Three natural cure-alls that truly are the most essential of oils:
Traveling or on a tight budget, or both? Then it is especially important to have one product that does everything. Here are my top three picks for all natural cure-alls.
Antiseptic – Use on cuts before bandaging.
Pimples– Dab undiluted on zits to banish.
Cold Sores/Herpes- Works faster than any product at banishing cold sores. If you use when you first feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on, you will never get the blister. Just dab undiluted on affected area.
Dandruff- Mix 60 drops tea tree oil with 6 fl oz. water and put into an empty spray bottle (preferably glass over plastic). Spray liberally on scalp after showering to get rid of dandruff.
Athlete’s Foot- Dab directly onto affected area three times daily to cure athlete’s foot. Once per day will prevent.
Coughs & Colds- Add 15 drops to a bowl of just boiled water. Lean your face over the mixture, cover your head with a towel, and breathe in the minty steam.
Prevent Colds and Flu- Add 10 drops to a large shot glass of warm water and gargle daily during cold & flu season to kill the bacteria and viruses that cause illness. (Do not swallow!)
Unwind- Stressed Out? Dab a drop or two on your wrists or on the spot just below the ear and above the jaw to inhale the calming scent anywhere. Better still- add a few drops to your bathwater or your pillow.
Blisters, Mild Burns, Rashes, & Bug Bites- Grab a 4 oz empty wide mouth jar and add the following: 3 oz carrier oil (olive oil, hemp oil, grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil are good examples), 30 drops tea tree oil, & 30 drops lavender oil. Shake to mix, then apply directly to affected areas until problem is gone. Store mixture for up to two months.
Eye Strain- Too many hours on Facebook? Add 2-3 drops to a warm washcloth and cover eyes.
Anti-Inflammatory- Grab an empty jar and mix 30 drops with 3 oz of carrier oil. Apply to inflamed muscles or skin as needed. Store mixture for up to two months. (If you are using often- careful when going outside, as orange oil increases your sensitivity to the sun.)
Anti-Depressant – Dab a drop or two on your wrists or on the spot just below the ear and above the jaw to inhale the uplifting scent and kick the blues. Add a few drops to a scent warmer to lift the spirits of an entire room.
Digestive Issues- Use massage oil mixture above on abdomen to aid digestive issues such as bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.
Anti-Spasmodic/Cramps- Use massage oil mixture above on muscle spasms. Also works for menstrual cramps.
Detox- Add 10 drops to your bath water and soak to help the body rid toxins, and boost the immune system.
Bug Repellant- Fill a 4 oz spray bottle with water and add 30 drops orange essential oil. Spray liberally on yourself, and your surroundings- doorways, windows, or your campsite to prevent pesky intruders. If you are using for more than several days, be aware you will be more sensitive to the sun- keep your skin covered to prevent burns.