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Essential Oil Remedies for Your Health

Prefer a more natural remedy to your common ailments instead of an over-the-counter drug? Essential oil remedies can help relieve some of your everyday aches and pains. Essential oils can heal you physically, emotionally and mentally and can make a great first aid kit to keep in your house.

Need a good night’s sleep? Lavender increases brain alpha waves associated with relaxation and deep sleep. Whether you place a few drops under your pillow or in an oil diffuser, it has a relaxing impact that can aid you in catching some more z’s. In addition to getting more sleep, lavender’s calming scent can be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress.

If you’re suffering from allergies this summer, pick up a bottle of eucalyptus. It is known to help support the respiratory system. Try diluting a few drops in a carrier oil and rub onto your neck, chest or the bottoms of your feet. Combine the eucalyptus with some drops of lemon essential oil, which works as a natural antihistamine and relieves excess mucus.

Athlete’s foot, acne and other common skin issues can be treated with tea tree oil. Tea tree has anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits that help with warts, cuts, scrapes, infections and even lice! Some people even find tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide on acne but without the negative side effects like redness and peeling. Tea tree oil can be applied directly onto your skin on the affected area with 1-2 drops or mixed with a carrier oil.

When winter comes around, it will be good to have peppermint, rosemary and thieves around. Peppermint has antiseptic and anti-viral properties which makes it useful as an expectorant in a diffuser or steamed. Rosemary works as an antiseptic and an antimicrobial agent to relieve congestion and discomfort. Put 3-5 drops into a carrier oil and massage onto your nose, cheeks and temples for relief. Thieves is great to put a diffuser to help purify the air in your home or as a throat spray to soothe a sore throat. Take any of these three essential oils and put them on a warm washcloth over your forehead or into a hot bath to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

If you frequently experience migraines, feverfew is a popular herbal remedy you should try. Taken every day, it is a preventative treatment for those who normally get migraines. Some people have reported that it has completely eliminated their migraines altogether. If you are currently suffering from a migraine or headache, try a few drops of lavender, peppermint or basil oil applied topically.

What are some of your favorite herbal or essential oil remedies?


Going Green Is Easier Than You Think

“Going green” can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the little changes you can make in your life to do your part in helping the environment. Did you know that the average home contains up to 25 gallons of toxic chemicals, many of which are in store-bought cleaners? Replacing some products that you commonly use with green alternatives is easier than you think!

For example, do you take reusable grocery bags with you to the store? Think of how many plastic bags they send you home with for your food. Instead, keep a few reusable bags in your car to do your part in going “bagless.” Or how about using cloth napkins at home instead of paper?

Cleaning products are often full of harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or health. The EPA estimates that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air due in part to chemicals found in many household cleaners and air fresheners. Make your cleaning products using eco-friendly ingredients such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, tea tree oil and washing powder.

Going green isn’t only about the products that you buy and use, it’s about your home habits. Try opening the blinds and letting in natural sunlight. You can save energy during the day by not keeping lights on when you use the sun’s free light. And as a winter bonus, 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you let sun in during the day. While we’re talking about sunlight, did you know that having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to stay cool? Move it into the shade to save some energy.

If you really want to take going green literally, improve the air quality in your home by growing houseplants. A spider plant in the bathroom will help purify the air. Outdoors, you can protect your local environment by planting plants that are native to your area. If you have a garden, try setting up a rain barrel to water your plants.

What are your favorite ways to go green? We love learning about new green alternatives!