Poor Musette’s bout of the dreaded shingles recently (as well as several other friends) have piqued my interest in essential oils. They seemed to help Musette, and another friend of mine swears by them and even found a specific blend just for shingles that she used and wound up with only a mild case of the painful buggers.
I’ve not used essential oils much at all, save for an anti-stress blend that the above friend got for me, but she also always raves about something called thieves oil as being a great preventative measure for all kinds of stuff. (I don’t think it would prevent a case of shingles, since it is internal and not necessarily contagious — or is it?)
A popular one, lavender, is touted for relaxation and as a sleep aid, but in truth, it really just irritates/annoys me more than anything, so I guess not everything works for everyone. I did read somewhere recently that the scent of jasmine can help with sleep, so I would definitely be on board with that.
When I want to feel happy and uplifted, a bit of orange blossom does the trick. And I do know that the peppermint and/or spearmint ones are supposed to be energizing (and I tend to feel a bit livelier when I pull out my Doublemint gum, ha!).
I need to explore more about essential oils; I should poke around and find some kind of a big ‘ol cool chart that lists many of them and what they do for you.
What about you all? Are there any essential oils that you swear by for various aches, pains, or other conditions, etc.? Or what scents do you reach for first to help you the most when you’re under the weather?