Bottled Garden: Emergency Aroma Kit

5 Essential Oils to Always Keep in the House

1. Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)

Lavender, the most commonly used oil, carries anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and pain-relieving properties. Popularly known for relaxation, it calms the body and mind, and aids in sleep nourishment.
 
Unique Use: Add 5-8 drops to 1 cup of water and spray your bed linens lightly, promoting restful sleep or to overcome insomnia.
 

2. Lemon (Citrus Limonum)

Lemon is a powerful antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, anti-cancer oil. It is great for boosting immunity as it supports white blood cell regeneration and stimulates red blood cell formation. Balancing your energy and heart, it helps in times ofanxiety , depression, and fear and promotes trust, courage and healthy circulation. Lemon not only has the ability to cleanse the body but is also powerful enough to cleanse the home.
 
Unique Use: Rub 1-2 drops in your palms and fingers to kill germs instead of commercial hand sanitizers.

3. Oregano (Origanum compactum or Origanum vulgare)

Primarily known to boost the immune system, Oregano is one of the body’s biggest supporters by fighting contagions with its antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic and antibacterial properties.
 
Unique Use: Gargle 1-2 drops of Oregano essential oil with water to help a sore throat.
 

4. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

 An especially potent oil, Peppermint benefits the digestive tract by relaxing the stomach muscles. With a refreshing scent, it also boasts antibacterial, antiviral, germicidal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Aiding in diarrhea, constipation, nervous stomach, heart burn, motion sickness or nausea, Peppermint is known to stimulate the brain for concentration, memory, and intellectual or emotional awareness.
 
Unique Use: Add 1 drop to your drinking water to revoke energy throughout your day or to promote healthy digestion.
 

5. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Known as the serious healer of essential oils, Frankincense is the balance to grounding your overall well-being. Centering your meditative state, it awakens higher states of consciousness, and magnifies the connection between yourself and others. Supporting the body with its multiple anti-cancerous, antidepressant, and anti-infectious properties, Frankincense can penetrate the cell walls and restore damaged DNA.
 
Unique Use: Add 5 drops to a hot bath to restore age spots, scars, or stretch marks.
 By M Porter, CA Certified Massage Therapist
Be knowledgeable when using essential oils: Only use oils in blue or brown glass bottles. Know when oils are for internal use or not. Use with caution; each oil has its own potency. This article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This article is intended for educational purposes only and the decision to use this information is the reader’s sole responsibility.

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