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essential oils health benefits

I have to admit, I am a little oil obsessed.

We diffuse essential oils in our home, apply them to our bodies, use them in cooking and more!  A few years ago, if someone told me I would be using little bottles of smelly stuff on a daily basis, and instead of tablets and medicines, I would have thought they were crazy! But here I am.

About 3 years ago I participated in a low-tox living course which is where I first learnt about the benefits of oils and how to use them to replace chemicals in our home.  Soon after I began to experiment and soon discovered the therapeutic benefits too.

They are now a big part of our holistic approach to health.

Of course there are multitudes of oils on the market, so ensure you choose ones that are good quality – 100 pure therapeutic grade!  Some good quality brands include DoTerra, Rocky Mountain Oils, Young Living and Edens Garden just to name a few.  If you do a quick google search you will be bombarded with numerous options!

As long as you choose a pure high-quality oil, you will reap the benefits.

Although I use a lot of a different oils, for a lot of different things, here are my three favourite single essential oils.  They are very common and can be used for a diverse range of ailments.  Don’t forget to always check with your health practitioner before using if pregnant, have a medical condition or using on a child.

PEPPERMINT

peppermint essential oil uses

I love this stuff! I have extra bottles in my kitchen, the bedroom and in my purse!

As an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer this oil is my best friend.  It is great for soothing digestive issues such as bloating, indigestion, nausea and cramping.  Simply rub a few drops into your tummy in a clockwise direction or pop a couple of drops behind your ears. You can even add it to hot water and drink it.

Peppermint oil can be used for stress relief as it can decrease cortisone (our stress hormone).  It is also great for muscle pain relief as it is natural painkiller and muscle relaxant.  For this reason, it is also effective for sinus problems when inhaled.  I also rub some into my temples if I have a headache and feel better in no time!

Due to the cooling effect, it is also great for reducing fever too.  These are just a handful of uses, but as you can see everyone should have peppermint oil in their medicine cabinet!

LAVENDER

lavender essential oil benefits

Lavender is perhaps the most common essential oil around, and for good reason!

It is well known for its calming and soothing properties above all else.  Due to its relaxing effect on the body, lavender oil can be effective for reducing anxiety, panic and insomnia by simply inhaling or using topically.  It is a favourite of mine when my little one is overtired!

It can be used on cuts, burns, bites and stings and can help to stop bleeding and kill bacteria.  It is also great for sunburn and chapped lips.

In fact, it is great for many skin problems including dermatitis, acne and eczema.  As you can see, Lavender oil can be used to remedy many health concerns!

OREGANO

benefits of oregano essential oil

Oregano isn’t just great in cooking, but it is a potent oil that has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.  It is a must have for the first aid kit!

It is great for immune system support and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments including arthritis, UTI’s, allergies, cold and flu, athlete’s foot, worms, psoriasis and more.

It can also be used for toothaches, earaches, menstrual cramps and respiratory issues including asthma, bronchitis and chesty coughs.  This is far from an exhaustive list but gives you an idea of just how versatile and therapeutic this oil is!  Due to the potent nature of oregano oil, you should always dilute it before using.

As a bonus, all three of these oils can come in handy in the kitchen, and of course have many other uses too!  If you have never used oils before you should definitely give them a go.  From a previous non believer, now convert, I can definitely say they have enabled us to live a more healthy and chemically free life.

Do you already use essential oils?  If so, which oil is your favourite and why?

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Krystal Gordon

Krystal Gordon, creator of self-care program Love Nourish Be and global ambassador for the Body Image Movement, is extremely passionate about empowering women to be their most amazing, authentic selves using an honest, holistic and heart-centred approach to wellness. After a lifetime of being at war with her body, this busy Mama transformed her life (and health) through self-love, acceptance and vulnerability, and along the way discovered her true purpose of inspiring other women to do the same.

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