I have never been the type of person to just take medicine from my doctor without asking one hundred questions first or absolutely needing to take it. Call me a hippie or call me cautious, but I believe sometimes more damage can come from medications than good. They can be very harsh on our bodies and upset our natural flora to the point of killing off good bacteria needed to keep our immune system properly functioning. With this concern, I turned to essentials oils to overcome medical woes and have been very successful. Oils have been used for centuries for their healing properties and each type has its own unique abilities. Whenever I’m feeling a little under the weather, or just want to prevent myself from feeling under the weather, these are my go-to oils.
I am by no means a medical professional, nor can I guarantee you will get results from these. I am just speaking from my own experience with them. 🙂
Eucalyptus Oil – I discovered my love for this oil by complete accident. My husband and I always use the lemon and eucalyptus bug spray while doing yard work and I found that whenever I wore the bug spray, my allergies got better and I could breathe easier! I always had to pump a few extra sprays around my neck to get all the benefits. Haha! Then I finally saw the oil in store one day and bought it. Haha! A study from NYU Medical school has shown that eucalyptus oil can be very effective in treating colds and sinusitus. How does it do this? Eucalyptus works as an expectorant to help rid the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel bblllaahhhh. I typically rub a little under my nose and on my chest to open my sinuses, but you can add a few drops to tea, gargle with it to soothe a sore throat, and put it in a diffuser.
Peppermint Oil – Peppermint ANYTHING provides cooling and calming sensations, and the oil itself does just that times 10. Along with its abilities to improve mental focus (Ever heard of sucking on a peppermint before test?) and soothe digestive issues, peppermint oil also has antimicrobial properties. This means that it can kill bacteria in your mouth to give you fresher breath, aid in clearing respiratory tracts, and even boost energy. To get the most from this oil, first target what you’re trying to achieve. Headache? Dab a bit on the back or your neck and temples. Fever? Mix a few drops in coconut oil and it will help you keep cool. Dandruff? Add a little in your shampoo bottle. Congestion? Add a few drops to a hot tea and dab some oil under your nose. This is such a multi-use oil that is has become a staple in my home!
Tea Tree Oil – Although you may be thinking this oil is derived from the very thing you drink, that is not the case. Tea Tree Oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree which typically grow off the coast of Australia and is the BEST thing ever for clearing up a slew of dermatologic, gynecologic, and any other issues. Pretty much if you have ever had any sort of itchy skin problem ever, you need this in your medicine cabinet! This tough oil has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can be used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, yeast and vaginal infections, sore throats, ear infections, toenail fungus, ringworm, insect bites, boils, and much more! This oil is VERY potent, though. You can use a Q-tip to dab it on blemishes, but if you are wanting to apply it to sensitive areas (ears, throat, near eyes, vagina, etc.), it will need to be diluted with coconut oil or water first. Do some research on what your concern is first because you certainly don’t want to cause irritation. You’d be surprised how relied upon this oil is.
Photos courtesy of Young Living.