Posted  by  Pawluk on Jan 4, 2013

4 Essential Oils for Winter Colds and Flu

The cold and flu season has arrived and as a mom, I love having my essential oils handy when someone starts sniffling. Introducing essential oils into your life is easy, creative and healing on many levels.

The science of aromatherapy uses essential oils, and other aromatic plant components, to maintain and promote the healing of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

Essential oils, also known as “the soul of the plant” are only one of several plant compounds that can be used for healing. As another tool in my medicine bag of healing, essential oils are a preventative, as well as an active method, used to bring healing and relaxation during physical illness and emotional challenges.

I’d like to share with you some information about a few of the essential oils that I love to use all year round, but especially during the cold and flu season.

Please note it is very important to NEVER use essential oils straight out of the bottle, or “neat”, directly on the body. They MUST be diluted in carrier oil such as olive oil or any vegetable oil. My preferred method of use is inhalation with a diffuser.

Below are just a few of the many essential oils that are in my medicine cabinet that I use for my family and friends.

Let’s start with Lavendar. Lavendar (Lavendula agustifolia, officinalis), is known as the universal oil. It is calming and acts as an antiseptic and pain reliever. It is great for insomnia, nervous tension, headaches, minor burns, insect bites, and minor skin irritations.

On an emotional level, it  also helps release negative energy that keeps us stuck in habitual behavior. It helps balance emotions, increase self awareness, aids in relaxation when anxious and helps lift the weight of deep sadness.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, radiata, smithii):  Eucalyptis smithii is my favorite for using with babies and young children. Eucalyptus is a must in all respiratory ailment preparations. It is excellent for coughs and bronchitis.

It has antibacterial and antiviral properties and acts as an expectorant and decongestant. On an emotional level it helps restore optimism and a feeling of being renewed. I like to use it when I’m feeling angry, frustrated or overwhelmed.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomila, Anthemis nobilis) is wonderful prepared as a tea and its essential oil is perfect for all nervous conditions. It helps reduce skin inflammation due to winter dry skin such as eczema, dermatitis, and burns and helps soothe headaches. Emotionally, it is used for gentleness when your spirit is sad.

Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) is my oil of choice for influenza and all flu bugs. It counters viral infections and helps the body rid itself of toxins.

Essential oils are my first line of treatment for all conditions whether physical, emotional or spiritual. They are wonderful and magical! Remember to honor them and respect their energy as powerful healing tools.

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