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Aromatherapy Home Remedies Using Essential Oils

Updated on December 1, 2011

Aromatherapy Treatments for Common Ailments

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils in the treatment of illness and medical conditions. Aromatherapy can be surprisingly effective with certain disorders. I’ve been using essential oils for about two decades now, for all sorts of things, and here are my most useful treatments.

Common Cold

For the common cold nothing works better than a hot steam treatment comprising of:

  • 2 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 Drops of Peppermint Oil
  • 1 Drop of Thyme Oil

Tea Tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial so by inhaling it directly into the nasal passages you hit those germs where it hurts the most effectively decreasing their potency and even eliminating them completely. The peppermint oil acts as a decongestant, freeing the nasal passages from clogging mucus. The thyme oil is a natural painkiller and will eradicate any headache or sinus pain associated with your cold. The combination works together to effectively minimise annoying cold symptoms while treating the infection as well.

Cuts and Grazes

If you have kids, then you will have your fair share of cuts and grazes to treat at home. Try applying a drop of Lavender oil directly onto the cut or graze and rubbing it in gently. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly onto the skin. It doesn’t sting or burn and its antibacterial properties kill any germs or bacteria in the wound. Lavender also speeds up the healing process and prevents scarring.

Airplane Travel

Travelling by plane exposes us to a lot of different germs and viruses. I never travel without my tea tree oil in my flight bag. Simply run the base of your nostrils with tea tree oil and you will prevent germs from entering your nasal passages and taking root. Apply every few hours throughout the flight, but be careful not to overdo it, as too frequent direct application can cause skin irritation. For children, dilute the tea tree oil in a little almond oil or aqueous cream before applying.


Lavender, Camomile and Neroli oils have calming properties. Apply a few drops of each to your bath in the evenings and soak your stresses away.


Geranium oil is uplifting, so for a little zing, add to your bath with the calming oils above and you’ll be surprised at how your outlook improves as you float away on a cloud of geranium blossoms.

Sore throat

My magic remedy for a sore throat at the onset of a cold or flu works like a charm. You’ll need a carrier oil (something to mix with the essential oils to dilute them) such as Almond, Grapeseed or Calendula oil and a little jar to mix and store the mixture in (baby puree jars work best).

Add a few drops (to effectively scent the carrier oil) of Lavender oil, Geranium oil and Neroli oil and mix well. Then rub directly onto the throat including your lymph glands at the side of your neck and right into the base of your sculp. This seems to help to minimise the pain of the sore throat or even take it away altogether. I’m not an expert but I believe it is something to do with the antibacterial properties of essential oils, along with the gland cleansers and detoxifying properties of the Geranium and Neroli oils.

I’ve discovered my treatments through experimentation with essential oils and a few good aromatherapy handbooks, such as “Aromatherapy An A-Z” by Patricia Davis and “Natural Healing for Women” by Susan Curtis and Romy Fraser (Founders of the Neal’s Yard Remedies).

Don’t be afraid to try aromatherapy at home and on your family. As long as you don’t eat or drink the oils, or use them internally, they are a safe treatment for many common conditions. Always use small amounts and mix with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. For inhalations, use a few drops in boiling water and breath in the steam.

I also recommend you arm yourself with a good aromatherapy handbook. There are hundreds out there, so take your pick. If you want a recommendation, “Aromatherapy An A-Z” is brilliant but I got mine in 1988 and I’m sure there are a lot more recent handbooks available today. Here are a few newer recommendations:


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      Celeste Wilson 5 years ago

      I am so glad I stumbled on your hub. I have a cold right now and have all the oils I need right here in the house. I am going to try them right away. Thanks and pinning this one for sure.