Essential oils are like magic in a bottle. Many are far more powerful than we realize, and get way less credit than they deserve. They can be utilized in a wide variety of situations.
Sometimes the stickiest situations happen when we’re out and about, away from the medicine arsenal at home. Don’t let this happen! Carrying a few essential oils in your pocketbook could be one of the best decisions you’ve made.
Here are the top five I couldn’t go without, after a few cautions.
- Be careful to avoid any oils contacting your eyes.
- Some, but not all, essential oils are toxic if taken internally. Eucalyptus, for example.
- You rarely need more than a few drops.
Eucalyptus essential oil
I can’t say how many times my family has used this. During the colds/flu season, it’s been a life-saver for us. It’s one of the most effective oils for treating a runny nose and helps discharge mucus from the respiratory tract. It’s also mentally invigorating and increases alertness, giving you a greater ability to concentrate.
As an anti-inflammatory, it’s helpful in treating arthritis and lower back pain, as well as muscle cramps, spasms, and sprains. Eucalyptus can boost your respiratory and immune system and helps with a whole host of other problems: poor circulation, diarrhea, bursitis, tendinitis, bladder infections, and fungal infections.
It’s also good for a number of skin problems – oily skin, infected pores, and boils to name a few. Its antiseptic properties help to relieve pain, itchiness, and swelling from bug bites and stings, as well as serving as an effective insect repellent.
Oh, and once you’ve smelled eucalyptus, you can’t forget that powerful scent. It’s a fabulous odor remover.
Lavender essential oil
Excellent for PMS cramps and discomfort. Massage a few drops into the abdominal area for some soothing relief.
As a tension reliever, lavender oil can be massaged directly into the neck and shoulder muscles. Its calming properties relieve headaches, hypertension, stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia. It improves memory, circulation, digestion, skin problems, earaches, hair loss, respiratory problems, and a number of women’s health issues.
As an antiseptic and anti-bacterial, lavender can be applied directly to burns and stings, where it will cool the pain. It will also stimulate blood flow to the affected area, which will aid in the healing process.
Peppermint essential oil
One of the best oils I’ve found for headaches. Just massage a drop into your forehead – being careful to avoid your eyes!!
Peppermint’s powerful scent can act as an effective air deodorizer. It also has an amazing ability to increase alertness to aid with concentration. In small doses, Peppermint has a cooling, soothing effect, and when combined with lavender it can be useful in treating sunburns.
Peppermint is beneficial in treating osteoarthritis, cramps, muscular relaxation & sprains, and lower back pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It aids with digestion, especially helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome. It’s an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and an expectorant that is helpful during coughing attacks.
It can also relieve itching from allergies and is frequently used as an insect repellent. As an astringent, peppermint is good for bacterial or viral infections of the mouth, as well as a variety of digestion issues, nausea and diarrhea. Make sure you look up how exactly to use it in this context, though, as some essential oils are toxic if taken internally.
When my dad was struggling with a sports-related knee injury, I had him rub peppermint oil on the inflamed area. He enjoyed the scent and I think the oil brought some relief to his discomfort.
Lemon essential oil
At a picnic and don’t have anything for the kids to wash their hands with? Put a few drops of lemon essential oil in everyone’s palms. It’s a fabulous antibacterial. Lemon works wonders on sore throats, as well as bacterial and viral infections of the mouth and is a great antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes — including insect bites and stings.
Helps with circulation, respiratory and digestion issues, and is great for relieving headaches. As an antidepressant, it refreshes and stimulates personal well-being, improves mood and emotions, while also improving your memory.
It’s also great for improving nails & cuticles, is an effective hair rinse, and can even help with hair loss and skin problems. Plus, it smells delightfully fresh and clean!
Tea Tree essential oil
Another family favorite. Tea Tree oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s well-known for curing bacterial and viral infections of the face and mouth, including sore throats, earaches, and acne & blemishes, and works exceptionally well treating oily skin.
It can be used as another insect repellent. Its healing, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it a good choice for preventing infection, as well as aiding in decreasing inflammation and killing bacteria.
A powerful antiseptic, tea tree oil is useful in the first-aid treatment of minor cuts and wounds. As a pulmonary antiseptic, Tea Tree is an anti-inflammatory and an expectorant that’s good for the sinuses. It’s especially helpful in relieving coughs, colds & sinus problems.
With these five oils, you can work wonders. Make sure to keep them safely packaged in your pocketbook to prevent breaks or spills. Consider putting each oil container in a plastic baggie or two for starters, and don’t leave your purse in a hot vehicle for too long.
Enjoy your new portable magic medicine cabinet!