When working in the medical arena, it is vital to have a strong immune system. Aromatherapy can support the immune system and speed healing. Aromatherapy oils, often known as essential oils, are the lifeblood of plants. They are extracted in many ways and are used in massage, compresses, in the tub, via inhalation and on occasion, taken orally. Essential oils have different properties and work on different bodily systems. I have found that having these five oils in my personal medical toolkit helps enhance both my physical and mental health.

  • Peppermint: A wonderful antiviral oil that I use to keep coughs and colds at bay.
  • Geranium: A balancer for oily or dry skin.
  • Lavender: Prevents keloid scarring, great for relieving headaches and helps you sleep. As an effective mosquito repellant, it smells much nicer than citronella.
  • Bergamot: Great for treating urinary tract infections.
  • Rosemary: A circulatory stimulant.

Oils are inexpensive and readily available. They can also be dangerous, so if you are a prospective user, please talk to a knowledgeable person before use.

— Karen Elysbeth Walsh is a licensed occupational therapist specializing in ergonomics and pain management, www.ergonomictherapist.com.