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Essential Oils For Home Care

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Essential oils provide a fantastic natural alternative to common ailments
we see at home. The actions of essential oils are broad, ranging from
topical antiseptics and anti-inflammatories to analgesics, digestive
system tonics, and anti-depressants. While essential oils should not be a
substitute for professional medical care, they can be successfully
employed for many minor complaints, and as adjuncts to other therapies.

Here we will have a brief look at ten essential oil...


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Article Body:
Essential oils provide a fantastic natural alternative to common ailments
we see at home. The actions of essential oils are broad, ranging from
topical antiseptics and anti-inflammatories to analgesics, digestive
system tonics, and anti-depressants. While essential oils should not be a
substitute for professional medical care, they can be successfully
employed for many minor complaints, and as adjuncts to other therapies.

Here we will have a brief look at ten essential oils which may comprise
the ‘basic home care kit’. While by no means exhaustive, this list will
go a long way to providing effective (and often pleasant!) tre atments for
you and your family for things like cuts and scrapes, sunburn, digestive
troubles, stress related conditions and more.

Oil #1: Tea Tree Essential Oil

When first examined for it’s antiseptic properties, Tea Tree essential
oil was found to be 100 times more powerful than carbolic acid – the
medical standard at the time. Tea tree has an extremely broad range of
antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties that have been confirmed
by modern scientific research. Often used topically on small wounds, Tea
Tree is also commonly found in oral hygiene preparations, and can also be
effectively employed for Candida, athlete’s foot and acne, among other
things.

Oil #2: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has often been called the ‘medicine chest in a bottle’ for its
broad range of applications. Every home should keep Lavender on hand,
even if no other oil is used, as it is so very effective on burns. It’s
anti-inflammatory action is responsible for the beginnings of modern
aromatherapy, as Dr. Jean Valnet discovered Lavender’s healing properties
after being burned in a laboratory accident. Lavender is considered to
speed wound healing and reduce scarring. The   oil is also pleasantly
calming, and can be used to reduce stress in   a variety of situations – a
commonly used technique is to apply Lavender   oil ‘neat’ (undiluted) to
the soles of the feet of patients recovering   from almost any ailment.

Oil #3: Chamomile Essential Oil

Ah, the great tension reliever, Chamomile oil. This extremely gentle
essential oil is useful for a wide variety of nervous conditions, and is
often indicated for cases of stress in children (including teething and
general ‘crankiness’). Rubbing into the solar plexus is a commonly used
application if that is where one tends to ‘hold tension ’. Chamomile
essential oil is available in to varieties, German or Blue Chamomile and
Roman Chamomile. The Roman variety is most often used for stress relief,
whereas the German variety has the added bonus of being an extremely
effective anti-inflammatory.

Oil #4: Peppermint Essential Oil

An excellent digestive tonic, Peppermint essential oil can sooth many
stomach complaints. For the traveler, it’s effectiveness on calming
motion sickness can be of great help. Further, at least eight controlled
studies have shown Peppermint oil to be effective in reducing symptoms of
irritable bowel syndrome, a painful condition of the intestines. Beyond
it’s support of the digestive system, Peppermint is delightfully
stimulating to the mind, brightening and sharpening mental focus.
Finally, Peppermint is considered by some to be a more effective insect
repellent than citronella when used on the body (rather than in the
surrounding air).

Oil #5: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Another essential oil with a broad range of properties, Eucalyptus is
most often used for respiratory conditions, being useful in clearing
congestion with coughs and colds. However, it’s effects are certainly not
limited to the airways – because of it’s broad range of effects, it has
been called the aromatherapists ‘designer oil’. Eucalyptus oil can cool
the body in Summer (or due to fever – use in a compress), and support the
immune system in Winter. Diffusing Eucalyptus oil can kill most
staphylococcus bacteria, again being supportive of bronchial infections.
It is considered equally effective in cases of cystitis, candida, and
sunburn, to name a few, as well as being an insect repellent.

Oil #6: Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium (sometimes known as ‘Geranium Rose’) works wonderfully on both
physiological and psychological levels. It’s floral aroma is brightening
and uplifting, while also working as a sedative. Malte Hozzel has made
this statement regarding this oil : "Geranium’s vital, sensual presence
is not subtle, but direct & unavoidable, making it one of the oils of
choice for aphrodisiac qualities. (Geranium Essential Oil) inspires
natural beauty & enjoyment, uplifts instantly & "tonifies" the mind &
intellect in a powerful, nearly demanding attitude. Mobilizing hidden
creative & emotional reserves, helping us to rise to our own earthly &
spiritual identify. A fiery beauty for the spells of all worlds."
Particularly noted for it’s effect on female physiologic conditions,
Geranium oil can be effective for menopausal problems, uterine and breast
complaints.

Oil #7: Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil is an effective physical and mental stimulant,
whether used in a diffuser or in a morning bath. It’s slightly spicy,
rather than floral aroma, has a warming effect particularly useful for
arthritic joints and other muscular complaints. It also has a long
history of treatment for colds and flu – Rosemary was a component of
‘Four Thieves Vinegar’, which robbers rubbed upon their bodies to prevent
infection when up to no good during the plague years of the middle ages.
Also, Rosemary is the essential oil most often associated with improving
hair growth in cases of Alopecia.

Oil #8: Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme oil is a powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic and diuretic,
though it should be employed with great care. There are many types of
Thyme oil available, but only the ‘linalol’ chemotype is appropriate for
use with children; all varieties should be diluted prior to topical
application. Given the precautions, Thyme can be a first line of defense
in cases of flu, being used in a room diffuser. It also supports
elimination of toxic wastes from the body (particularly noted for
excessive uric acid), and it’s warming quality can eliminate mucous and
phlegm. It’s application for the digestive system is that of a powerful
anti-parasitic, and for the muscular system, it can be helpful for
rheumatic aches and pains. Thyme oil may also be supportive in cases of
hair loss.

Oil #9: Lemon Essential Oil

A recent study on test-taking college students showed the diffusion of
Lemon oil into a room improved test scores more than any other oil. In
addition to it’s mind-brightening qualities, it can also disinfect room
air and act as a natural deodorant. Lemon has been noted to support liver
function, and is also commonly used to assist in weight loss and
cellulite reduction. In blends, lemon adds a pleasant top note, and can
create a synergistic effect with other oils. Finally, Lemon oil is
commonly used as both a fragrance and flavoring agent.

Oil #10: Clove Essential Oil

The power of Clove essential oil is noted upon the first sensing of the
aroma – it is quite strong, sharp and earthy. Clove oil has been found to
be the strongest anti-oxidant of any essential oil, and is a component of
‘longevity’ formulas. It is also an extremely potent antibacterial,
effective against a broader range of microbes than any other oil except
perhaps Oregano – Clove oil has even been employed to sterilize surgical
instruments. Clove also has analgesic properties, and can be used to
temporarily reduce the pain of toothache. Clove oil (or ground cloves) is
also a component of Dr. Huda Clark’s anti-parasite protocol, helping
eliminate parasites from one’s digestive system. This is a very powerful
oil which should be diluted to 1% or less for topical application.

So, there we have a possible ‘top ten’ essential oils for the home
medicine chest, a selection with an extremely broad range of uses for
common ailments seen in a family setting. It is important to note that
all essential oils are powerful, and they should be treated with caution
and respect. Always refer to a trusted source before making specific
applications of any oil, as many can be irritating or possibly toxic if
used incorrectly.

								
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