5 Essential Oils Swap-Ins To Try Before Reaching for the Medicine Cabinet
Essential oils have long been used to combat day-to-day ailments in a more natural, less invasive (better smelling!) manner. Knowing that many people don’t know how to use a bottle of lemon or eucalyptus oil, we have put on our apothecary’s cap and let you in on a few ancient secrets.
NOTE: It’s very important that you dilute these oils at least 1:3 (1 drop essential oil to 3 drops carrier oil like olive or almond oil), and more depending on your skin, as they can cause irritation to the skin if applied directly.
Having trouble sleeping? Instead of taking a prescription, why not try lavender oil?
Lavender oil’s soft, calming aroma has made it one of the most popular in the essential oil family. To use it as a sleep aid, rub 2-3 drops of oil in your hands, and inhale slowly to calm your mind. Then, rub another drop of oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Got a headache that won’t quit? Before downing the pain killers, try peppermint oil.
Peppermint oil can be invigorating, cooling and rejuvenating. With a small amount of almond oil and a drop of peppermint oil, rub on your temples, forehead, over the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes), and on the back of the neck to help soothe headache and pressure. When applied topically, peppermint oil leaves a soothing, cooling sensation that work wonders.
Sore throat or stuffy nose? Why not try some eucalyptus oil?
Popular in many vapour rubs, eucalyptus oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems.
Feeling anxious? Instead of asking your doctor for a prescription, try lemon oil.
Apply a drop of lemon oil behind your ears and on your wrists. Inhale the scent deeply. This is a great way to naturally lift your mood and calm your anxiety. You can even add a few drops of lemon oil to a nice hot bath for a calming effect.
Sore joints or muscles? Don’t pop a pill, try a massage with cinnamon oil.
Cinnamon oil improves circulation and makes a great topical treatment for sore muscles and joints. When intense pain strikes, dampen and wring a towel. Microwave it for 5 seconds, and spread just a few drops of cinnamon oil on the towel. Reheat for another 5-10 seconds. Apply the towel as a warm wrap, and enjoy the pain relief benefits.
Essential oils can be used medicinally in so many ways—applied or inhaled, they work wonders. With either of these methods, there are many different applications. For example, you can apply essential oils topically using compresses, sprays, baths, or massage them into the skin.
For most inhalation or purifying applications, you can use a diffuser.
This essential oil diffuser utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations, creating an ultra-fine aromatherapy mist that doesn’t utilize heat, therefore maintaining essential oil integrity.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these are general recommendations. Herbs and supplements can interact with medications. Please discuss with your naturopathic doctor or your general practitioner before beginning any treatments.