Essential oils are concentrated, steam-distilled plant extracts that are formulated for therapeutic use. I use Young Living essential oils because they are the most pure essential oils available with absolutely no synthetic extenders or chemical additives of any kind. All the blends mentioned below are from Young Living.
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways, and support us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically, they can be used to help relieve uncomfortable symptoms such as sinus pain, earaches, stomach distress, muscle aches and pains, insomnia; moreover, they contain anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.
Some essential oils are excellent antiseptics for disinfecting wounds and for encouraging healing. Essential oils are wonderful aids for meditation and some are helpful for mood elevation. Since fragrance is a powerful trigger for memory and emotions, essential oils work to open the emotional center of the brain and are perfect for soothing anxiety, calming overactive children, or simply for relaxing at the end of a long day.
Lavender is wonderful for insomnia and all skin issues, including burns. Called “the mother of essential oils” because it is the oil that is recommended when one is not sure which one to use. It is very well tolerated by sensitive skin, including that of children.
Peppermint is a stimulating essential oil. It is helpful for allergies, mosquito bites, tired feet, feverish children (always apply to the soles of feet for children), and stomach distress such as heartburn. A drop of peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint herbal tea.
Frankincense is meditative, spiritually activating, and calming. It is also helpful for oily or mature skin.
Lemon is refreshing and anti-microbial. It can be used in a spray bottle with water as a natural air-freshener. A drop in a glass of water contains d-limonene, which is being studied for its anti-cancer properties.
For earaches, try putting a few drops of Melrose around the ear (never put any essential oils in the ear canal, as this can cause tremendous pain) and down the side of the next. Do this three times a day until improvement is shown.
For coughs and colds, rub a few drops (diluted in coconut oil if using on a child under 18 months) of R.C. on your child’s chest three times a day. For sinus congestion, place three drops in the palm of your hand, and allow your child to inhale deeply. Also may be used in a pot of steaming water, or a cold-mist diffuser.
For cuts and scrapes, spray a mixture of lavender and water on the wound several times a day to keep free of infection and stimulate healing.
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