, chest congestion, asthma, arthritis, mucous congestion, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, pains
Tips: disinfectant properties make it ideal to use in a spray for your kitchen and bathroom, or diffuse the oil in your bathroom to eliminate germs and odors.