• Leah Buckbee, CMA, LMT

Essential Oils: Cold and Flu remedies

ESSENTIAL OILS

COLD AND FLU REMEDIES

Tis the season to be jolly!! Shopping, family gatherings, parties, all these wonderful times with friends and family, and the occasional stranger in the street or in the checkout line just ahead or just behind you. Unfortunately, it is Cold and Flu Season as well. No one wants to stay indoors during this festive time of year, and truly we shouldn’t have to. Essential oils can play an important role in helping us all stay healthy and on top of the game. Cold and Flu germs are passed from person to person in many ways; through the air (uncovered coughing and/or sneezing), touch, hand to hand, just to name the 2 most common ways to spread these germs.


Essential oils are an effective method to help relieve cold and flu symptoms. Using essential oils to relieve cold symptoms has been practiced throughout history as part of plant medicine. And one timely benefit of using essential oils is no side effects! Though you may need to see the doctor in the event you contract a cold or the flu, antibiotics may be needed in some cases.


When it comes to cold and flu season, your best bet is to be proactive. Keeping a stock of the following essential oils during this most active and germ friendly season can save you money and loads of discomfort in the long run.

· Eucalyptus oil: this menthol aroma relieves congestion of a stuffy nose, or in your chest. Just use several drops of this oil in a diffuser, a hot bath, or in a vaporizer to open congested airways. For body aches, applying a few drops to a hot or cold compress can help provide relief.

· Lavender oil: being sick is stressful and can cause sleeplessness as a result. Lavender is known to relieve stress and encourage relaxation. Add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water and mist your bed linens or use in a diffuser close to your bed to inspire restful sleep. Lavender also relieves congestion, making this essential oil a multitask-er.

· Peppermint oil: is a strong mentholated scent that can help clear airways, while also relieving fatigue. Put a few drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale deeply to help relieve nasal and/or chest congestion. Peppermint oil is often also used to help cure upset stomach and/or nausea. 2 or 3 drops on a cotton ball and breathe as needed to relieve nasal congestion any time.

· Frankincense oil: This oil has a natural antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. So, it is a natural choice for fighting cold and flu symptoms. Adding Frankincense to a diffuser is a great way to breathe in its decongestant properties. Add a few drops in a bath and it will relieve aches a well as clearing your sinuses.


When it comes to the common cold, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated and treating your symptoms are the best remedies available. Using essential oils to relieve cold and flu symptoms is an easy, enjoyable and natural way to get well soon.

So please take care of yourself and those around you this holiday season. The combination of essential oils and common sense are priceless.

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Leah  Buckbee

CMA, LMT, MMA

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