Now, there seems to be a lot of mixed opinions out there whether essential oils are a good alternative or not, but truth is, the origin of the oils are used all throughout modern day medicine. They are also used in many health and beauty products as well. So why wouldn’t they work? Especially since the oil is extracted straight from the original source and not watered down or tampered with in a lab. Even the bible states in Ezekiel 47:12, that healing would come from the plants to help with various health problems. I’ve experienced them first hand and I know the healing power that comes from these oils.
There are some things which require a visit to the doctor, especially if you want to find out what is making you sick. But for me, this is always the last option, because I usually can’t afford it or I don’t want to spend the money.
Out of the hundreds of essential oils on the market these days, six of them I simply couldn’t live without.
Peppermint is the one I use the most out of all the oils and definitely my favorite. I love the smell and it helps with various health problems that occur on a daily basis for me. This one is with me at all times no matter where I go. Headaches are the main reason I use this essential oil, rubbing on my forehead before taking a shower helps to numb the pain.
For motion sickness, I rub it on the pressure points of my wrists and a little under my nose so I can continually breathe it in. Nausea can put a damper on your day and when this happens I rub it on the bottom of my feet and around my naval to help my stomach discomfort.
These are just a few of the main reasons I use it for, but it does have several other uses as well. Some of the ailments this oil may help with include, alertness, bad breathe, allergies, asthma, Sinusitis and fevers. You can’t go wrong with a wonderful smelling oil that packs a lot of healing properties behind it.
Also known as Melaleuca, Tea Tree is a great help for infections such as Athlete’s Foot, acne, fungal infections and Candida. It is effective as an antiseptic for cuts and wounds, and carries strong antibacterial, anti-parasitic and antiviral properties that are necessary when traveling abroad.
Some of the other top uses include Pinkeye, Staph infection, MRSA, sore throat, Tonsillitis, dandruff, lice, hives and rashes. It can even help with cavities and gum disease when taken internally. I don’t use this oil all the time, but when I need it, it does amazing things.
Like Peppermint, I love the smell of this oil. It’s very relaxing after rubbing it on your chest at night or putting it into a diffuser which makes the whole room smell refreshing. It does wonders for breaking up the congestion in your sinuses when you have the flu or a simple cold.
I don’t use this oil as much as the others, only when I have sinus symptoms, but due to the climate changes in recent years, I’ve found myself using it more and more.
Some other top uses include, earaches, Bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, Shingles, Malaria, muscle fatigue and pains.
Not my favorite oil because it has a strong overpowering, burning taste when taken internally, but it’s one I never want to be without. This powerful oil works wonders as a natural antibiotic on viruses, but should only be taken about two weeks consecutively at a time. You need to give your body a break to replace the good bacteria in your stomach. It’s recommended to take some form of probiotics after use.
If empty pill capsules are available, you can put a few drops in them and it will make it go down much easier. I don’t always have these available, so a lot of times I will take one drop of oil under my tongue. Fair warning, doing it this way gives an overpowering burn in the mouth, and a burning sensation on the way down. Sometimes it even upsets my stomach.
Other top uses include strep throat, Tonsillitis, intestinal worms and parasites, warts, callouses, canker sores, Tuberculosis and urinary infections. It’s definitely not an oil for the weak, but after a while and multiple uses, you start to get used to it.
Another great smelling oil that I could breathe all day is Wintergreen, but when you put it on your skin, oh man does it burn. I mainly use this oil combined with both Peppermint and Eucalyptus because it has the same affects as Icy Hot when applied to various areas on the body. It gives a burning sensation at first to dull the pain and then a cooling sensation afterwards to relax it away.
After being on my feet all day and once I get home and start to relax, sometimes I get muscle pains and cramps. Applying the combination of oils to the areas of pain, helps soothe it away. You do, however, need to use this oil with extreme caution when applying to your skin, because if you applied it in a sensitive area, you will be regretting that decision for about twenty minutes or so.
Some of the other top uses include gout, Rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, bone spurs, cartilage injuries, bladder infections and dandruff. This oil is very toxic and should never be ingested internally.
I always like to have this one on me for two main reasons, bug bites and burns. I’m constantly getting torn up by bugs, especially when it’s in a more tropical climate. I try to spray other essential oil mixtures or natural alternatives on my skin, but sometimes I miss a spot, wash it off by accident or the combination used doesn’t always work. I always find some kind of mark on my skin that either has me scratching wildly or just a lovely red reminder from the guest who took his dinner to go. I must just have that sweet Italian blood that attracts them so much.
When things like this happen, I apply Lavender essential oil combined with Tea Tree to the crime scene, to quickly soothe the itching and speed up the healing process. Same thing applies when you burn yourself, it really helps with scaring and helps inflammation.
Some of the other top uses include sleep issues, stress, anxiety, teeth grinding, sunburns, sprains, allergies, cuts, blisters and even high blood pressure. Although the oil doesn’t smell bad the aroma can be a bit overpowering.
Although there are many different essential oils on the market, these oils are the main ones I like to use on a regular basis. Other great oils to add to your collection are, Frankincense, Bergamot, Geranium, Patchouli, Myrrh, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Cinnamon Cassia, Marjoram, Orange and Helichrysum. Every oil has multiple uses and I’m continually finding new ways to use them every day.
Some of the pros and cons of aromatherapy are:
- They actually work
- A little bit goes a long way
- Easy to carry and pack light in your suitcase or backpack
- Less side effects than a lot of pharmaceutical products on the market, when used correctly
- Can also be used in cooking and cleaning
- Can be used in making your own health and beauty products
- Cheaper than conventional health remedies and trips to the doctor
- Can be harmful if not used correctly, it’s best to do your research on them
- No FDA regulations, so again you should do your own research before
- If they leak or break inside of clothes, bags or suitcases, you might not ever get the smell out
- Touching eyes after applying, can cause burning even after washing hands
- Could cause allergic reactions
- Not always a “quick fix” and may have to be used for an extensive amount of time
- No evidence out there, but doctors still recommend that they not be used during pregnancy or nursing
- Some oils can be expensive, but still a lot cheaper than your regular doctor’s visit
So, it all comes down to preference and what you think is best for your health. I’m only sharing what I like to use and the information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent or otherwise reduce the effects of any disease or ailment.
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, there is an awesome book out there called The Essential Life. This book targets information on a wide range of health problems and also everyday use in the home; such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, pets and much more. It’s definitely a great investment and can be found on Amazon for around $28. Click here for further details.
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