At home I have two first aid kits, the standard one with bandages and band aids (if my kids have not used them all and failed to tell me) and my natural one that consists of essential oils, carrier oils, and herbal teas. At first sign of illness or irritation, I resort to the natural products to try and lessen the symptoms or duration of the illness or irritation. In this post I will outline five essential oils and how to use them for optimal health.
At Vitality we offer many essential oils, brands we do offer include NAKA Platinum, New Roots, Aromaforce and NOW.
Peppermint Essential oil ( Mentha piperita oil) is an invigorating and uplifting oil that helps with mood, nausea and inflammation. It is often used to flavour products. Care is to be taken when diffused or used near the face of infants and children under 6 years old as it can be a neurotoxin. Spearmint or (Mentha spicata/viridis) is a better, safer option when working with children. When used topically dilute to 2% (or 2-3 drops per teaspoon of a carrier oil such as almond, apricot or jojoba oil).
Orange Essential oil (Citrus sinensis oil) is an uplifting oil that is used when you’re having a dreary or dull day and you need a quick pick me up. Diffused in a room, it can help with stress and anxiety. The limonene component in orange oil makes it a great option to add to cleaning products, plus it is generally considered safe.
Lavender Essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) is a wonderfully relaxing oil that is gentle enough for children (always dilute all essential oils when used topically, even lavender and tea tree… not only is it easier on the pocket book, there is less chance of becoming sensitized to it and having an allergic reaction in the future). Lavender is excellent for cuts and scrapes, soothing mosquito bites and helps with sunburn and other skin complaints. Mix 3 drops in a teaspoon (5 mL) of a carrier oil of choice (ie. almond, apricot, jojoba, MCT oil) and apply to area. Alternatively, you can add to an unscented lotion (same ratio) and apply. Diffusing lavender brings calmness to the atmosphere and a drop on the pillow helps with sleep and relaxation. Lavender is extremely versatile. If you have a migraine or headache mix equal parts of lavender and peppermint essential oil in a roller bottle (also available at Vitality) with jojoba oil and apply to the back of the neck and temples. If the migraine is caused by stress, you should feel relief within 20 minutes.
Tea Tree Essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is another essential oil that people have a tendency to use neat that should always be diluted when applied topically due to the risk of sensitization. Sensitization risk does increase as the essential oil ages and oxidizes. Tea Tree is renowned for its antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is great for use on cold sores (**see December 2019 blog post “Super Lysine” for how to use Tea Tree for this purpose**) and other viral induced concerns. It is another essential oil often used in cleaning products due to its antiseptic qualities and safety considerations.
Eucalyptus Essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus) is another antiviral that is excellent for when you have sinus problems or the cold or flu. Care is to be taken with infants and children under 10 years as it can cause breathing and respiratory issues. If you find yourself needing something to clear your sinuses during cold and flu season you can add two drops of Eucalyptus to a wash cloth and place in the shower to steam yourself. If adding to the bath water, make sure you dilute it first as oil and water do not mix and you don’t want to get Eucalyptus on your skin full strength. Alternatively, you can add it to a diffuser and diffuse into the air for relief and to cleanse the air.
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