Burning bladders, infected kidneys: Aromatherapy for bladder infection

Infection of the urinary bladder is common among women than men. This is because, in women, the passage between the bladder and exit is very short and this leads to an increased possibility of infection than in men. It is estimated that about one out of four North American women suffer from bladder infections at least once in their lifetimes. Since infection can enter a woman’s body easily than in men, bladder infection can be debilitating for women. They can result in formation of cysts and a condition called Cystitis or infection of the kidney.

Symptoms of bladder infection: How do you identify that you have a bladder infection? You have a heaviness in your bladder. You have a burning sensation in your genitals as you urinate. You may get false alarms which would force you to go to toilets only to find that your infection is playing truant with you. Sometimes there is a dull ache in the lower back. If your infection has reached this last stage, contact your doctor immediately as this be an early sign of a kidney infection. Yes, your bladder infection can spread to your kidneys and rob you of your peace of mind.

Aromatherapy for bladder infection: There are several essential oils to be used for treatment of bladder infection. Some of them are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Fir, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood and Tea Tree oil. Other oils that can be used include – Cajeput, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Peppermint, Rosemary etc. Below are some of the ways on how to prevent or cure your bladder infection:

1. Bladder infection oil: Combine 8 drops of Juniper Berry or Cypress oil with 6 drops of Tea Tree, 6 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Fennel and 2 drops of Vegetable oil. Mix the blend well and massage on to your bladder area. Your bladder is below your lower abdomen. You can also add the oil to your bath tub.

2. Blend for Sitz bath: Add 5 drops of Rosemary to 5 drops of Lavender in a hot bath. Sit in the bathtub with hot water for about 10 minutes. Enough if you immerse your body till your waistline in water. After the particular time, switch to a tub of cold water for at least one minute. You can do this 4 or 5 times to clear your bladder of impurities.

3. E.Coli killer: As most of us know, the main reason behind bladder infections are E.Coli, the powerful and harmful bacteria. It is responsible for this and a few vaginal infections. Cranberry juice is famous for treating your bladder infection. Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, is also a cause for such urinary and vaginal infections.

Diffuse to defend: 6 aromatherapy diffuser blends to guard against infection

Diffusing essential oils in your home environment is useful in many ways than one. Though many tend to think of diffusing as a laborious or unnecessary thing, it is not so. When you diffuse a micro-fine, vaporized mist of essential oil blends in a room or enclosed atmosphere, you defend yourself and your family against potentially life-threatening bacteria and viruses.

Why should you diffuse oils? A diffuser is a special air pump designed to disburse essential oils in a micro-fine vapor in an enclosed space. The vapors stay suspended in the area for several hours, killing or paralyzing infectious organisms. Such diffused oils not just freshen the room with natural fragrances but also kill the pathogens that live in the environment. By using a diffuser, you protect your living atmosphere from dangerous infectious germs, fungus and microbes.


You may ask how diffusing can help with regard to infections outside the home environment. It may not help with infections contracted from outside environment, but it will certainly aid in not letting the infection spread to others in your home. Breathing in air diffused with essential oils will kill and clear any virus or bacteria lining your respiratory tract. It creates a defense mechanism inside you, guarding you against all kinds of possible future infections too. Though there are many devices available to diffuse essential oils at home, not many use it on account of their lack of knowledge in using diffusers and blending oils. This article will give you six most common and easy recipes on how to blend oils to be used in a diffuser.

Diffusing essential oils – tips: Diffusing essential oils releases negative ions which kill microbes and prevent them from infecting people. So, you need to be careful with the amount of oils used in a diffuser pump. Thicker essential oils, in general, diffuse slowly than thinner oils. A 15 ml bottle of a thicker oil like Sandalwood may take about 48 hours to diffuse completely, while a thinner oil like Lemon will diffuse within 8 hours. Oils that can be diffused on a daily basis include – Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood etc. You can blend oils and diffuse them for greater benefits. Below are some of the most popular diffuser blends used at homes:

1. Blend 1: Use 4 drops of Rosewood with 5 drops of Lavender and  1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

2. Blend 2: Use 5 drops of Rosemary with 1 drop of Peppermint, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Roman Chamomile

3. Blend 3: Add 2 drops of Grapefruit and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang to 2 drops of Lemon and create a blend.

4. Blend 4: Mix 7 drops of Sweet Orange with 4 drops of Ylang Ylang to create an aromatic blend

5. Blend 5: Add 8 drops of Sweet Orange to 4 drops of Patchouli to make a nice blend and use it in your home environment, especially living area.

6. Blend 6: Use 5 drops of Peppermint with 5 drops of Lavender and 9 drops of Sweet Orange to make a light blend. This may diffuse faster, but will definitely lend a cozy feel to your home.

When you prepare a blend, remember to read through the instructions of the manufacturer. Add only required drops of essential oils to each blend, else you may end up making a highly concentrated essential oil or a very light diffuser blend.

Sneezy routines, droplet days: Aromatherapy for chest congestion

Sneezing, cough and congestion are common during autumn or winter. Cold and flu are so common that almost everyone who has a low immunity level becomes vulnerable to it. Since the flu virus spreads from person to person very rapidly, preventing it can be difficult. Sinus infection can also be a source of headaches, runny noses and droplet infection if left untreated. However, the oral over the counter drugs that we take often fail to offer immediate or complete relief. This is why it becomes important to search for alternative remedies. Control over your condition can be achieved only through natural remedies like essential oils.

