Important Essential Oils

by / Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Published in Health News

At Manhattan Wellness Group we promote health and well being through herbal remedies, proper diet and exercise, as well as chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.

You may have heard about essential oils as they continue to gain popularity in the natural health world.  Essential oils are powerful plant extracts that have been used for thousands of years for their health, cosmetic, and emotionally uplifting properties.  With pure essential oils, you are using an all-natural product without any harmful, chemical ingredients.

Here are three great essential oils:

1. Lavender

Lavender is beneficial for healing and soothing the skin, promoting sleep, and alleviating allergies and sinus problems. Lavender can often be used in place of the following medications.

  • Neosporin
  • Aleve
  • Advil Sinus
  • Tylenol PM
  • Unisom
  • Zyrtec/Claritin D
  • Benadryl
  • Calamine Lotion

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is another powerful oil that smells wonderful and is very healing. Peppermint is great for a number of digestive issues ranging from heartburn to diarrhea. Peppermint is also great to use for cramps and headaches. Try using peppermint oil in place of the following over-the-counter medications.

  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Imodium A-D
  • Tums
  • Mylanta
  • Prilosec/Zantac
  • Tylenol/Motrin
  • Beano/Gas-X
  • Midol

3. Lemon

Lemon is such a functional oil. It has a wide range of uses from flavoring water to treating acne. It also has antibacterial and disinfecting properties that make it so versatile. Below are some of the medications that can be replaced with lemon essential oil.

  • Chloroseptic
  • Imodium AD
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Children’s Tylenol
  • Children’s Motrin
  • Mucinex
  • Acne medication
  • Azo Cranberry

Pure, therapeutic-grade lavender, peppermint, and lemon purchased from a reputable company can be applied topically, diffused, or taken orally. I do not recommend buying oils from your health food store and ingesting them. Many companies distill their oils with chemicals which adds a toxic element to them.

It’s best to find a company that guarantees the purity and quality of the oils. Be sure to read the label to see how it can be used.