Essential Oils to help Prevent & Treat Colds, Flu, and other Infectious Diseases
I woke up with a slight cold this morning. I immediately jumped into action with the Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Pine Needle and Lime. I am feeling much more clear, happy and my sneezing stopped. Since many of you may be getting that uncomfortable tickle, I though I would post about aromatic ways to ease your ills.
Getting sick is no fun. Once those cold and
flu germs settle in your body, it's often hard to shake them. We lose
valuable days and weeks, and miss out on many of life's blessings.
Preserving health and vitality during the cold season is possible. A few
drops of essential oil can very well prevent over a pound of pain.
There are a variety of essential oils that can kill germs in the air;
boost the immune system; and facilitate healthy lungs and sinuses. Some
excellent curative and preventative oils are: Eucalyptus, Teatree, Pine
Needle, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon, Lime, Thyme, Rosemary and more.
reading to learn about which essential oils and methods of aromatherapy
work best when treating colds, flu, and other infectious diseases.
Essential Oils for Healing and Prevention of Disease
Warming, sense-enhancing, allspice is used to treat: chills, congested
coughs, and bronchitis. It has been known to enhance positive feelings
and reduce stress. The herb, allspice is named such because it is said
to taste like a mix of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon and black
pepper. Similarly, it's scent is a multi-layered spice.
Licorice sweet anise oil must be used in strict moderation as it is
known to produce a narcotic effect when overused. It is employed as an
expectorant and to strengthen the immune system against the common cold.
It is also used to treat nervous conditions and migraine headaches.
Balsam - Peru:
Heavily vanilla balsamic, this essential oil is warming, opening, and
comforting. It has expectorant qualities and is used to treat
respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It can
also produce a relaxed mood.
Basil's fresh herbaceous scent can heighten focus and bring comfort to
body and spirit. It has expectorant qualities and is very helpful when
treating colds, fever, flu, and other infectious disease. It can also be
used to help lift bad moods and clear the head.
Hot and sweet; cinnamon oil warms, stimulates and revives tired nerves.
It is often used to strengthen the immune system against colds, flu,
and infectious disease. It eases chills, and can create a cheerful mood.
Spicy, sweet oil that inspires the mind and memory; clove bud oil often
eases mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Its scent is warming,
cheering, and welcoming. It is especially comforting during the cold
season as it has expectorant, antiviral, and antibiotic qualities.
This strengthening oil has a clean, evergreen scent. It is cleansing,
comforting, and may be used as an antiseptic. It is sometimes used to
treat asthma, bronchitis, and spasmodic coughing.
Clean, camphoraceous eucalyptus oil is great for helping to ease
headaches, exhaustion and respiratory ails. It helps open up sinuses and
can be used to strengthen the immune system again many common ills.
Ginger: Spicy, hot and earthy, this oil energizes and warms. It is used to treat chills, colds, flu, fever and infectious disease.
Sweet yet camphoraceous hyssop oil has a spicy warm undertone, Hyssop
oil is used to stabilize blood pressure, help ease cold and flu, and
relieve nervous tension and fatigue.
This oil is a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. It's
scent is similar to true lavender, but more herbaceous. It may be used
to treat bronchitis and whooping cough. It also strengthens the immune
system. Like lavender, it can help to heal a host off ills, including
migraine headaches, anxiety; depression; and feelings of fear, anger,
aggression, and irritability.
Lemon has a light, clean citrus scent which can enliven us. It is often
employed to help fight infections during the cold and flu season. It
can act as restorative and general tonic. It's recommended to help
asthma, throat infections, and bronchitis.
The powerful scent of sweet, tangy lime oil can pep us up. It has
similar healing properties to lemon essential oil. It is often employed
to help fight infections during the cold and flu season. It can act as
restorative and general tonic.
Myrtle is an ancient biblical herb. It's sweet and herbaceous with a
pleasing medicinal undertone. When diffused into the air Myrtle may aid
in preventing infectious diseases. It acts as an expectorant, and a
bactericidal. It is used to ease asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs.
It is relatively gentle, so it can be used to treat children.
Cool and clean, peppermint oil has been known to ease headaches,
nervous stress, nausea and the common cold. It is used to remedy
numerous respiratory conditions, including: asthma, bronchitis,
sinusitis, and spasmodic coughs.
