Tuesday 7 February 2017

5 Unexpected Ways that Oils can Benefit Your Family - Guest Post

Guest Post

Though you should always consult with a doctor when you have a serious injury or medical condition, there are many times you might find yourself asking if you really need to go to a doctor or something else, something minor. After all, there's a big difference between an asthma attack and a slight case of your allergies acting up.

Not everyone wants to have to go to their doctor for every little thing. But what are the other options? Expensive, over the counter medications? Letting it fix itself over the course of time? Don't worry - there is a middle ground!

Essential oils are for more than just relaxing. They can also help to heal those minor, in-between ailments.

You've probably already heard that essential oils can help with minor scrapes, scratches, and bruises and that they're excellent for aiding sleep. I don't want to give you information that you already have. So below, I have prepared a list of 5 unexpected uses for essential oils that your family can start using right away.

1 - Upset Stomach

If you've been a victim of occasional digestive discomfort and nausea, I have a solution for you. All it takes is a diluted drop of this blend right above your belly button to alleviate your discomfort.

A blend of Lemon Essential Oil and Wild Orange Essential Oil, Fennel Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil will all take care of your occasional stomach discomfort easily and quickly. If you would like, you can also mix some of these together, but I find that just one on its own or just two mixed together work just fine.

2 - Immune Support

Regardless of the time of year, I always like to keep my immune system boosted. I do my best to stave off seasonal allergies, colds, and other such uncomfortable things.

A great way to help boost your immune system using essential oils is to make an immune support blend of oils.

This includes Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, Wild Orange Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil, and Rosemary Essential Oil. It is important to dilute this is you or your family has sensitive skin, as this can be somewhat spicy and warm.

Use this before and after you need to step out of the house during cold and flu seasons, or when allergens are high in your area.

3 - Sore Muscles and Growing Pains

For these, there are a lot of choices. There are many essential oils that will help with sore muscles and discomfort caused by growing pains. I have a few oils that I like best when myself or loved ones are in this kind of pain. Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, Frankincense, and Lemongrass Essential Oils are all great for alleviating this type of pain.

Be sure to dilute them properly, according to which oil you use. I prefer to dilute oils meant to go on skin with fractionated coconut oil, as it absorbs much more quickly than other oils and it won't go rancid. Dilute them and either put them in a wrap or in a spray bottle and massage it onto the sore areas.

4 - Insect Stings

With summer quickly approaching, you may be noticing a rise in the bug population again. Bugs mean bites and stings. While some people have started going to the doctor to have the stingers from bugs removed (and this is perfectly fine if you're squeamish or worried that the stinger will break), others still prefer to take care of the stinger themselves. I know that I prefer to carefully pull it out at home rather than make the trip to my doctor and back for something I consider so small.

Once you remove the stinger, though, you know you're in for some pain. Thankfully, Basil Essential Oil is perfect for aches and pain. Even those caused by stings. Simply remove the stinger, apply your choice of antiseptic, then dab the Basil Essential Oil on the sting area to alleviate your pain.

5 - Respiratory Support

There is a wonderful rub that I use when I am having trouble breathing. This helps me to get a better night's rest. It helps to minimize the effects of respiratory issues, and it's something that my family has used since time out of mind.  All you must do is mix together Cardamom, Lemon, Melaleuca, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. This is also great in a diffuser if your skin is too sensitive for the peppermint, or if you don't like how the rub feels.

This is not meant to be a replacement for physician care, but rather a go to for minor or occasional issues. If you have persistent health problems, you should seek advice from a medical professional immediately.

About the Author: Sally is a manual therapist who practices both Tai Chi and Yoga and believes strongly in the power of essential oils. She tries to visit China at least twice a year to see her grandmother, who teaches her something new about natural healing every visit. Follow her on ThinkOily.com

Thanks very much to Sally for this fantastic guest post!
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1 comment:

  1. I recently started to get involved in aromatherapy and I want to say that it's very exciting to try new blends of essential oils. Thank you for sharing.