Lavender is a plant that has been used for centuries as a perfume and a sachet that imparts a pleasant scent to linens when placed in a closed drawer or chest. The scent is a light fragrance and, and it has also been added to homemade soaps and cosmetic products to leave an impression of freshness. In recent years, calming lavender essential oil has gained popularity as a remedy for headaches and stress. While lavender has been used for a long time, research has revealed many health and medicinal benefits for many other of the essential oils available.
Essential oils are plant extracts, and these oils offer natural treatments for some common ailments. The extracts are also found in cleaning products, personal care items and offer a chemical free way to repel rodents and insects. The essential oils used in these products are not harmful to children or pets if they accidentally come in contact with them, so homeowners can use them safely without concern.
Many essential oils not only offer a pleasant aroma, but they are also antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. Certain oils can be combined with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and massaged into sore muscles for immediate relief. Most people have at least some stress in their life and can suffer from severe migraine headaches. A special blend of essential oils formulated to relieve the stress and reduce the headache pain is effective when massaged into the temples or used in a diffuser.
Various essential oils have been effective at treating more serious diseases, and also to treat antibiotic-resistant staph and MERSA infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics, doctors are finding it ever more difficult to treat bacterial infections. Basil, rosemary, cinnamon and lavender are oils that have been effective at inhibiting the growth of e-coli and other bacteria.
Many people have cats or dogs in their home these days, and essential oils can be used to repel any fleas or lice that may threaten the health of their pet. Diluted orange oil can be sprayed onto the pet bedding or even on the pet for a safe and chemical free method of pest control.
One company located in northern Wisconsin sells Patchouli essential oils both in their Park Falls store and also from their online store. Their website offers a wealth of information about how and why to use the plant based oils.