With a fresh, clean turpentine-like aroma, pine needle oil works as an
expectorant, antiseptic, and restorative. It's used to help with fatigue
and stress, while strengthening the immune system against colds and
flu. It's scent may help with motivation and concentration. It is used
to treat asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, and sore throat.
Rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. It may help with memory
and concentration as it has been said to strengthen both the brain and
the nervous system. It has also been used to: aid the immune system in
fighting infections, relieve headaches, fight nervous exhaustion, and
treat respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and whooping
Spearmint: Cool and minty,
this essential oil is the most gentle of all the mints and can be used
for children. It works as an antiseptic, decongestant, and expectorant.
It treats asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Its scent is said to be
comforting to the head, thus it is often employed for tension and
Teatree is a clean, camphoraceous oil. Much of what is known about the
healing properties of teatree oil was learned from its long history of
use by the aboriginal people of Australia. Scientifically it is shown to
be active against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It works to rid the air
of disease, while acting as expectorant. It is used help respiratory
ails such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis, and
Thyme: This fresh,
herbaceous oil is can be employed to treat headaches, coughs,
bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throats, and tonsillitis. It may be used as a
preventative against colds and flu. It is said to revive both the body
The Diffuser Method:One
pleasant way to utilize the science of aromatherapy is the diffuser
method. There are plenty of fancy diffusers, but my favorite is the
simple and inexpensive tea-light diffuser. This is a small device with
an opening at the bottom to put a tea-light candle and a bowl at the top
which holds essential oils and water. As the candle heats the oils and
water, you will notice steam rising and you'll smell healing scents wash
through the air. I like to boil my water before putting it in the bowl
so the oils start vaporizing faster. Add 6-10 drops of an essential oil
or essential oil blend mixed with water in the bowl of the diffuser.
First prepare the oil and water in the bowl and then place the lit
candle. Once all the water and oil has evaporated blow out the candle.
Important Safety Guidelines:
Never use oil directly on flame. Essential oils are highly flammable
when exposed directly to flame. Always fill the bowl before placing the
candle to avoid flammable spills.
Other ways to vaporize essential oils:
Add 3 to 6 drops of EOs with the water in a humidifier. Eucalyptus,
Pine Needle, Teatree, Lemon and other clear cool oils are best when
using this method.
Boil a pot a steaming hot water. Turn off flame, add 5-10 drops of
essential oil and stir. Place head over pot using a towel over your head
to direct steam toward your face. Breath deeply through your nose until
your sinus feel clear and you feel decongested. Avoid spices oils when
using this method as they should only be used in minor amounts when in
contact with skin.
Fill a Pyrex (or other suitable) bowl with hot water and 10-20 drops
of essential oils. Place on your radiator to keep water warm. This will
help humidify the air and kill germs.
The Massage Method
Use for: Muscle aches and tension as well as to increase positive moods and lesson negative emotions.
all know massage feels great. It is a way is ease stress, increase
circulation, and give ourselves a chance to relax. The Greek physician,
Hypocrites, known as the "Father of Medicine," studied the effects of
essential oils. In approximately 400 B.C., he wrote, "The way to health
is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day."
15-20 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend with 2oz of
Jojoba or Sweet Almond, Grape Seed or another fixed oil to make a healing massage oil. Only use up to 3 drops of spice oils.
The Bathing Method
Use to: treat muscle aches and tension, ease sinus and respiratory complaints, and improve mood.
simple natural materials and a bathtub you can create your own healing
haven at home. Water alone holds a great deal of power to restore and
balance the body. When we add additional therapeutic elements, that
power grows. Epsom and sea salts sprinkled in the water not only
cleanse, soften, and exfoliate skin; they also pull toxins from sore
muscles and stimulate circulation. With these two basics alone you can
create a curative and beautifying treatment. Essential Oils mixed into
your tub not only surround you with exquisite scents; they may well
solve numerous specific ailments, be they physical, emotional, and/or
aesthetic. The heat rising from a warm bath opens our lungs, and
facilitates deep breathing. Our pores open allowing toxins to flow out.
Our muscles relax and we feel good.
- Mix 6-15 drops
(depending on the size of your tub) of an essential oil or essential oil
blends with ½ cup of Epsom and/or Sea Salt. Mix in bath, and then step
in. (only use a few drops of spice oils if any)
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