Quick Tip: Top 5 Essential Oils for your home.

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Dating as far back as 4500 B.C., the Egyptians were the first people known to have cultivated uses of Essential Oils. They revered these plant-based tinctures as the Medicine of the Gods. Not only did they use essential oils for their highly sophisticated embalming processes, but they also leveraged the life force of plant oils to heal the sick and treat the most advanced wounds, tumors and psychotic illnesses. Plants were the foundational medicines during this time, and healing rituals were centered upon the flow of energy in the body as a whole, complete, living organism.

The healing power of essential oils are some of the most potent yet underutilized plant based medicinals we have access to on our planet, so I'd like to share a few of my favorites with you, and tell you why I believe you should have them on hand at all times!

 

1. Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

  • can typically be applied directly to the skin (always do a patch test)
  • antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant properties
  • excellent for soothing minor burns, sunburn and bug bites
  • put some on a cotton ball and tuck it in your pillowcase for a soothing night's sleep
  • add about 10 drops to a bath for a truly relaxing experience
  • rub it on the bottom of your children's feet just before bedtime
  • My Favorite Pick: Weleda Lavender Oil

2. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) 

  • should be mixed with a carrier oil, cream, or body butter
  • relieves nasal and bronchial congestion (chest rub mixed with carrier agent)
  • used as a disinfectant in hospitals in Europe; mix it with some water and get cleaning
  • add to an air filter, humidifier or even on the shower walls to open up the nasal cavities and breathe easier
  • My Favorite Pick: Aura Cacia Eucalyptus Oil 

3. Peppermint Leaf (Mentha piperita)

  • do not apply directly to skin, always mix with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Olive Oil
  • add a few drops to a glass of water to reduce hot flashes
  • mix a few drops with a carrier oil, and apply to upset stomach, back of neck to relieve muscle pain, or a dab on your forehead to reduce a headache and improve mental focus
  • a few drops on the tongue and your breath will be sparkling
  • natural bug and ant repellant
  • My Favorite: Aroma Foundry

4. Lemon (Citrus limon)

  • not to be applied directly to skin; always mix with a carrier oil
  • invigorating, uplifting, mood enhancing 
  • excellent cleaning agent mixed with water; removes sticky, gooey muck
  • use to wipe your cutting boards free of bacteria
  • add a few drops to hot water and raw honey to alleviate flu symptoms
  • My favorite: Floracopia

5. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • can be applied topically (always do a patch test)
  • powerful antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial
  • helps reduce acne with a few dabs on a cotton swab applied to the inflamed area
  • athlete's foot, nail fungus, bug bites
  • add to shampoo to reduce dandruff (and head lice...yikes!)
  • fights cold sores
  • a few drops in a spray bottle will purify the air in any space
  • My favorite: First Botany

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xo

Jacquellyne