Know your medicinal plant oils starting with these three. So when there's nothing else, you have nature!
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Medicinal Essential Oils: Nature's Healing Aid
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Whether it's off-grid living, prepping, or an SHTF scenario, nature is your last recourse for healing and keeping healthy. That's why whether in your daily life or in anticipating these scenarios, it pays to know more about these medicinal essential oils.
Essential oils from peppermints come as one of the most popular. How often have you come across gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, breath mint, soap, and rub with peppermint?
Archaeological evidence also places its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. In fact, peppermint is nicknamed ‘the world’s oldest medicine.’
Peppermint is high in vitamins A and C. Menthol is present in peppermint and also helps promote respiratory function.
Peppermint Essential Oils Benefits and Uses:
- Reduce irritable bowel syndrome
- Potential anti-cancer agent
- Calm upset stomachs
- Inhibit bacterial growth
- Treat fevers
- Relieves gas
- Boosts oral health
- Reduce dandruff and promote hair growth
- Relieves itching
- Treats insect bites
- Natural bug repellent
- Reduce nausea
- Improves and protects skin health
- Relieve muscle and joint pain
- Potential anti-cancer properties
2. Sage Essential Oil
The use of medicinal essential oils dates ages back and is used all throughout the world. From the Bible times, Chinese, Egyptian, and Ayurvedic, all use medicinal essential oils.
Ayurvedic Definition: It is related to Ayurveda or the traditional Hindu or Indian practice of medicine.
Sage is common all throughout North America, so it would be a shame not to take advantage of this free stuff. As a matter of fact, it is so common that it also plays a large part in American traditional medicine.
Sage is also used in alternative medicine for common illnesses such as cough, throat fever, and asthma. In fact, it is one of the best essential oils for colds.
Yet, further studies show its potential in managing more complicated diseases. Below are some of the amazing potential for sage essential oil in medicine.
Sage Essential Oil Uses and Benefits:
- Pain relief
- Improves Memory and Cognition
- Helps lower sugar for diabetics
- Potential anti-cancer agent
- Cardiovascular disease prevention
- Promotes natural and healthy weight loss
- Menopausal treatment
- Antibacterial agent
If there's one essential oil that's a cut above the rest, that would be the tree tea oil. Tea tree oil is often referred to as the “medicine cabinet in a bottle,” as its remedies are seemingly endless.
It's a natural indoor air purifier, disinfectant, and household cleaner, too. So if you keep away from carcinogenic chemicals in cleansers, the tea tree oil should be your go-to essential oil.
Tea tree oil isn't native to North America though. So if you buy your tea tree oil, make sure to pick trusted organic tea tree essential oil brands.
This essential oil should not be taken in too, nor stay exposed to it for long as it has some toxic properties. You can use tea tree oil on your pets and livestock, but only on the surface.
Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits:
- All-around home care and cleaning
- Stops spread of bacteria, fungi, and virus
- Hair, skin, and oral care
- Air freshener
- Cough and cold relief
- Minor cuts and insect bite first aid
- Pet and livestock care
- Pain relief
Check out some emergency survival essential oils in this video from Lisa Capron:
Medicinal essential oils are nature's healing wonders indeed. While we used medicinal essential oils for centuries, they aren't as mainstream now as they should be.
In this case, it is best to always err on the side of caution, and use them with proper guidance. They are subjects of studies though, especially for their potential in treating diseases such as cancer.
Ancient survivalists knew beforehand and as present-day preppers and survivalists, it pays to know all about medicinal essential oils!
How are you using these medicinal essential oils? Let us know what home remedies you've tried with these medicinal essential oils by posting them in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 14, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.