Nine Ways to Use Essential Oils as Natural Medicine Remedies

1) Headache Relief: Combine a few drops of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil together in a carrier oil, and apply to temples and back of neck to help reduce and relieve headaches and migraines. If your headache is tension related, rub a few drops on your upper shoulder area as well. While you’re at it, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a hot water bath for a soak and relax away.

2) Cough and Cold Soother: Eucalyptus is a Godsend when it comes to general head colds. Just rub a few drops in the palm of your hands with a carrier oil and inhale, add a few drops to your steamy shower, or put a couple drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale. Eucalyptus essential oil can also be added to a water based diffuser – especially useful for nighttime stuffiness.

3) Stomach Soother: Is your stomach fussy because of PMS? Combine two drops of lavender oil with two drops of peppermint oil in a carrier oil and rub on abdomen. Cover with a heating pad to relieve cramps.

4) Fatigue and Fogginess: When you are tired, inhale the scent of some eucalyptus essential oil or peppermint essential oil to open your eyes and your mind. Grapefruit essential oil can also be a great scent to inhale, as well. Perfect for travel, on the go, or at your desk.

5) Bug Bites: With summer comes bugs and annoying bug bites. Basil essential oil and lavender essential oil are both helpful in reducing the itch and pain associated with common bug bites. Dilute with your favorite carrier oil and apply as needed. A few drops of either essential oil around your bed sheets can help with nighttime bites if the bugs manage to find their way inside.

6) Nausea: If your stomach is feeling just as bad as your head, try some peppermint tea.

7) Bruising: If you bruise easily or need to heal from an acute injury, add a few drops of essential oil to your arnica cream. A few good choices are lavender, tea tree, chamomile, and parsley. Mix well then apply gently and liberally as needed.

8) Pain: If you suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, or back pain, there are several great essential oil options to help provide relief. Add a few drops of essential oil to an unscented massage lotion or shea butter and rub away. Your options for essential oils to help with pain are: chamomile, lavender, sweet marjoram, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme. Massage into skin as needed. As a bonus, you’ll have soft skin, too!

9) Lice: If the unsightly, and often hard to find, creatures have made their way into your home, use lavender essential oil to eliminate them. After you have deloused and removed all the nits you can locate, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a carrier oil and apply liberally to scalp area. Cover with a shower cap, sleep with the mixture on overnight, and shampoo out in the morning. Repeat as needed, up to 8 days – keep in mind that nits can live on the scalp for 3-8 days before hatching.

This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using essential oils -- especially if you have allergies, a medical condition, and/or are pregnant.

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