Winter months especially after holiday stress and binge eating are ripe times for catching a cold or coming down with the flu. Achy muscles, stuffed up head and chest, even digestive upsets can lay you low and even put you in bed for a day or two. Can nature help alleviate some of the symptoms and get you back on your feet?

Here are Some Simple Essential Oil Suggestions

Essential oils are nature's gift-the life-blood of plants. Therapeutic grade oils, not perfume grade which are found in the health food stores, can actually cut the lost work time in half and restore you to full health without having to take drugs that can produce untoward side effects. Of course we know that the best treatment for a cold or the flu is prevention. Since many essential oils have strong antimicrobial properties, they can be diffused to prevent the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses. Antiviral essential oils such as ravensara, hyssop, rosemary, tea tree, clove, oregano and thyme are very effective as preventative aids in avoiding colds.

Let's see what nature has to offer for the common cold once you have one.

For stuffed up head and sinusitis:

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Tea Tree
  • Ravensara
  • Laurus nobilis
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Mountain savory

For Congestive Cough:

  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Peppermint
  • Goldenrod
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Niaouli
  • Ledum
  • Spruce
  • Ravensara
  • Cedarwood
  • Marjoram
  • Hyssop

Now that you have a list of helpful oils-how do you use them for your symptoms?

  1. Inhalation
  2. Ingestion
  3. Gargle
  4. Topical
  5. Bath

Educate yourself on the proper way to use these potent essential oils before you come down with a cold or the flu. Learn how many drops to use and the best method of application for you.