Medicine Cupboard Essentials
There are two essential oils I would recommend everyone should have in their medicine cabinet. These are a bottle of pure essential oil of Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ) and one of Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia).
These oils have properties beneficial in helping to ease symptoms of minor ailments naturally and are the only two essential oils which are safe to use neat on the skin. All other essential oils must always be diluted in a carrier oil and NO essential oil must ever be used near the eyes.
Lavender: A very versatile and safe essential oil with an abundance of uses and a great help in the recovery from minor burns. Its properties include antiseptic, anti-bacterial, relaxing, calming, rejuvenating and soothing. It can be used neat on wounds and burns but care should still be taken.
It can also be used as an insect repellent, to scent linen and to deter moths. A very soothing oil, it neutralises insect bites and stings (bees, wasps and mosquitoes) and nettle rash. It has calming and sedative properties and when massaged on temples and back of neck can help relieve tension and headaches.
Tea Tree: Anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, tea tree is often used in hospitals in the fight against bacteria and viruses. Australian Aborigines have used it in medical treatment for thousands of years. It can help with respiratory problems, sinusitis, arthritis and dermatitis, fungal, bacterial and viral infections and excessively sweaty feet!
Dab it on a spot or sore to prevent infection and promote healing, or use it in a vaporiser, burner or diffuser at home to prevent airborne viruses and infections spreading.