As happens every year when Fall arrives, so does cold and flu season. Our lives once again becomes a little more hectic and social activities are in full swing. Thus, we are a little more likely to be susceptible and exposed to the cold and flu viruses. Most of us are fully aware of the importance of proper hand washing and the sharing of personal items when around those who are sick but there are other preventive and treatment options you may choose. I have been very fortunate to have had very few colds in recent years and I strongly believe that much of it has to do with the effectiveness of a cold and flu aromatherapy blend I use every time I begin to feel the early symptoms of a cold coming on.
Use a carrier oil such as jojoba, unfractionated coconut oil or grapeseed. To every tbsp of this carrier oil, add 3 drops of tea tree, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil. Blend well and apply regularly to the upper chest and neck and I often finish by even patting the remaining oil on my face (avoid eye area), being sure to breathe in the aroma deeply. I make a point to carry a small bottle with me so I can use the blend as often as I need. Whenever I start to feel the beginning of a sore throat, I use this effective aromatherapy blend.
The important properties of these particular oils are their strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as their immune strengthening capabilities. Keep in mind though that there are also many great oils to choose from as well. Some important ones to mention are oregano, another very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial oil. Also there is frankincense for that tickling cough, cedarwood for excess phlegm, and both orange and ginger are great for either chills or fever. You can choose to add these oils to your massage oil or blend the 7-8 drops:1 tbsp unscented bubble bath as another option.