I’ve been experimenting with essential oils, because there are literally millions of ways to use these little gems, and it’s opened up a whole new world to my medicine cabinet, beauty and cleaning products, and personal nutrition. My personal experiences include essential oil remedies for:
- Bruising reduction
- Inflammation & pain
- Insomnia & Sleeplessness
- Migraines & Headache
There are many ways to use essential oils, however, the below oils have helped me and my family the most physically. But, before I go into the oils, remember that God is our Healer. Essential oils may help your symptoms, but He is our ultimate Healer.
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I have 6 kids, so acne is always a sought-after remedy. Acne is a quite the tricky nuisance because it reacts differently with each individual teen. What works for one might not work with another. We’ve tried proactive, Mary Kay, Arbonne, DIY remedies, witch hazel, vitamins, washing better, changing pillowcases daily, hot & cold water treatments, dermatologist antibiotics, various washes, cleansers, lotions, over the counter soaps, sprays, bars, lotions, wipes, etc. I think we exhausted every avenue we heard about.
I have to say the dermatologist worked the best with one of my daughters to get things cleared up quickly. However, in order to stop using harsh chemicals and antibiotics, for long periods of time, we decided to switch up the application to essential oils. I heard about the benefits, so we thought we’d try the next new thing.
I was shocked. No, I was amazed. It worked wonders. We gave it a few months even to make sure and it’s maintaining a clear complexion. We couldn’t be happier.
In a 1/6th roller bottle, we used 4 drops each of Lemongrass, Lavender, Melaleuca, Frankincense, Lemon and 2 drops Oregano. Then fill the remaining bottle with fractionated coconut oil (as the carrier oil).
2. BRUISING REDUCTION
One of my daughters came home from school with a broken nose (she fell off her chair while her arms were tucked inside her sweater. I know…) and so we needed to get some ice on it right away. I had nothing else with me but my oils. I called my nurse practitioner who sold me the oils and she told me to use a blend that she made just the other day.
My daughter rolled it on the bridge of her nose as many times as she wanted, 4-6 possibly the first day. She never showed signs of bruising. I was shocked at the results. We then called this the Owie Oil.
BRUISING BLEND Recipe:
In a 1/3 ounce roller bottle, we used 4 drops each of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender and 3 drops of Lemongrass and Melaleuca. The remainder of the bottle we filled with fractionated coconut oil (as the carrier oil).
3. INFLAMMATION & PAIN
Acute or chronic pain can make everyday life very difficult, uncomfortable, or even debilitate us. Some essential oils have analgesic properties (they have shown to help relieve or reduce pain) as well as anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic properties.
Some essential oils are not suitable for pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions. Check the bottle or with your healthcare provider before using them.
1. Chamomile is well-known for its effective anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to relieve muscle pain and spasms, low back pain, headaches, and pain caused by PMS.
2. Sweet Marjoram has sedative properties. Helps to relieve muscle pain and spasms, stiffness, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, and migraine.
3. Lavender is probably the most famous essential oil for pain relief and relaxation. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and sedative properties. It helps to relieve muscle tension and spasms, joint pain, and headache. Lavender is also one of my top 5 essential oils for allergy relief.
4. Eucalyptus has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Good for muscle pain and nerve pain. Use in small quantities.
6. Rosemary has analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Good for relieving back pain, muscle and joint pain, and headaches.
7. Thyme is antispasmodic, good for joint and muscle pain as well as a backache.
8. Clary sage has calming and soothing, as well as anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps to ease muscle tension, spasms, and PMS pain. Use in small quantities.
9. Sandalwood relieves muscle spasms. One of sandalwood’s most important uses is to sedate the nervous system. It helps to reduce nerve pain.
10. Juniper has antispasmodic properties. Relieves nerve pain, joint and muscle aches, and spasms.
11. Ginger can ease back pain and improves mobility. Can be used to treat arthritis and rheumatic pain, muscle pain, and sprains.
12. Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as a mild sedative. It is also used to alleviate stress and relieve pain.
13. Yarrow is a powerful restorative and analgesic pain reliever with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Good for muscle and joint aches and pains.
If you don’t have all these oils, DON’T WORRY! Just a few of them combined can help. Mix what you have, with a carrier oil, and see how your body responds. You can apply it to any specific area, such as an elbow, knee, hip, back, or you can rub on the bottom of your feet – primarily your big toes (largest pores).
