Alternative health care providers have relied on the healing powers of essential oils for thousands of years, and just recently we are seeing commercial products adding these amazing oils to their list of ingredients. Why is that? Perhaps it is because so many people are turning to alternative medicine for its consistent results; or that essential oils are more powerful than their pharmaceutical counterparts –without the detrimental side effects. Whatever the reason, the word is out that essential oils work. So where do you begin? There are so many essential oils, and each one having unique properties, how do you know what to look for? Described here are the 3 most versatile and useful essential oils a beginner would want to start with, and always keep on hand.
Tea Tree – The Ultimate Germ Fighter
Tea Tree has very potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Use Tea Tree essential oil to successfully treat topical infections, including antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus (MRSA), sinus or bronchial viral or bacterial infections.
So how do you use it? My favorite use is to add 1 drop of Trea Tree, 1 drop of Geranium, and one drop of Eucalyptus (discussed later) into a mug of boiling water and breathe it deep through your nose and mouth – this treatment will kill a viral or bacterial infection in the sinus or throat.
According to a BBC interview with Dr. Warn, of the University of Manchester, "MRSA is often carried in patients’ nostrils, and is currently treated by putting disinfectant on the area to kill the bacterium … Dr Warn says the essential oils could be used to create much more pleasant inhalation therapies – which he said were likely to have a much higher success rate than the current treatment, which is only effective in around 50% of cases." Do this inhalation therapy 3 times a day for 2 days.
Similar to Tea Tree oil, Clove Bud essential oil’s key medicinal properties are analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic (pain relief), anti-infectious, and disinfectant. I use Clove Bud as an alternative to Tea Tree, as I have a skin sensitivity to Tea Tree. It is just as effective for most purposes, but I don’t have a reaction. Use Clove Bud oil in the same way you would use Tea Tree oil. Also, put some clove on a cotton ball and put it in the closet to keep moths under control. Clove Bud is also used topically for pain relief.
Eucalyptus – The Cleaning and Cold and Flu Champion
Eucalyptus is an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, and expectorant.
How would you use it? Not only does it kill bacteria and viral infections, but it opens the sinuses, allowing the vapors to penetrate deeper into the sinus to kill more infections. Use Eucalyptus oil in conjunction with Clove Bud or Tea Tree as a steam inhalant and gargle. Using multiple oils with similar properties together keeps virus and bacteria from adapting and becoming resistant.
Roman Chamomile – Pain’s Worst Enemy
Roman Chamomile is one of those oils that you wonder, ‘how did I live without it?’ Roman Chamomile essential oil stops pain. I discovered it as an ingredient to an essential oil blend I created for my mother’s post – herpetic neuralgia and it really worked. I began to mix it into blends for muscle aches, headaches, and even antiseptic sprays and salves.
In addition to pain killing, Roman Chamomile is also an anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal. Because of all these properties, this is another oil you should not be without.
Filling Out Your Medicine Chest
Your medicine chest should at least have these three oils in it: Tea Tree (or Clove Bud), Eucalyptus, and Roman Chamomile. As you become versed in their vaious uses, you can treat bug bites, cuts, scrapes, stomach aches, arthritis, and so much more. You can experiment with blending the oils listed here with other essential oils.
In fact, according to the research done by the University of Manchester, England, blending a few essential oils together to treat infection is the only way to stop drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA. According to Jacqui Stringer, clinical leader of complementary therapies at Christie Hospital in Manchester, "The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other superbug bacteria finds difficult to resist."