Monday, January 2, 2017

5 Essential Oils for Treating a Cold

Yes we are into the cold and flu season, our house is no exceptions at this time of year but I do have on hand some good Essential oils that helps us deal with the head and chest colds.

5 Essential Oils for Treating a Cold


I am rather new to using essential oils but learning more every day. I wanted to pass along some info that I have learned about using the oils while I had a head or chest cold.

Essential Oils have been used for centuries to fight the symptoms of the common cold. You can add them to your bath water, diffuse them or apply directly to your skin. Essential oils help the body fight off infection and helps strengthen your immune system. 

Here are 5 essential oils that can help you stay healthy and help you beat the common cold. (Note: if your new to essential oils please check with a qualified aromatherapist before using them.)

1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

As an antiviral  and a decongestant, eucalyptus essential oil helps treat cold and congestion. I like to put it in my diffuser for the house as well as use it in hot water to breath it in. I boil some water and put it in a bowl, drape a towel over my head and try to breath it in through both my nose and mouth. It helps relieve some of the congestion in both the nose and chest. It also sooths inflammation and fights bacteria. 

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil has antiseptic and antiviral properties, and can be useful as an expectorant. Again I love using this one in my home diffuser and also so the steam breathing treatment mentioned above. I would not use it on young children or babies, it can be very strong. 

3. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree oil has anibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Used in a bath or home diffuser helps you fight the congestion and discomfort caused by the common cold. 

4. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil, with its high vitamin content, helps boost the body's immune system and help you fight the common cold. I love to diffuse this one because it give me a little lift when feeling sluggish from a cold. It helps your body produce white blood cells, thereby increasing your ability to fight off the cold. Another great thing is it helps to improve your circulation throughout the body. 

5. Ginger Essential Oil

When I use ginger I only use the fresh root and steep it in hot water to add or make a tea to drink. There are essential oils that you can consume but I prefer to use the root. Ginger is on of a couple of oils that help remove pathogens and other toxins from the body and speed the healing process after a cold sets in. Sometimes I have even used it at the first sign of a cold and it seems to only last that one day. 





I hope that some of this information was helpful for you. I am using these right now to help fight a head cold that I have at this time. I also love using these oils in my morning shower, just sprinkle along the side of the shower and breath deeply. Just be careful not to get it on the shower floor as they do become very slippery, as I have learned.

If you have some good home remedies please share as well, I would love to hear from you all. We can all use a little help during this crazy cold and flu season. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.......

Be Blessed,
Debra


3 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I don't have ginger, but now it's on my wish list. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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    1. Thanks Amanda for stopping by to leave a comment today. I love having the fresh ginger root on hand for anyone in the house that is starting with a cold. Have a great day. :-)

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