I just recently got introduced to the world of aromatherapy! I used to just think it was something else to smell, like instead of using candles, you could burn oils to create a fragrance. Boy, was I wrong! Yes, they do definitely offer amazing smells but they can also be used to fight off disease and to improve health. They can be used to lift your spirits, help bring focus and clarity, and increase energy. Not to mention, essential oils have been around and used for medicinal and other various purposes since before Jesus’ birth! That is some serious credibility!
If you are a beginner to essential oils and curious to learn what they can do for you, lets start with the two oils I don’t leave home without and recommend every female on the planet carry in their purse (and guys too)…lavender and peppermint! Oh, the wonders of these two oils!
I have discovered that no matter what the problem is lavender oil seems to help. Maybe because it produces such calming effects, just smelling it seems to make everything better.
Some of the many ways use of lavender oil:
- Rub on sore muscles or arthritic joints to help ease pain
- Put on cuts, scrapes and burns for a quick cleansing and mending process
- Use on a sunburn to help cool and reduce pain and inflammation
- Add to calamine lotion to reduce itching from poison ivy and chicken pox, may also help prevent scarring with chicken pox
- At the first sign of allergy symptoms (itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, etc.) rub on the back of neck and ears and watch symptoms subside
- If you have difficulty falling asleep or need help relaxing, rub lavender oil on the bottom of your feet and on your chest and get ready to snooze
- Put immediately on wasp stings for instant relief
- Rub on lower abdomen to help relieve menstrual cramps
- Bring it with you when you take your kids to the park, when you travel to help you sleep, at work to help relax those sore, tense muscles because you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long.
If you are a mom, lavender is a must have for your children. I gave a friend of mine some lavender oil to try on her 5-year old who sometimes experiences hyper-activity after eating certain foods. On an off day, my friend put some lavender oil on her daughter. Without telling her what it was for, she asked her, “how does that make you feel?” Her daughter answered, “calm.” I about fell out of my chair when she told me this story! This gave me another reason to be even more enchanted by lavender oil.
I diffuse peppermint oil almost daily when I am in my office because it seriously helps me stay clear and focused. I am not sure how, but when I have peppermint oil burning, the ideas don’t stop flowing!
Some of the many practical uses of peppermint:
- Take 4 drops of peppermint oil in a small glass of water to help relieve heartburn, indigestion, queasiness, gas or other stomach, intestinal issues
- Drop oil on your tongue to help reduce feelings of motion, sea or air sickness
- Rub on to bruising to keep bruising down
- If you are pregnant, use peppermint will be your best friend! Use to help symptoms of morning sickness, headaches, dizziness, lack of energy, upset stomach and so on.
- Rub on the soles of feet to create cooling throughout the body if you feel hot
- Rubbing on the soles of feet can also be used to help bring down a fever
- If you have a headache, use a few drops on neck and on temples (be careful to stay away from your eyes)
- Can help ease sore muscles and joints because of its’ cooling sensation
- Drop two drops on your tongue to help clear up a stuffy nose
- Add a drop to a shot of water and swig to instantly eliminate bad breath
These two oils have become my saving grace and because of them I have not had to use any allergy medications or cut/burn ointments and have also been able to reduce my use of over-the-counter pain killers.
What are your thoughts on these two oils? Do you currently use essential oils in your life? I would love for you to share your comments below or visit me on Facebook.
See more about peppermint or lavender oil here!
***Warning — if you get cheap essential oils, don’t expect them to do any of the things listed above***
Statements made about these essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.
Health and blessings!
Randi's passion is to teach people the importance of getting into the kitchen to cook! When people get into the kitchen to cook, they can control their health and their waistline. She uses fresh ingredients and traditional foods in her cooking like butter. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and rep for Young Living Essential Oils (providing natural solutions for your health).