Tis the season for family, good food, laughter.....and possibly a cold or fall allergies. My family is dealing with it at this very moment. While the symptoms have to essentially run their course as various medications are taken with a cold, there are natural alternatives for getting relief for both in the meantime. My previous recipe was a bit more complex, so here are some simpler ways to get cold/allergy relief using essential oils when the season is upon you.
5 Drops Eucalyptus
2 Drops Peppermint
2 Drops Lavender
2 Drops Bergamot
1/2 oz Jojoba Oil
For massage: Blend all ingredients together and massage into chest.
For bath: Add oils directly to a tub full of warm water.
Steam Inhalation: Add oils to a hot bowl of water (hot enough to produce steam), place towel over head, and breathe deeply.
Diffuser: Add water to diffuser to instructed water level, add essential oils, turn on diffuser, and breathe deeply.
I know this blend is pretty stout...even quite pungent for some, however, it's really effective for opening up nasal passages when inhaled. Lavender is soothing while Eucalyptus shows off it's anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that soothe aches and pains associated with oncoming colds. Bergamot is both antibacterial and antibiotic; all these combined into Jojoba oil allows for quick absorption.
Be sure to perform a patch test if using for massage to ensure no allergic reactions will occur. Never use these oils on the skin in an undiluted form prior to testing.
PLEASE NOTE: Information not intended to take the place of traditional doctors and medications. Please see your physician for diagnosis and treatment of severe symptoms.
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