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How To Use Essential Oils To Remedy Common Ailments

Learn the different methods of using essential oils to better your health and wellness.

Date:   3/29/2022 5:45:39 PM   ( 18 mon ) ... viewed 122 times

Are you interested in limiting the number of medications that you use? Are you concerned about the number of pills that you take every day? Would you like to have alternatives to over-the-counter pain medications in order to limit your drug intake?

Instead of reaching for over-the-counter medications to treat everyday nuisance ailments, consider trying an essential oil remedy. Essential oils are drug-free, safe to use in moderation, and can help lower the number of chemicals you ingest.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?
A diffuser is a common tool used to disperse the oil into the air at a rate that is safe for inhalation. Diffusers can be water-less or water-based; if you are concerned about mold or bacteria consider choosing the water-less model. If you do not have a diffuser you can add a few drops of quality oils, like Young Living essential oils, to a bowl of steaming water. Stand approximately ten feet away and inhale deeply to reap the benefit of the oil.

Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oils to a cotton ball and hold it under your nose for one or two minutes. This method works especially well when you are not at home, perhaps riding in a car or when you are at work and are unable to use your diffuser.

For oils that are to be applied topically, there are many effective methods. You can add a few drops of the oil to your bath. You can create a compress by soaking a clean cloth in water and adding your essential oil before applying it to the affected area. Or you can add a few drops of your oil to an unscented moisturizer or lotion and apply it to your skin.

Which Essential Oil Should I Use?
You should use the essential oil that is recommended for the ailment you are trying to remedy.

If you are feeling anxious, try orange or lavender oil. Both have been found to promote a sense of calm and well-being. Adding oils to a warm bath is an especially good way to help tame anxiety.

If you suffer from headaches, try peppermint or lavender oils. Peppermint has been found in some studies to be as effective as acetaminophen in relieving headache pain. Apply the oil directly to the affected area with a warm compress.

If you suffer from insomnia, try a few drops of lavender oil applied directly to the underside of your pillowcase. Lavender has been used to promote healthy sleep for generations.

If you suffer from inflammation, try thyme or oregano oil. Adding a few drops to a soothing lotion can help provide relief without ingesting any drugs.

If you suffer from nausea and vomiting, try lemon oil. Inhaling the fresh scent, either by using a diffuser or by putting a few drops on a cotton ball, has been shown to reduce nausea in pregnant women who have morning sickness.

Taking a test or heading to an interview? Try diffusing rosemary oil, which has been shown to increase brainpower and aid in concentration. It may help improve accuracy and speed during demanding mental tasks as well.

If you have the sniffles, try diffusing a few drops of eucalyptus oil to help loosen mucus. It can also soothe headaches, so reach for eucalyptus when you have a cold.

Are There Risks To Using Essential Oils?
While you should always consult your doctor first, and never try to replace your prescription medicine, trying essential oils as an alternative to over-the-counter drugs does not pose danger. As a therapy, essential oils are a low-risk and low-cost intervention to control your symptoms and make you feel better.

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