Imagine it’s Monday morning and you wake up with a sore throat and runny nose. It could be the start of a cold or even worse… the flu. The best thing you can do is try to nip it in the bud before it gets any worse (and before you spread it to others). There are plenty of over-the-counter products on the market that can help get you back on your feet, but the big difference with using essential oils is that you’re using an all-natural product with no side effects, so you can get going with your week.
We broke down the 4 most common cold and flu symptoms:
- Sore Throat—Lemon Essential Oil is one of the best for sore throats. Look at all the throat lozenges on the market that are lemon flavored. Lemon essential oil helps with throat and respiratory ailments, boosts the immune system, has antiviral and antifungal properties and assists in preventing contagious illnesses. Inhale by putting a few drops in a diffuser, add several drops to almost boiling water then drape a towel around your head to use as a facial steam, or put a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue to inhale. Topically, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with carrier oil and massage the outside of your throat. Other great choices for sore throats are peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils.
- Runny or stuffy nose—Vitality Extracts Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend is designed to increase the lungs capacity to breathe and clear the sinuses. It’s a combination of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Australian Tea Tree, Lemon, Siberian Fir Needle, Cardamom, European Bay Laurel Leaf, and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Since it already has carrier oil, simply apply as needed on your head, neck, chest, or even under the nose to revitalize your senses. Other choices for a runny or stuffy nose include lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary.
- Congestion—Eucalyptus Essential Oil is one you definitely want to keep handy in your medicine cabinet. It’s known for its lung expanding and anti-congestion ability and is commonly added to steam rooms and saunas to clear the lungs. It helps fight infections, reduce fever, and clear the airways. Add a few drops to your diffuser or dilute a drop of eucalyptus oil with several drops of carrier oil and apply to desired area. Breathe Easy, tea tree, and peppermint work well for congestion, too.
- Cough—Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oils are beneficial when it comes to coughing. Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps get rid of toxins. Put a few drops in your diffuser or use a few drops in almost boiling water for a facial steam or make a vapor rub for our chest by combining with carrier oil and then rubbing on your chest. Peppermint contains menthol and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It can help calm your cough and help you breath easier.
When using any essential oils topically, try a skin patch to make sure there are no reactions. Also, some essential oils are not suitable for small children.
Here’s to your health!