Article by Kristine F.
While essential oils are popular for prophylactic usage and enjoying aromatic pleasures, some of them really should be in each first aid kit for those, who acknowledge that natural is way more effective and beneficial in a long-term than artificial medication.
Essential oils (also known as volatile or ethereal oils) are obtained from plants by distillation or expression methods. These aromatic oils are widely used for aromatherapy and have proved their positive effect on human health. Pure essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils (that mostly are made from artificial ingredients), and this is where the secret of essential oils lies: essential oils are obtained from real plants getting the essence of the therapeutic properties each plant offers.
Here are 5 popular essential oils that should be at every home:
- Lavender will help those who suffer from anxiety and insomnia because this is a great remedy for stress relieving and bringing a good night’s sleep. It also can be applied on skin undiluted to remove insect bite pain, heal burns, cuts, wounds and skin irritations. Massage or bath with lavender essential oil will help to relieve menstrual pain and cramping muscles, and strengthen immune system.
- Clove essential oil applied on your feet will be warming remedy to keep your feet warm and boost immunity in winter season protecting from viruses and cold. It also helps to relieve toothache and hiccough, but massage with diluted clove essential oil will help to remove menstrual pain, constipation and nausea, increase blood pressure and sexual desire.
- Peppermint oil is a great cooling remedy for headache, nausea and upset stomach. It also helps to remove sleepiness and increase energy and alertness. It calms respiratory system infections and asthma, relieves muscle pain, skin itchiness, fever and helps for fainting. Besides this all, mixed with water it makes a great breath freshener.
- Lemon is a natural mood-uplifting antioxidant that disinfects air in living areas and improves blood circulation. A few drops of lemon essential oil added to drinking water will help to detoxify body and calm upset stomach, as this is one of the essential oils that can be taken internally as well. It protects against cold, flu and bronchitis, reduces fever, and is a natural anti-depressant.
- Tea tree essential oil is a strong antiseptic and antibacterial remedy that treats skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, toe fungus, skin blemishes and warts. It also helps to heal acne and ear infections, supports immune system in flu season, helps to heal respiratory system and runny nose, and with water it makes a great mouthwash for treating gum inflammation and bad breath. You can also add it to shampoo to get rid of dandruff and head louses.
Essential oils really are great natural remedies and immune system protectors. These five should be in each first aid kit, just take in account that essential oils are not suitable for infants and some of them are too strong to use for kids as well. From the 5 essential oils mentioned here clove and peppermint essential oils are not advised for less than 6 years old kids.
Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog: http://mugwortsdreams.blogspot.com/