Surviving Winter - With The Help Of Essential Oils
We all know Winter Wellness can be a bit of a challenge! Everywhere you turn, it seems someone is coughing or sneezing, and picking up a nasty virus is just too easy.
But there is a way you can boost your immunity to colds and flu, and stay healthy all year round. And that's by using essential oils.
Essential oils offer far more than just a wonderful aroma. Aromatic botanicals, as the ancient Egyptians called them, were used for all manner of things, from healing to mummifying the dead! So they are certainly up to the challenge of warding off coughs and colds.
Here are your top six essential oils for winter.
This is definitely an essential oil you should keep in your cupboard all year round. Lavender essential oil contains antiseptic, anti-microbial, analgesic, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with all sorts of issues. Well known for its ability to calm and de-stress, it's a great oil to use if you're having trouble sleeping.
Getting a good night's sleep is essential to good health, as it allows the body to heal and recharge. Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your vaporiser or humidifier - or your pillow - to calm the mind, promote sleep, clear congestion, and relieve headaches.
This wonderful oil can also help relieve allergies, indigestion, cramps, nausea, premenstrual conditions, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, ear ache and so much more.
Known for its astringent and antiseptic properties, Cedar Wood essential oil has traditionally been used for hair and skin care, to improve oily skin and scalp. A calming oil, it can also be used for bronchitis, urinary infections, arthritis, congestion, coughs, and sinusitis, making it a useful addition to your medicine cabinet in winter.
Eucalyptus is a magical oil for winter! It has traditionally been used to relieve muscular aches and pains, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also brilliant for respiratory infections, when used in steam inhalation.
Reach for the Eucalyptus essential oil for relief from coughs, colds, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis and bronchitis. Invest in a steam inhaler, or do it the old-fashioned way: fill a bowl with steaming hot water and add a few drops of essential oil. Put your face over the bowl, taking care not to burn yourself. Put a towel over your head and the bowl, and breathe for 10 minutes at a time to clear sinuses and relieve congestion.
Peppermint essential oil is a natural analgesic, and can help with asthma, bronchitis, fever, flu, hot flushes, headaches, and nausea - and that's just for starters. It can be used topically to relieve sore muscles.
You can use it to make your own mouth wash, too. Simply add one drop of Peppermint essential oil and one drop of Lemon essential oil to a glass of water. It will leave your mouth clean and fresh, and kill any nasty germs.
Frankincense dates back thousands of years, and its uses are many and varied. From helping to reduce stress, to improving dry, mature skin, it's quite simply amazing!
Frankincense essential oil can help with allergies, insect bites, bronchitis, colds, coughs, headaches, herpes, inflammation, laryngitis, pneumonia, and tonsillitis. The oil can be used in a diffuser, or topically to treat aches and pains. And don't worry, the 'warming' effect is quite natural.
Who doesn't love the pungent smell of rosemary? It's instantly uplifting. It's a brilliant analgesic, to help tired, stiff muscles, and perfect for winter coughs and colds.
Rosemary essential oil can be used to treat a whole range of ailments, including arthritis, low blood pressure, bronchitis, dandruff, depression, fatigue, flu, headache, menstrual problems, sinusitis, and cystitis.
Using Essential Oils
As you can see, there are many ways to use these wonderful oils, from making your own natural room sprays to diffusing and inhalation. But remember, every oil is different, and it is important to follow instructions. For example, not all essential oils can be used topically.
If you are on any medications, it's also worth checking with your doctor before using certain oils.
If you have a question, just ask! We are always here to help.