There are so many of us on a journey to natural healing, aiming at reducing the toxins and synthetic compound in pharmaceutical drugs. Having prescribed medical drugs for many years, I now opt for using essential oil for my family, replacing some of the pharmaceutical drugs.
Essential oils are powerful plant derivatives that have been used since the 20th century for treating various ailments. Having scientifically proven for their medicinal uses, essential oils are now a welcome alternative to over-the-counter and/or prescription medicines. You can replace 20 of your medications with just these three Medicine Cabinet Essentials.
Discovered by Dr. Rene-Maurice Gattefosse when he immersed his badly burned hand into Lavender essential oil, and amazed at how quickly his burn healed with very little scarring, Lavender is indeed an excellent essential oil for healing and soothing the skin. It also promotes sleep, alleviate allergies and sinus problems.
Lavender can be used in place of the following medications:
- Advil Sinus
- Tylenol PM
- Zyrtex/ Claritin D
- Calamine Lotion
Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from our body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage. It also has antibacterial and disinfecting properties that make it very versatile. Below are some of the medications that can be replaced with Lemon essential oil.
- Imodium AD
- Children’s Motrin
- Acne Medication
- Azo Cranberry
Peppermint is another powerful essential oil that smells wonderful and is very healing. Peppermint is an ideal option for treating digestive issues ranging from stomachaches, intestinal disorders and bowel disturbances. Peppermint is also great to use for cramps and headaches. Try using Peppermint oil in place of the following over-the-counter medications.
- Imodium A-D
- Prilosec/ Zantac
- Tylenol/ Motrin
- Beano/ Gas-X
Well known for its ability to treat wounds, Tea Tree oil has powerful antiseptic properties. It has been documented to kill many bacteria, viruses and fungi, Tea Tree is an essential part of our natural healing Medicine Cabinet Essentials.
Eucalyptus works well as an expectorant, and helps cleanse your body of toxin, and harmful microorganism. Therefore, it is effective to clear colds and flu, as well as sinus congestion and nasal allergies. Eucalyptus is another must-have in our natural healing Medicine Cabinet.
Note: When using essential oils on babies and children, there are a few things to keep in mind. Do not use essential oils on babies under 3 months old. Peppermint oil should not be used until the age of 6. While it is safe to use Lavender oil topically on children, it may alter hormone levels for young children, thus, using Chamomile is a safer option for young children. When using essential oil topically, they must be diluted with carrier oil.