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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O Christmas Tree…

 

20161120_121454-1My favorite childhood memories of Christmas are baking cookies with my mom and going trekking through the bush with my family to get our Christmas tree. Decorated Fir trees have been used for over a thousand years to celebrate both Pagan and Christian winter holidays. The Ancient Romans decorated trees for their Saturnalia celebrations and German Christians started bringing evergreen trees into their homes in the 16th century to celebrate their everlasting life with God. Many early Christmas trees were hung upside down from the ceiling of their homes, which is interesting because I saw the same thing in a decorating magazine a few years ago  (What’s old is new again, I guess)

Douglas fir is one of the most common Christmas trees. (It isn’t actually a fir tree, it is considered to be a Spruce tree). Its Latin name is Pseudotsuga douglasii. In 1825 Scottish Botanist David Douglas travelled to the USA for the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1827 he made his way to Hudson Bay where he discovered close to 50 different varieties of plant material and including the Douglas-Fir (which was named in his honor). Most of the Douglas Fir essential oil is produced in France and other varieties are grown in USA, Slovenia, and Russia.

Research has shown that Douglas Fir is useful for:

  • it’s antiseptic properties (Good to diffuse or use in a room spray during cold and flu season.
  • for stress and stress-related issues. (Versatile because it can be revitalizing but calming at the same time)

Spiritually Douglas fir is a grounding essential oil that just plain makes you feel good. It is said to be good for the Heart and Solar Plexus Chakra, as it is calming and also uplifting.
My “Evergreen” Diffuser Blend is a grounding blend that reminds me Christmas and helps me to find a moment of calm in my busy day where I can re-focus my energies. To look forward to the upcoming holiday season and to appreciate the small gifts that are there, if you take a moment to look for them.

I wish you many small moments of Joy & a Blessed, Aromatic Holiday Season…

  • Douglas-fir essential oil shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant.
  • It may cause skin irritation, so always dilute it with a carrier oil before topical use.

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

References:
http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml
http://www.christmas-tree.com/where.html
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/douglas-fir-essentialoil/profile
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook/douglasfir.htm
http://www.snowlotus.org/conifer-oils.aspx

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/170153/David-Douglas