Essential oils are being used more and more as a route to wellness, both in aromatherapy and pharmacology. Because they are plant-based (drawn, in fact, from a single molecule) and lack fatty acids, consumers can use an essential oil as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent. They are completely natural, made up of plant hormones, nutrients, and biochemicals, and are wonderful for your skin and even your mood (especially lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, chamomile, lemon, and ylang-ylang). Common in folk medicine, essential oils are beloved for their calming effects on the mind.
Essential oils are often used as an healthy alternative to synthetic medicines. Some medical practitioners have claimed that essential oils can be used as an antispasmodic substance, especially ingredients such as eucalyptus oils, menthol, capasaicin, and camphor. Other natural remedy proponents say that essential oils have pharmacological benefits for the respiratory system and can be taken as expectorants and decongestants. Oils like juniper and agathosma have also been used as diuretics.
Essential oils, especially of the organic variety, are seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides and repellents. The most popular varieties are:
- Lavender oil—Great as a deodorizer and air freshener, also a potential cure to depression and insomnia. Lavender oil has been use to make scented soaps and cachets.
- Lemon oil—A disinfectant that is said to be able to kill meningococci, typhoid bacilli, staphylococci, and pneumococci
- Tea tree—100 times more powerful than carbolic acid and safe to use as an anti-septic and cleaner. This is seriously all you need to clean your toilet.
- Eucalyptus—Great disinfectant and cleaner. Just a half teaspoon can clean your entire kitchen and a little more to pretty much clean the rest of your home too.
Other possible oils include cedar, peppermint, and almond oil. The use of essential oils are wide and varied. In addition to its application as an aromatherapeutic agent in massages and pharmacological medicine, essential oils can also be used as a synthetic chemical-free insect repellent and as a carpet spray. By combining eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, cedar, peppermint, almond oil, and borax you can make a powerful defense against pests and offensive carpets. You can also use essential oils as a garden spray. Simply combine garlic, water, cayenne powder, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and a dollop of dishwashing soap.