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Using Essential Oils for First Aid

Posted by on March 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM

People keep asking me how to use individual oils for everyday complaints, so here is a resource I found to be simple enough for the novice. Please remember that proper use is the sole responsibility of the user. Always dilute essential oils into a carrier oil before using on skin. Avoid mucous membranes.

Teething: Use 1 drop Chamomile oil on a wet washcloth with a wrapped ice cube to relieve teething pain.

Menstrual cramps: respond to essential oils especially when used in a warm bath with Epsom and Sea Salt. Essential Oils useful for cramps are: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary

Spider Bites: tea tree and/ lavender diluted in aloe. both E.O.'s can be  used neat (undiluted)

Nasal Inhaler: A homemade inhaler, that is very easy to stick in a pocket or purse is made by simply saving an empty chap stick tube. Wash out with hot soap and water to remove all traces of chapstick and let air dry. Next put a piece of cotton in the inhaler and measure the drops of essential oils for your blend directly on the cotton.

Another inhaler recipe: Himalayan rock salt, 2 eucalyptus, 2 rosemary 2 peppermint. Put a few pieces of rock salt into a glass vial, add the eo’s. The salt will absorb the oil. Use to inhale the vapors when you have a cold or sinus congestion

Germ Fighter Spray: Here is an antiseptic, germ fighting spray to use on cuts and scrapes.12 drops Tea Tree, 6 drops Eucalyptus, 6 drops Lemon, 8 oz. distilled water. Combine ingredients and add to spray bottle. Shake gently before use.

Headache: Peppermint, Lavender, Roman Chamomile. Put 1 drop of essential oil on each temple and at the nape of the neck. or mix 5 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Peppermint into 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion and massage neck and shoulders.

Essential Oils for Body Aches: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Lime

Soothe aches and pains: Mix 10 drops of essential oil in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil or lotion and massage areas of discomfort.

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Our Essential Oil Blends for First Aid

Posted by on March 14, 2020 at 3:20 AM

I do not sell individual oils, however, here are some of our blends:


Headache Ease: made with peppermint, chamomile and lavender essential oils. Apply to temples or base of neck. This soothing blend balances moods and reduces tension. (would also help with insomnia or anxiety)

Muscle Soother: made with wintergreen, eucalyptus and cannabis sativa essential oils. Rub on sore muscle vigorously to warm oil. Add moist heat to the area for added benefit. Great for menstrual cramps, helps with inflammation such as arthritis, joint pain, shingles and other nerve pains. Not for people taking blood thinners.

Sinus Ease: made with eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender essential oils. Eases sinus pressure, congestion, cough and headaches.

Tummy Soother: made with ginger, peppermint and cannabis sativa essential oils. Rub on belly clockwise or on palm of hands and inhale. Great for nausea, car sickness and indigestion.

Bug Repellant: made with lemon eucalyptus essential oils. Use for gnats, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, & fleas. Apply every 2 hours as needed. Not intended for children under 3.

Skin Soother: made with aloe vera gel, lavender and tea tree essential oils. This spray works on bug bites; bee stings; sunburn and other mild burns; rashes, eczema and other skin irritants. Moisturizing and disinfecting. anti-microbial; May also use as a hand sanitizer or disinfecting cuts)

Immunity Armor: Boost immune response & deflect the bad energy of others. Also, good for insecurity, fatigue, grief and burn out.  

Essentail oils for face care

Posted by on July 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Chamomile (German and Roman) - Great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis. This is a more expensive oil. Geranium - Great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, dermatitis, and other problematic skin conditions. It also brightens and revitalizes dull skin. Geranium is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Grapefruit �?? This essential oil tones the skin and is extremely cleansing for oily skin. Frankincense-good for mature or aging skin, scars and elasticity. Helichrysum is said to occur at a cellular level, restoring the cell structures that spread and thin with age. This is a more expensive oil. Lavender �?? Very gentle and good for all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Lavender for healing and rejuvenation Perfect for mature skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Effective in soothing itchy skin. Lemon- great for oily hair or clogged pores. Patchouli - Antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal, and deodorant. Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin. Peppermint �?? Cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. Has astringent properties, making it perfect for acne. Rosemary - Rosemary is stimulating and restorative. Rosemary reverses free radical damage is a big part of the appearance of aging, and reduces cortisol levels. Useful for acne, eczema, and dermatitis. Sandalwood �?? Useful for acne, dry, cracked, and chapped skin. Also great for wrinkles and mature skin. This is a more expensive oil. Sweet orange - One of the only citrus essential oils that is not phototoxic*, sweet orange is helpful for dull or oily skin. Tea tree - May be useful for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin. Using too much may actually create a drying effect. You may need to experiment a little to find the right amount for your skin.

