As we move from fall to winter ( or as we like to call it in our house full of little kids – perma cold season) essential oils are a great, natural way to give the old immune system a boost. You can use them on the body or in your home, office or car. They will make you feel better and smell good too!
- Naiouli – an immune stimulant and a tonic to the respiratory system.
- Eucalyptus – has incredibly strong antiviral properties, very potent oil for killing airborne germs so it’s a good one to use in a room where someone is sick in bed with a cold or flu etc.
- Rosemary – helps ease muscular aches and pains, offers relief for headaches and foggy brain, fortifies the respiratory system and aids in combating colds/flu and viral infections in general ( note- this is a very stimulating oil and should be avoided if you have high blood pressure)
- Basil – is helpful to ease respiratory conditions like bronchitis, good for headaches and can help with sinus headaches brought on by cold/flu, is an immune boosting oil that is warming to the system
- diffuse in an essential oil diffuser or add 5 drops to a bowl of steaming water and let the vapours fill the room
- add 5-6 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil ( olive, grapeseed, almond etc) and put it in a warm bath or massage onto the body
- add a few drops to your body wash or an unscented body lotion in the morning
- one drop on a kleenex and inhale as needed
- the Niaouli oil can be applied in the shower with two drops on a loofah sponge and rubbed onto the body, leave for 15-20 seconds then rinse. The scent is strong and fresh and really wakes you up while boosting the immune system
- the oils can be used on their own or combined, based on your needs, to make a powerful immune boosting blend
Please make sure you purchase good quality oils that are pure and have nothing synthetic added to them. You can find essential oils at most health food stores or you can try my favourite place to get oils
So if you start to feel under the weather bust out your essential oils and give yourself a boost! Hot water with lemon and honey and warm blankets are also good to keep on hand just incase!