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The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days. This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.
While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive. Let’s face it. Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.
I am going to make it easy for you. With the assistance of contributing author Rebecca Schiffhauer, I have compiled a go-to list of 20 great ways to use essential oils to solve every day ailments not only for you but your pets and children as well.
20 Great Ways to Use Essential Oils
Dab some Peppermint on the back of your neck, a little on each side of the spinal cord.
2. Runny nose
Swipe a drop of Lemon down each side of the nose to dry it up. Stay out of the sun afterwards to avoid sunburn.
Combine Peppermint and Wild Orange, apply to the back of the neck, next inhale the oil left on your hands. Or add 4 drops of each to your diffuser.
4. Itchy, irritated eyes
Dab Lavender with a bit of carrier oil on the facial bones surrounding your eyes (careful to keep oil away from eyes). If applying to children, make sure they don’t rub their eyes until oil is absorbed.
Mix up equal parts of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint ~ nature’s antibiotic! Apply to bottom of your feet morning and night. Diffuse if possible. Spark Naturals sells a convenient blend called called L.L.P. – short for Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint!
6. Ear Ache/Infection
Combine 2 drops Basil or Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree) with a little carrier oil and rub around the rim of the ear, behind the ear and just inside. Apply several times a day. Note: never drop essential oils directly into the ear.
7. Troubled breathing
Have a bit of chest congestion or asthma? Apply Respire blend on the chest, then cup your hands over your face and breath in the residual Respire blend on it ~ creating a natural “inhaler”.
8. Bad breath
A drop of Peppermint on your tongue and you’re kissable fresh again.
9. Athlete’s foot
Melaleuca works wonders! Apply neat (meaning undiluted) to affected areas twice a day.
10. Toe fungus
Melaleuca to the rescue again. Dab the affected toenail with a saturated q-tip morning and night.
11. Unsightly warts or skin tags
Use a Q-tip to dab one drop of Oregano oil on the affected area morning and night. Oregano is a hot oil so you won’t want to spread it around. Skin tags should fall off in two or three of weeks. Warts will take a bit longer but eventually will disappear.
For kids: Lemon works wonderfully too. Apply morning and night and don’t cover with a Band-Aid; it’s important to let the area breathe. Also, it’s convenient to put the EO in a roll-on bottle so kids can apply themselves…they like taking charge Be careful of too much sun after the application of lemon oil.
Pour a bottle of Grapefruit into a 4 oz. bottle of fractionated coconut oil and rub into problem areas after shower or bath. You’ll smell divine and your skin will be so soft.
13. Diaper Rash
Mix up some Diaper Spray: 18 oz. water, 1 tsp. organic body wash, 4 drops Melaleuca, 4 drops Lavender. This is a great diaper rash preventative too! DIY Healing Salve is a wonder for this as well.
14. Fleas on Your Dog
Drip a couple drops of Melaleuca on back of your dog’s collar. Or, tie a bandanna with a few drops of Melaleuca around your dogs neck and watch fleas flee!
15. Dog’s Ear Infection
Place 1 of drop of Melaleuca and carrier oil on a cotton ball, wipe inside of ear several times a day.
16. Dog with Sunburned Nose
Dab a little Lavender with carrier oil on his nose for relief. This works for people too!
17. Muscle Aches
Mix 1 part Amend blend with 1 part fractionated coconut oil as a penetrating, pain relieving massage oil. Add a drop of Birch or Wintergreen for extra strength. Or, try Lemongrass mixed with some DIY Healing Salve.
A few drops of Peppermint mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the torso can drop body temperature by 3 degrees in minutes.
A drop of Lavender will immediately stop the pain and mitigate tissue damage.
A couple drops of Peppermint in a small glass of milk will knock out heartburn. Or, try rubbing a few drops of Digest blend over your chest. It really works!
The Final Word
My love affair with essential oils continues. These days I have moved beyond the basics of Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Melaleuca (tea tree) and rely on a variety of oils to do various things. They are used for first aid, personal grooming, stress relief, and general health and wellness.
To be honest, three years ago, if someone told me I was going to dump, literally, all of my over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils I would have thought “no way”. Clearly, that is exactly what has happened. I now have a large collection of oils that should serve me well for a long time as long and I continue my pursuit of knowledge about these amazing substances.
I know I am not alone. Whenever I write an article extolling the virtues of essential oils, I receive a flurry of emails that reflect a pent up interest in learning more about essential oils and how they can be used to enhance our long term well-being and survival.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Spotlight On Essential Oils
After a ton of research, for wellness purposes I am now using essential oils from Spark Naturals. There are a lot reasons the most important being their commitment to both quality and value. I am satisfied that the raw materials used in Spark Naturals products are tested and authenticated to be of pharmaceutical grade purity.
Plus, unlike other companies, Spark Naturals is open and honest about the fact that there is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade.
You can purchase essential oils, witch hazel, fractionated coconut oil (FCO) roller balls and more from Spark Naturals. In addition, you can take advantage of a 10% discount when you use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” at checkout.
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Bargain Bin: Here are some things to get you started with using essential oil plus the items you need to make your own scrubs, salves, lotions and potions including Miracle Healing Salve and Plain Ole Salve.
NOW Foods Essential Oils : I use essential oils from Spark Naturals. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. Here are a few to get you started: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, Now Foods Lavender Oil and Now Foods Lemon Oil.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: These are what you need for the Miracle Salve: Lavender essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil. For my DIY Peppermint Scrub, you can use just the Peppermint or any combination of E.O.s that are pleasing to you.
Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil: Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked. This is the fractionated coconut oil I used in my scrub (mixed with a bit of olive oil).
White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag): I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve. I also have similar jars in the 1-ounce size and 1/4 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and e.o. concoctions).
Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz: I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better. That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.
Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them. When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead of glass droppers. Learn from my mistake. The price is the same so get the glass ones.
Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil: This is my preferred coconut oil. I love it so much I purchased a 5-gallon tub. Really, I did! I find it very silky to work with love the taste when used in cooking. Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.
Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: I am also pleased with the Nutiva Coconut Oil. It is pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping.
ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser: This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down. Low energy use. The really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self. Very soothing and I love it!
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