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Monday, June 13, 2011
Must Have Essential Oils to Have in Your Home
I have been using essential oils in the home now for about 20 years. I think I started with lavender, just for its aroma therapy use. But I quickly learned just how versatile these oils are. I have many more oils but these 4 can always be found in my home and often in my car too.
Tea Tree Oil – If I was to choose only essential oil to have in my home it would be Tea Tree Oil or Melalucca. This essential oil is so versatile. It can be applied to the skin for minor cuts and scrapes or mixed into a a natural cleaner. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. I even keep some in my car for those cut and scraps away from home.
Lavender – Lavender oil smells wonderful of course but has so many uses. One of my favorites that you may not know about is to treat minor burns. It was discovered by a French chemist that not only did it safely treat burns it was quite effective. After suffering from a burn the only liquid he had in his lab was lavender oil. He submerged his whole hand in the oil. The burn healed completely. I have used this myself to soothe burns that occasionally get. Lavender is also traditionally used in laundry. In fact the name lavender comes from the Latin word lavare – meaning to wash. Lavender has anti microbial properties and has been known for centuries for its ability to deter bugs. But lavender is best well known for its relaxing element. When you need to calm down just rub a little on your temples.
Peppermint Oil - I keep this oil on hand because it has multiple uses. we might all recognize that peppermints settle a queasy stomach. But just put a couple of drops of peppermint oil under your nose for the same effect. Peppermint also helps with clarity, a sniff of peppermint will clear your mind. Peppermint is an essential during the cold season for us. When you have a stuffy head. We put a little on a facecloth and put in the corner of the shower to release that menthol
Eucalyptus Oil – You need to be careful with this one, and use sparingly. But it is great for sinus and respatory problems. Eucalyptus oil makes a great bug repellent. It can ease rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pains and aches. Mix a few drops in a spray bottle with denatured alcohol and spray on effected areas. Eucalyptus oil is very stimulating ,so do not use it on anyone who is pregnant or suffers from high blood pressures, heart disease, hypertension and epilepsy.
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