We often resort to conventional medicine simply because we aren’t aware of how to treat common ailments naturally. Did you know that you can help your family through colds and viruses or treat headaches, cuts and bruises with essential oils? Begin to create your own natural medicine cabinet with these 3 powerful essential oils: peppermint oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is an incredibly versatile oil with a long history of therapeutic use. It can be used to cure a range of ailments ranging from sinus congestion to digestive upsets.

The active ingredient menthol has anesthetic properties that provide a cooling sensation, while alleviating discomfort — especially helpful for clearing the sinuses and relieving muscle pain. Its potent antifungal and antimicrobial properties have been well documented[1] and can help with oral infections and ulcers.[2]

How to use peppermint oil

Relieve a headache

Mix 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the temples and back of the neck.

Soothe nausea and digestive upset

Mix 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the stomach wherever you are experiencing abdominal discomfort.

Clear the sinuses

Place 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water to use as a steam and gently inhale. You also can use peppermint oil in a diffuser as often as necessary.

Reduce muscle pain

To relieve muscle aches and pain, mix 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage into sore muscles.

Combat oral infections

To make a mouthwash, place 2 drops of peppermint oil into a small glass of water and use as a mouthwash several times per day.

Adults can place one drop of peppermint oil onto their toothpaste when brushing their teeth.

Help treat a fever

Mix 1 drop of peppermint oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on the bottoms of the feet or behind the neck and ears to help cool the body.

Dilute 1 drop of peppermint oil in 1 cup of cold water — use this mixture to soak a face cloth and apply to the forehead as often as needed.

Lavender Oil

It is often said that “when in doubt, try lavender”. This gentle and effective essential oil can even be applied neatly to the skin to help heal wounds and soothe insect bites. [3]

Lavender, like peppermint, has antimicrobial properties, and its well-known soothing abilities have even been shown to significantly reduce PMS cramps.[4]

How to use lavender oil

Heal skin infections, cuts, wounds and burns

Mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to skin infections, cuts, wounds or bruises. Lavender oil acts as a natural antibacterial and will speed up the healing process.

Lavender can be applied neatly to the skin. However, it is recommended to patch test first in case of irritation.

Soothe mosquito bites

Apply one drop of lavender oil directly onto the mosquito bite to relieve itching.

Ease PMS cramps

Mix 2-3 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the abdomen where you are experiencing discomfort.

Diffuse lavender oil in the room as a way to reduce stress and calm the nervous system.

Relieve insomnia and use as a general sleep aid

Diffuse lavender oil in the bedroom before sleep and add 2-3 drops to a tissue and place under the pillowcase.

Reduce stress, tension and anxiety in times of illness

Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to a bath with Epsom salts to relieve muscle aches and general stress associated with illness.

To reduce anxiety — diffuse lavender oil for at least 1 hour per day. Mix 1-2 drops of lavender oil with a carrier oil and apply to the wrists and back of the neck.

Tea Tree Oil

Indigenous peoples of Australia have long known of the healing benefits of the tea tree plant. Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that make it an effective natural antiseptic to treat a wide range of skin infections.

How to use tea tree oil

Treat fungal skin infections

Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil and apply to fungal infection twice a day. It can be effectively used on skin and nail fungal infections.

Use as an antiseptic on wounds

Tea tree oil can be applied neat to the skin however it is always recommended to patch test first. In case of irritation, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and dab onto wound as a natural antiseptic.

Clear chest congestion

Tea tree oil acts as an expectorant to help clear chest congestion. Use as a steam and mix 2-3 drops in a bowl of hot water or use in a diffuser.

Disinfect the home

Make a tea tree oil spray using water, white vinegar and 10-20 drops of tea tree oil. Spray on door handles, bench tops, in bathrooms (it is great for preventing mold) and to disinfect bedrooms.

Tea tree oil is excellent to use in a diffuser as a way to purify the air in your home.

 

By using peppermint, lavender and tea tree essential oils, you can safely and effectively treat a wide range of common ailments without the use of harmful toxins or chemicals. Supporting your and your family’s health with essential oils is a great first step toward creating your own natural medicine cabinet.

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8893526

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4880962/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325408/

 

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