Essential oil detox

Posted by on July 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM
As well maintaining good health and physical and emotional wellbeing, some essential oils have been known to be powerful detox aids both for the body and the mind. Detox essential oils can be used separately or in combination, diluted and applied directly onto the skin, in the bath, or inhaled. When using oils in your bath, wait until the bathtub is full before sprinkling 8 to 30 drops of your chosen oil or oils, as they tend to evaporate quickly. Avoid immersing yourself completely, as the oils should not come into contact with your eyes. It's preferable not to use soap in an essential oil bath as some soap might interfere with, and neutralize the essential oil action. Rose, black pepper, cypress, juniper berry, fennel, coriander, parsley, sage, frankincense, carrot seed, grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon and nutmeg are all known for their detoxifying properties. Always mix essential oils in neutral base oil such as almond or vegetable oil before applying to the skin. Natural salt baths are a great way to relax and as a bonus, each of the baths below helps detoxify us too. Epsom salt baths are well known to relax the muscles while neutralizing acids in the body at the same time. Baking soda baths are known to remove radiation as well as alkalize the body. Quality sea salts are especially beneficial as they clear negative energy from our bodies - which is particularly helpful after a stressful day or encounter. With any of these, just add one or two cups to any bath - and jump in and relax. Essential oils can also be added to any bath, and some popular ones include lavender, rose, rosemary, or tea tree oils. Lavender is known for relaxation, rose for reducing nervous tension, and rosemary for mental invigoration. Tea tree is great for skin problems, including acne, fungal and bacterial problems. Use about fifteen drops of essential oil in each bath. A blend of essential oils believed to have powerful detoxifying effects on both the skin and the internal organs is a mixture of lemon, juniper berry and fennel oils. Another potent detox blend is fir, fennel, patchouli, and helichrysum, mixed with neutral base oil. It has an immediate detoxifying action. Middle and lower back pains are often related to liver toxicity, and headaches sometimes result from excess toxins too. This blend is extremely cleansing for the body and should be applied directly onto areas of toxicity. If you're not sure of the source of the problem, apply to areas of weakness or use it to massage the soles of your feet. A Liver and lymphatic system detox blend is geranium, rosemary, Roman chamomile, fennel, carrot. This combination cleanses the liver and the lymphatic system of high levels of toxins. It assists in the process of breaking up any anger and hate that is stored in the liver. Apply over liver, solar plexus or use for whole body massage. For mind detox and stress relief, use a mixture of lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and roman chamomile. This blend helps release emotional trauma from the body. It assists in the freeing of cellular memory of various past traumas and experiences. It's also very effective for detox of the liver. It's a great blend to use in case of emotional distress. Generally the solar plexus, liver and forehead are good areas to work on. You can also use it to massage your feet. Please avoid using the blends above or any other essential oil before seeking medical advice if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant.


Posted by on July 11, 2017 at 11:25 AM
FUN FACTS ON RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND ESSENTIAL OILS: From It is said that: In the ancient church, people were anointed, for healing purposes because healers were also priests or holy men and women. In some cultures, people go to a Shaman or Medicine Man or Woman for healing on all levels not just for the physical body. Essential oils are mentioned over 600 times throughout the bible. Jesus taught his disciples how to use essential oils and to do energy work. Incense is mentioned 68 times in the Bible �?? where 54 of these instances the oils of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Galbanum referenced. Incense actually means �??lebanoh�?� which in those times was frankincense. Frankincense is a symbol of holiness and righteousness. The gift of frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of his willingness to become a sacrifice. The Hebrew word for anointing means to rub or massage a person with oil. This meant using healing oils of the Bible to bless that person on a physical and spiritual basis. True anointing is another lost art and science. Jesus�?? feet were anointed with oil several times in the Bible with Spikenard (lavender). HOW DOES TRUE HEALING OCCUR? It wasn�??t until the 20th century that physical and spiritual healing got completely separated. Allopathic medicine does not truly heal �?? however, it does get us out of crisis; and therefore while it is a necessary part of modern day society, it is not a cure all. And it certainly does not address the emotional and spiritual issues of dis-ease. In Mark 6:12-13, Jesus gives instruction to his disciples to �??anoint the sick with oils and heal them�?�. He also says that for healing one must repent which means that we must take mental accountability for our emotional and physical health and be open to healing by changing our belief systems or anything else that stands in our way. For complete healing to occur it must come from within self; and be in harmony with God (III Chronicles 7:14). So many of us believe that our doctors can heal or cure anything, but honestly the only one that can heal you is yourself. I am continually reminded that just 60 years ago modern medicine as we know it today didn�??t exist. But again, there is a place for it. And I encourage everyone to seek medical attention for themselves or animal when it is needed! Here is an example of a blend I sell: SERENITY: made with neroli, frankincense and white fir essential oils. NEROLI helps with shock, trauma, grief and depression. FRANKINCENCSE is for emotional release, fear of change or death and helps link past with future. WHITE FIR: helps us to connect with our higher self and enhance meditation. All three are grounding in nature. I highly recommend for anyone doing therapy for mental health. This is a good choice for anyone in �??emergency response�?� jobs. Also, great for those seeking a higher connection with their spiritual self.


Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM
SPICED POMANDER BALLS You'll need: 1 cup cinnamon 1 tablespoon cloves 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 cup applesauce 2 tablespoons white glue 8 drops of sweet orange essential oil whole cloves and ribbon to decorate (I added a tablespoon of Orris root for preservative) 1. Combine powdered spices in a small bowl. 2. In a large bowl combine and stir together the glue, essential oil and applesauce. 3. Combine the 2 mixtures together 4. Stir and use hands to make a "cookie dough" consistency, you'll want it to be a little dryer than most cookie doughs for better handling (add more applesauce if too dry, cinnamon if too wet). 5. Pinch off enough dough to form into small balls, use a skewers (or pens) to form a hole through the center 6. add the cloves, to keep the ball's form, be sure to roll over (or you'll get a flat side) 7. Put pomanders in a dehydrator at 215 degrees for about 2 hours. I put them in the oven to dry 200 degrees for an hour. 8. String them with dehydrated orange slices, cranberries, popcorn or pinecones to make a garland for your tree. Or string each one for an air freshener for your car. This will be Christmas presents for my visitors this holiday season.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs and Horses

Posted by on October 26, 2016 at 12:50 PM
Did you know dogs and horses can benefit from essential oil use? It is considered a natural way to treat common issues. However, only use essential oils with your pets when you need to address a concern and not to �??prevent�?? a health issue. Avoid using essential oils with puppies under 10 weeks of age. Please note that Cats should not be directly exposed to essential oils as they are considered poisonous to them. They are unable to process the oils and they will eventually go into liver failure. Essential oils for dogs and horses can be used topically for spot applications on skin and paws. Inhalation therapy can also be used. Just apply oils to your palms and keep your hands around their nose, or you can use spray bottles to mist the air around them. Always dilute essential oils before applying to your pet. See recipes below for dilution guidelines. Using essential oils on your dogs is similar to using them on children. Highly dilute oils to be safe. Here is a list of essential oils and some common uses. Always dilute your essential oils with any vegetable oil before applying on your pet. I suggest coconut or olive oil. Lavender: Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, and nerve-calming. Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid. Chamomile: Antispasmodic, analgesic, and nerve-calming. Good for soothing the central nervous system. Effective for relief of muscle pains. Calming for dogs with car ride anxiety. Eucalyptus: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and an expectorant. Good for relief of chest congestion. Also, effective in repelling fleas. Peppermint: Antispasmodic, stimulates circulation, and insect-repelling. Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains. Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness. Geranium: Gentle and safe. Antifungal. Good for skin irritations or ear infections. Helps to stop bleeding. Effective in repelling ticks. Ginger: Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts when properly diluted. Good for motion sickness, aids digestion. Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains. Tea Tree: Anti-microbial so it�??s great for wounds. Kennel Cough: Mix 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of eucalyptus with one ounce of a carrier oil. Coconut or olive oil are commonly used as a carrier oil. Add chamomile for a soothing effect. If using a diffuser omit the carrier oil. Recipe For Flea And Tick Control: (PETA approved) Please note that essential oils may stain fabrics. 8oz Spray bottle 7oz distilled water 1oz distilled alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka) Mix with peppermint, tea tree and lavender: 5 drops each essential oil for dogs up to 30lbs 7 drops each for dogs 30- 75 lbs 10 drops each for dogs over 75 pounds 15 drops each for horses Shake before every use as the oils will not blend with the water. You may spray directly onto dogs and horses, apply to their bedding or mist into the air. This is a very universal spray. May be used as a wound cleaner. You could even use this recipe on horses as a cooling spray and to deter flies. This spray will also work on mattresses for bedbugs. There are many other ways to treat your pets, please do your own due diligence and research specifically what you would like to treat. I was able to find a great resource.

