How To Replace Your Medicine Cabinet
For our Get Clean in 2016 Initiative, we’re discussing how to replace products like household cleaners and the toxic items in your medicine cabinet.
For health-conscious individuals aiming to ditch the harmful chemicals, essential oils are a great and all-natural alternative.
For this hot topic, we're turning it over to the oil guru in our network, Nancy, to share with us her top favorites.
But first, an essential oil is a liquid that is typically distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties ..
.. this makes them an excellent addition to homemade cleaning preparations, and home remedies.
Do not confuse essential oils with fragrance oils, as they are NOT the same thing.
As a rule of thumb, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural (Even if it says natural fragrance).
Some essential oils, however, do have a pleasant fragrance and can be used to enhance fragrance, but the major significance is essential oils are made from actual plants and not chemicals, so the aroma is direct from the source.
So let's go over the top three essential oils I believe everyone should always have on hand.
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is great for all-around use, with as many as 50 to 100 different aspects of life.
It is great for aromatherapy and acts as a de-stressor, providing a calming effect for adults and children alike.
A few drops in a full bathtub will help with stress, about five drops for an adult or one or two for the little ones. The calming effect will help eliminate stress in daily life, parenting, and work.
Lavender is also good for the skin and can be applied topically. One or two drops of lavender on the bottoms of your feet before bed at night will help put you in a deeper sleep, will help keep you asleep, and helps to evaporate stress.
Lavender can also help soothe and alleviate burns, and open sores.
For use in cleaning, lavender can be combined with other oils or in lotions for a great fragrance. It’s also a popular choice for use in laundry detergent.
2. Peppermint Oil
The most amazing refresher on Earth is peppermint. The scent is invigorating.
It not only helps provide energy by oxygenating your cells, but also works for pain relief.
For energy, put it on the feet or on the tongue, which will provide energy (and refresh your breath). Some people even use it in toothpaste.
Peppermint can aid in tension and headache relief when applied directly to the head. It also relieves indigestion, stomach pain, and bloating. Simply place a drop of peppermint on your bellybutton.
3. Melaleuca Oil
Melaleuca essential oil definitely belongs in your medicine cabinet.
With anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties, melaleuca is what can be considered an emergency oil. You don’t even have to know what’s going on in your body to benefit from its properties, making it great for mystery ailments.
When used in a diffuser, it can be inhaled, where it will enter the cells to kill off whatever’s harming you. Apply topically or bathe in it for skin issues.
All those properties also make it a great cleaner for areas like countertops and bathrooms, especially when combined with other oils (no bleach required).
Note: Not all essential oils are created equally.
A higher priced essential oil, does not necessarily mean it's a better or higher quality oil. It is said that you can test your essential oil to see how “pure” it is. Simply put a single drop of it on a piece of construction paper. If it evaporates quickly and leaves no noticeable ring, it is pure. If you have a ring left, then it is likely diluted by the manufacturer with an oil of some sort (this test will not work for myrrh, patchouli, and absolutes).
To order these top three oils recommended by Nancy Knopp and to ensure you are getting the highest quality oil for you money, click here.
The road to health involves making small changes for big results. By eliminating harmful chemicals from your household items and using these three all-natural essential oils, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle in 2016!