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Natural Healing Essential Oils To Have In Your Home

May 9, 2016

Essential oils can do much more than just produce lovely smells to make your home or bath smell pretty. Being highly concentrated oils from herbs, spices, and other plants, they hold some amazing healing properties. Essential oils are wonderful because they are completely natural and often do a better job than their synthetic, chemically-laden counterfeits. If you are interested in essential oils but aren’t sure, here are some essential oils to have on hand.

  1. Lavender
    Lavender is my all time favourite essential oil. It has a wonderful, floral scent and is an amazing relaxer. It promotes a peaceful sleep and can even relieve headaches. Lavender can also be very beneficial for various skin rashes and can be an effective disinfectant for burns and cuts. For fresh smelling clothes, add a few drops of lavender to some aluminum free baking soda and put it in with your laundry.
  2. Clove
    Clove oil has been used for centuries. Because it contains eugenol, which is a strong antiseptic and anesthetic that can reduce pain and kill germs, clove oil can be applied to teeth to help relieve the pain from toothaches or dental cavities. Clove oil can also tackle odors in the air when diffused, or, when added to a spray bottle with water, can be used to kill germs and bacteria around the house. A drop or two can also be added to a sink full of dishes to help sanitize them.
  3. Peppermint
    Peppermint oil has a soothing smell that can instantly calm the mind. Drinking a glass of water with one drop of peppermint oil can alleviate stomach aches, nausea, and even symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, while enteric coated peppermint oil can be taken before a meal to improve digestion.
  4. Tea Tree
    This infamous Australian oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia and boasts many benefits, particularly for the skin. It effectively treats acne and rashes, even helps with herpes, and is now being studied for its potential healing against cancer.It is also an anti-fungal and can be diluted to treat fungal infections such as ringworm, or used to heal insect bites (and reduce the itching, too). It can be added to shampoo to help kill head lice as well — just don’t get it in your eyes!
  5. Lemon
    Containing the active constituent limonene, lemon oil is my favorite to diffuse while cleaning, because nothing beats that lemony-fresh smell. You can add lemon to your laundry in the same way as lavender to boost your detergent’s cleaning power. It also makes a great disinfectant for counter tops and cutting boards.
  6. Eucalyptus
    Eucalyptus oil is a great one to have on hand; this oil is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibacterial, and a decongestant to boot. Upon smelling this oil you may think to yourself, It is this oil which opens your airways and helps you breathe when you’re all stuffed up. And like its Australian friend tea tree oil, eucalyptus can also be used to treat insect bites.
  7. Frankincense
    When diffused, frankincense oil reduces anxiety and stress. This ancient oil also has a well-known influence on the limbic system of the brain, thereby supporting nervous system health, and it serves as a natural pain reliever when added to a hot bath, relieving sore muscles and cramps. The longer you soak the better.
  8. Oregano
    This oil can be absolutely amazing for both treating and preventing colds and other viruses. It is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-fungal, making it an essential in your healing arsenal. It is considered nature’s antihistamine as well, helping to alleviate and even reduce allergies. And oregano is loaded with antioxidants, which means it can help reduce oxidative damage. It has also been shown to help rid the body of intestinal parasites.
  9. Chamomile
    Chamomile has some amazing calming properties; you may have noticed this after consuming some chamomile tea before bed. It can relieve the symptoms of an overactive nervous system, like anxiety and stress, and calm the mind and help you drift off to sleep.

It is important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Not all brands are food grade, which means they should not be ingested or even applied topically, and some are of much better quality than others. Be sure to read the labels thoroughly before using any essential oil. These are highly concentrated, and although they are all natural, they can still be harmful if used incorrectly. Many oils must also be mixed with a carrier oil, before being applied topically.

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15 Comments

  • A
    Reply Aria on May 9, 2016 says;

    Awesome information P. Thanks

  • A
    Reply Agnus D on May 9, 2016 says;

    Yes, Excellent information!

  • L
    Reply Leela Harris on May 9, 2016 says;

    Perfect info

  • J
    Reply Jammie de la Cuesta on May 9, 2016 says;

    You are a great Herbalist

  • R
    Reply Rain77 on May 9, 2016 says;

    I love my essential oils and the information provided in this post is excellent.

  • I
    Reply Inga on May 9, 2016 says;

    Essential oils should be the choice for healing

  • J
    Reply J. Elliott on May 9, 2016 says;

    Peppermint is my #1 favorite.

  • K
    Reply Karen M. Moore on May 9, 2016 says;

    Essential oils are amazing living things, love using them everyday. Thanks for this post.

  • M
    Reply Makayla on May 9, 2016 says;

    Thanks so much for the article, I have been looking into esssential oils lately, and found this article very interesting.

  • D
    Reply Danuta Watola on May 9, 2016 says;

    Good article and selections for “must have” essential oils.

  • U
    Reply Ursula on May 9, 2016 says;

    Great information, thank you.

  • C
    Reply Camila on May 9, 2016 says;

    Wonderful information!!

  • L
    Reply Leslie Fennell on May 9, 2016 says;

    I have most of those

  • G
    Reply Gayatri Sriram on May 9, 2016 says;

    Love your post!

  • A
    Reply Alma on May 9, 2016 says;

    آخر الجميلة

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