Essential oils for congestion: Chest congestion can be both painful and troublesome. You will have difficulty in breathing, excessive mucus blockage in the nasal passages accompanied by flu, cough and sniffles. It is always better to keep a stock of essential oils for treatment of such conditions. Some of the essential oils that help with chest and nasal congestion are – Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Tea Tree oil, Ravensara, and Frankincense. Most of these essential oils have anti-viral properties which make them immuno-stimulators and flu-annihilators. They act upon the flu virus, and give immediate relief.


Below are some of the commonly-used essential oils for chest congestion:

1. Eucalyptus oil: When it comes congestion, nothing works like Eucalyptus oil. The active chemical compounds in the oil work well in clearing nasal blockages and sinus congestion. Like menthol, Eucalyptus oil acts on receptors in the nasal mucosa and reduce the symptoms of congestion. The astringent properties of the oil also help with reducing inflammation of the mucous membrane and the upper respiratory tract. The oil is also an antiseptic which has strong germicidal properties to effectively kill staphylococcus bacteria and also treat tuberculosis. Studies have proved that Eucalyptus is so vehement on bacteria that even a 2% diluted solution of the oil can kill 70% of air-bone staphylococcus bacteria.

With Eucalyptus oil, you can inhale it through steam inhalation or use an aromatherapy diffuser. The chemical component called ‘Eucalyptol’ in the oil will destroy the bacteria and loosen the phlegm.

2. Pine oil: Pine oil is good for highly congested chest or nose. Owing to its healing and strong aromatic properties, it helps with coughs, chills and aches related to flu and common cold.

3. Lavender and Peppermint oils: Lavender oils fight infection, reduces inflammation and eases congestion. Peppermint oil, like Lavender oil, reduces infection, clears congestion and kills the flu-virus.

Some of the methods that can clear congestion using these essential oils include – aromatherapy diffuser, steam inhalation and aromatic baths. Quick relief can be got by using Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil combined with steam. The steam opens up the blocked bronchial passages, making breathing a simple and easy affair. Another classic way to use essential oils is to add drops of the oils into a bowl of boiling water, lean over it and inhale the steam (from escaping) by covering with a towel. Doing this for five minutes can clear nasal congestion completely.

Chest-rub Massage oil:
This massage oil can be used for children who have bronchial or respiratory infection. It can be rubbed on to the chest for instant relief. Recipe includes –

  • 1 drop Lavender oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree oil
  • 1 drop Niaouli oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood oil
  • 25 ml of Jojoba oil

Mix the oils and when the blend is ready, massage them on to the chest for congestion relief.

When love hurts: How to treat herpes and shingles with essential oils

Can love hurt? Yes, it can if you have genital herpes. About 500,000 people suffer from genital herpes and half of this crowd do not know they have the disease. Herpes is a painful viral infection which appears mostly on the genitals and near the mouth in the form of blisters, lesions and shingles. Caused by the herpes simplex type 2 virus, genital herpes can make life hell for the person who has it. He or she cannot have sex with a partner nor can find an easy cure to the condition. The ordinary herpes that occurs in parts other than the genital area is also painful. It can be a source of huge social embarrassment for patients, making them look ugly and awkward in public eyes.

Herpes cure: Once you get the herpes virus, there is no way to eliminate it from your body. You can only control the lesions and shingles it causes, or boost up your immunity levels to prevent an outbreak. Since the herpes virus is highly contagious, having sex with a herpes patient (during an outbreak) can mean a definite attack of the virus to the other partner. It also makes the intercourse painful and difficult for both the partners. Herpes blisters in the mouth area are no less severe. They cause a burning sensation, making it difficult to converse or eat.


Though drugs like acyclovir help, there is no complete cure to the herpes virus. Immediate relief is also a distant possibility as the virus attacks only in times of a weakened immune system. However, research has revealed that aromatherapy can offer instant cure from herpes attacks. Essential oils do not just fight the herpes simplex virus, but also boost up your immune system and lets you relax and ward off physical and emotional stress.

Aromatherapy for Herpes treatment: There are several essential oils with relaxing properties. But only a few help treat the actual herpes symptoms like lesions, blisters and shingles. Some of them are mentioned below:

1. Cayenne oil: Topical creams made from capsaicin, a compound found in Cayenne oil deadens the pain of herpes and shingles. Cayenne oil, when added with a cream base, can work well and provide immediate relief. But it can also burn the skin too much if used excessively. So, be careful in usage of the oil.

2. Tea Tree oil: Also known as niaouli, Tea Tree oil offers one of the best remedies for herpes. Recipes made using Niaouli cures instantly, alleviating the pain and embarrassment associated with herpes. Applying a single drop of Tea Tree oil directly on to the genital herpes lesions once a day can make the blisters vanish quickly. The oil’s healing properties help heal any external sore faster and herpes is no exception.

3. Myrrh and other oils: Though a bit expensive, Myrrh oil is also an effective cure. Other oils like Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Peppermint etc too help in treating herpes. To prepare a good remedy, dilute the essential oil of your choice in an equal amount of vegetable oil and apply directly on to the lesions. If applied immediately after an outbreak, you may prevent further outbreaks.