Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
Blue gum and Tasmanian blue gum are variant names for eucalyptus, the oil with the scent that hovers between mint, fresh leaves, and clean air. Its menthol-like properties make it one of the most popular exports from Australia, where the eucalyptus tree grows in abundance, and the oil’s uses range from clearing the respiratory tract to healing ulcers.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Chicken pox
- Circulatory issues
- Migraine and other types of headaches
- Fever Inflammation
- Muscle aches and pains
- Respiratory ailments and infections
- Rheumatoid arthritis
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a massage oil blend
- In a bath
- In neat (undiluted) applications
- As gargle
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
People with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid eucalyptus oil. Excessive use may cause headaches.
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
MAY CAUSE HEADACHES
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled August 16, 2019