Today I would like to share some thoughts about preventing and treating colds and the flu. You know this time of year cold and flu germs are abundant - in the grocery store, at the library, at preschool...and the list goes on and on. The practice of aromatherapy offers many alternative methods for killing the cold/flu virus and for treating the symptoms. I feel aromatherapy comes in handy most when treating young children. Over-the-counter medications are simply not safe for infants and can leave young mothers feeling helpless. Enter these three essential oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus. They are all anti-viral, meaning they actually kill viruses (something antibiotics cannot do), and lavender and tea tree are anti-bacterial as well. I use these oils in two ways: to prevent colds/flu and to treat colds/flu
When we have been exposed to a lot of germs, especially during this time of year, I apply these oils when we get home. This way they will kill any viruses floating around in our body, before they have a chance to grow.
As a treatment I apply these oils 3x a day to the chest and bottoms of the feet. The eucalyptus will relieve congestion and the lavender has a calming effect - making it easier to sleep. My husband and I use these oils too and our little family has been able to avoid antibiotics many times the past few years. I used to run to the doctor as soon as I felt any symptoms - now I wait and try this first. Most of the time they keep it manageable and I can avoid going to the Dr. I am not bashing doctors - they are very helpful and sometimes we do need antibiotics, but you can not only save money (office visits and prescriptions), but treat your body naturally with no side-effects. The beautiful thing about essential oils is that your body only uses them if it needs them. So you really can't go wrong trying them.
I will caution against using them every day. Just like any form of medication, your body will become immune to the oils if you use them every day.
I sell a great cold/flu treatment in my Etsy shop. It is specially formulated for infants and children- and I put it in a spill-proof, roll-on bottle so it is easy to apply to their wiggly little feet. Head on over and pick some up!