Are you interested in experimenting with essential oils but perhaps are not quite sure where to start and how to use them? I have come to understand that many people avoid using essential oils because they have heard or read stories of them being dangerous. Yes, we need to use all oils safely, like all medicines, but to not enjoy the benefits of them out of fear is a real shame.Essential oils are literally the nectars from the tree, shrub, herb, grass and flower Gods. Their benefits range from being anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, anti-venomous, anti-toxic, anti-depressant to providing sedative, analgesic, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, diuretic qualities and much more besides.
While there are about 300 essential oils in general use today, let me share 3 that I recommend every household have to deal with a wide range of health complaints:
PeppermintLavender is one of the most well known and popular essential oils for a reason. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic and antidepressant. It is a sedative which is helpful for anxiety, irritability, stress, tension, panic, hysteria, shock, fears, nightmares, restlessness, addiction, OCD, trauma, conflict, agitation, psychosomatic illness, nervousness, and worry. It is also a helpful sleep aid. It is very effective in the treatment of burns and promotes healing and prevents scars. Lavender soothes the skin and is used in many different types of cosmetics. It stimulates the immune system and speeds up healing by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. With a multitude of other qualities, this is truly an indispensable oil!Eucalyptus is probably one of my favourite essential oils! I love its aroma and versatility. It is energizing yet balancing and therefore super helpful in addressing exhaustion, heated emotions and temper tantrums, foggy headedness and poor concentration, scattered and irrational thoughts. It cools the body in the summer and protects the body in the winter. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-viral, diuretic, analgesic and deodorizing. Add it to a homemade chest rub for when anyone is congested. It is commonly known for its effectiveness to open the airways and help with coughs, colds and flus but it is equally effective in the treatment of urinary tract infections, candida, diabetes and sunburn. It is often used in veterinarian care and acts as a wonderful insect repellent. Diffuse it all year long. Bottom line, this oil is so nourishing!Peppermint has many health promoting qualities and is used by many ancient cultures. Peppermint is clarifying, awakening, stimulating and penetrating and therefore very useful in the treatment of fatigue, overwork, sluggishness, depression, lethargy, and apathy. I will often use it when I want help concentrating and thinking creatively. It is an excellent digestive and therefore helpful for indigestion, flatulence, bad breath or for simply processing life. It is cooling, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and very helpful for reducing fevers. It helps the respiratory system and can be used for colds, flus, and catarrh. It aids in circulation and is helpful for conditions such as varicose veins, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothaches, and rheumatism. Heck peppermint essential oil even keeps mice, fleas, ants and spiders away!I have religiously diffused these oils in the clinic for at least 15 years. I use them at home with my family and swear by them. Eucalyptus and peppermint oil should be used with a carrier oil before applied directly to the skin in order to avoid irritation and lavender can be used with or without a carrier oil on the skin. These oils are potent so use them responsibly and remember that just one drop goes a long way.
Lastly, when buying essential oils, look for pure essential oils in shops that are concerned with nature and health rather that those concerned with the perfume end of things. I buy high quality essential oils from a company that I have come to know, love and trust so please reach out to me if you’d like to know which oils I use. Most importantly, have fun incorporating these nectars from the Gods into your life to reap the many health benefits they can offer to your mind, body and spirit.