Natural essential oils have been used throughout time for healing, as well as for treating many physical and mental ailments.
Essential oils are non-toxic, natural substances which are easily eliminated from the body. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, on the other hand, are synthetic substances which the body is not designed to metabolize and eliminate. Because our organs do not know how to break down these man-made compounds, the synthetic toxins pass through our kidneys, liver and spleen, and can end up in waste-holding areas such as fatty tissues, and even the brain. Perhaps most alarming, after attaching themselves to these tissues they can disrupt normal body functions for years afterward.
Here is a list of common health ailments that can be treated with natural essential oils instead of OTC drugs, along with a few recipes to try:
1. Colds, coughs, allergies, congestion and sinusitis
Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils ─ Both have decongestant, expectorant and antiviral properties.
Angelica, thyme, camphor, bay, myrrh and spruce essential oils ─ All of these oils help relieve sinus congestion when inhaled.
Laurel leaf essential oil ─ This natural oil is known to help strengthen the body’s resistance to viruses by building up the immune system and boosting the respiratory system.
Try a mixture of 10 drops of any of these oils and 4 tsp of a carrier oil of your choice. Rub it into the chest area so that the molecules can be inhaled.
Add any of these oils or a mixture of them into a bowl of steaming water. Wrap a towel around your head and inhale the molecules released by the steam.
Jojoba oil ─ Otherwise known as a carrier oil, jojoba is known to balance oily skin and clear acne. You can use it alone or try blending it with other essential oils. Try this recipe:
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- 4 tsp jojoba oil
Tea tree essential oil ─ A potent antiseptic that kills bacteria which cause acne. It is also useful for eliminating blackheads. Tea tree oil can be used alone by applying it to a cotton swab and wiping it over the face in an upwards motion. It will pull up dirt while killing bacteria that clogs pores. You can also try this mixture:
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops geranium essential oil
- 4 tsp jojoba oil
3. Athlete’s foot
Lavender essential oil ─ Lavender has antiseptic and healing properties.
Tea tree essential oil ─ Tea tree is antifungal.
Geranium or birch essential oil ─ Both have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Lemongrass essential oil ─ Lemongrass oil is deodorizing and drying.
Athlete’s foot recipe: Mix 2 drops of each of the above listed essential oils with 4 tsp of a carrier oil. The properties of these oils will fight the fungus that causes athlete’s foot and aid with anti-inflammatory conditions while healing, soothing, deodorizing and drying your feet.
4. Backache and other muscle pain
Helichrysum essential oil ─ Helichrysum has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities which decrease muscle pain by lowering swelling, inflammation and improving circulation.
- 10 drops helichrysum essential oil
- 4 tsp sweet almond carrier oil
- Massage the blend into the back or any other body area that is experiencing pain.
Rosemary essential oil ─ Rosemary has a high-camphor content which makes this a great warming oil for aching muscles. It also has soothing and stimulating properties that relax muscles and encourage circulation of blood flow within them.
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops black pepper essential oil
- 2 drops vetiver essential oil
- 4 tsp sweet almond oil or a carrier oil of your choice.
5. Burns and cuts
Lavender and tea tree essential oils ─ Both have soothing, healing and antiseptic properties and can be applied undiluted to burned skin or abrasions immediately.
Chamomile essential oil, geranium essential oil, marigold essential oil and rose essential oil ─ These essential oils also have soothing and healing properties which are ideal for treating burns and cuts.
Try a blend of 10 drops of any of these essential oils, and …
4 tsp pure aloe gel to help sooth and heal burns and cuts, as well as to prevent infection.
6. Rashes, eczema, psoriasis, or dry, itchy skin
Try a mixture of 10 drops of any of these oils along with 4 tsp of castor oil or coconut oil and rub it into the affected area.
Chamomile, bergamot and violet essential oils ─ All of these oils have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which are suitable for treating inflamed skin.
Lavender, geranium and myrrh essential oils ─ These oils have healing properties which help heal damaged skin.
Marigold essential oil ─ Treats itchy skin.
Sandalwood essential oil ─ Treats extra dry skin.
Lavender, Violet, Ambrette, Rose, Chamomile and Helichrysum essential oils ─ All of these oils have analgesic and relaxing properties.
Frankincense, Clary Sage and Thyme essential oils─ These oils are known to relieve tension.
Mix 10 drops of any of these oils along with sweet almond carrier oil and rub the blend into your temples and the back of your neck.
8. Indigestion, upset stomach, nausea or morning sickness
Peppermint essential oil ─ Peppermint oil is very helpful as an aid in digestion. Peppermint oil is also an excellent tonic for those who have a low appetite, and it helps to treat motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs.
Inhale peppermint oil straight from the bottle or until the symptoms depart.
Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale. You can carry the tissue around with you.
Add 10 drops to 4 tsp sweet almond oil and massage the blend into your stomach or chest area.
Look for approved ingestible peppermint oil and add to your tea or water bottle.
If you are looking to use natural remedies, detoxify your organs and tissues, and help to restore you body’s natural functions, try using natural essential oils instead of OTC drugs.
What essential oils would you add to the list? Share your tips in the section below:
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional to determine which treatments are right for you and any individual health condition(s) that you may have.