More ways to use Oils for Cold season!
Don’t let a cold bring you down. The aches the pains the lack of breathing out your nose!! I have found oils that have helped prevent colds and sickness but also if the little buggers still attack me and win Essential oils can help aid in the symptoms and boost your immune system to help fight it off faster.
There are many oils that can help in this department but I will give you a few I use and why they are my favorite ones.
Of course we will start with Tea Tree oil; I love this oil because it is so versatile! Tea Tree has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties so it is great for illnesses. A few ways to use it could be to put 15 drops in a 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water and spray in the air and on surfaces to kill viruses and germs that cause illnesses even the flu! This is a great natural alternative to the traditional Lysol spray that has harsh chemicals in it. For me if I get a cold I place a few drops on a cotton ball or in an inhaler and breath it in to decongest my sinuses and help sooth my sore throat if I have one. I do this every 15 min for an hour and just before bed and have found it really does help.
There is the classic Eucalyptus oil for decongestion that you find in many over the counter decongestants such as Vick vapor rub. I have found this one to work best with really severe congestion issues. Again same thing I place a few drops on a cotton ball however I place it in a small jar or a short glass and cup my hands around it and take 6 deep breaths thru my nose before bed. Seeing as night time is the worst for congestion due to disturbing your sleep I find it the most important oil for that time of day seeing as it is so strong.
Lavender and Lemon are great ones as well due to the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, and it is gentle enough for use with young children. I place 2 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Lemon on a cotton ball and let the kids sniff instead of inhale the smell, you can also put the drops in a Tbsp of carrier oil or unscented lotion and rub it on their feet and chest to help them relax and decongest that way.
My favorite way to use these oils is in a combination I make into a balm that works like Vicks Vapor Rub but is all natural and safe for the family to use. I have it for sale in my store if you would like to give it a try I have been very satisfied with the results.
Another option is to place a drop or two of the oils on a warm damp washcloth and then place the washcloth on your chest or your forehead to help relieve pain and congestion. Or add five to eight drops of oil to the water as you run your bath for a soothing, relaxing effect I do this with Eucalyptus oil before bed and a little bit of Tea Tree very effective.
Please remember Essential oils are not a substitute for other proven methods for fighting colds such as getting enough fluids, getting enough rest or seeing your doctor if your symptoms worsen. However, if you are looking for natural ways to boost your body’s defenses during cold and flu season, it is well worth your time to investigate the impact essential oils can have on your health.
I hope you find this information useful and are able to try some of these methods to aid in the cold season!
*These are my personal research and biased on my personal use of the products*