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Please note that this is only a guide to help you identify which oils are good for which ailments and vice versa. Once you have found the oil that suits your needs, please read the whole article for that oil to find out any contraindications and if it is the right oil for you.

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Lavender and/or Marigold oil can be added to the wheatgerm to speed healing. Tea Tree is a good alternative to Lemon, and can be used in alternation with it. Some people suffer from the appearance of large numbers of warts in a relatively short space of time, suggesting a low level of resistance to the virus. Garlic capsules (between 3 and 6 a day) will help to strengthen the immune response, as will lymphatic massage with essential oils of Rosemary, Geranium, Juniper or a blend of these. Sometimes such 'plagues' of warts may appear following a trauma, such as a road accident, bereavement, etc. and treatment appropriate to such a situation will also be needed.

See also VERRUCA.

Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria (Bordetella pertussis) and is one of the most contagious bacterial infections. If one child in a group of siblings gets it, the other children are extremely likely to become infected if they have not already had the disease or been vaccinated.

Older children can have chest rubs with a blend of

5 drops Niaouli
10 drops Cypress
10 drops Lavender

in 50 mls of almond, sunflower or other bland oil. Rub the child's chest and back three or four times a day

In every case, call a doctor, as whooping cough can be a long drawn-out and very debilitating illness, and the child becoming weakened risks succumbing to complications such as pneumonia.

However, using essential oils as suggested will reduce this risk, and help to shorten the illness. with this blend to reduce the coughing spasms.

The plant has been used for respiratory conditions such as chronic mucous discharge, but is mainly employed for joint and muscular pain relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fibromyalgia, etc. Wintergreen is often added to liniments and ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains.

See our Wintergreen Oil Page for indepth information.

A witlow is an infection of the finger-tip, at the side of the nail, which may creep under the nail itself. Pus collects, and, particularly if it is trapped under the nail, can be very painful. Some­times the nail has to be removed.

Hot compresses of Bergamot, Camomile or Lavender should be applied round the finger repeatedly, a fresh one being applied as soon as the previous one has cooled. This will draw out pus and promote faster healing. Once the whitlow has broken and pus has been released, neat Lavender oil can be applied and covered with a gauze dressing, held in place with a strip of adhesive plaster. Do not use a plaster that covers the area and excludes air, or the finger will get very damp and healing will be delayed.

A high level of Vitamin C supplementation is a valuable adjunct to the treatment with essential oils, and it may also be useful to take a general look at the diet of the person involved, as whitlows often affect those with a generally poor standard of nutrition.

Virtually all essential oils are antiseptic and therefore helpful in cleansing and treating wounds, but some are more notably so. Several of them also help to promote healing and kill pain, so obviously a combination of these properties makes a good oil for treating wounds. A further requirement is that the oil will not damage or irritate the exposed flesh (some of the most power­fully antiseptic oils are more suitable for washing surfaces, vaporising in sickrooms, etc., than for applying directly to broken skin).Many essential oils are suitable for treating wounds, including Benzoin, Bergamot, Camomile, Eucalyptus, Juniper and Rosemary, but Lavender and Tea Tree are regarded as the most important and useful, with Myrrh in reserve for any wound that is slow to heal, especially if it is weepy.

Two of the most useful essential oils are Frankincense and Neroli, both of which have been used in skin care for thousands of years. The Egyptians used Frankincense for cosmetic purposes, as well as for embalming and religious ceremonies and it does seem to have a preservative action on the skin. In some instances it may even reduce existing wrinkling, but it does certainly help to prevent further wrinkles forming. Neroli is particularly valuable in that it stimulates the body to produce healthy new cells, and this can help to keep the skin looking smooth by delaying the aging process in the layers of connective tissue.

See our Wrinkles Infections Page for more information.

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