Keep these 10 oils handy at home to treat a variety of common ailments:
1. Tea Tree
Distilled from the Australian native Melaleuca alternifloria, tea tree is used topically to treat skin problems like fungus and blemishes. You can dab it on acne blemishes with a cotton swab to help clear your skin, or apply it to skin fungal infections like athlete’s foot. It’s found in many skin care products. It's extremely toxic to dogs and cats, so keep it away from them.
Lavender is a great all-rounder. It's relaxing effect is well known, but it is also an antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Use it on bruises, cuts and irritated skin. Put a few drops in your bath to destress. To relax before bed, put a couple of drops on your hands, rub them together and inhale the scent before sprinkling a few drops on your pillow.
Often compared with tea-tree, manuka is a possible immuno-stimulant. It is a powerful insecticide, and good for treating insect bites, athletes foot, ringworm, cold sores, acne, and chronic wounds and ulcers. It is good to use as steam inhalations for coughs, colds and flu. Psychologically it stabilises and balances the nervous system.
You’re probably familiar with chamomile used as a tea, but the essential oil has similar properties. Both German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile can be used for their relaxing effects, however Roman Chamomile is especially good to use with children and infants as it is gentle, effective and safe. Add a few drops of the oil on your pillowcase, or add to baths, compresses or massage oils to relieve PMS mood swings and menstrual cramps.
Peppermint focuses and stimulates the mind and increases mental alertness. The scent can help maintain concentration. Peppermint oil can be taken internally, as a few drops to water and drink.
We love Frankincense here at Raw Satya. It aids in relaxation and is also an antiseptic and disinfectant, and helps to heal cuts and bug bites. Frankincense is used for depression, inflammation, boosting immunity and increasing spiritual awareness.
You may have heard of oil of oregano as a flu fighter. This strong-tasting oil has natural antibacterial qualities, which is why many think it can help to fight colds and other sicknesses. It is taken orally by putting a few drops on the tongue. It doesn't taste great, but many swear by its effectiveness during flu season.
Lemon oil helps to detox the body and treats acne. It also clears your head and lifts your mood. Lemon oil is also good for increasing focus and concentration. It can also keep fleas away when used on your pets.
Another citrus oil, grapefruit essential oil has properties similar to lemon oil. It’s a great choice for people experiencing fatigue and it can help you recover from jet lag. It’s also a natural antiseptic so you can add it to your homemade household cleansers to keep your home safe and clean.
This is a great oil to have on hand if you are suffering from a cold or flu or minor respiratory infections and allergies. Eucalyptus oil helps to relieve sore muscles and clears your sinuses. It is antibacterial and stimulates the immune system. Add it in a vaporiser if you're suffering from the cold or flu or apply some diluted oil to the inside of your nose to relieve nasal congestion. Do not use it undiluted topically as it can irritate the skin.
These essential oils are available for purchase here, or in consultation with Rosemarie.