Guest Post by Adeline:
At Nila, we strongly believe that essential oils are nature’s gift to mankind. Such is the importance of essential oils that every home should have a basic “essential oil kit”, used as natural disinfections, air purifiers and fresheners, prevention of disease and infection, relaxation, and treatment of minor ailments.
What are essential oils? They are, in essence, aromatic oils extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves, barks, as well as the roots of grasses, plants, and trees.
Essential oils are extremely powerful, and are to be treated with respect. Always remember that “more is less” when using them!
I love all my oils, as they each are unique and have specific characteristics, properties and uses. However, if I had to choose only ten oils, I would choose the following oils as must-haves in my home.
Most of the oils I have chosen come with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, to be used in lieu of the many chemicals we use in our homes today. For topical application, please dilute with unscented serum, lotion, cream or oil.
No home should be without lavender oil, the most versatile and indispensible essential oil in my opinion. Lavender oil is a natural antiseptic, and holds anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-depressant properties. It provides an unmatched array of attributes as a natural disinfectant, prevention of scarring, promoting of restful sleep, calming nerves, refreshing environments, toning and cleansing skin… The possibilities are endless. Personally, I find it most useful when you have sustained cuts, minor injuries, burns, insect bites, and preventing bedbugs from invading your mattresses and pillows.
Tea Tree oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal properties and can be used to treat a range of minor ailment such as ulcers, cold sores, pimples, fungus infection, and athlete’s foot… The list goes on. Studies have shown that the antiseptic efficacy improves when Tea Tree oil is used together with Lavender oil in a blend.
Eucalyptus has been used for centuries to treat chest problems as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic and expectorant properties. It is most well known for its support for our respiratory system and is very effective against coughs and colds. For babies and young children, I would advise against Eucalyptus, use Frankincense for respiratory support instead.
Thyme is another oil with antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, antibacterial properties, and can be used for rheumatism and treatment of warts when diluted with a carrier oil. It is also useful in supporting respiratory health by opening the airways, and has thus been used effectively to prevent snoring and restless nights. In Singapore’s hot and humid climate, I prefer to use Thyme oil to diffuse the air, as it not only disinfects the air, but also more importantly, gets rid of insects.
Peppermint oil is another oil with excellent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It provides incredible support to our respiratory systems, and is often used in the treatment of headaches, migraine, indigestion, flatulence, bad breaths, fatigue. It is an excellent uplifting oil—definitely one of my favourites! For babies please use Frankincense for respiratory support. Use only topically for children above 4 years.
In the busyness of everyday life, Rosemary oil is a great mental and physical stimulant, as it helps clear the mind and improve memory. It is effective in the treatment of headaches and muscular conditions, sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, fatigue, coughs, cold and flu, and is in itself an excellent antiseptic. It is most effective in preventing hair loss and it has been used in many anti-hair loss shampoo and tonic formulations. For babies and young children, please use Frankincense for respiratory support.
Lemon oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it an excellent disinfectant. Its refreshing citrus smell makes it useful for getting rid of stale cooking smells in the home! Its unique properties make great cleaning oil for babies, children’s toys, and wiping down of furniture, especially in the nurseries. It can also be used to treat insect bites, indigestion, constipation, and headaches. It supports and stimulates the lymphatic system, making it an excellent oil for use in eliminating cellulite and toning the muscle.
Clove oil is a warm, spicy, and potent oil, and should be used with care (ie. always with dilution). It is useful for the prevention of infections and disease and in providing relief from pain, treatment for asthma, nausea and is a natural sedative.
Frankincense oil is rich and warm, with anti inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and expectorant properties. An excellent oil to have in the home, it is an overall tonic not only in supporting the digestive, respiratory, nervous, and excretory system, but also in strengthening our immune system. I recommend use of Frankincense oil to treat arthritis, cold, and respiratory disorders. With its cell regeneration property, it is an excellent oil for use in skin care and treatment of eczema. Its grounding and centring effects help in mediation, relaxing and focusing of the mind.
Finally, one of the most wonderful smelling oils, Geranium oil is an excellent mood lifter and useful with strengthening our body. It is most effective when used in treatment of acne caused by hormonal changes, menopausal problems, prevention of scarring, and as a nerve tonic. By regulating the production of sebum oils, it is excellent when used in skincare, minimising wrinkles, and lightening pigmentations. In particular, it blends wonderfully with lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint to create a relaxing and tranquil environment for the home.
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