Throughout history, indigenous peoples around the world have relied on plant medicines for health and wellness. While most of us living in modern industrialized civilization rely on allopathic medical care, many are beginning to take healing back into their own hands. Reliable evidence points to the value of essential oil extracts in treating many conditions. Here are three important essential oils that can make a difference.
- Tea tree oil:The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a small tree or shrub of the myrtle family native to Southeast Queensland and the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and fungicidal and may be effective in treating dandruff, acne, lice, herpes, and other skin infections. Australian Aborigines used tea tree leaves to heal skin infections, wounds, and burns by crushing the plant and making it into a poultice. They also inhaled the oil from crushed leaves to treat respiratory infections. It should not be taken internally.
- Oil of oregano: This classic spice (Origanum vulgare) found in many kitchens contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds including carvacrol and thymol. Carvacrol may kill Candida albicans, Aspergillus mold, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, E. coli, Giardia, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, and Listeria. The oregano essential oil can be distilled and extracted and used topically or even internally in low doses. It also acts as an antioxidant and may help with wound healing. If you have the beginning stages of food poisoning, try one or two capsules of wild oregano oil immediately. It’s a good idea to travel with some in your bag.
- Frankincense: Along with healing the body, we must protect and heal the mind. Frankincense comes from trees of the genus Boswellia. This is actually a resin refined from the sap of trees. The resin can then be steam-distilled into an essential oil. Studies have shown Frankincense to relieve depression and reduce stress. It also helps with bodily ailments, including arthritis, and possibly ulcerative colitis and asthma. Keep your outlook positive with Frankincense.
You won’t need a doctor’s prescription for these essential oils, and while they may seem expensive, just consider the price of most pharmaceutical chemical medicines these days. Always consult a professional in the treatment of medical conditions and be sure to buy only food-grade or medical-grade essential oils and preferably without chemical extraction. Some essential oils are only for external use, so read the labels first.