The Cold Season & Essential Oils

Autumn… The crisp air, the falling leaves, drinking tea in front of a roaring fire… 

canstockphoto23057311The reality is more like everyone is in the house because it is pouring rain outside, all of the windows are closed up tight and family members coughing and sneezing. And if you are like me, you are just trying to avoid everyone else’s germs… When you are fighting a cold, it is definitely the time for some self-care. Making sure you get some extra sleep, drinking lots of fluids, and eating your fresh fruits and veggies. And me, I’ll be wiping down every surface that everyone touches. Although now I use cleaners and room sprays… You guessed it, made from essential oils.  For more info on using essential oils for cleaning check out my May 2016 Blog.

Due to their different properties, essential oils are effective for inhalation or diffusing during the winter months & the cold season. They can ease your congestion, calm your coughs & used topically they can soothe a sore throat… Be sure to use the appropriate essential oils for children, elderly family members, pregnant women and people who have a  medical condition. (Essential oils don’t have to be strong smelling to be effective. Personally, I tend to use the milder, child-friendly essential oils).

Essential Oils for Adults: 

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Diffuse one or two of these Essential Oils with Antibacterial and/or Antimicrobial properties in your home: Eucalyptus Radiata,  Lemongrass, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Thyme.

If you’re Congested, try diffusing one of the following essential oils: Eucalyptus Radiata, Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Myrrh, Pine.

For your Coughs, consider diffusing one of the following essential oils:  Sweet Basil, Cajeput, Cypress,  Eucalyptus Radiata, Ginger, Myrrh, Myrtle, Niaouli.

For a Sore Throat dilute one of the following essential oils & apply topically: Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Sandalwood, Tea Tree.

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Say “No” Sometimes…

canstockphoto31977632With the start of a New Year, we all tend to reflect on the past year, with all of its lessons and gifts. Again this year, I’m not doing any structured resolutions. I’m still just putting one foot in front of the other, taking it one step at a time. To consider my own needs before automatically saying yes.

Saying “NO” is not easy, especially for a recovering people-pleaser and an over-doer. Doing the inner work is the on-going process of setting up healthy boundaries and ignoring your inner critic. When you are doing inner work it is important to find tools that will help you with the process. Some people use self-help books or meditation; Others may want to work with a life coach. For me, (you know what I’m going to say here) I like to use essential oils, because of how they make me feel. When I started to write this blog, the one oil that came to mind was Lemon…

Lemon, botanical name Citrus Limonum (or Limon), is thought to be native to India & canstockphoto8353462Southeast China.  The fruit reached Europe by way of  Persia and the Middle East sometime around the twelfth century (Although some say Lemons were found in the ruins of Pompeii). In 1493, Columbus brought lemon with him to the West Indies, which introduced them to the new world. The main growers of lemons today are Italy, the USA, Spain & Argentina. The scent of Lemon essential oil is almost indescribable. To say that it is fresh and crisp doesn’t do it justice. It is also very versatile:

  • useful to diffuse during cold and flu season due to it’s antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties.
  • good to use when cleaning your house or doing your laundry.

Lemon is an uplifting, yet calming essential oil  that is said to “open your heart and alleviate the fear of emotional involvement”; it helps with:

  • stress, anxiety, depression
  • insomnia.
  •  focus
  • may help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself. So say yes to the things that are important to you.  But pay attention to how you are feeling. If you are feeling exhausted or resentful, it may be because you are running yourself ragged doing things for everyone else. Our bodies give us clues when we are not paying enough attention or taking very good care of ourselves. It is important to say “NO” sometimes, and take time for yourself. In the end, it all comes back to having balance and healthy boundaries in your life.

Contraindications: Cold pressed”Lemon” Essential Oil is photosensitive so care should be taken not to expose the skin to sun or UV rays for 12 -24 hours after use.”
May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Always dilute before topical use.
*** Don’t add  Lemon Essential oil to your drinking water. Check out this website for more info 

My Blog is for information only & not meant to replace medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.

References:

  • Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition,    The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  • Davis, Patricia.  Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion,  an imprint  of   Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
  •  Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
  • Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for healing and transformation
    East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours.pp. 80 – 81). East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours. (2004)
  • Mojay, Gabriel, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Healing Arts Press, One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont A division of Inner Traditions International.(1997)

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