Tis the season for family, good food, laughter.....and possibly a cold. I happen to have one at this very moment. While the symptoms have to essentially run their course as various medications are taken, there are natural alternatives to caring for a cold. My previous recipe was a bit more complex, so here are some simpler ways to get cold relief using essential oils when you first get the feeling that your coming down with a bug.
5 Drops Eucalyptus
2 Drops Peppermint
2 Drops Lavender
1/2 oz Sweet Almond Oil (optional, dependent on use)
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.
Inhaler: Add oils to a simmer pot, breathe deeply. Be sure to watch out for the water level!! :)
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 and Eucalyptus have awesome properties that soothe aches and pains associated with oncoming colds.
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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