Essential Oil Detox for Body & Soul

essential oil


I started using essential oils many years ago as a way to clear a bacterial infection and manage anxiety and have since learned to use them to improve breathing, as a cleaning alternative to harsh chemicals in my home, and as a soothing bath addition that dispels muscle soreness, stress, and inflammation.

Essential oils are the very soul of the plant. They’ve been used for thousands of years in food preparation and in beauty and health products.

Generally distilled, usually by steam, from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of the plant, essential oils have incredible benefits. Here, I want to focus how they can help alleviate respiratory and other issues that are affecting our friends in Puna.

TO DECONGEST while on the go, make a mixture of one part eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint. (You can also use any of these oils solo). Keep the mixture with you in a container and when you need it, put a few drops on your hands, cup them to your nose and inhale all the aromatic goodness. You could also steam the mixture using one drop of each in a steaming bowl of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and breathe it in. Try breathing in for about five minutes, taking breaks as needed. Apply topically by mixing 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and massage on the chest to relieve congestion.

TO DETER LICE AND NITS, use peppermint. As a preventative, put it in a carrier oil as described above and massage it over the body. Be careful. Use only a few drops of the essential oil. Keep out of the eyes!!!!

Tea Tree oil works the best but some children who don’t like the smell so much, so you can make a mixture of equal parts peppermint and tea tree oil, and then add a few drops of lavender, also one drop of eucalyptus, with two ounces of rubbing alcohol and two ounces water. Put in in a spray bottle and apply to the hair twice a day.

AS A BUG REPELLANT, again, peppermint oil can come to the rescue. Place a few drops on your wrists morning and night. Citronella is also excellent, especially in deterring mosquitoes. If you are senstive, don’t apply directly to skin; put in carrier oil like coconut or olive.

FOR MUSCLE SORENESS, massage lavender and /or chamomile oil – blended with coconut or olive oil — on the skin. If you have a bathtub, it’s great to melt into a tub with two cups of Epsom salt with10 drops of lavender and five drops of eucalyptus. The lavender calms and relaxes while the rosemary helps the muscles and joints and the eucalyptus helps the respiratory system. Rosemary also helps the memory and focus.

Simply inhaling antioxidant-rich essential oils can help fight free radical toxicity at the cellular level!

Here’s a rule of thumb: when in doubt, use lavender oil. The smell of lavender essential oil is a potent bug repellant but it is also a delectable perfume. It helps induce sleep, relieves stress and anxiety, soothes pain, treats acne and indigestion, and inhibits harmful bacteria, thus curbing infections.

Widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infection, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

The oil can put into a diffuser or in water on low heat on the stove to create an aromatic vapor, or added to a hot bath. It can be applied to the skin of the neck, chest, and back. Not all essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, so be careful. (See RISKS below)

The stimulating nature of lavender vapors loosen up phlegm and relieve congestion associated with respiratory conditions, thus speeding up the recovery process and helping the body to purify unwanted material. With its antibacterial properties, lavender essential oil also fights respiratory tract infections.

These are just a few of the ways to use essential oils. They are incredibly useful and mostly inexpensive.

If you have any kind of reaction, stop using them!

RISKS: There are some risks to using lavender (or any other) oil.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women and diabetics should avoid using lavender oil. Too much exposure to lavender can disrupt hormones – use sparingly. For some people, it can cause skin irritation. If so, stop using immediately. Do not ingest any essential oil unless you consult with a qualified health professional.

Detoxing is a way of life, not a one-time adventure. Oil of oregano is an excellent long-term way to maintain optimal health. Learn more online or by calling me at 808-345-0050.

Malama Pono! Take good care!

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