4. INSOMNIA & SLEEPLESSNESS
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Having trouble sleeping? It could one or many factors. I for one have a routine, which enables my brain to turn off and relax because it knows it’s time to hit the hay. However, there can be nights when my overactive mind is the farthest thing away from my pillow. If you have trouble falling asleep but also staying asleep, you may want to try one of these options.
- Before bed, don’t look at your little blue, or big, screen. Put away technology and read instead. This light can disrupt your natural melatonin.
- Read something good and uplifting. Don’t read anything that will cause you concern and worry. Scripture is one of the best things you can fill your mind with before dozing off.
- Pray. Ask God to fill you with a night full of refreshing sleep.
- Keep cool and don’t wear restrictive clothing (my Physician says to not even wear panties with your loose pajamas).
- Put the fan on low and keep it off your face.
- Don’t drink a lot of liquid before bed.
- Eat protein within 30 minutes of bedtime (hard boiled egg, cottage cheese, protein drink) as it will help your tummy be fuller.
- Keep a pattern on most nights by going to bed the same time and waking up the same time. If it’s hard to do, at least start the practice and try for a little normalcy.
SLEEPLESS Oil Blend Recipe:
In a 1/3 ounce roller bottle, combine 4-5 drops each of Lavender, Orange, Calming Blend (see another Sleepless Oil Recipe for this one), and Roman Chamomile. Fill remainder with fractionated coconut oil or a favorite carrier oil. Roll it on the bottom of feet and back of the neck before bed. If you wake in the night, try rolling it on again every time you wake, without getting out of bed.
5. MIGRAINES & HEADACHES
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I’ve never had a migraine but I know plenty of people who have. I hear they are one of the worst experiences ever. I’m so sorry if you suffer from these. If you have a raging headache, essential oils may be a possible solution for relief. I have tried this recipe on a few people and most have had great results.
Again, not all blends work equally with all people, a slight change in the recipe could actually be an option to consider if it doesn’t work well the first time.
I’ve heard people rubbing the roller bottle on their temples, jawline, back of the neck, and forehead several times per day as a headache comes on and during it. My neighbor, a nurse, applies it 10 times regularly, and when she felt a headache coming on.
HEADACHE Blend Recipe:
In a 1/3 ounce roller bottle blend 8-10 drops each of Frankincense, Peppermint, Lavender, Marjoram and 4-8 drops of Vetiver. Fill remaining bottle with the carrier oil of your choice. I use fractionated coconut oil.
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If numbness is a part of your daily life, try an oil blend to see if you can find some relief. There are several things to try, and a bit time-consuming, but hey, it’s worth it by trying to find solutions or relief. Rub the oil blend on the location in question. A few times per day can help.
NEUROPATHY Blend Recipe:
Use a minimum of Lemongrass, and up to all others in any combination.
In a 1/3 ounce roller bottle, add 4-5 drops each of Lemongrass, Geranium, Cypress, Juniper, Peppermint, Spruce, and Helichrysum. Fill the remaining bottle with a carrier oil of your choice.
7. TENNIS ELBOW
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A few months ago I couldn’t turn a knob without shooting pain searing through my elbow and up through my arm. Tennis elbow.
It was terrible living with it. I rested it, iced it, took meds, and everything else my Physical Therapist and Physician told me to do. This was my first experience with essential oils. This is when I became a believer and experienced God’s beautiful remedies in these oils. Of course, I was reluctant, but when in pain you’ll do just about anything to relieve it. I applied it to my elbow about 5-10 times each day for a few days. Within a few days, I noticed I could turn a knob and actually not have pain. Amazing!
TENNIS ELBOW Blend Recipe:
Use 4 drops each of Marjoram, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, and 5 drops of Lemongrass in a 1/3 ounce roller bottle and then fill it with fractionated coconut oil.
I think most kids get warts at one point in their life, and adults occasionally do too. Apply the oil blend on the wart directly and keep covered. It does take a while for these little hindrances to let go, so don’t give up right away. I used the oils in conjunction with Mediplast tape. These two working hand-in-hand seemed to really quicken the healing process.
Directly apply 1 drop of Oregano oil on the wart (I covered it with the tape) every day for a few weeks. Just clip off a corner of this tape and place it over the wart with the Oregano. Mediplast tape is about $3 from your local Pharmacy.
MORE Recipes will be posted soon, but hope these have helped a little!