Which essential oils are best for the colds and flu of the winter season?
With the impending arrival of winter means one thing, especially for us with kiddos (I mean, ahem! Germ factories) at home: Sickness. Running noses, stuffy noses, sore throats, headaches, tummy aches, you name it and somehow, the symptom pops up more in the winter. Essential oils have tons of benefits, and improving wellness over the winter season is definitely one of them.
Colds are common, especially in the winter and especially times a million if you have littles in your home. If you're like me and would rather promote overall wellness continuously as opposed to taking medicine/chemicals after you've already fallen ill, these four great oils are for you:
If there were ONE essential oil to have in your home, this is it. I have a detailed post coming about it next month in the height of cold season, but I'll share with you that this blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary gets used daily in my home. I diffuse it so that my family and I breathe in it's benefits, I put it on the bottom of Henry's feet with a carrier oil when I see he's starting to develop a runny nose, and I ingest it daily. I've been sick once this fall season, despite my weakened immune system from being pregnant (and that's with a toddler in preschool!) and Henry's two colds have lasted less than a week with topical application of this oil. My husband has yet to be sick despite having as many as eight flights in a week for work! Man has an immune system of steel.
This ancient essential oil dates back to pre-Jesus days. It was used to anoint new babies for improved immune systems as well as pregnant women and the sick to improve their wellness. It can be rubbed on the bottom of the feet or ingested with a vegetable carrier oil to promote wellness. I regularly rub it on my feet and belly to assist my immune system in fighting all the bugs Henry brings home. I will also be bringing it to the hospital with me for Otto's birth, combining it with a carrier oil and rubbing it along his spine for improved immunity since he'll share a home with a germy toddler!
This is a blend of ginger, anise, fennel, peppermint, tarragon, patchouli, lemongrass and juniper. If you couldn't tell from the ingredients, it's used to assist in stomach and digestive issues. You can use it two ways: at the outset of a "stomach bug" or digestive distress, consume several drops in tea to promote balance in your stomach. You can also apply it topically to your belly. I actually digest it regularly (I add mine to an antioxidant drink blend) to promote, errrr... Regularity. Pregnancy isn't known for keeping a gal regular, but I've honestly had zero issues this whole pregnancy. Can that be contributed to this oil? Who knows, but I'm sticking with it!
Another great blend! This one contains cypress, spruce, myrtle, pine, marjoram, lavender, peppermint, and three types of eucalyptus. If you guessed that it's for respiratory distress, you guessed right! Stuffy and runny noses are miserable. Rub this oil on the bottoms of feet and chests to help clear nasal passages (dilute with a carrier oil) and diffuse in your home to promote easier breathing. When I see Henry has a green stream of mucus coming out of his nose, this is my go-to oil for him.
Please keep in mind that I'm not a medical professional and I'm not writing this post to diagnose or treat you. If you have persistent medical issues or questions about your health, please seek out the expertise of a licensed medial professional. I use essential oils daily for me and my family's promoted wellness. These are oils and strategies that have worked for us and I want to share my passion for holistic health with you!
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If you're looking for alternative ways to help you stay healthy this upcoming winter season, I highly recommend looking more into the essential oils I outlined above! Each one has it's valuable place in promoting and maintaining your wellness.