There is nothing more annoying than being stuck at home with a cold or flu. There are numerous over-the-counter medications that could be used for treatment, but there are also many natural remedies that tend to be overlooked. Essential oils can play a vital role in helping you kick the bug you have, and in some cases, even prevent it all together.
Essential oils have been gaining popularity in recent years, and more and more are finding their way into the average household. The use of plants for medicinal purposes is nothing new, and as we learn more about how plants were used anciently, many people are applying those principles to how we treat common ailments today.
Common oils and blends to fight stuffy noses
So what are some good blends to consider when dealing with the cold or flu? One of my favorite blends is Thieves. Thieves was created during the plague and it’s a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can use it in a diffuser or spray some onto a sore throat for a soothing effect.
Other blends, such as lavender and chamomile, can help relieve sinus pressure and have anti-inflammatory properties. These can be easily diffused and inhaled while sleeping. They will soothe those aches and pains as well as promote a deeper more restful sleep. When making your own blends, have fun and don’t hesitate to try something new.
Another tip is to treat a pack of tissues with your favorite oil, if you start to feel congestion or sinus pressure. You can then get a refreshing and healing blast every time you blow your nose. Just a few drops of oil on the tissue is all it takes. You can also carry a handkerchief around that has been treated with a few drops of oil. Breathing the oil deeply throughout the day will do the trick on the congestion and help loosen the gunk.
If your congestion is particularly bad you can inhale from the bottle directly a few times each day. This will give you a concentrated and restorative dose. A few drops of certain oils, like peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon, can go great in tea and will have a soothing and healing effect on a cold. Inhaling the steam will also help with the congestion while drinking.
You can also throw 3-4 drops of oil into an air diffuser or humidifier. This is a great method to utilize while sleeping. It will add moisture to the air as well as provide antibacterial qualities. Lastly, you can add a couple drops to some boiling water and then put a towel over your head while breathing deeply.
The “best buy”
When considering which oils to purchase, the quality is of utmost importance. It’s also important to ensure that the oil is pure. Some companies will add synthetic materials as a cost-cutting measure. This can entirely alter the medicinal quality of the oil and disrupt the desired outcomes.
You can get creative in how you use oil, the goal of these methods is exposure. During cold and flu season you want to be exposed to essential oils throughout the day. It will work wonders at preventing and treating your cold if you take some time to increase your exposure. Using creative ways makes that process fun and easy.
Whatever your method you are sure to love the practice of using essential oil. Good luck!
This post is contributed by Sally Wong from Think Oily. She has been a manual therapist as well as a massage therapist for the past 15 years and because of her Chinese heritage, she has a lot of interest and knowledge in essential oils.
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