Young Living Essential oils are created from the essence of plants. Each plant has healing properties that can benefit people through aromatherapy or topical use on your body. When it comes to using essential oils you must consider the purpose of each use. If you are trying to alleviate a physical condition you will want to apply the oil topically. If you are seeking mental clarity or well-being you will want to diffuse the essential oils in your home or office.
Prior to using essential oils topically there are a few things that you must keep in mind. Essential oils can help aide in the relief of some discomforts. If your ailment is severe or long lasting you will want to seek the professional guidance of your trusted physician. When using essential oils topically they must be cut by carrier oil. It is recommended to cut your pure essential oils with carrier oils such as coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin e or other all natural oils. The general recipe for creating a natural spray is 2 to 3 drops of essential oil and 2 to 3 drops of a liquid carrier combined in a spray bottle with one ounce of water. Shake this mixture well and then spray for topical application. You can also create an oil ball roller to carry with you. To do this you will mix 1 ounce of your favorite carrier oil with about 5 drops of essential oil. Roller ball application bottles are easy to carry and are an easy way to keep your favorite home remedies right at your fingertips.
During the warm weather summer months we are all susceptible to sensitive skin caused by increased sun exposure and bug bites. When the weather warms up the irritating insects such as ticks, fire ants, mosquitos, spiders, bees, wasps and fleas are all more prominent. We want to enjoy our time outdoors which means we immerse ourselves in their environments. There are many essential oils that can aide in soothing bug bites and also repelling them from approaching and biting in the first place. Once bit you will often experience itching skin, irritation, swelling and discomfort. To protect yourself from bugs and reduce the discomfort in affected areas you will want to utilize tea tree essential oil.
Tea tree oil is quite possibly most commonly known for its effective anti-itch properties. This is a highly sought after essential oil during the summer months because it carries anti-itch, anti-swelling, antimicrobial and anti-pain properties. Tea tree is also great for repelling bugs and can be used in your wash cycle of your washing machine.
If you visit the beach, lake, pools or woods often you may bring beach towels with. These towels can become musty and sometimes small insects can attach themselves to your towel. A normal wash will remove any freeloading bugs but it may not remove the musty towel smell. The anti-microbial benefits of tea tree oil will remove those odors from your laundry. You will only need to add about 8 drops of tea tree oil to your wash along with your favorite detergent. The fragrant oil will remain on your towels which will help to repel bugs the next time you use your towels outdoors.
If you have been bitten by an insect and are experience non-threatening symptoms such as itching or inflammation you can make a soothing natural remedy out of tea tree oil. Your home made balm consisting of coconut oil or your carrier of choice combined with tea tree essential oil can be applied directly to the bite. This will also work for bee or wasp stings. The antimicrobial benefits of tea tree will help prevent infection to the bite or sting site.
The oil will help treat any discomfort you are experiencing. We often find ourselves scratching pesky mosquito bites and they will sometimes then break open. This open wound leaves the body susceptible to infection. Daily applications of your tea tree oil home remedy will help reduce the risk of contaminants entering your body. You should also cover any exposed wounds with a Band-Aid. As with all medical conditions; if the bite or sting gets worse or does not begin healing within a few days you will want to visit your doctor for additional treatment.
Aside from treating bug bites; tea tree oil has been used in many every day products and is one of the most popular Young Living essential oils. It is important to always purchase high quality essential oils and to do research. You will want to know the source of where your essential oils are coming from. Tea tree is used in many beauty products such as cleansers, toners and even moisturizers. The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness and dark spots on the face and under the eyes. Many soaps also contain tea tree oil because of the pure cleansing properties it provides. Some mouth washes and tooth pastes are formulated with tea tree oil as an important ingredient to help combat bad breath.
Anti-fungal products utilize tea tree oil because of its antimicrobial properties and it can also be used to treat cold sores and chicken pox. The anti-itch property of tea tree is a wonderful benefit to treating eczema and chicken pox and many products proudly incorporate it into their ingredient lists. Using it in its pure form with carrier oil is one of the best ways to naturally treat your ailments. If you have sensitive skin you will want to test any oil or product that you use on a small area of skin. You should never freely apply any treatment to your entire body unless you already know how you will react to the product. It is important to also remember that you may react to one essential oil but not to another. If you find yourself reacting to tea tree oil but would still like to seek out a homeopathic all natural treatment to bug bites there are other essential oils such as Peppermint Oil, chamomile oil, lavender oil, camphor, basil oil and rosemary oil that can help alleviate itch and sting symptoms. Citronella essential oil is also good for repelling insects.