People ask me all the time what essential oils do I use and why. I use them for basic first aid, colds and allergies and other basic health needs. This is not by any means a “go-to” for all things….but an alternative at times. I have used natural alternatives for over 25 years and used medical when needed as well. This is something that we choose to look into and we are true believers that many of our basic health and nutritional needs come from nature. We forget that in years past that our ancestors only knew of natural. Again…. this is not the only answer but it does help with many situations.
Here are a few items we use:
Myrrh – This is great for that nagging cough. Rub some on your throat to calm a cough that will not leave you, especially at night.
Oregano – This is an easy go-to when you feel like something is coming on. Oregano is a “hot oil”, so if you are sensitive you might want to use a carrier oil with it. We use it on the bottom of our feet. We rub some on our heels and big toes at night before bed. For us it helps clear the head, and in the morning we awake feeling a whole lot better. We will use this for a few days in a row to keep our health in check while the cold season is upon us.
Tea Tree – We use this along with oregano when there is more of a threat of cold and flu. You also apply this on the bottom of your feet.
Peppermint – There are so many uses. Where do I begin?
Headaches- you can use this on your temples, back of the neck, and wrists. (I use it straight, but my adult son is sensitive and needs to use it as a carrier oil.) Breathing- put a drop in your hands and rub your hands together, and then breathe into them for a breath of fresh air. It’ll help open your lungs. Defuse this at night to help with a stuffy head and breathing.
Defender – (different names depending on the brand that you use.)- We use this as a hand sanitizer, especially when shopping, touching carts, and being around so many people. This can help prevent cold germs. We also will use this on our neck, wrists, and feet to help prevent any issues before the cold season approaches.
Digest – (different names depending on the brand that you use)- This is for those times you have stomach issues. This will help settle your stomach for about two to four hours before you might need to apply again. Rub on your tummy area and/or wrists.
Lavender – is great for scars, cuts and burns. I have used this time and time again for all of these things listed with great results.
Our special tea – is a blend of peppermint, lemon, and thieves (like defender). Use one drop of each with some hot water and honey. It tastes great and helps with the aches and pains of a cold, and you will sleep better! Our youngest son will ask for “Mom’s tea” when he does not feel well. He is not pushed into this; it is his choice.
Side note: When using oils for tea, make sure it is one that states that it can be taken internally.
These are a few things that we use and have enjoyed the benefits. How about you? What do you use? What are the pros and cons that you have found? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear your feedback!
Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
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