Over the years, I have had a lot of different people come to me for natural health care with a limited knowledge of the therapeutic plant oils we use.
At first they are simply hopeful and pleased with the idea of using something guaranteed pure and natural - they follow my directions and put their trust in my guidance. What happens next is that they get to feel for themselves the pleasant, reassuring experience that accompanies these 100% natural products with healthful, therapeutic aromas.
They begin to really appreciate the natural synergy of pure carrier oils that demonstrate visibly-enhancing absorption on their skin; they start to understand the simple ground rules for use and the versatile potential. In short, they receive a full, sensory experience that leaves them asking for more.
At that point people often ask me which essential oils are the most useful, what would be a good base to work from as an inspired novice. Depending on each individual’s lifestyle, the answer may vary but, more often than not, I find myself promoting the benefits of having a handful of versatile basics for general family care and natural first aid. These are the ones that I take with me wherever I go and I always need to replenish because I use them so much.
What makes natural plant oils so useful and effective for family care?
- Pure therapeutic plant oils contain powerful natural properties – antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, relaxant and sedative, for example.
- We can use them for a number of scenarios and at the same time promote a stronger natural balance for on-going health and well-being.
- Their inherent healing properties integrate with the body and work at a molecular level without adding anything unnatural to undermine essential immune responses.
- Plus they support a more efficient return to health by bringing aromatic qualities that connect direct to the brain (through receptors in the nose) to allow a greater sense of comfort and calm.
Which natural plant oils should I have on hand for natural home care?
There are a number of essential oils that are useful for the inevitable happenings of the average household. Here are five pure essential oils that will provide an excellent base to cover a large range of eventualities:
You can complement this selection with an ubiquitous, pure carrier oil such as soothing, baby-safe, virgin, Sweet Almond Oil.
Beyond that there are clinical blends that offer high synergy and convenience to add to the household basics.
Bumps, cuts, scrapes, burns, stings and rashes
With powerful cleansing and healing properties Tea Tree and Lavender True pure essential oils work well for wounds and skin issues. Lavender True is milder and more calming which makes it ideal for small children. Tea Tree is strong and reliable and makes a good household staple.
Wound wash: Add 5 drops Tea Tree or Lavender True to water
Cuts, scrapes & stings: Apply 1-2 drops Tea Tree or Lavender True direct to area.
Bruises & burns: Add 1-2 drops Lavender True to area.
Rashes: Add 1-2 drops Lavender True to area, or Tea Tree for fungal rashes.
Skin Repair Cream is a nourishing, healing cream with 100% natural plant ingredients. Apply as required to clean, dry skin for nappy rash, bed sores, wounds, rashes and dry or irritated skin.
Tummy upset, nausea, colic, cramps, indigestion, headaches, oral hygiene
The cleansing, refreshing and soothing qualities of Peppermint (organic) essential oil can help with imbalance and tension. Chamomile Roman (organic) essential oil is the baby-gentle option and very calming on skin, nerves and emotions.
Stomach issues: 1-2 drops Peppermint or Chamomile (or 1 drop to 1 ml carrier oil for sensitive skin) for clockwise massage, 1 drop Peppermint to 1 litre of water for drinking to fortify resistance to bacteria. 1 drop Peppermint in 1 tsp honey for tummy upset.
Nausea: Rub 1 drop Peppermint to solar plexus (Spearmint for child/pregnancy).
Headaches: 1 drop Peppermint or Chamomile to temples and back of neck (avoid eyes) or 1 drop Peppermint on tongue (adults).
Mouthwash: 1 drop Peppermint in cup of water to rinse and spit.
Baby Tummy Blend (organic) is a clinical ready-made formula for easy application.
Sprains, strains and body aches, toothache, earache, shock and nightmares
Lavender True (organic) and Chamomile Roman (organic) essential oils are gentle, relaxing, and soothing, and Peppermint (organic) essential oil (not for sensitive skin) is cleansing and numbing. For larger areas or sensitive skin, dilute 1 drop essential oil to 1ml of carrier oil.
Muscles and tendons: Gently massage 1-2 drops Lavender or Peppermint direct to area (do not use Peppermint on broken skin).
Backache: Massage 1-2 drops Peppermint or Lavender direct to area.
Body tension: Add 5-10 drops Lavender True to bath.
Teething/toothache: Rub 1-2 drops Chamomile on cheeks and neck.
Mild shock: Inhale direct from Lavender True bottle.
Nightmares: Add 3 drops Lavender True to 1 tsp carrier oil and massage to chest and neck.
Baby Ear Blend is a clinical ready-made blend for easy application.
Coughs, colds, congestion, stress, sleeplessness and allergies
Eucalyptus Blue Gum (organic) and Lavender True (organic) together have gentle calming and cleansing properties and deep-reaching aromas that work well together for family respiratory care. Chamomile Roman (organic) has sedative properties that work well with calming Lavender for relaxation and sleep.
Coughs and colds: 2 drops each Eucalyptus and Lavender in a teaspoon of carrier oil to apply to neck and chest.
Allergy/congestion: 2 drops each Lavender and Eucalyptus for steam inhalation.
Stress/sleep: Add 2 drops Lavender and 1 drop chamomile to evening bath.
Baby Care: Nose & Chest is a ready-made clinical synergy for safe, maximum effect.
Natural solutions for lice and warts
For notoriously stubborn problems, avoid harmful chemicals and use powerful, safe plant oils instead. Lice X has aromatic oils that do not allow insects to breathe, and WartX Solution Gel has non-burning, active essential oils in skin-friendly Aloe (safe even for young skin).
Headlice/nits: Simply add 10-25 drops Lice X to your family shampoo (wrap and leave on for 15 mins, every second day for 3 applications), or use ready-made Lice X Intensive Wash.
Warts/verrucas: Apply WartX to a plaster and stick over wart, 2 x a day until gone (6-12 weeks depending on how long it’s been there).
Medicinal-grade essential oils must be 100% pure. At Absolute Essential we use certified organic or wild grown (sustainable) plants to produce our oils and all extraction processes are strictly controlled to produce the best quality oil with a maximum purity and therapeutic value. See more at Absolute Essential