Essential oils, containing potent medicinal are a versatile part of a natural medicine cabinet. They work to support the body’s own healing system, and when used correctly, may be able to take the place of conventional over-the-counter remedies.
Essential oils have a very small molecular size, which means that their healing properties are easily absorbed by the skin, but should not be ingested. The potency ensures that only a few drops are needed at a time, so a small bottle can last a few years when used sparingly. Take note that only pure essential oil has medical properties, fragrant water or oil which will only smell good, without any medical benefits.
Every first aid kit should contain at least a bottle of essential oil, be it Lavender, Frankincense, peppermint, Tea Tree or Eucalyptus. Essential oil can be a prefect alternative to modern medicine for minor illness.
Cough & Cold: Eucalyptus is a powerful antispasmodic, antiviral and antibacterial oil that is ideal for coughs and colds. Adding a few drops to a basin of steaming water to inhale, or a vaporizer, can help disinfect and clear both the nasal passages and lungs.
Phlegm: Frankincense oil can break up phlegm deposits in your respiratory tract and lungs, and can relieve bronchitis-related congestion.
Digestive disorders: Rosemary oil is often used for indigestion, relieving flatulence, stomach cramps, constipation, and bloating. Peppermint oil is also very helpful in digestion asithas, a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension).
Headaches and migraines: Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint etc are a useful home remedy for headaches and migraine pain. These oil can be either inhaled or applied topically.
Fever: Peppermint is a wonderful cooling oil that can help you beat the heat of a hot day or a fever. Just add a few drops to a carrier oil and rub on your back, neck and chest for an instant cooling effect.