Wintertime = Colds & Flu: How to use essential oils to boost your immunity and reduce symptoms.

It’s that time of year – flu & cold time.  My least favorite time of the year.  I’m too busy to get sick, as I am sure you are too.  So,  6 days before Christmas, I started getting that “feeling in my throat” – you know – the one that your throat isn’t sore, but it kind of doesn’t feel right? – ya that one.  The next day, my nose was congested.  Well, this was not acceptable!  I had work at the firm to do, no sick days left and Christmas plans all weekend with family.  So I marched over to my essential oils box, pulled out my Edens Garden Fighting Five Synergy Blend, loaded up my diffuser and roller ball and started fighting! For 4 days, I diffused the Fighting Five blend downstairs and put the blend on the bottoms of my feet every morning and night. I also diffused the Edens Garden Breathe Easy in my bedroom to help with the congestion.  My cold fighting strategy also consisted of Vitamin D, a daily multivitamin, lots of water, washing hands, orange juice and rest.  And…after 4 days…it was gone! Not only was it gone, but I barely noticed it.  My cold symptoms never knocked me down or out.  I was able to function at work and home, I was able to sleep – due to the amazing Breathe Easy Synergy blend – and never felt that bad.    And, more importantly, I did not have to take any over-the-counter-cold products!!! YEAH!

Cool weather makes you more vulnerable to viruses. So, don’t let the cold & flu virus get you down.  Below are essential oils and blends to help you this cold & flu season.

Coughs: Suggested oils: Eucalyptus (Globulus, Radiata or Blue), peppermint, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), myrrh, spruce, ravintsara, cedarwood, marjoram, hyssop, copaiba, Idaho balsam fir, cypress and melissa.

How to apply:
Diffuse the oils for 15 minutes every 4 hours
Place 3 drops of the oil you choose to use in your hands and rub together, then cup your hands over your nose and inhale periodically throughout the day.
Use a warm compress with 2 drops of oil on your throat, upper back and chest twice a day.

Blends:
Coughs are generally either productive (lots of phlegm or mucus) or dry. With that in mind, here are a couple of blends to try out:

Productive cough:
This one can be diffused or applied topically to the throat, upper back or chest area
10 drops of Eucalyptus globulus oil
1 drop of wintergreen oil
1 drop of peppermint oil

Dry Cough:
This one can be sipped as a tea.
3 drops of Eucalyptus radiata oil
2 drops of lemon oil
1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup
118 ml/4 oz of warm water

Sore throat: This is normally the precursor to a cough, runny nose, head cold or flu.
Suggested oils: Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), ravintsara, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, lemon, sacred frankincense, frankincense (boswellia carteri), thyme, oregano, peppermint, myrrh or wintergreen.

How to apply:
Diffuse the oils for 15 minutes every 4 hours
Apply 3 drops to the throat and back neck areas. Dilute 50:50 with a vegetable or carrier oil. Alternatively use a warm compress with your chosen oil or oils on the throat area. Topical application should be up to 4 times a day.
Gargle up to 8 times a day with a glass of water and your chosen oil/s.

Blends:

Blend One:
2 drops of Thyme
2 drops of Cypress
1 drop of Eucalyptus radiata
1 drop of Peppermint
1 drop of Myrrh
1 teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, etc.

Blend Two:
5 drops of Lemon
2 drops of Eucalyptus globulus
2 drops of Wintergreen
1 drop of Peppermint

Colds: Suggested oils: Ravintsara, cypress, peppermint, thyme, laurus nobilis (bay laurel), hyssop, oregano, eucalyptus blue, eucalyptus radiata, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), rosemary and clove.

How to apply:
Diffuse the oils for 15 minutes every 4 hours
Place 3 drops of the oil you choose to use in your hands and rub together, then cup your hands over your nose and inhale periodically throughout the day.
Massage up to 3 drops of your chosen oil/s (dilute with a carrier or vegetable oil 50:50) on the throat, chest, upper back, forehead and nose (Be particularly careful you AVOID your eyes after use. Should you get some oil in your eyes, use a carrier or vegetable oil, NOT water. The vegetable oil will draw the essential oil out – the water will drive it in). Apply up to 3 times a day.
Gargle up to 8 times a day with a glass of water and your chosen oil/s.

Blends:

Bath time blend:
80 drops of Eucalyptus radiata oil
60 drops of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil
45 drops of Lemon oil
10 drops of Thyme oil
5 drops of Cinnamon oil

Mix in a 10ml (1/3 oz) dark glass bottle and shake well. Fill the bathtub with warm water and in a separate bowl add 6 drops of this blend to 1 teaspoon of milk. Then add to the bathwater and disperse the oil thoroughly into the water. Then comes the best bit – sit yourself in the tub and relax. Massage any drops of oil floating in the water into your skin.

Cold blend (for inhalation or topical application):
5 drops of Rosemary
4 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata
4 drops of Peppermint
3 drops of Cypress
2 drops of Lemon

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

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