Essential oils contain potent cosmetic and medicinal properties, and they are an important part of natural medicine. These oils work to support the body’s own healing systems, and when they’re used correctly, they can take the place of some over-the-counter drugs. Below are several essential oils that are good for beginners and can be used for various conditions.
Perhaps the most well-known of all essential oils, lavender is popular for good reason. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can reduce healing time for stings, bites, and scrapes. Lavender oil has also been shown to promote sleep and relaxation when added to bath water or sprinkled on a pillow at bedtime.
This cooling oil can help users beat a fever or cool off on a hot day. Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil (such as sesame or sweet almond oil) and rub the mixture on the neck, back, and chest for a cooling effect. Peppermint’s smell can help fight feelings of nausea, which makes it an ideal treatment for morning or motion sickness. As a great bonus, peppermint oil can help users fight insect infestations. Just add a few drops to a bottle of hot water, spray surfaces, and allow them to dry.
With eucalyptus oil, users get a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antispasmodic oil that works well for colds and coughs. Add several drops to a sink full of steaming water for an instant vapor treatment that can clear and disinfect the lungs and nasal passages. With regular use throughout the cold season, some users may avoid getting a full-blown cold.
Tea Tree Oil
This aromatic oil is a powerful antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial treatment. A few drops combined with a carrier oil is all that’s needed to treat fungal infections, warts, dandruff, scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Tea tree oil is so potent that two teaspoons in two cups of water is enough to make a potent, all-natural home cleaner.
Once users are familiar with these oils and the others listed in the 7th Edition Essential Oils Desk Reference, it can be fun and simple to create unique combinations. These mixtures can be incorporated into daily life as home remedies or as mood-boosting aromatherapy. However, users should be sure to consult a doctor before using essential oils.