DIY household cleaner recipes

Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Did you know that most of our "allergies" come from over exposure to fragrances and chemicals found in our cleaners, air freshenders and laundry supplies?

Window and Stainless Steel Cleaner: 16oz

4 oz. distilled white vinegar
12 oz. distilled water

A Gentle cleaner: safe for eye glasses, and computer or TV screens when used with microfiber cloth. Check manufacture guidelines.

Granite, Marble and Tile Cleaner: 16oz

12 oz. water
4 oz. grain alcohol
*This mixture works for mold and mildew and disinfects too!
{Tile floor: ¼ c vinegar, TBSP liq Castile, 10 lavender to bucket of hot water}

Hard Surface Cleaner: 16oz

8 oz. distilled white vinegar
8 oz. distilled water
10 Tea Tree Essential oil
*Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.

Furniture Oil: 8oz

4 oz. distilled water
1 oz distilled white vinegar
4 oz unrefined cold pressed olive oil
5 drops vitamin e
15 drops lemon, 10 lavender, 5 drops peppermint essential oils

*Shake well and spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff dry immediately with clean cloth.

Dishwasher Soap: 8oz
3 oz. borax
3 oz. washing soda
1 oz. citric acid
1 oz. kosher salt
15 lemon, 5 lavender Essential oils
*Use 1 TBSP per load, not suitable with hard water.

Dry Dish Soap: 8 oz

4 oz borax
4 oz washing soda
12 drops lemon, 12 drops lavender

Laundry Soap:

8oz use warm water
4oz Castile soap grated (1/2 bar)
2 oz washing soda
2 oz borax
10 drops of bergamot and lavender Essential Oils

Use 3 TBSP per load, be sure to use warm or hot water for better results. if you have hard water you may need to add vinegar to the rinse cycle.*Add 1 Tablespoon of oxy clean to warm water loads to remove stains and brighten whites.

Reusable Disinfecting Wipes:

I've seen lots of recipes for reusable wipes using old wipe containers, however, I find the best way to keep them is in wide-mouth canning jars...I use quart jars, but I have seen 1/2 gallon jars readily available these days. You can make your own wipes by cutting up old cotton t-shirts, or microfiber cloths. I have 2 jars, one for my Hard Surface Cleaner and one for my Granite Cleaner.***

Homemade Baby Wipes

1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp. baby bath or shampoo (I suggest Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap)

1 Quart wide mouth jar, with plastic lid
12 baby washcloths or old cotton t-shirts cut to 4" squares

Mix the liquid ingredients, place in jar with cloths, wait a day and your good to go!




DIY shampoo

Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM

DIY Shampoo

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup Castile soap

15-20 drops essential oil  (see below for hair types)

2 tsp jojoba oi

1tsp vitamin E oil

Combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle and shake well to mix all the ingredients.

Essential oils for dry hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender and geranium.

Essential oils for greasy hair: Basil, eucalyptus, cedarwood, tea tree, chamomile, lemon, lemongrass, cypress, sage and rosemary.

Essential oils for normal hair: geranium, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary.



"Cold Killer" Herbal Tea

Posted by on April 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM


4 slices of fresh ginger root

1/2 lemon squeezed and throw the rest of that half right in

Local honey to taste (always use local it helps with allergies)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup hot water


Feel free to doctor it to your liking. However the 4 ingredients are what really helps a cold, cough or flu!


Romantic Aromatherapy!

Posted by on February 29, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Romantic Aromatherapy! By Jeanie McDuffee, Certified Aromatherapist

Essential oils have been used for centuries to enhance health, fertility and love. Create your own sensuous, aromatic experience at home or even when staying at a hotel. Light some candles, get out your essential oils and discover how aromatherapy can really spice up your love life!

“Our sense of smell is over 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste, and researchers continue to investigate how certain aromas excite the brain, causing activation of the hypothalamus gland, the pituitary gland and the body’s hormones. Aromas also stimulate the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls sensations of pleasure, emotions and memory. Research has revealed that essential oils influence the brain by causing its complex chemistry to subtly change. During controlled experiments it has been observed many times that essential oils will produce specific and repeatable emotional responses in an individual.” Quoted from

Rose, jasmine and sandalwood are the oils most chosen for use as an aphrodisiac, however they can be quite costly. If you want to try them you may want to find an “absolute” which has been diluted with another oil to keep cost down. Ylang ylang, neroli, rosewood and patchouli are more reasonably priced and just as effective. Ylang ylang is known for its ability to help with frigidity and impotence as well.

