I love home remedies. My mother often used them on me as a child, and I learned to love their wonderful smells and soothing sensations. As I grew up I was fascinated to learn that oils, herbs and other home remedies have been documented in use for millennia, starting with ancient Greece and China. Today I’m thrilled whenever I get the chance to share my enthusiasm for this kind of self-care at home.
One good example is essential oils. They are widely available now at a variety of price points starting as low as five dollars, and can help support health in so many ways. The two most versatile essentials oils are probably peppermint and lavender, and each has so many useful applications they would be a great addition to anyone’s medicine cabinet.
Some uses for peppermint oil
* Soothes headaches. Dabbing a small quantity onto your finger, and then on forehead, temples and the nape of the neck can soothe a headache in minutes with a cooling sensation and the ability to relax muscles.
* Relieves bloating and indigestion. Try a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water cold, or heat it up and have soothing peppermint tea.
* Freshens breath and reduces cavities. Studies have shown that peppermint is more effective than the most popular mouthwash ingredient at reducing cavities. Its antimicrobial properties also make it excellent at freshening breath. A drop of peppermint under your tongue followed by a glass of water can do the trick, after you brush or whenever you need a breath freshener.
Lavender may be the most popular and versatile
With lavender oil, you can:
* Calm anxiety, ease depression, wind down for bed, improve sleep. Lavender oil is so soothing, it has even been shown in scientific studies to reduce PTSD! There are many ways to use it for these purposes: Place a few drops in your palm, then rub your hands together, inhaling as you rub it on your cheeks, cupping hands in front of your face for awhile and inhaling. Or, rub a drop on the bottom of each foot. And my favorite, take an aromatherapy bath by dropping 10 drops of lavender oil onto salt, sea salt
or Epsom salt then swish it in the bathwater. (The salt disperses the oil through the water.)
* Aid healing of burns, sunburn, cuts, scrapes, wounds, exzema, canker sores. Ten drops of lavender oil in one ounce of liquid oil or coconut oil rubbed on these conditions can speed healing.
Talk to your doctor before using oil for conditions you are already treating. If you are already taking medications for sleep or depression, lavender oil can increase the effect, so talk to your doctor first. That same caution is also advised if you are pregnant.
While none of this article replaces qualified medical advice for any conditions, many people have found home remedies to be a safe and personally empowering way to support their health at home.
Nancy Madlin is a healer in Warwick, NY passionate about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Join her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllKindsofGoodHealth/?ref=bookmarks. As an EFT practitioner, she assists people in setting and reaching goals. Her email is: email@example.com.