Essential oils due to their mystical healing properties are used extensively in treating health problems. This article discusses three commonly used essential oils that are helpful in treating number of ailments.
The chamomile family is large and there are several different chamomile essential oils. All chamomile oils are helpful for sensitive conditions and can be used safely for children.
Chamomile essential oil is helpful for:
1. Aches and pains: Blend with carrier oil and massage into the affected area or add to the bathwater.
2. Boils: Apply a small cotton compress which has been soaked in hot water and chamomile and leave on until it cools.
3. Conjunctivitis, sore eyes: Add two drops to 2 tsp (10 ml) of cooled, boiled water. Soak cotton pads in the solution and place on the eyes, or use in an eyebath to wash the eyes.
4. Dermatitis, eczema: Blend with a carrier oil and massage into the affected area or blend with a perfume free cream and apply regularly.
5. Hyperactivity: Particularly in children. Add a few drops to the bathwater, or use in a vaporizer.
6. Minor skin infections: Apply on a cotton compress.
7. Insomnia: Try a chamomile aromatherapy bath before bedtime. Drink chamomile tea before going to bed. Use the oil in a vaporizer or sprinkle a few drops on your pillow.
The eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation. It has a smell you will recognize as it is often used in commercial rubs and inhalants for chest complaints and colds.
Eucalyptus essential oil is helpful for:
1. Colds, sinus problems, sore throat: Steam inhalation or use in an oil burner or vaporizer. Helps keep viruses at bay from other people in the home.
2. Flu: Mix into a carrier oil and massage well into the chest, shoulders and rib-cage.
3. Muscular aches and pain: Very helpful after sport or any strenuous exercise, either in the bath or in a carrier oil to massage affected areas.
Lavender essential oil is obtained by distillation. Lavender oils blend well with other essential oils and can boost their properties. It is the most versatile oil for aromatherapy, so if in doubt, choose lavender.
Lavender essential oil is helpful for:
1. Acne and spotty skin: Blend in carrier oil for massage, or add a few drops to distilled water to make a freshener.
2. Boils: Use neat on a small compress.
3. Burns: Use neat, being careful not to break the skin.
4. Colds and flu: Inhale, add to the bath, use in a vaporizer or use in carrier oil to massage the head, neck and shoulders.
5. Headache/migraine: Inhale, or blend into a carrier oil and massage the face and scalp. Pay particular attention to the temples and forehead.
6. Irritability, tension and depression: Use for massage, especially the shoulders and neck, add to the bath water or inhale.
7. Indigestion, nausea: Blend in carrier oil and gently massage the stomach, or inhale.
8. Insect bites, stings: Dab on a few drops of neat oil.
9. Muscular aches and pains: Use to massage the affected area in carrier oil, or add to the bath.
10. Period pain: Blend in carrier oil and massage the lower abdomen and back. Also use in the bath.
11. Sore throat: Use in carrier oil to massage the chest and throat and/or inhale neat.
12. Sunburn: Mix a few drops into your after sun lotion or carrier oil.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.