Guest post on the natural, at-home solutions that can be accomplished with various essential oils. Personally, I’ve not used them much, so I can’t comment as to the effects. 

You’ve probably heard about essential oils before, you may even have an old bottle of lavender hiding in the bathroom cupboard somewhere. A lack of research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy, means there’s no scientific proof that it works, but, as The Guardian reported, the effects are widely acknowledged by health care industries, “aromas stimulate the brain, triggering a reaction, and when applied directly to the skin, are absorbed into the blood stream and metabolized in the body.” Continuing, a “study at the Catholic University of Korea determined that when 40 patients enrolled in a rheumatics center were treated with essential oils they all found that the treatment decreased their pain levels and eased depression.”

While you might not be prepared to accept the value of aromatherapy on your emotions, there are many other ways that essential oils can be used in daily life for cleaning, sterilizing, flavor enhancing and medical treatments. And what’s more, using these natural oils are not only better for you and the environment, they can also save you a lot of money.

Lemon Oil

Lemon Trees

Lemon oil can be used as a laundry fragrance, take gum out of hair, lighten up age spots and remove toxins from your liver. Janine claims that the “versatility of essential oils make them a great financial investment.”

Janine Thompson from My Lamp is Full told A Life in Balance that she saves $24 per year just by using lemon oil, listing cough syrup, stove cleaner and disinfectant sprays amongst the products she doesn’t buy anymore. She says, you can “replace disinfectant spray with 6-8 drops in 8 oz of water” or “stop sore throats fast and coughs even faster with a drop on a spoonful of honey. And unlike cough syrup, it actually works.”

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Tree

SustainableBabySteps, claim that Eucalyptus oil is a “natural insecticide, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory oil that can usually be applied without diluting. Its most known for coughs and respiratory infections and works great when massaged over the chest and throat.”

Tisserand describe Eucalyptus as “strong, fresh and stimulating oil with a piercing balsamic aroma.” They say this oil is “ideal for vaporization to clear the head and boost concentration” and in skin care preparations.

Around the home, eucalyptus can be helpful in oil stain removal, Bosisto recommend it “for taking out oil-soluble grease and grass marks, spots and stains from clothes and fabric. Coat or spray the soiled areas, leave for one minute (5 minutes or more for difficult to remove stains) then wash in normal manner.”

Tea Tree Oil

Tea TreeIndigenous Australians have been using tea tree oil, or Melaleuca for thousands of years to heal and disinfect wounds and illness. Tea tree oil packs a big punch, “one of the best antiviral essential oils, melaleuca is also widely known for its anti-everything properties: antifungal, antibacterial, anit-infectious, antiparasitic, and more, including tissue regenerative and neurotonic.”

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree state that the “scientific discovery of the plant’s virtues came in 1923 when the leading state government chemist, Arthur Penfold, tested the oil of the tea tree and determined its antiseptic action was about 12 times stronger than the widely used carbolic acid. Extensive clinical trials with medical and dental colleagues in London and Sydney led to glowing reports in the distinguished scientific journals of the day.” They recommend using tea tree for alleviating congestion, coughs and colds, antifungal foot care, feminine hygiene, hair care, anti-dandruff treatment, oral care, acne treatment and even cleaning.

Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum Flower

Helichrysum oil is perhaps less known than the previous oils, but it offers no less in terms of healing and cosmetic properties. Made from Helichrysum angustifolium (also known as Helichrysum italicum), of the Asteraceae family, this oil has been known as everlasting oil, Immortelle and St John’s herb. The name gives a clue as to this oil’s anti-aging properties.

Essentialoils.co.za claim that “Helichrysum oil has superb regenerating qualities and can assist in the healing of scars, acne, dermatitis, stretch marks, boils and abscesses. Folk medicine also presents this as a great boon for healing scars and fighting the ravages of aging.”

It is also known as a digestive aid reducing liver and spleen congestion.

 

It’s well known that to get the benefit of essential oils, you must buy the best quality you can afford, and this can get expensive. However, investing in a few small bottles of essential oils could save you hundreds in medical bills, medication, cleaning and laundry products, and countless other health-related pharmaceuticals that not only cost a lot, but can cause harm and side effects and pollute the environment.

When you harness the potential of essential oils, you’re not only improving your health, you’re improving your finances at the same time.

About the Author

Jessica Bourne loves to write about the way healthy living often leads to a healthy bank balance. Based in Chester, Jessica is a lifestyle writer with experience writing about budgeting, health, food and travel. She works for http://www.eccount.com/ a leader in the field of companies specialising in helping people with debt.

A fan of alternative therapies and the slow movement, Jessica’s articles can be found in a variety of websites dealing with these issues. She swears by tea tree oil as her first choice in removing sticky labels from glass jars.

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