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Published July 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Essential oils and their uses

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): Used for bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Can treat athlete’s foot, acne, bug bites and cold sores. Used to stimulate the immune system and for cleansing

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Promotes a calm and relaxed feeling, good for treating bee stings, bug bites, burns, headache, rash, sprains, acne and depression

Orange (Citrus sinensis): Helps with lymphatic congestion, digestion, acne and depression

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus smithii): Purifying and invigorating. Used for respiratory infections

Lemon (Citrus limon): Refreshing and cheering, used for cleansing and circulatory support

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Refreshing and cooling, soothes digestion, improves concentration, reenergizes. For headaches, fever, nausea and fatigue

Sources: www.swansonvitamins.com, www.youngliving.com, www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu

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