When you hear the phrase “essential oils”, do you find yourself thinking of a trip to the spa?
Do you think of scented candles and incense?
You may not be surprised that people turn to essential oils as their secret weapon against stress, but did you know that scientists think they can improve health?
The idea makes sense. After all, essential oils are really just extracts from plants.
They evolved within the plant for the sole purpose of protection against disease, pests, heats and damage, so it is no wonder that they would work on humans too!
Though Americans tend to dismiss the idea of plant-based medicines, it’s worth mentioning that our farmers are already using these oils in caring for livestock.
Studies have found that chickens whose feed included oregano oil had a 59% reduction in mortality due to infection. They also found that adding oils from oregano cinnamon and chili peppers helped them to gain weight.
Oils have reduced the spread of illness among animals and have replaced many antibiotics. That is a good thing for our food supply!
But what about humans?
Is there any proof that essential oils can improve our health? Yes!Tweet
♦ An Italian study found that thyme and clove oil cured a vaginal bacterial infection as well as antibiotics.
♦ A U.S. study found tea-tree oil was better at healing staph-infected wounds then traditional medicine. Lemongrass oil reduces MRSA on the skin.
So how can you use essential oils in your daily routine?
Here are some of my favorites, and what they can do for you.
1. Tea Tree Oil
This oil is used to treat the skin. It can help clear up acne and kill fungus like athlete’s foot. It also can help to relieve the itch and pain of bug bites. Tea tree oil in shampoos can get rid of dandruff.
2. Lavender Oil
You may think lavender just helps you relax, and you are right. A few drops in your bath water or placed on your pillow case before bed can relieve stress and help you fall asleep at night.
3. Chamomile Oil
Do you drink chamomile tea? If so then you know how much it helps when you need a stress break. The oil works the same way.
4. Peppermint Oil
You can use peppermint oil for its smell or put a few drops into a drink. Either way you will feel it giving you a burst of energy and alertness.
5. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil has powerful antibacterial actions. If you put it on your tongue, it will help you fight off colds and the flu.
6. Grapefruit and Lemon Oil
Both of these citrus-based oils help fight fatigue and are natural antiseptics. They are a great way to fight jet lag.
7. Eucalyptus Oil
If you are lucky enough to have passed under a eucalyptus tree, then you know how clean the air smelled. That’s the oil, and it’s a great way to clear clogged sinuses. It’s also a powerful antibacterial.
When you buy essential oils, make sure that you look for high quality oils that are pure and steam distilled. Do not apply them directly to your skin. Instead, dilute them in water or use a diffuser.
Yours in health,
P.S. Please help me spread the word about essential oils and health. Don’t forget to leave a comment for me below. Do you have a favorite essential oil?