Thursday, April 14, 2011

3 Essential Oils You Must Include in Your Medicine Cabinet!

What's in your medicine cabinet right now? Do you currently have a good first aid kit in your home and car?

If not, it's time to take inventory and perhaps you may need to add some very essential essential oils. If these are not presently in your kit, I reccomend you visit a reputable health food store that carries a high quality brand of oils and puchase the following 3 for now.

1) Thyme oil: This is an old favourite amongst folk remedies. It's one of the principle oils that makes up the super potent anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti parasitic blend called "Thieves oil". I'm suggesting thyme because it's a little more economical. If you can afford and find Theives oil ( then include that one as well.

Thyme oil can be used to disinfect wounds (dilute with water or oil) , can be used internally (again diluted) to kill bacteria, viral, parasitic and fungal infections. It is highly indicated for many respiratory ailments such as coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats. It's also a stimulant and therefore may help to increase the digestive process and help with indigestion and tummy ailments. It also is one of the best for fungal toenail infections and unlike conventional drugs will have no effects on the liver, or internal organs.


Bonus: Great for cleaning and disinfecting household surfaces without using artificial chemical based cleaners. Dilute a few drops in half litre of water and spray counter tops, floors, and your YOGA MAT!

2) Oregano oil: By far my favourite of the 3 because it is an immune boosting powerhouse. Oregano will help keep viral and bacterial infections at bay and that means a much happier cold/flu season for you and your loved ones. It also can help with the antihistamine response many are starting to deal with, as the onset of the allergy season comes upon us. It acts as an anti inflammatory as well helping to speed the healing process right up.

Oregano oil can be used topically for minor skin infections and even those that are fungal and parasitic in nature. It can also be used on insect bites during those outdoor camping events many of you are planning already.


3) Tea Tree Oil: I love this oil simply because it can be used in soo many useful ways and it's effective! Use diluted in a carrier oil like pure almond oil, and apply it topically to acne and blemishes on the face and whole body. It helps to kill the surface bacteria that leads to break outs. Tea tree oil can also be diluted in water and used as a mouth wash. This is better prevention of cavities than fluoride and way less harmful or invasive. It can treat mouth sores, minor gum infections, and helps keep the gums and teeth free of bacteria causing plaque. It can be applied to cuts, abrasions, and insect bites as well. It must be diluted as with all essential oils, as it is a very concentrated source of the plant essence.


When buying oils make sure you find products that specifically say they can be used internally, that way you can use it if necessary both ways. Always, always dilute these oils in a carrier oil when you apply them topically. Good suggestions here are jojoba oil, almond oil, or rose oil.

Plan B: My motto is always to have a plan B ;)

If you are out of these essential oils, and you get cut, scratched or come across a minor wound you can apply virgin olive oil to the affected area. Olive oil is naturally anti bacterial, anti viral and supports the healing of soft tissues.

I grew up being raised with this practice. I'd fall, scrape a knee and my grandmother would take the bottle of olive out and start pouring away. Ancient Romans and Greeks lived by this knowledge. They literally would bathe in olive oil and it was highly revered as a sacred healing gift from the gods.

So let's do as the Romans did and get back to the essentials ;)

In health always,



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