The home and health benefits of essential oils are limitless!  Most oils are 70 times stronger than dried herbs. 

Prescription drugs and OTC products are slow dissolving, costly, and have expiration dates, but essential oils are fast acting, less expensive and will last for years.

LEMON oil soothes cold sores, slows a cough, and eases the wheezing!  Add it to your favorite foods, beverages, into your laundry and dishwasher.

LAVENDER is the calming oil - promoting restful sleep, and contains antibacterial and antiviral properties.  It’s great for ear aches, sinus issues – even sunburns.

PEPPERMINT oil is a natural expectorant, relieves upset stomachs and indigestion, and will cool those hot, tired feet.  Just one drop has the equivalent of 26 cups of peppermint tea! 

Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are beneficial when applied topically to the skin, taken internally, or breathed in aromatically.  Always check the labels when purchasing, and look for oils tested and certified as 100% pure therapeutic grade, and containing no harmful, artificial ingredients, toxins, or fillers to dilute their active qualities.

*DO IT YOURSELF TIP:  Make your own carpet fresh by adding 5-6 drops of lavender into a shaker jar filled with baking soda.  It might even do a little sumpin’ sumpin’ with those smelly tennis shoes.  Money saved and no chemicals!

(Brenda Erby Fudge has lived in Quitman, AR for 20 years, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Heber Springs and the Chamber of Commerce.  She owns her own business and is an active wellness advocate of natural, alternative healthcare solutions.  SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO MY “Q&A” -  - OR MAIL PO BOX 367, QUITMAN, AR  72131)