If you look around and do your research there are many natural herbal remedies available in stores, online, or can be grown in a small space. These natural products can be used for treating ailments, flavoring your food, skincare, creating perfumes, and mixing your own environmentally safe cleaning products.
Even a small area can be plenty to grow many herbs. If you are pressed for space and cannot grow an herb garden you can grow herbs in small containers in a sunny window. Once you have your herbs growing all you will need are some essential oils and you will be ready to embark on a wonderful journey to using natural herbal remedies.
Essential oils versus blended oils
The first thing to consider is the quality of any essential oils you choose to purchase. Only the purest oils will do for therapeutic purposes. Do not be fooled into thinking that you are purchasing pure oil when in fact it is a blend of several oils. Blended oils are acceptable for fragrance such as perfuming a room, but pure oils are necessary for medicinal intent. So take the time to research the products you intend to buy before you part with your hard-earned money.
A general guide to the purity of the oil is found in its price. Pure oils are normally more expensive due to the increased time and labor involved to extract and purify the oils. However, common oils such as lavender and geranium are less expensive than frankincense and carnation oil. Therefore, it is advisable to become familiar with essential oil prices and then rely on this knowledge when purchasing oils. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. If you are able to get one, a price list from a reputable dealer is a valuable resource when buying essential oils, especially online.
Except in very rare cases, pure oils should never be applied directly to the skin. Pure oils must be mixed with a carrier oil to dilute their strength. Carrier oils such as almond oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil are generally used for this purpose. Carrier oils are mainly derived from seeds, nuts, or vegetables.
Essential oils as natural remedies
Lavender is one of the most useful and desirable oils. It will work wonders on cuts, bruises, and burns. It has natural antiseptic properties. Lavender oil also promotes sleep and relaxation. Lavender oil has been shown to support healthy brain function.
Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oils are useful for treating a variety of respiratory ailments. These are excellent home remedies for colds and coughs. These oils can be massaged into the chest or placed in an oil diffuser to help clear the airways and prevent congestion. Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and can be dabbed on cuts, bites, and stings. It is often used to treat spots and pimples. When diluted with water it can be used as a mouth gargle (keep in mind it should never be swallowed).
Geranium oil, with its characteristic perfume and pain-relieving properties, is a basic antiseptic. This herbal remedy should be part of your essential oil and natural herbal remedies garden. Geranium oil is also used as a wrinkle reducer due to its astringent properties. It is also a natural deodorant. Finally, it is a natural insect repellant.
Peppermint oil treats digestive upsets and may be used in homemade mouthwash to freshen your breath.
Patchouli and Ylang-ylang oils in an oil burner can perfume a room and add a sense of ambiance. Patchouli treats eczema and dandruff. Ylang-ylang is reputed to relieve stress, palpitations, and high blood pressure.
Orange oil mixed with Cinnamon oil is a pleasant winter scent that brings to mind a seasonal holiday smell. Besides their perfume qualities, these oils have other properties. Orange is used in natural remedies for depression and nervous tension. Cinnamon is excellent for warts and viral infections.
Thyme and Rosemary are considered herbs and can be grown in pots and used when needed. Both of these herbs can be used to create oils or flavor food. Thyme and Rosemary are also antiseptics and can be used in skincare preparations.
Lemon oil and fresh lemons will purify water. When lemon is mixed with honey, it is an effective herbal remedy for colds and flu. Lemon and white vinegar are highly effective cleaning agents that can be used for domestic cleaning tasks without damaging the environment. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. You can also mix it with water to clean windows and wooden floors.
If you want to keep the insects away this summer Citronella oil or Garlic will do that effectively. Add a capsule of garlic to your dog’s food and your dog will not be bothered by fleas. You could also soak a soft dog collar in Citronella to keep fleas and mosquitoes away from your pet.
Garlic helps to promote a healthy immune system. When the weather turns cold and the viruses begin to circulate, adding garlic to your diet will leave you less susceptible. In fact, most of the oils and herbs listed above are effective in helping to prevent many common winter illnesses.
If you are looking for natural herbal remedies or nature-friendly products, the oils and herbal remedies listed above should be your starting point to research and begin using natural herbal remedies.