Update: Smell is not back yet and it stinks. (I actually can’t smell stinky odors so maybe it’s a
good thing?) For those of you just joining us, I told my readers in the April issue that I had lost
my sense of smell after having COVID-19 earlier this year. The Internet suggested I inhale
strong smells like peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender, which got me thinking about oils and
their benefits. (You can read my article in the April issue of Our Town DeKalb at
Let’s pick up where we left off and start this column with Eucalyptus oil - my favorite scent. I
surround myself with it because it relaxes me but it has more benefits than just being a stress
reliever. It’s found in a lot of products for good reason. One of its top uses is to clear your
sinuses. Drop a couple of drops into water and inhale the steam to clear up congestion.
Eucalyptus can also help with cold sores and keep bugs and rodents away!
Lavender oil is another popular oil with many benefits. I use it for anxiety and insomnia,
but it also helps treat fungal infections, allergies, depression, eczema, nausea and menstrual
Cannabidiol, more popularly known as CBD, is a highly controversial oil popping up everywhere
and in everything. One of hundreds of chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant, CBD
is not psychoactive and won’t get you “high,” which makes it a good option for those looking for
pain relief without the mind-altering effects of pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is made by diluting
CBD with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed. Although more research is needed, many
studies show CBD oil can relieve pain and reduce inflammation, reduce anxiety and depression,
may alleviate cancer-related symptoms, and could benefit heart health.
Applying CBD-based products on your face can also help with excess oil production. Acne, the
most common skin condition in humans, is caused when sebocytes create too much sebum or
oil. Studies show CBD helps control how much sebum is produced, and the antibacterial and
antifungal properties of CBD could prevent acne, and treat the appearance of acne scars.
CBD oil can be applied topically or taken orally. It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing so the
dosage needs to be formulated to your needs. Although people generally tolerate CBD well,
experts list dry mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea and changes in appetite and weight as side
effects. If you’re thinking of trying out CBD oil for any of the benefits mentioned above, please
consult with your doctor especially if you are on any medications. The FDA does not regulate
CBD products so make sure you do your research.
There are hundreds of oils and thousands of oil combinations to address dozens of issues.
From insomnia to pain relief to tummy aches to anxiety, you name it, there’s an oil for it. But
before you try any of them, research them properly because essential oils are not FDA
approved to treat any conditions. Use everything with caution and when in doubt, ask your