In the last couple months, I’ve grown a real interest in finding more holistic, natural remedies for everyday ailments. There’s this whole world around us filled with plants, flowers, and herbs that have been used medicinally for centuries, and I think it’s absolutely fascinating. I’m amazed that people figured out how to utilize these gifts, and I’m awed that the earth provides for us in that way.
One of the ways we can utilize these plants’ healing properties is through essential oils. Essential oils are made by steam-distilling the plants to release their natural compounds. They can be distilled multiple times, but the strength of their properties weakens each time, so for the best effect, it’s best to use a first distillation oil (Young Living is a great example of a company that exclusively uses first distillations for their oils).
I’ve only begun to delve into this enormous world of herbal remedies and essential oils, but here are a few common ailments that essential oils can help relieve:
- Sore muscles
- Minor cuts, burns, and scrapes
- Insect bites
- Skin, hair, and nail health
- Nausea and digestive issues
- Lack of concentration
- Emotional fatigue
- Strep throat
- Household germs
There are SO many things to learn, and most oils can be used for well over a dozen different things. When combined, the possibilities really multiply. I’ll give you just a few examples of how I’ve noticed them working in my own life:
I have restless leg syndrome, and it’s often very hard for me to fall asleep and stay asleep. I take one of Young Living’s blends, Peace & Calming, and rub it right above the hip on my lower back, and diffuse it as well and I fall asleep so quickly and sleep more deeply than usual. This happens every single time I use this oil. Michael requests that I diffuse this one at night all the time, because it helps him sleep so well, too!
When I have a headache or neck tension from sitting in an office chair all day, I rub a mix of peppermint and lavender on my temples and on the back of my neck. Within 5-10 minutes, my headache is gone.
My hay fever leaves me super sneezy and itchy all over my face and eyes. I rub a mix of lemon, lavender, and peppermint behind my ears and on my wrists and there is a noticeable diminishment in my symptoms.
I occasionally get a small hive/allergic reaction to my wedding ring. Previously, I would have to go at least a week without wearing my ring, and I’d spend the whole time trying not to itch it while I watched it only get worse, despite the cortisone cream I religiously applied. The last time this hive showed up, I rubbed one drop of lavender on the hive. By the end of the day, the spot was completely gone.
All of this to say, essential oils really work! I’ve even begun using them as part of my beauty routine, and I’ve made my own all-purpose cleaner with them as well. I feel good about using them because I know exactly what they are, and they have zero synthetics or additives.* I’ll be posting about different oils as the weeks go on, highlighting a new one and its benefits each time. If you’re interested in learning more in the meantime, check out my Pinterest board, where I post lots of “recipes,” facts, and information. There’s a lot to learn, and I’m excited to see the difference oils will continue to make in my health and happiness.
*Note: this is not true of all essential oils. Unfortunately, a large majority of oils have synthetics added. Do your research! If there isn’t mention that their oils do not contain synthetics, then they probably do! I use Young Living because they are one of the very few who absolutely never will add synthetics to their oils.