5 Essential Oils You Shouldn't Be Without
Today, scientists, physicians and researchers are beginning to return to the use of essential oils as a way to naturally and holistically heal our bodies.
BY: Samantha Fey
If life gives you lemons, inhale the scent and you’ll feel more joyful instantly. This happy essential oil has a myriad of uses to enhance your home, body and mood. It’s great at removing sticky, gooey messes. If you hate eliminating price tags, add a drop of lemon oil and see it easily slide off. Add a few drops off essential lemon oil to your water to purify it. Add a few drops of lemon oil to your cutting board to erase harsh odors and cleanse bacteria residue. Lemon essential oil is a natural mood enhancer. Place a few drops in a diffuser and inhale to feel happier and more joyful. Inhaling the scent of lemon also curves the desire for sweets.
Add a few drops to your skin moisturize to brighten your skin tone. Add a few drops to your shampoo to clarify hair and make it appear shinier. Add a few drops to a teaspoon of honey to cure bad breath. To help alleviate flu symptoms, add a few drops of lemon essential oil and honey to a mug of warm water. Place a few drops into unrefined coconut oil to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Throughout history, peppermint has been used to cure bad breath, soothe tummy troubles, relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn and indigestion. Emotionally, Peppermint can help soften anger, ease depression and eliminate fatigue. Add a few drops to your coffee or tea to alleviate indigestion. Apply a few drops to the back of neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep your energy up. Rub a drop or two on your temples, forehead and over sinuses (carefully avoiding contact with eyes) to alleviate sinus pressure and headaches. Diffuse to reduce appetite. Add to a carrier oil such a Jojoba and rub into an upset stomach. Rub a few drops to the bottoms of your feet to reduce a fever. Apply topically to eliminate itching from bug bites. Inhale before and after workouts to boost your mood and reduce fatigue. Diffuse in a room to enhance focus and concentration while studying. To deter rodents, ants and cockroaches, place a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place on their path or entry area. Add 4 – 5 drops to a bottle of water and spray on plants to kill aphids. You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to a bottle of water and mist to reduce hot flashes.
Oregano is the essential oil to turn to for immune support. Obviously well known for its culinary abilities, oregano also works wonders to help us stay and feel healthy. Oregano oil must always be diluted in a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil. Oregano oil is highly concentrated so one drop goes a long way. For foot fungus, dilute one teaspoon of oregano essential oil in 2 teaspoons of olive oil and apply to the infected area three times a day. It’s a great disinfectant. Add a few drops to a bottle of water and spray countertops to eliminate bacteria and odors.
Oregano essential oil is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparistic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation while warding off infections. Add a drop or two to a glass of milk to reduce digestive issues. Add 3 drops to a glass of juice and drink three to five a day to reduce sinus congestion. Add 3 drops of oregano to a glass of orange juice to ward off sore throat pain. Repeat until symptoms are gone.
Again, pregnant and nursing women and children under six should not ingest these oils. Emotionally, oregano makes one feel less fearful. It induces feelings of calm and promotes inner serenity.