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5 Essential oils for the whole family

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

Using essential oils for common ailments

Whether you want to go green, save some money or just steer clear of some over-the-counter medications, essential oils can help you achieve all of the above. Check out these five common essential oils with safe and practical treatments for the whole family.

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Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has many benefits including antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and cosmetic purposes.

Uses for tea tree oil

  • When tea tree oil is used as a vapor therapy, it can help with symptoms of colds and respiratory infections.
  • When tea tree oil is mixed with a natural lotion or diluted with water, it can help with symptoms of respiratory infections, common colds and coughs, viral infections, arthritis, dermatitis, skin infections and rashes.
  • When tea tree oil is diluted in a water solution, it can be used to clean and disinfect clothes in the rinse cycle of your washer.

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Lavender oil

Lavender oil is a really good oil to keep on hand, as it is one of the more versatile oils -- and safest for babies -- when using aromatherapy to treat and relieve common family ailments.

Uses for lavender oil

  • When lavender oil is used as a vapor therapy, it helps with allergies, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, nightmares, teething, colic, tension, stress -- emotional and physical-- and acts as an insect repellant.
  • When lavender oil is mixed with a natural lotion or diluted with water, it can be used for all of the benefits above, as well as muscle pains, abdominal pains, PMS, hay fever, acne, eczema, rashes, shallow wounds, minor cuts, dry and itchy skin, allergic reactions and for relaxation purposes.

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Chamomile oil (Roman)

Roman chamomile oil has a calming ability, especially on the digestive system. Chamomile can be used as to sooth and heal skin conditions and helps reduce inflammation as well.

Uses for chamomile oil

  • When chamomile oil is used as a vapor therapy, it helps with headaches, tension and insomnia.
  • When chamomile oil is mixed with a natural lotion or diluted with water, it can help with allergies, colic, post-natal depression, muscle pain and the most widely known use, insomnia.

Lemon oil

Lemon oil has many practical and useful purposes for family ailments. The main strengths of lemon oil include fighting against infections, aiding the digestive system and clearing up oily skin.

Uses for lemon oil

  • When lemon oil is used as a vapor therapy, it is effective against colds, flu, loss of voice and stress -- thanks to it's ability to help clear the mind.
  • When lemon oil is mixed with a natural lotion or diluted with water, it is helpful for digestive problems, boosting energy levels and common colds.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil is widely known to enhance concentration, but can also aid with the treatment of respiratory infections, common skin problems and many other everyday challenges.

Peppermint oil uses

  • When peppermint oil is used as a vapor therapy, it can help increase concentration, soothe a cough and act as an insect repellant.
  • When peppermint oil is mixed with a natural lotion or diluted with water, it helps with red, irritated and itchy skin, inflammation, circulation, constipation, nausea, headaches, as well as muscle pain, spasms and cramping.

Safety tips for essential oils and aromatherapy

  • Keep all essential oils away from children.
  • Essential oils are highly concentrated and even though they are non-toxic in a diluted form, they can be dangerous to children in their pure form.
  • Always consult a professional or doctor before using essential oils for treatment.
  • Never apply pure essential oils directly on your skin.
  • Don't mix essential oils as doing so can cause a reaction.

Read more about essential oils

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Using essential oils

Pure essential oils

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