Healing with essential oil remedies is a most pleasant way to take advantage of the medicinal gifts the plant kingdom provides.
Aromatherapy healing has the power to affect your mind, body and spirit depending on the oils and combinations you choose. For example, on a physical level, lavender is useful for acne, pain, and sunburn. On an emotional or mental level, it helps lift depression, relieve stress and calm anxiety.
For healing with plant oils, keep these important points in mind.
The following essential oil remedies are commonly used favorites for a variety of wellness needs. They are readily available, very safe when used appropriately and and moderately priced.
Lavender oil is probably the most known and loved of the essential oils, especially by women. You can use lavender without diluting it.
Here is one of my favorite ways to enjoy lavender oil. Put a drop in your hands and rub them together. Cover your nose and mouth with your hands. Close your eyes and inhale deeply for instant relaxation and stress-relief. Put a drop or two on a cotton ball and carry it with you. Sniff anytime for an instant stress-buster. Heaven!
Dab a drop of lavender oil on a sunburn, an insect bite or a pimple. Use 5-10 drops mixed in a carrier oil or magnesium salts and add to bath water for relaxation and calming.
Add a few drops to unscented skin lotion for a lovely scent and to soothe and heal your skin.
My friend Sandi puts a drop of lavender oil in her palms before doing reiki energy healing for her clients. They love it.
Lavender is a regular in many essential oil combinations.
Peppermint oil can be used alone or combined with lavender to counteract nervous stress and mental fatigue. A whiff of peppermint or rosemary oil makes for an instant pick-me-up if you are feeling fatigued or need to focus.
Peppermint is one of the few healing essential oils commonly used in food and beverages.
Eat a strong peppermint candy to help with flatulence or intestinal upset. Peppermint oil is added to commercially made mint candies and chocolates. These candies are after meal favorites because they freshen your breath and help with digestion.
Use one drop added to water as a gargle for bad breath or sore throat.
Peppermint oil may irritate your skin so be sure to test first.
Tea tree oil is a very popular essential oil remedy. It has a reputation as one of the best therapeutic essential oils for bacterial or fungal skin infections. Apply a drop to toe nail fungus, ringworm, acne, warts, insect bites and infected wounds.
Tea tree oil can be used straight or 'neat'. If it irritates your skin, dilute with a carrier oil or a little lotion.
Inhale tea tree alone or combined with lavender to counteract negative thinking, nervous exhaustion or shock.
Use as a steam inhalation for respiratory infections or add a few drops to the humidifier. Add a few drops to a steaming pot of water. Cover your head with a towel, lean over the pot (not too close!) and breathe in the steam for a few minutes.
Tea tree oil is useful for disinfecting around the house. Add several drops to your natural cleaning spray or laundry.
Eucalyptus and thyme are two more powerful disinfectants and respiratory aids.
Healing with essential oils is an enjoyable and effective way to incorporate complementary natural remedies into your holistic wellness plan. Whether you incorporate them into your life for physical healing, stress relief, energy therapeutics, or for non-toxic cleaning, aromatherapy has a place in natural health and home care.