Essential Oil Protection Against Winter Colds and Chills

aroma-pothecaryIn this article we will be looking at using essential oil by way of inhalation – in an oil burner or diffuser, or as a steam inhalation (not using on the body).

To protect ourselves from winter chills, colds and infections, there are some essential oils that I would always reach for – Lemon, Tea tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Bergamot & Lemongrass.

You can use these oils  individually in a burner of diffuser – or blend two or more together for a stronger synergy.  A pleasant blend, I think, to the nose, is 1 drop lemongrass, 2 drops lemon and 2 drops bergamot.  This blend is not only air cleaning, but hugely uplifting too.

A few drops are all you need to clear a room, don’t be tempted to use more, or else it will become overpowering.  A more medicinal blend would be 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus and 2 drops lemon.

For a completely different essential oil blend that is helpful in clearing the air, our earlier blog focused on our Spicy Heaven blend.  This  has a very festive, Christmassy smell, but the cinnamon, clove & frankincense (sweet orange is the other ingredient) can be a powerful help to banish unwanted airborne infections.

It may not be possible to use an oil burner or diffuser when at work, but you can still have an essential oil or blend on a tissue so that you can inhale when possible during the day.

Tea tree, eucalyptus & bergamot are also believed to be immunostimulants.  They are again helpful to lift your immune system when the stress of the Christmas preparations depletes it, or everyone has the cold or flu around you.

If you have a complex medical history/medications always check with your GP before using essential oils, or ask a qualified aromatherapist

(for Aromapothecary followers – part 2 of treatments for bug bites will follow in the 2016)