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Curing Common Ailments With Essential Oil

Updated on October 5, 2014

Using Aromatherapy for Common Illnesses

The volatile oil extracted from natural plant sources is the most basic element used for treatment with aromatherapy. Although considered as an alternative form of therapy, it is gaining popularity in the medical field and even in households as a trusted way to provide relief to common ailments and diseases.

Hence, the use of these natural oil and their properties to provide effective but natural treatment will put an end to your reliance on synthetic medications for relief on common cold, flu, fever, and other diseases. In the long run, it will also save you great deal of money since a bottle of an essential oil will last for several months so you won't have to keep buying them off your health shop or pharmacy. The biggest advantage with using essential oil to heal common ailments is to protect your family members from possible side effects that could lead to complications.

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Common Health Conditions and Suggested Essential Oils

Each essential oil contain different properties, which make them effective against different health conditions. You can therefore begin by assessing what your condition is and its causes so you can choose the type of oil to use.

Read further below to know what these common health conditions are and how you can use essential oils to provide immediate but lasting relief.

Common Cold or Flu

There are about 200 types of viruses that could cause an individual to suffer from common cold and to exhibit familiar symptoms related to this condition. These symptoms vary from one person to another, which is also the case with its extremity level. The worst thing is that another person could easily contract the cold virus with direct physical contact.

The use of essential oils in aromatherapy provide the key to fighting viruses that cause cold or flu. If you have cough and fever along with your cold, then you can use eucalyptus oil as it effectively clears your breathing passage. If you are suffering from congestion that eventually disturbs your sleeping pattern, then lavender oil effectively stimulates your immune system to provide immediate relief. Peppermint oil, on the other hand, produces a cooling effect on your body to ease congestion and relieve one of digestive disturbances.

For common cold that comes with a phlegm, breathing is often difficult as your air passage is blocked. Hence, you can use eucalyptus oil for this one. Simply boil a few cups of water and pour in 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil into the pan after removing it off the heat source. You can transfer the essential oil solution into another container and take a clean piece of cloth. Use that cloth as a tent to cover your head as it remains still on top of the bowl, allowing you to inhale all the vapors released by the steaming essential oil.

Fever

To avoid confusion, fever is not technically a disease. Rather, it is an indication of some other disease or infection and the development of fever is your body's way of coping with that infection. But you also have to provide immediate relief once fever starts to develop and control your body's temperature before it goes too high. You can use natural methods for cure such as increasing your water intake to avoid dehydration or using essential oils for aromatherapy.

One of the most effective ways to treating fever is by massaging with the use of an essential oil blend. Make sure to apply adequate but gentle pressure on the back, neck, temples, hands, and soles of feet. Your massage oil blend will contain the following oils with their corresponding amount: about 15 ml of Evening primrose oil, 2 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender, and 1 drop each of tea tree, black pepper, and rosemary essential oils.

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Headaches or Migraines

Everyone suffers from a case of headache from time to time, and due to different reasons. This condition is characterized by a painful sensation in your head, which can produce a certain amount of discomfort. Massaging is commonly done to relieve one of headaches or migraines, but using essential oils during massage will produce more effective results.

There are two types of essential oil massage blend that you can prepare at home, depending on the type of headache you are suffering from. For regular kind of headache, you can combine the following types of oil: 3 drops each of lavender and jojoba oil, and 1 drop each of bergamot and peppermint oil.

For headaches caused by nervous tension, you can try the following mixture: 3 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of jojoba oil, and 1 drop each of chamomile and clary sage oil. As you are massaging these oils, make sure to focus pressure around the temples and base of skull.

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea is one of the most common menstrual problem that women have. And yet, most are still puzzled about how to find a cure for this annoying and painful problem. Most pain killers only provide momentary relief and as soon as the effect of the medication subsides, the pain ensues yet again. The sensations include lower abdominal cramps, lower back pain, and headaches.

Massaging with the use of essential oils can also greatly improve your condition or provide relief from any form of pain associated with dysmenorrhea. You can simply create a mixture of the following essential oils to create your massage oil: about 15 ml of jojoba oil (as base oil), a drop of peppermint oil, and 2 drops each of geranium, clary sage, bay, and lavender essential oils. Make sure to focus the massaging pressure on the specific part of your adbominal area that is experiencing from extreme amount of pain.

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Sore Throat

A person develops sore throat due to an inflammation in the pharynx or it can also be caused by a viral infection. Hence, you need to be able to infuse essential oil properties into your respiratory tract to soothe your throat and eliminate inflammation or other form of infection. There are two methods suggested for using aromatherapy in treating sore throat: massage and steam inhalation.

You can create a massage oil mixture using the following oils: 4 drops of Chamomile oil, one drop each of lemon, tea tree, and thyme oil, and a 5ml carrier oil. You can apply this oil mixture onto your neck area and extending to the back of your ears to relief any discomfort caused by a sore throat. Or you can add eucalyptus, thyme, and lavender into hot water and make a steam inhalation.

Nausea

Nausea can either be caused by a physiological or psychological problem. Hence, you need to determine which one is triggering this condition so you can appropriately provide treatment. Since it affects your respiratory system, the vapor therapy using essential oils work best for this condition. In vapor form, it should be easy for the oil properties to enter your body and provide a soothing relief.

For the vapor therapy in treating nausea, some of the oils suggested for use include bergamot, lavender, mint, anise, or fennel.

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