Part two of a series on herbal medicine explores some additional essential oils.
Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Nature may, one day, be our pharmacy. Not too long ago our healing medicines came from the land around us. The knowledge of these herbal remedies had been passed down generation after generation. It is now time for us to relearn this precious information.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used sparingly. A reference book or two about essential oils would be a great addition to your medical library. Learn about their properties, and, method and amount of application. Essential oils are made from whole plant material, not a single ingredient, and therefore, each oil has many uses.
Essential Oils and Their Uses
In part 1, I reviewed: lavender, tea tree, german chamomile, blue tansy, helichysum, peppermint, eucalyptus and clove essential oils.
Here is a review of more healing essential oils (EO):
9. Rosemary- Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic ( kills parasites) , antispasmodic(relaxes muscles) disinfectant, and enhances mental clarity. Use a few drops with water for a disinfectant mouthwash. Inhalation either cold or steam (see part 1 for instructions) for congested or constricted respiratory problems. Mix equal amount essential oil with a carrier oil ( see part 1 for carrier oils list) for massage to treat headaches, muscle pain and soreness.
10. Geranium- Antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory ( decreases swelling and redness), homeostatic ( stops bleeding) and anti-fungal. Undiluted essential oil 2-4 drops apply directly to wound, cuts, or burns and loosely cover. Undiluted EO also used for irritated or inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, ringworm, psoriasis and acne. May lower blood sugar.
11. Thyme- Highly antimicrobial (kills harmful bacteria), anti-fungal, antiviral, expectorant (loosens mucus congestion) and anti parasitic and insecticide. Use, mixed with carrier oil in a 1:4 dilution, on cuts and lacerations to decrease infection risk and cure infections and also to treat ringworm and athletes foot. Relaxes spasms in respiratory tract, nerves, muscles, intestines and other organs. Loosens congestion with colds and coughs, may be used like expectorant medication.
12. Lemon- Antiseptic, disinfectant and immune stimulant (increases white blood cells) and powerful antioxidant. Inhaling vapors improves memory, concentration and relaxation and may have antidepressant effects. For wound treatment mix a 1:1 dilution with carrier oil, and apply to injury. Increases micro circulation and may improve vision. Household disinfectant.
13. Wintergreen- Anticoagulant (reduces blood clotting), antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, analgesic ( pain reliever), and reduces blood pressure. It is the “hot” in icy hot cream. Massage, mixed in 1:1 dilution with carrier oil, for conditions with intact skin, such as: muscle aches, arthritis, and nerve pain. Use a few drops of EO mixed in Epsom’s salts then added to hot bath water for a relaxing treatment.
14. Hyssop- Strong antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, sedative (relaxing) and digestive ( helps with digestive disorders). Use EO mixed with equal amount of carrier oil for inhalation therapy to help with congestion and coughs. Also use the same dilution for skin conditions such as: wounds, bruises and eczema.
15. Frankincense- Immune stimulant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and relaxing. Direct application to wounds, cuts and scrapes helps regeneration of tissue and decreases infections. Burning EO fumes, cold vapors or direct applications are disinfectants to surfaces and air. Cold or steam inhalant used for lung and nasal congestion.
16. Clary sage- Antioxidant, anticoagulant ( decreases clotting), anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anesthetic (numbing) and relaxing. Inhalation or massage is very relaxing and calming for nervousness, stress, muscle cramps and aches, insomnia and irritated skin. May be beneficial to treat PMS and menopausal symptoms. Has a “cooling” action for inflammations.
17. Thieves Essential Oil Blend- Contains: Clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Cinnamon bark is strongly: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. This is a strong and multi-purpose essential oil. Some actions include: expectorant, decongestant, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory. There are a great number of uses for thieves blend EO.
This information is for entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for medical advice and therapies. Please research all herbal and alternative therapies before use. There are trust-worthy resources available today, but if a collapse occurs you will only have your own knowledge and written information to rely on.
This concludes part 2 of Natural First Aid Kit: Essential Oils continued. I will begin a new series on: Bug Out Bag Medical Kit with Natural Remedies, which includes herbal teas as well as a complete bug out bag list of medical supplies.