Tag Archives: essential oil

Lice Patrol??

Natural head lice remedy:

  1. 10 drops of Tea Tree oil
  2. 5 drops of Lavender oil
  3. Mix the oils into hair conditioner and let sit in hair for 30 minutes before rinsing out.

Check with your ND first to ensure whether this is the best treatment remedy for your hair infestation :)

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Kill a Coldsore Before it Erupts?

I’ve heard good things about oil of oregano being applied at the first onset of the “pre-coldsore tingle.” For many, no will eruption occur if the oil is applied immediately to the tingling area. One or two drops should do, and you may have to repeat a few more times.

Say Goodbye To Sandalwood

Many people don’t know that Sandalwood (Santalum album), is a threatened species that grows in India. It is harvested for its essential oil, and is a favorite among incense users. It is time to save a species and keep Sandalwood out of our homes.

Take the Itis Out of Sinusitis?

I got to play Dr. Mom to my own mother recently who had a very bad bout of sinusitis. I gave her a simple steam inhalation that was quite strong, but the result was very effective with severe symptoms subsiding within the following 10 hours. Here’s what to do:

  • Boil water and pour into a large bowl.
  • Add Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) sprig leaves or oil, and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil.
  • Position your head over the bowl and encase with a large towel.
  • Breathe the steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Keep tissues close by, as you will need them.

The steam will help open blocked airways, while delivering the anti-microbial agents to the bugs partying in your sinuses. Speaking of partying, my dad suggested following Crocodile Dundee’s recipe that adds cocaine to the water –  do not do this.

Nature’s Sore Throat Lozenge?

It ain’t tasty, and it ain’t fun. It’s garlic (Allium sativum)!

Take one small garlic clove. Peel it, cut off the ends, and then pop it in your mouth. Gently crush it with your teeth from time to time. The volatile oils released are very powerful bug killers that will search and destroy the enemies of your oral pharynx (and other places).

May also be used to keep people away when you need some alone time.

Rapunzel’s Recipe?

Here’s a topical treatment for hair loss courtesy of my botanical medicine professor:

1-3 drops of Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) mixed into 1-2 tsp of almond oil (prevents the rosemary oil from burning, but you may find you do not need to mix).

After bathing, work oil well into the affected area of the scalp.  Rosemary’s essential oil will help stimulate/activate the cells to function properly (produce hair).

Note: if you think you have a pathological condition responsible for your hair loss (i.e. redness, scaliness, flaking, oozing, bleeding) then please seek medical advice either by an ND or an MD before attempting this treatment.