Aromatherapy and the Common Cold


Aromatherapy and the Common Cold

It's that time of year again. Cold, rainy, windy days and nights and now the big wind storm hits. The power goes off, your throat is scratchy, your nose is running, and you feel feverish. Great! Now what? Find a flashlight, reach for a tissue, grab a blanket and try to keep warm. Maybe this storm is the break you needed. The long hours at the office, major junk food, lack of sleep, and added holiday stress have all taken a toll on your immune system.

Quick, run a bath while there is hot water. Light a few candles in the bathroom. Get your box of therapeutic essential oils. Take 3 drops of lemon oil, 3 drops of tea tree, 2 drops of elemi oil, 1 drop of marjoram, and I drop of myrrh oil and add to your bathtub filled with warm water. Stir the oils with your hand before getting in. You may also add 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil to the essential oils before dispersing in the tub. Relax in the water while breathing the essential oil vapors. Get out before getting chilled and drink a glass of water. Put some eucalyptus, pine, or black spruce essential oils in a pottery diffuser or cotton ball and place by your bed. Get in bed and think warm thoughts. Maybe the electricity will be back on when you wake up. Hopefully your cold will only last a few days. Maybe you will be able to build up your immune system before the flu makes the rounds.

Since there is no cure for the common cold, we need to think about prevention. Essential oils can help fight colds and flu in two ways. First they can help us ward off illness or speed up recovery by boosting immunity. Second, they can help with the discomforts of colds when used in baths, chest rubs, compresses, and inhalants. Running an electric diffuser filled with the essential oils of orange, eucalyptus, juniper, pine, basil, and ginger will help to combat colds. Eucalyptus essential oil fights bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. It relieves congestion. If I were to pick one essential oil to use for the cold season, it would be eucalyptus.

To work therapeutically, essential oils need to be of the highest quality. Adulterated or synthetic oils do not have the healing power of the therapeutic essential oils. Be an informed consumer. Let your nose be the judge.

The Holistic Health Network.


By JoAnne Bassett

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