You might first be asking what essential oils are–and the answer is simple! Essential oils are distilled extractions from traditionally medicinal herbs, flowers and plants. It’s an incredible process that yields amazing results that you can take advantage of to make your home happier and healthier! We’ve found the top five most useful oils to start your homeopathic tool kit–you’d never believe what these little oils can do!
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Melaleuca–This amazing oil can do almost anything! Taken from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, melaleuca oil is a powerful antibiotic! You can find it at your local health food store, marketed as melaleuca oil or tea tree oil. The uses are literally endless. To date, over three hundred scientific studies refer to melaleuca’s antimicrobial power alone. Pretty impressive, right? Consider buying a bottle of melaleuca oil if you have any of the following problems:
And so much more! One woman we talked to even uses pure melaleuca oil to treat bladder infections. You can use it on open wounds and abrasions as a natural alternative, and you can even use it to help ease psoriasis and eczema flare-ups, get rid of head lice, and even offer relief from itching (rashes, chickenpox or bug bites!).
But the magic of tea tree oil doesn’t stop at medicinal uses! You can dilute it in a spray bottle as a natural household cleaner, air freshener and insect repellant! Add some drops to your laundry loads to fight strong odors. Putting it in your food, or drinking a melaleuca-infused tea can help lung function, circulation, and help your teeth and bones absorb calcium, leading to greater overall health! We love melaleuca oil!
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Lemon–What makes a lemon yellow? You might have noticed that citrus fruits have a thin skin outside of a thick, white, bitter pith–it’s that thin, colorful skin that holds the key! It’s called the zest, and if you look close, you can see that it has hundreds of little pores on the surface! These pores contain oil–and lemon oil is awesome.
For 1,000 years, lemons have been known for their detoxification properties and so much more–and that much trial and error can’t be wrong! Lemon oil has been called the most powerful anti-microbial oil on the market. Beyond that, inhaling lemon oil (if you buy a diffuser or misting device) can stimulate neurological activity and encourages the breakdown of body fat!
-Aids in Digestion
-Nourishes the Skin
When it comes to lemon oil, there are so many more uses around the house than you could imagine. Folks add it to their soap for extra grease-fighting power, as well as diluting it to make a disinfectant or furniture and silver polish. It works wonders on everything from stubborn adhesive to your inner peace! Even better, drinking lemon oil mixed with water or tea can boost your immune system, and help you get through the colder months without getting sick! Lemon oil should be one of the first oils you pick up on your holistic healing quest!
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Peppermint–it’s not just for gum and candy canes! From 1,000 BC, peppermint oil has been documented, used and prized–so much so, jars of the stuff have been found in the ancient burial chambers of Egyptian pyramids! What’s even better, you don’t have to be African royalty to get your hands on it.
First off, peppermint oil is great for soothing upset tummies! A few drops on the tongue not only freshens breath, but can relieve the symptoms of lactose intolerance, as well as menstrual cramps.
In fact, muscle aches and cramps of all kinds can be treated and relieved with the application of peppermint oil right onto the skin! (Peppermint oil relieves pain related to arthritis and fibromyalgia too!)
Along with clearing your sinuses, diffusing peppermint oil into your space can energize and stimulate you, as well as aid in concentration. (Studies have shown that children with ADHD have benefitted from a diluted solution of peppermint oil and water sprayed onto their shirts while studying!)
But the most important use of peppermint oil we’ve found was it’s cooling properties. Topical application leads to a cooling sensation that’s beneficial not only in the summertime (when applied behind the ears and on the back of the neck), but also helps relieve fevers (especially in children who refuse medicine!). To do this, simply add some to coconut oil and massage onto a child’s back, neck and feet to reduce their fever and even inhibit coughing.
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Lavender–Get ready to relax! For 2,500 years lavender has been used in both religious and healing practices, and that’s exactly what we recommend! Lavender is perfect for healing and relaxing. Lavender tea before bed and diffusing lavender into the air is a surefire way to sleep better, relieve stress, combat panic attacks and anxiety and so much more. You’ll wake up feeling far more refreshed and totally zen. It’s amazing.
Even better, lavender is a great buffer against you and some little nasties called free radicals–these tiny pollutants float around in your air and cause damage to your skin, lungs, nervous and immune systems! Yikes. But boosting your antioxidants by ingesting lavender oil (either straight or in capsules), you can fight back against free radicals! You’ll have younger-looking skin, fewer headaches and so much more!
If you have a diabetic family member (or are diabetic yourself), consider including lavender in your diet. Tunisian scientists in 2014 began testing the effects of lavender oil on blood sugar–it can prevent weight gain, liver and kidney dysfunction, and metabolic disorders!
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Frankincense—We know what you’re going to ask…what is frankincense? Unlike most oils which come from leaves, petals and stems of plants, frankincense comes from the resin (or, basically, sap) of a Somalian tree called the Boswellia sacra. It’s a very unique species of tree, which can grow in extremely harsh climates with dry soil and little to no water. The resin is collected and pressed to extract the goodness within–and boy does it do some amazing things!
While you can take a relaxing bath (with a few drops of frankincense in it, of course), or even clean your kitchen with frankincense, you should really be brushing with it! That’s right–frankincense knocks out tooth decay and halitosis like nobody’s business!
It also has amazing anti-aging power! You can use it to keep your skin fresh, healthy and glowing like you never thought possible–fight “skin sag”, scarring, dark spots and discoloration by applying frankincense topically!
Essential oils are truly amazing–each one another weapon in your arsenal against infection and sickness. Tune in next time for five more essential oils to add to your toolbox!