Minor aches and pains of the everyday variety are pretty much unavoidable. We all have to deal with them, but we also have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to finding relief. I personally don’t have anything popping a couple of ibuprofen, but I know that taking too many pain relievers isn’t good for you. (According to WebMD, it can lead to stomach, kidney, or liver problems!)
Essential oils are a great option for soothing all kinds of everyday pains when you can get by without medication. To help illustrate my point, today I’ll show you how you can solve 9 different everyday ailments using 4 basic essential oils. Once you add these essential oils to your medicine cabinet, you’ll always have a quick remedy close at hand! :-)
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9 Everyday Aches & Pains You Can Solve With Essential Oils
1. Bug Bites
You can soothe angry mosquito bites and even bee stings with lavender essential oil! Place a drop of the oil on the end of a Q-tip, then rub it over the bite to help stop the itch and reduce inflammation.
Whether your allergies are seasonal or year-round, it helps to have a natural remedy up your sleeve that can help soothe your symptoms! When my kids’ allergies are acting up, I diffuse a combination of lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils. Just add a few drops of each oil to your diffuser and turn it on to help keep allergies at bay.
3. Stomach Aches
Overindulged at dinner? Use peppermint essential oil to help settle an upset stomach. Just add a drop of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil (or another preferred carrier oil), then apply to your stomach.
You can also use peppermint oil to freeze a headache in its tracks! Apply diluted peppermint oil (see above) to your temples and the back of your neck. Take it easy for a few minutes and drink some water, and you’ll be back on your feet in no time!
The mixture of sun exposure, sunscreen, makeup, and sweat on our faces during the summer can be a recipe for breakouts. Luckily, tea tree essential oil makes a powerful zit zapper! Add a single drop of tea tree oil to a Q-tip and apply it to blemishes before bedtime.
For a gentler treatment option, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite cleanser or moisturizer to help keep breakouts at bay. (One drop per ounce of product should do the trick!)
6. Cuts & Scrapes
Summer fun and cuts and scrapes tend to go hand in hand, in my experience. That’s why I like to keep a bottle of lavender oil close at hand! Apply diluted lavender oil to clean scrapes to help promote healing and reduce potential scarring.
7. Foot Fungus
Sweaty feet are often affected by issues like Athlete’s Foot or toenail fungus. You can use anti-fungal tea tree oil to help resolve these issues. Just apply a couple of drops of tea tree oil to the affected area nightly before bed.
Tea Tree Foot Soak
You can also do a simple tea tree foot soak to help resolve fungal infections, or simply to help control foot odor! Add the following ingredients to a foot bath or dish tub:
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 quarts warm water
Soak your feet in this mixture for about 30 minutes, and repeat daily (or up to twice per day) until the condition resolves.
8. Canker Sores
Oh, canker sores—how can something so small be so painful? Use tea tree oil to help ease the pain and speed healing. Add a drop of tea tree oil to a Q-tip and dab it directly onto the canker sore.
Even the simple act of inhaling the minty aroma of peppermint essential oil can help stop heartburn. Add a few drops to your diffuser whenever you feel heartburn setting in, or diffuse it after a meal to help prevent it in the first place.
You can also make your own essential oil inhalers to take with you wherever you go!
Do you use essential oils for everyday aches and pains?