The Fragrant Pharmacy

fragrant pharmacy

I have the distinct honor (and horror) of being in New York City this week. It’s a LONG story…one I will explain more about soon….but in the meantime I am privileged to have some amazing guest posts lined up while I am away.

First up to bat… sister Rebecca who blogs about Essential Oils at Camp Wander. As many of you will know…I am a huge fan/advocate of essential oils in general, and am thrilled to have Rebecca sharing her considerable knowledge with us.

Take it away Rebecca….

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The Fragrant Pharmacy

You will find nature in one of its most powerful forms, the essence and life-force of plants can be found in what we commonly refer to as, essential oils. Essential oils are derived from flowers, trees, grasses, leaves, roots and fruits. Their powerful properties are indispensable to medicine, food and cosmetic manufacturers. Western medicine continually seeks to create chemical copies of essential oils because of their extremely effective and complex medical system.

All single essential oils have many properties, a good example of this is Peppermint.

Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory and used to treat muscle aches and pains like arthritis and headaches. It’s actually prescribed by doctors to relieve digestive issues, a prescription medicine called Colperin.

Peppermint is also used by candy makers, put in aftershave, and has proven very effective for deterring mice, spiders and ants!

Once you begin to use essential oils in your daily routine you can’t help but be impressed with their ability to operate on a cellular, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic level. Yes, it’s true, a bottle of pure EO can be spendy but, it’s value is long lasting and versatile.

If anything is this world is holistic, it’s essential oils.


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These days we’re bombarded by synthetics of all kinds, in every shape and form. Synthetics = chemical based products. Eventually, we’ll have to find alternatives as the consequences of a chemical based lifestyle manifest themselves. Lucky for us, many alternatives are literally right under our nose.

How can you make the change from a Modern Medicine Cabinet to a Natural Medicine Cabinet? Start by assessing what’s in your current collection of over the counter drugs. How can you replace those synthetic products with natural ones? Start simply! Just a few basic essential oils complete with multiple properties can help you make great strides in your wellness journey!

5 essential oils to get you started:


What can you replace with Lavender?

Neosporin, Elidel, Ambien, Motrin, Aleve, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Imodium AD and Solercain.

Apply to soles of feet to sooth anxiety and rest.
Apply topically to a burn to eliminate the pain and speed healing.
*Use internally along with Peppermint and Lemon for a natural antihistamine.
Apply topically to ease the pain of scrapes and bruises, bee stings and bug bites.
Apply topically to relieve headache pain.


What can you replace with Lemon?

Children’s Tylenol, Abreva, Throat Lozenges, Mylanta, Tums, Tylenol Cold, Compound W and Dr. Scholl Wart Removers

Add a drop to honey to soothe a dry or sore throat.
Diffuse in room to neutralize odors and elevate mood.
Disinfect kitchen countertops and brighten stainless steel appliances.
Add 2 drops to a glass of water for anti-oxidant and detox properties.
Swipe a little Lemon on each side of a runny nose to dry up symptoms.
Dab on cold or fever blisters to shorten duration.
Apply to warts for gentle and natural removal (great for kids).

What can you replace with Peppermint?


Aleve, DayQuil, NyQuil, Tylenol, Tums, Motrin, Prevacid, Alka Seltzer, Claritin, Zyrtec, Mouthwash and Breath Fresheners

Apply to neck and forehead for headache relief.
Combined with Lemon and Lavender to create a powerful antihistamine for allergies mild to severe.
Put 2 drops in small glass of almond milk and drink to stop heartburn in it’s tracks.
Apply to back of neck for cooling effect. To reduce fever, apply Peppermint with carrier oil to torso, apply often. Peppermint can drop fever by 2 to 3 degrees in minutes.
Inhale deeply to invigorate lungs and increase alertness.
Breath freshener!


What can be replaced with Melaleuca?

Neosporin, Chloriseptic, Abreva, Dandruff Shampoos, Rubbing Alcohol, Acne Remedies, Anti-fungal creams, Anbesol

Apply to toenail fungus daily for superior anti-fungal results.
Add 2 to 3 drops to a handful of your favorite shampoo to quell dandruff and scalp issues.
Apply to skin blemishes and rashes as part of a daily treatment routine.
Dab on canker sores to ease the pain and heal.
Apply to feet after showering, swimming or working out to help with athlete’s foot and other fungus. (gym bag must have).
Kills Staph Infection ~ effective against MRSA virus.
Great emergency deodorant!


What can be replaced with Frankincense?

