It’s not surprising that when it comes to healing oils some are more widely recognized than others. For instance, omega-3 oils such as fish and flax and olive oil are well known since their health benefits have been touted for quite some time. On the other hand, krill oil and coconut oil are examples of healing oils that have become popular in more recent years.
Regardless of their familiarity and/or popularity, the number of healing oils available and the benefits they provide are myriad. Obviously, I don’t have the space here to tell you about all of them, but—in addition to those mentioned above—here are a few more healing oils to consider adding to your arsenal of natural therapies.
Healing Oil #1: Olbas, a Great Natural Cold Remedy and More
Switzerland is renowned for its watches, mountains, chocolate—and Olbas oil. Developed more than 100 years ago, this healing oil is a unique blend of menthol, clove, eucalyptus, and other essential oils.
Olbas oil is a great natural cold remedy. Its penetrating vapors help open up clogged nasal passageways, allowing for decreased congestion and easier breathing. This soothing oil can also be used as a massage oil or rubbed into tired, worn muscles. It even takes the sting out of bug bites.
There are a number of ways you can reap these benefits of Olbas oil. They include sprinkling a few drops of this healing oil onto a handkerchief and inhaling as needed throughout the day, or adding it to a warm bowl of water or a hot bath for an aromatherapy-like experience. For nighttime use, a tissue dabbed with Olbas oil and placed in a pillowcase can ease congestion. Additional Olbas oil remedies include lozenges, cough syrups, analgesic salves, and teas. Look for these products in health food stores and drugstores or order at olbas.com. Use as directed.
Healing Oil #2: Oregano Is Also Effective for Colds, Flu, and Other Illnesses
You probably use oregano to season your favorite Italian recipes, but this herb has been extolled for its germ-fighting abilities for centuries. The healing oil, which comes from the leaves, contains several medicinal compounds that have been shown to kill microbes, fungus, and even parasites—making it a boon for several health conditions.
In lab studies conducted at Georgetown University, oregano oil inhibited and deactivated human corona virus (which causes colds), Streptococcus (strep throat), and influenza A. It is also an effective treatment for yeast, fungal, and bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
Oregano oil is widely available in health food stores and online.
Healing Oil #3: Rosemary for Better Cognition and Mood
Certain scents have powerful effects on people—the entire perfume industry is based on this premise. Yet there is little research regarding how specific odors affect us. A team of scientists set out to expand this body of knowledge by studying the effects of rosemary oil on mood and cognitive ability.
Study participants were randomly exposed to the scent of rosemary oil for four to 10 minutes (participants didn’t know they were being intentionally exposed). They were then tasked with detecting number patterns and completing various subtraction problems, while mood assessments and blood samples were taken before and after each session.
Researchers found that the longer the participants were exposed to the scent, the higher the concentration of eucalyptol (the active component of rosemary) in their blood. And those with higher concentrations completed the tasks more quickly and accurately. They also reported feeling more content after exposure.
To give yourself a natural lift, just soak a cotton ball with rosemary essential oil and place it nearby. You can find rosemary essential oil in health food stores and online.
Now it’s your turn: What healing oils have you used or would be interested in trying?