Six Essential Oils to Support Your Health
Stopping to smell the roses has just as much to do the power of aromas as it does about taking the time to slow down. Essential oils are the aromatic compounds of flowers, seeds, bark, roots and other plant parts. Not only can they smell wonderful when diffused into a room or inhaled, but they have been used for thousands of years in food, beauty treatments and in healthcare around the world.
There are many different companies and types of essential oils. The most important thing is to find a good quality oil. Cheaper is not better! I have seen several patients react or have chemical burns from using poor quality essential oils. Best to do your research or ask a healthcare provider for their recommendations. At the clinic, we use and sell doTerra oils as they are the best quality I have found and offer information on their testing on each batch of oil they produce.
While each oil can have many different uses, here are a few of my favourite ways to use the oils we have here at Local Health right now:
Single Essential Oils:
Lavender – likely one of the best-known essential oils, Lavender calms, soothes and relaxes. Drop 5 drops into a diffuser at bedtime or put a drop of the bottom of each foot to help you fall asleep at night. Lavender diluted into coconut oil is my go-to for sunburns.
Eucalyptus – is fantastic oil for cold and flu time of the year. It is wonderful to diffuse into a room and to make into a bath-bomb. My favourite for sinus congestion is to fill a sink with hot water, add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus (no more than that!!), cover your head and the sink with a towel and take 5-10 minutes to inhale the steam. The steam will help the eucalyptus’ compounds move into the sinus cavities and help fight off any bacteria that might be lingering in there.
Melaleuca – Tea Tree oil is one of the best anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oils but it’s strong – you’ll want to dilute it in coconut oil in most circumstances. Topically, I’ve seen it work wonders for athletes foot and tinea corporis (ringworm) when applied daily.
Essential Oil Blends:
Breathe – this is my favourite oil for those with any breathing concerns. From a stuffy nose to allergies to ongoing breathing concerns, diffusing the Breathe Blend can be helpful in easing the respiratory system.
Balance – my favourite! I feel this oil does for me just what its named. With Spruce needle, Frankincense, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy and Chamomile, I run a drop of their oil between my hands in the middle of the day and feel my tension begin to melt away.
Finally, at Local Health, we diffuse oils into the clinic year-round. This fall, we are diffusing “On Guard” – a powerful blend of Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary oils. It smells warm and spicy while cleansing the air and having antibacterial properties.
Next time you are at the clinic, feel free to have a smell or ask us more about our oils (we are happy to bring in more if you have a favourite!)
Dr. Robyn Land, ND is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Local Health Integrative Clinic.