Expensive anti-aging skin products, Neosporin, Anti-cancerous properties, Migraine medications, Regenerative products

Combine with Lavender and/or Peppermint for severe headache relief.
Use with a carrier oil for beautiful, radiant skin.
Apply to bottom of feet or 2 to 3 drops under the tongue for strong immunity support.
Use topically or *internally to benefit from it’s anti-cancerous properties.
Diffuse with Lavender for their calming and grounding properties.
An excellent go-to oil for anything! When in doubt, use Frankincense.

*Essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some essential oils have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many essential oils are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use, but some oils should not be taken internally. Do not use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label. Internal remedies are only recommended for use with doTERRA 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.

5 oils

Five essential oils to replace dozens of over the counter synthetics, easily transforming your modern medicine cabinet to a natural medicine cabinet. Five essential oils to heal instead of masking symptoms. Five essential oils to enter the body and leave it a more complete and whole vessel, leaving NO toxins behind.

Which medicine cabinet would you choose?

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  1. linda bawcom says

    I was told at the local health food store that the oils were not meant to be taken internally, they could be harmful. What is your backing to ingesting them?

    • says

      That’s absolutely correct information, essential oils sold in health food stores should not be taken internally because their purity is compromised by either the additives or the fact that they’ve not been tested for purity ie: pesticides etc.

      There’s a new standard now, pure plant essence have healing properties that science cannot mimic therefore western medicine will not promote it because plants can’t be patented.

  2. jan says

    thanks so much for the info….i am loving learning about and using essential oils…..any chance you can recommend something for my daughter to use on my grandaughters eczema? she has tried every otc product there is and nothing has helped yet…..

  3. Cindy Fischer says

    Can you tell me more about using peppermint, lavender, and frankincense to treat migraines. I suffer with chronic migraines and have not tolerated the preventative drugs such as Topomax well and the drugs to treat an active migraine also have negative side effects. What would the regime be to treat them with essential oils? I would really like to give EO a shot. Thanks!!!

  4. Lancet says

    Can you recommend an all-round good reference book for eo and natural herbs and plants? Also anthing that can work from inside body, or on skin, for random cysts, usually from clogged pores, not requiring surgery or burning off-as they can come back? Thanks! Love all your info. I bookmark or print just about everything!

  5. Tammi says

    Great post!!! I jjust love your information. I’m glad Jillee and Rebecca are sisters. You guys ROCK!!

  6. Lillie T says

    This is very useful information, thank you. My question is I have been prescribed an estrogen creme for vaginal dryness which is causing painful urination. Before trying this expensive creme I would like to try something natural. Can you suggest something?

    • says

      Lillie T – I’m not sure which essential oils you might want to mix with it, but I know that virgin coconut oil (organic, cold-pressed) works excellently for personal lubrication/moisturizing. If you like coconut smell, get unrefined coconut oil… If you don’t like the coconut smell (which really doesn’t last all that long) then you might prefer a refined coconut oil, which has no smell. HTH!

      Hopefully someone else can give you best ideas for EOs to add to the coconut oil – though you really don’t need to add anything at all, if you don’t want to. Coconut oil is fabulous for almost all skin care, hair conditioning, makes a great face-wash and make-up remover (for those that wear make-up). It’s also one of the very healthiest oils to use for food preparation to replace other oils/shortenings, etc. Although it is mostly saturated fats, in this case they are a GOOD fat because of their chemical composition being mostly medium-chain fatty acids (beneficial ). Coconut oil is also a natural anti-fungal, anti-biotic, anti-viral, AND anti-oxidant!

  7. Chris says

    I am new yo essential oils,if we grow lavender,peppermint etc., how can we use them and is there a reliable source to read more? Thanks for sharing your knowledge each and every day.

    • says

      Chris, you can absolutely make your own essential oils but you would need the ability to steam distill and you would want to be sure to grow organically everything organically.

      When you have the chance click on Jillee’s link to Camp Wander, you’ll find a wealth of information on essential oils and their uses :))

    • says

      Essential oils are concentrated. They are about a 1000x stronger then the herb or plant you would grow in your garden. There are many essential oil companies on the market. My preference is doTerra Essential Oils. Just make sure you purchase an oil that is 100% pure. Not synthetic.

      • says

        I concur Mindy! An essential oil is only as good as it’s purity ~ don’t settle for the health food store variety when treating yourself medicinally as generally you’ll find additives in these essential oils. If the label says “For External Use Only” that’s your clue to it’s purity!

        doTERRA is has been in business for 5 years, bringing a new standard to the essential oil market, therapeutic grade oils. Every batch is scientifically tested for purity and potency giving us the ability to use internally. A company and product well worth researching.

  8. Amy says

    Can you tell me more about using lemon EO to treat warts? I have a toddler who has a small one on his finger- the ped’s recommendation was to freeze it off but that didn’t sit well with my husband or I. What would the process be to treat it with essential oil? Thanks! :)