Editor's Note: This is a revised and updated resource for 2018. When it comes to treating minor ailments, nothing seems to beat the effectiveness of essential oils. I say this not as a healthcare professional for surely I am not, but as someone who recently dumped two drawers filled with over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils. To say I am pleased would be in understatement and while a bit of experimentation has been involved, each day my confidence in these miracle-worker oils grows. In the past, I have written about the amazing uses for Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lavender, . . . Read More
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Practical ways to incorporate essential oils into daily life. Plenty of tips and DIY suggestions for using EOs for health, wellness, and first aid purposes. As with everything preparedness related, start slow and learn as you go.
Anyone who has experienced a migraine understands the desire for something, anything to make the pain decrease or vanish. The sharp needles shooting underneath your skin, the dull throbbing in your temples, it all makes for a terrible experience. Fortunately, there are some natural relief options to minimize or fix your pain altogether. What Migraines Are Migraines are more than “just a headache”. They are a severe form of head pain. They can last for hours or sometimes even days. Often they are painful enough to dramatically interfere with your life, making it nearly impossible to work, run errands, or even think. Many people try to simply sleep off the headache, but often the pain is too severe to be able to fall asleep. What Triggers a Migraine Migraines . . . Read More
Summertime is a time of relaxation, fun, and enjoyment of the warm sensation of sunshine...until you are unfortunate enough to suffer from a sunburn. It’s hard to savor the sunshine when your now sensitive skin hurts to the touch! Even small sunburns take time to heal. But that does not mean you are just stuck in discomfort waiting for it to fully go away.
You can take proactive steps to make your situation better. A great option is using natural remedies to help alleviate the discomfort and help speed up the recovery process.Natural remedies help you avoid putting a concoction of chemicals on or in your body and reduce your dependence on running to the pharmacy. Once you build up your natural remedy toolkit, you can enjoy greater . . . Read More
Are you finding a good night’s sleep more and more elusive? Many factors in our lives can cause us to struggle drifting off into restful slumber. Maybe the stress of the day makes it difficult to turn your brain off at night. Maybe a stuffed up nose or joint pain wakes you up throughout the night. Different struggles interfere with our ability to get the restorative rest our body craves. Thankfully, there is a solution to get the “zzzzs” you need: essential oils! . . . Read More
“Carrier oil” is a phrase commonly tossed about in the world of essential oils. Carrier oils are an important part of essential oil use, so it is important to understand proper application of them. Primarily, they make a dynamic duo with essential oils applied directly to your skin. Topical Application of Essential Oils To understand the importance of carrier oils, it is helpful to first understand why you would want topical application. . . . Read More
Are you exhausted? Maybe you wake up in the morning a fog, turning to stimulants like coffee to boost your focus. Maybe you hit an afternoon slump at work, finding it harder and harder to push through your projects. Maybe you come home after work wanting nothing more than to collapse on the couch and turn on the TV. Our energy naturally fluctuates throughout the day, but sometimes the energy “valleys” are almost unbearably low. Many factors affect our energy levels, from a high stress lifestyle draining it away to our exercise habits (or lack thereof). The healthier we are with our diet and exercise and sleep, the more energy we will enjoy throughout the day. Beyond implementing healthy habits into your life, you can use natural remedies to boost your energy and . . . Read More
Getting diagnosed with asthma was a complete shock to me.I wasn’t the picture perfect image of asthma Hollywood portrays: a little kid with glasses wheezing to keep up with friends on the playground. I was an active world traveler getting diagnosed with asthma in my early twenties. After the initial shock wore off, I began learning as much as I could about the disease. I wanted to understand what was happening in my body and whether my lifestyle choices can play a role. Here’s what I found. Bad news: there is no cure for asthma. Good news: different approaches (like using essential oils) can help prevent and manage symptoms. . . . Read More
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and with it comes the dreaded allergies. A few minutes spent outside stirs up uncomfortable symptoms like watery eyes and sneezing. No one wants to spend their spring and summer suffering from allergies, yet many people do. Fortunately, there is an all natural solution to managing your allergy symptoms: essential oils. But before we dive into the top essential oils for allergies, it can be helpful to gain a clear understanding of the nature and causes of allergies. . . . Read More
Suffering from a sore throat is a terrible experience. Each swallow feels like a golf ball pushing down your throat. Just laying on the coach is exhausting because of the nagging scratching burning sensation every present throughout the day. You feel miserable. Relief is just around the corner, but not in the form of pills from the pharmacy. For a natural, effective treatment, choose essential oils. . . . Read More
Linking survival and preparedness with essential oils may seem odd but the more you use essential oils, the more you recognize their value in preparing for times when traditional first aid and wellness solutions may be difficult to come by. As someone who started using essential oils in the early 90s, I have come a long way in understanding how and when to use them for healing as well as around the home. Helping me along the way was a big fat book by Valerie Worwood, a book that to this day is my EO bible. Her book was updated late in 2016 and I am over the moon thrilled to introduce you to both Valerie and The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded. . . . Read More
Using a diffuser to dispense the healing qualities of essential oils is one of the easiest ways to become accustomed to their use. Say, for example, someone in your home is sick with a cold or flu. Adding 5 or 6 drops of an anti-microbial essential oil to a diffuser will allow the healing qualities of the oil to disperse and circulate around the room, benefiting all if its occupants. Likewise, if you are having problems breathing, a few drops of an essential oil running in a diffuser can clear the nasal passages and allow you to breathe more easily, especially at night. If this sounds familiar to the old fashioned vaporizer our mother's put in our rooms as kids, you are correct. The concept is the same but instead of breathing in a chemical cocktail invented by the OTC drug . . . Read More
A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure. Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's fantastic . . . Read More