Essential oils can provide natural remedies to common ailments that we can treat at home. Those who are
interested in minimizing use of synthesized pharmaceutical agents, including antibiotics, will appreciate these natural wonders. Whereas essential oils should not substitute for professional medical care, they can provide remedies for minor ailments, and act as adjuncts for other therapies. This list of the “Ten Indispensable Essential Oils” has been comprised by Dr. Lawrence Rosen and Jeff Cohen in their book, Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce serious side effects with natural equivalents to conventional remedies for common childhood ailments, an excerpt of which is provided below. Think of this list as the “home repair kit” for those who prefer natural remedies.
I strongly encourage all parents to keep a copy of this book nearby. It is a great resource! What’s unique: when reviewing options for treating various common ailments, the book includes side-by-side comparisons of “conventional” and “alternative” remedies. How cool is that!?
Ten Indispensable Essential Oils for Natural Remedies
This is an excerpt from the excellent book, by Dr. Lawrence Rosen and Jeff Cohen:
Chamomile oils has sedative properties that promote calmness and relaxation. When used in a bath or during massage, it can treat stress, headaches, and menstrual cramps. Chamomile oil, when diluted, also promotes a healthy scalp and may be useful in the treatment of lice.
Cinnamon oil, when diluted, help to promote circulation. It is also beneficial in topically treating infections, as it is an antibacterial and antiseptic agent. Cinnamon oil may also positively affect digestion and can treat diarrhea or an upset stomach.
Clove oil has disinfectant properties that make it particularly useful in treating minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. It is also proven to help relieve pain associated with a toothache. Diluted and applied topically, clove oil can be beneficial in the treatment of acne.
Eucalyptus oil is helpful in treating aches associated with a cold, flu, or minor muscle injuries. When eucalyptus oil is inhaled, it is thought to stimulate the senses in addition to helping to clear the nasal passages.
Fennel oil is an expectorant that is also antibacterial, so it has the ability to treat and expedite the healing of a cough or cold. It provides relief from stomach problems such as nausea, bloating, or constipation. Fennel oil may also treat bacterial eye infections like conjunctivitis.
Lavender oil is a useful form of aromatherapy, particularly in comforting children who have colic or who may be teething, as it promotes relaxation and sleep. Diluted lavender oil is also used to promote respiratory health in conditions that cause breathing problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, or sinusitis. Additionally, a massage with lavender oil will help soothe aching tissues and muscles.
Lemon oil is thought to have a calming effect on the body; it stimulates the senses while also helping to relieve anxiety. Lemon oil is a natural insect repellant. When mixed with water, it can also be a beneficial skin treatment for eczema and acne.
Peppermint oil helps provide relief from headaches when usd as a form of aromatherapy. Peppermint oil aromatherapy also helps clear nasal passages and promotes a healthy respiratory system. When diluted with water and sipped, it soothes an upset stomach associated with indigestion or gas.
Tea tree oil is useful when applied topically to treat skin conditions such as acne or sunburn. It is also an antifungal that can be used to treat warts, ringworm, or athlete’s foot. Tea tree oil can aid in recovery from congestion or other symptoms associated with viruses such as a cold or flu.
Ylang ylang oil is an essential oil that may be beneficial in treating stress and anxiety, as it promotes relaxation and a sense of peace. When used as a form of aromatherapy, it may also help treat depression and restlessness.
[Note that all links to sources of these essential oils are Amazon affiliate links. That means you get the normal great Amazon price, and this blog site get a few pennies to pay the bills.]
Nearly all of these links are for essential oils from Now Foods, through Amazon.com
Beware that essential oils vary widely in their price per ounce, and that the quantities are NOT all the same. That is, although most are sold in 1-ounce bottles, some are 4 ounces (Clove and Eucalyptus oils, for example). Also: although I try to select organic items when offered, not all of them are organic. Be sure to read the Amazon site thoroughly, and know what you are getting.
If you are a parent, and you try to minimize the synthetics that you give your kids, including medicines, be sure to check out Dr. Rosen’s site, TheWholeChildCenter.org! We adore our pediatricians, but if we lived near the Whole Child Center, they would be our go-to resource!
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