Dani's Guide to Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Note: The following recommendations are a combination of the knowledge my Grams passed on to me and what I've learned through trial and error.
The ailments listed below are those that we've experienced since settling in Petaluma, and I've included the remedies that have been noted by myself and our resident doctor, Dustin Harper, to have made a significant difference in both healing time and pain severity.
Acne face wash: To get rid of acne, make a homemade face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.
Freshen breath: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil for a natural way to freshen breath.
Homemade shampoo: To make homemade shampoo, mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel and coconut milk. Use as you would regular shampoo. It lasts 2-4 weeks.
Homemade deodorant: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
Homemade toothpaste: Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil and xylitol with peppermint essential oil to make homemade remineralizing toothpaste. Then brush.
Itchy scalp: Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.
Relieve nausea: Breathe in peppermint oil through your nose to alleviate nausea, and also apply to your neck and upper chest. Ginger and lavender may also help.
Migraine headache relief: Try combining a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil and apply to temples to help with headaches and migraines.
Reduce cough or sinusitis: Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passage.
Repair broken bones: To support healing of broken bones, apply helichrysum, fir and cypress essential oils.
Heal burns: Mix lavender oil with aloe vera to treat burns.
Soothe bug bites: Use lavender oil for bug bites and stings.
Improve digestion: Take ginger oil, peppermint oil and fennel essential oil to support digestion and healing leaky gut.
Bronchitis and asthma remedy: Make a homemade vapor rub by combining eucalyptus, peppermint and coconut oil. Rub on your chest and neck.
Treat bruise:; Use essential oils as a hot compress to treat bruises or other wounds. Add five drops of lavender and five drops of frankincense to four ounces of hot water and soak. Apply to affected area.
Relieve PMS: Mix two drops of sage, basil and rosemary, then apply to a warm, moist hand towel and apply to abdomen.
Eczema and psoriasis cream: To treat eczema, psoriasis or red dry skin, apply a mixture of lavender essential oil with shea butter.
Improve circulation: Add 8-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to warm bath water.
Relieve hangover symptoms: Add six drops each of juniper berry, cedarwood, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and lemon oil into a warm bath.
Reduce fever: Add 1-3 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender to a cool cloth and sponge the body.
Arthritis relief: Mix two drops of wintergreen, cypress and lemongrass into an unscented lotion. Massage into affected areas.
Heal blistered skin: Mix two drops of tea tree oil with two drops of unscented oil and apply to the blistered area up to five times per day.
Soothe a sunburn: Combine lavender or chamomile oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the skin with a cotton ball to reduce swelling and pain.
Treat poison oak or poison ivy: Mix three drops of peppermint oil with unscented oil and apply to affected area.
Boost immune system: Mix one drop of oregano oil with four drops of carrier oil and rub on the bottom of your feet before flying on a plane.
Achy muscle rub: Mix eucalyptus, wintergreen and cypress with an unscented lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles.
Reduce morning sickness caused by pregnancy: Add a few drops of wild orange, lemon or ginger oil to a handkerchief and inhale.
Improve allergies: Rub frankincense and lavender on your palms and inhale deeply to relieve itchy eyes and throat.
Kick a cold fast: Take three drops of oil of oregano and frankincense three daily for one week.
Reduce back and neck pain: Combine peppermint, cypress and ginger oils with cayenne pepper and coconut oil for a homemade pain relieving muscle rub.
Improve sleep: Lavender oil can alleviate insomnia. Sprinkle a few drops on your pillow to help you fall asleep.
Body lotion: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
Homemade lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
Relieve tension: Help to relieve anxiety by using a single drop of lavender oil on your hands, rub together, and cup your hands to your nose and let the smell flood your senses.
Relaxation: Apply 2-4 drops of chamomile, lavender and peppermint essential oil to your temples for a cooling effect and immediate relaxation.
Calm upset child: Help sooth and calm children by adding lavender or chamomile to their stuffed animals.
Foot care: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
Improve depression: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.