I love aromatherapy and while I don’t eschew traditional medicine, I do keep a few natural inspired products around the house for emergencies. For instance, I have seasonal allergies and there is nothing worse than seasonal allergies in springtime. I keep Eucalyptus around the house to open my nasal passages just so I can breathe! But here is a short list in case your new to aromatherapy that can give you a baseline guide for practical applications for essential oils you can actually use for something other than scenting your bath.
Lavender essential oil has a calming effect on the CNS or central nervous system that makes it an excellent tonic for addled wits and nerves. Try putting some in a cup of hot water and heating it in the microwave and let the scent waft throughout the house. It can also be used as an antiseptic for scrapes and burns and is particularly good for insect bites and stings, making it one of the most versatile essential oils around.
Not only is it effective in arousing your mental sharpness but it also used to relieve congestion, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, and soothe achy muscles. Try dabbing a few drops on your temples and other pulse points for a mental pick me up. Also, a drop of peppermint on the tongue after you brush your teeth will keep your breath fresher longer.
Eucalyptus is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It is best used for respiratory problems like colds, coughs, asthma, and congestion in addition to wounds, muscle pain, mental exhaustion, dental care, and skin care. I have a facial steamer I use when I am congested that I place a few drops of Eucalyptus in along with water and steam my face to clear my nasal passages and hydrate my skin. Try it and you too will swear by it!
Not only is tea tree oil’s astringent properties great for alleviating oily secretions of the skin – think oily face & scalp issues – but it’s terpinen content soothes minor wounds without irritation. It is also good for dandruff so try adding a few drops to your shampoo if need be.
An oil for the sheer pleasure of it
My favorite essential oil just based on the smell is Vertiver, not to be confused with Vertivert. Vertiver is more resin like than Vertivert and has a deep woodsy aroma. It soothes my addled nerves after a stressful day better than any other but it’s a hard one to find. If you ever see a bottle, snatch it up and rejoice!
As with all essential oils, if you want to place them directly on the skin, you should dilute them first with a bit of water or carrier oil such as grapeseed and remember that no natural remedy is a substitute for a doctors care. Always check with your health care provider should you have any questions.
- Tips on how to use Aromatherapy at home from a Spa Pro (mycoignofvantage.wordpress.com)
- Definition: Essential Oils (bellasugar.com)
- 20 Health Benefits of Essential Oils (communityupdate.wordpress.com)