Needing a quick pick me up to get through your day? Look no further! Here are 6 quick and easy essential oil remedies anyone can whip up quickly!
Looking for a safe, natural way to support the health and wellbeing of your military family?
Essential oils might be what you’re looking for. At this point, we’re sure you’ve heard the hype. But it turns out, there is a lot of truth behind the claims surrounding essential oils and their benefits.
The best part is that they are readily available, and when used according to directions, safe for the whole family.
Here’s more information about essential oils and essential oil remedies.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are a natural product extracted from a single plant species. In other words, essential oils are the essence of a plant, extracted in one of several ways from a plant’s leaves, roots, stems, or peel.
These oils occur naturally in plants and can serve several purposes, including attracting pollinators or defense from harmful insects.
Although people have been using them for centuries, their popularity has recently increased due to a growing interest in alternative medicine.
Essential Oil Basics and Safety
First, when shopping for oils, always buy pure essentials oils. Be on the lookout for inexpensive perfumed knockoffs that have phrases on the bottle like potpourri or fragrant oil. Instead, look for bottles labeled pure or 100 percent essential oil.
When storing your essential oils, keep them in dark or opaque glass bottles, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Caps should airtight (i.e., not a decorative stopper).
It’s important to remember that, although they are natural, essential oils are also potent and powerful. Using them correctly is key to them being both effective and safe.
Study any oil before you use it. There are some oils you cannot ingest. Others are used with a neutral carrier oil, like jojoba oil. This carrier oil will dilute the essential oil for safe topical use.
Talk to your doctor before administering oils to children, especially if your child is under two.
Of course, make sure you always store them out the reach of children and pets to avoid accidental exposure or consumption.
Essential Oil Remedies
There are many ways that you can use oils to augment traditional medical care for minor ailments. Here are a few of our favorite remedies, perfect for the busy military wife!
- Use Lavender for Insomnia
Lavender oil is a go-to oil for many people. Use it on insect stings or sunburn, or to help ease headaches.
But perhaps it’s most well-known use is as a remedy for insomnia. Dilute the oil with your preferred carrier oil and then rub it into your chest or neck area. The calming, soothing scent will help you get restful sleep.
- Purify Your Home With Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is another very popular oil, and for good reason. In addition to the zesty, stimulating citrus scent, use lemon oil in cooking or add it to drinking water for a pick-me-up.
One of lemon oil’s best uses is as a purifier. Add it to a mist diffuser or humidifier to purify the air in your home. Add it to a carrier oil to clean and detoxify your skin. You can even use it as a natural cleaning product to kill bacteria on surfaces. It’s the perfect all-purpose oil to keep on-hand!
- Aid Stress and Anxiety Levels with Frankincense
In today’s busy world, who couldn’t use a little natural stress relief? Frankincense oil can do just that!
Diffuse this great oil into the air when you’re feeling frazzled. It works with the limbic system to reduce your anxiety and help you de-stress. As a bonus, it also boosts the immune and respiratory systems.
- Keep Orange On-hand for Cuts and Scrapes
Orange essential oil is a great oil to keep around. It has powerful antibacterial properties, so dilute it and use to clean minor cuts and scrapes after the bleeding has stopped.
During cold and flu season, you can also add a couple drops of orange oil to drinking water to provide vitamin C and boost your immune system.
- Treat Your Skin and Banish Bugs with Tea Tree Oil
This strongly scented oil has many helpful uses. Probably the most common use for tea tree oil is to treat common inflammatory skin issues like eczema, acne, or psoriasis. Apply to skin after diluting with a carrier oil.
You can also use it as a natural and effective bug repellent to help keep mosquitos at bay while outdoors.
- Support Digestion with Ginger and Peppermint
Just like ginger ale, ginger essential oil can help relieve acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. To take internally, ensure first that you are using pure ginger oil and always dilute properly with a carrier oil.
Applying ginger oil topically to the abdomen is said to help relieve colic pains and constipation, too.
Another essential oil that’s great for helping with minor digestive ailments is peppermint. When taken internally, peppermint oil is said to help alleviate the gas pain and flatulence caused by IBS. Again, always ensure the oil you’re using is pure and appropriately diluted before ingesting.
Find More Information, Resources, and Support for Your Military Family
We hope this article cleared up some misperceptions around essential oil, and give you some ideas on how to incorporate them and their benefits into your home. As a military spouse, you face unique challenges. Having these simple, safe, essential oil remedies in your back pocket can be a godsend in your hectic lifestyle.
Our mission at Homefront United Network is to help you gain resources and support as we celebrate your life as a military spouse. Take a look through our other helpful articles for more ideas on stress relief, self-care, and wellness.