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Alternative Medicine: 10 Must-Have Essential Oils

Update Date: Dec 19, 2016 08:12 PM EST

While oils have been proven effective as alternative medicine for centuries, it is slowly returning to the limelight because of the growing popularity of organic products in the recent years. While consumption and use of these oils are still subject to a physician's advice, many studies and research have proven the efficacy of these ingredients. 

Here are 10 essential oils that could double as alternative medicine:

Lemon (Citrus Limon)

Not only is lemon a kitchen favorite but is also a prominent cleaning agent, and capable to brighten skin tone. Lemon has anti-microbial properties as well, so adding a few drops of emon in a glass of water can remove bad breath.

Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllata)

Clove has antiseptic properties that is sought-after for relieving dental problems for centuries. It helps in aiding toothaches, gum problems, and cold sores. Its oil can be diluted to cure Athelete's foot, prickly heat, wounds, cuts, and insect bites.

Lavender ( Lavandula Angustifolia)

Lavender is one of the most versatile oils in the market. Lavender can be applied to skin rashes, insect bites, acne, and minor burns. A published journal even labeled it as the "Lipids of health."

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

This is mostly known to help enhance memory, but it has also proven to assist in normalizing blood pressure. 

Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri)

This type of oil was found in the tomb of King Tukhamen, showing its importance in history. It is best known to aid digestion, respiratory issues, and even stress.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)

Eucalyptus is known for its antispasmodic and antiviral traits. A recent experiment by VIT University in India revealed how the deadly bacteria Aureus becomes null in 15 minutes of contact with Eucalyptus.

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)

Peppermint is another oil that known for its proven efficacy in topical uses. Its notable feature, however, is its ability to replace antibiotic and possibly reversing antibiotic resistance.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Tea tree oil is popularly known to be a "medicine in a bottle". It aids to fight infections from bacteria to fungi. It is also be used to aid Athlete's foot, Acne, cold sores, and warts.

Sandalwood (Santalum Album)

Besides being an essential ingredient in fragrant soaps, sandalwood has revealed its potential in curing Alzheimer's disease, according to research.

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