Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Essential Oils you Must Have in Your Medicine Cabinet

By Christa McCourt

Presently, we are overwhelmed with choices to rid our aches and pains, colds and flu, upset stomachs, diarrhea, allergies and so on. Between TV commercials and drug stores we have way too many choices!

How can we trust that these products will work? And why are there so many?

We can surely waste a lot of time in the drug store searching for the perfect remedy. Reading label after label and hoping we don't suffer any funky side effects.

I have found that using essential oils can substitute all of my over-the-counter medications. And, I don't fear getting any side effects.

Essential oils have been used as medicine for thousands of years. And today, the rediscovery of true, medicinal aromatherapy is affecting thousands of people in profound ways.

I am one of those fortunate people who have experienced, first hand, the medicinal benefits of essential oils. And I will never be without them!

I don't suggest that you discontinue taking your prescription medications as they are needed for your health. And, always check with your physician before lowering or stopping your medication.

To lower a fever: Take 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil and rub it on each foot. I've used this remedy many times to lower fevers and it works like a charm. Especially on children. But if your child is under 2, please dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil such as an organic olive oil. 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil. Besides fevers, peppermint essential oil is also good for headaches, stuffy noses, upset stomachs, focus and concentration and taking the itch out of insect bites. A bottle of peppermint essential oil can replace as many as 6 over-the-counter medicines.

To combat allergies: Use 1 drop of lavender essential oil on your cheek bones and below your nose. This will help clear your sinuses. Lavender essential oil is a natural antihistamine. Lavender essential oil is most know for it's relaxing properties. But it can also cleanse wounds and cuts, heal sun burned skin and prevent scars. One bottle of Lavender essential oil can easily replace numerous medications.

For arthritis and joint pain: Take a few drops of an essential oil blend called PanAway and rub it on your sore joints. I love this blend for back pain! This awesome blend contains; wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), clove (Syzygium aromaticum) and peppermint (Mentha piperita.) PanAway can also help muscle soreness that we feel after exercising. One bottle of PanAway can replace many common muscle rubs and some pain relieving pills.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can give you the same results as common medications. What they won't give you is the wacky side effects. A word to the wise, always use therapeutic grade essential oils when your dealing with your health and healing needs. A low quality essential oil will not offer you any therapeutic value. (c) 2008 Christa McCourt

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