There are many ways to put these oils in effect. You can simply apply to your pulse points or place in a diffuser. You can get creative and place some in your bath and have a bath for 2. If you have a hot tub you can put essential oils in there. Give each other a massage by adding oils to an unscented lotion. You could also make a hydrosol to spray the air or your linens.

MLM's and Pinterest!

Posted by on November 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

I just wanted to make you all aware that recently "Young Living" took down a post from someone's website. They didn't like that they were giving similer recipes to YL blends! They have copyrights on some blends and some of their names. However, most of the ingredients are easily found in their book. The same goes for Dotterra. If you want to know how to make your own blend similer to any of theirs just send me an email.

fruity herbal water recipes

Posted by on January 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Here are 8 homemade vitamin water recipes:


1) lemon/cucumber:

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) Fennel/citrus

First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) Blackberry/Sage

Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) watermelon/Rosemary

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) Pineapple/Mint

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) Apple/cinnamon

Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) Ginger/tea

In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.


How and Where to Apply Essential Oils

Posted by on December 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM




December 8, 2014 •  borrowed and condensed from

How and Where to Apply Essential Oils


Essential Oils 101 – How to Apply: Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. Either a single oil can be used or a blend, depending on the user’s experience and the desired benefit. Essential oils are usually applied by being diffused aromatically or applied topically.


Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they’re easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes “neat” (undiluted). Once they’re applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the area of where applied. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and beauty therapy. EOs are also natural disinfectants, many are antimicrobial and the similar chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

TOPICAL Placements:

1. Suboccipital Triangle: (picture at top of post) is a great place to apply an EO topically, this area sits at the base of the brain stem and close to the blood supply to the brain.

2. Feet: the bottoms of our feet boast the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption.

3. Over the heart: A nice place for a topical application, I find it soothing and calming.

4. Localized: When aches and pains are involved, apply EOs directly to the area of discomfort and massage the oils in with carrier oil. I prefer solid organic coconut oil in these instances because it’s nutrient packed!


Our sense of smell influences lots of physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils diffused in the air can be stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended because they don’t change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. EOs can also be used as cleaning and purifying laundry and surfaces in the home.

****the author of the original article also recommends internal use. Simply Lavender LLC recommends NEVER using essential oils internally. They are very concentrated medicine and can have harmful effects. One must be their own best advocate when treating an ailment with essential oils.



Essential oils to use for colds and flu

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Essential oils are used in the practice of aromatherapy to help with a wide variety of health problems, including cold and flu symptoms. Cold and flu season is now upon us, in what appears to be epidemic proportions this year. You might not necessarily have access to the flu shot - or you might prefer a more natural approach. Essential oils are just one natural tool that might help with combating cold and flu symptoms.

Types of essential oils for colds and flu: The majority of essential oils are anti-bacterial and antiseptic which means that they can help to fight the germs and bacteria which linger in your home. However, essential oils for colds and flu need to be able to relieve other symptoms, such as aching limbs, congestion and fever. Suitable essential oils for fighting cold and flu symptoms include:

• tea tree & eucalyptus – both oils are excellent for combating infections, viruses and bacteria, and for soothing aching limbs and congestion

• lemon & peppermint - to reduce fever

• lime - flu symptoms

• Other essential oils include rosemary, lavender, black pepper and ginger.

How to use essential oils to fight colds and flu:

• as a compress – apply a cool compress, with the appropriate essential oils, over your head to reduce fever and chills

• in the bath – soak aching limbs in a warm bath with essential oils; add essential oils to a carrier such as a bath oil or salts before adding

• steam method – fill a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oil. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl. Inhale to relieve congestion

• aromatherapy diffuser – you can add appropriate essential oils to an aromatherapy diffuser and allow the aroma to diffuse throughout the room.

Remember to consult a healthcare professional for advice on using essential oils for colds and flu. In addition, certain essential oils should not be used in pregnancy, with some medical conditions or with certain medication. Reduce quantities for the elderly, with young children and if pregnant. This article is not a substitute for medical advice pertaining to your individual circumstances.


Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils UK: Thorsons

Worwood, Valerie, 1991, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy US: New World Library