When your little one isn’t well, or when you’re feeling less than your best – it so nice to have a few remedies to turn to.
In our house we have at least 15 situations to tend to every week, I think double since we moved to Bali :) My five year old says “Bali is hardcore!”
Someone falls and gets a scrape, a sniffly nose, an itchy bite or someone’s belly hurts too much to eat their dinner (have you heard that one?)… It’s little things that can cause uncomfortableness – and it doesn’t need to!
So today I’m going to show you how to relieve common ailments with essential oils.
When I don’t know how to treat something, I call my friend Alina. She’s a fabulous practising herbalist and aromatherapist. With her help, I’ve compiled a list of essential oils that are nice to have on hand, so that you can quickly and easily make yourself and your family feel better.
And they’ve been so helpful – I want to tell you how you can use them in your house too!
A word of caution:
With essential oils – take caution if you’re pregnant, and with little ones, read this for how to safely use essential oils for children.
The quality of your oil matters – a low grade, or altered oil will not have the therapeutic effect that you want. Read this for how to choose essential oils and what to look out for.
Essential Oil Brands I love:
Now you’re ready to create your own Remedy Kit!
This little kit is your salvation. It’s what you reach for – and there’s only five oils that you need for most family ailments:
A good idea is to keep the oils together in a little bag, with notes on how to use them. This kit is brilliant to have at home, and you can pop it in your bag too when you’re out with the family or travelling.
Here are a few of the most common ailments that we get in our house, and how we use essential oils to relieve them:
Stomach Aches: Peppermint Oil
Any kind of tummy issues – like gas, bloating, cramps, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea can all be relieved with a nice peppermint tummy rub.
According to research, peppermint oil helps to reduce spasms in the digestive tract and when applied to the skin acts as a pain reliever.
Remedy: 1 teaspoon coconut oil + 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Massage onto the skin, over the belly area.
A good idea is to diffuse peppermint oil in the air to relieve nausea. Or if you’re out and feeling queazy from a eating dodgy meal or if you’re feeling nauseous from motion sickness – simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to a tissue, hold it to your nose and breathe.
Stuffy Nose: Eucalyptus Oil
When you start hearing those sniffles coming on, eucalyptus oil will bring a lot of relief.
Wether its caused by the flu, colds, sinus issues or even allergies – eucalyptus oil helps to break up phlegm and mucous to ease breathing.
The best way to relieve congestion, is to simply breath it in. A diffuser is a good thing to have in the home, and when anyone is feeling ill, start diffusing eucalyptus.
Eucalyptus is great against viruses that cause infections and illness, so it’s going to keep the air and home healthy and clean.
Remedy: breathe it in. Add a few drops to your home diffuser.
You can also do a eucalyptus facial steam, or dab a few drops on a tissue and breathe it in.
Insect Bite and Itchy Skin: Lavender Oil
Mosquito bites, bug bites, stings – itchy bumps and rashes – lavender oil is going to help soothe your skin.
Lavender oil helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, itching and brings relief.
Remedy: You can apply lavender oil directly onto a bite or sting, undiluted – so it makes it very easy to use.
It’s also really good to relieve sunburn. If you’re treating a large area of irritated skin, make a lavender relief mist. In a bottle mix 1/4 cup of distilled water with 10 drops of lavender oil – and mist it on your skin throughout the day. A good idea is to add one or two drops of peppermint oil to relieve discomfort and itching.
Or, you can add the oil to a bath.
You can also add 2 drops of lavender oil to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply that on irritated or itchy skin – wether its from a bite, a rash, eczema or sunburn.
Cuts and Scrapes: Tea tree
Tea tree oil is a good antiseptic, it’s going to help prevent infections, fungus and bacteria from getting in and making a small scrape a bigger problem.
Before you start using tea tree oil, do a little patch test to make sure that there’s no reaction, some people can be sensitive. If alls good – you can use tea tree to keep your skin and body healthy.
Tea tree has an antiviral, antifungul and antibacterial properties. It’s a good remedy for nail fungus, athletes foot or if you get a scrape, it’s going to help prevent bacterial infections and help you heal quicker.
If you or your teenager gets a pimple, a little tea tree oil can help kill the bacteria and clear it away.
Remedy: You can apply tea tree oil directly on your skin – it’s good for spot treatments – one or two drops is fine.
If you’re dealing with a scrape or cut, clean the effected area with a wash of 1/4 cup of water and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Soak a cotton pad into the wash and clean the scrape or cut before putting on your bandage.
You can also add one or two drops directly on the wound, or to the bandage or bandaid – you might feel a sting as it touches the wound and that’s normal, it’s just doing its job.
You can apply tea tree oil as a spot treatment directly on a pimple, cold sore or if you have a fungus on your skin, like athletes food or on a nail – apply a drop there. You might also add a few drops to a warm bath to treat yeast infections.
Never ingest tea tree oil, but you can add a few drops to a cup of water and use it as a mouth gargle if you get ulcers in the mouth.
When you have a headache and you just want to rub your temples – try a little rosemary essential oil.
Its a stimulating oil that helps to increase circulation under the skin, which is great for relieving pain, muscle tension and headaches. In aromatherapy, rosemary oil is used to release tension and calm anxiety, which may also be the cause of a headache.
Remedy: 1 teaspoon coconut oil + 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Massage it onto your temples, or anywhere you might have joint pain in your body. Alina recommends that you add one drop of peppermint oil to soothe tension and pain as well.
You can also breathe in rosemary oil for headache relief. Diffuse it in your room, add a drop to your pillow or do rosemary face steam. You might also enjoy a warm bath with a few drops of rosemary essential oil.
Hope that gives you some good ideas!
Do you use essential oils at home? Tell us what’s worked well for you