3 ESSENTIAL OILS TO KICK OUT COLDS AND FLUES!
By Coach Antonia
What’s the best way to stay healthy in cold and flu season?
Don’t get sick!
Essential Oils (EOs) are an essential step in preventative care. They work best when used in the right timing, which can be during epidemic seasons or at the critical moment when you start to feel symptoms of a compromised immune system – that first sneeze!
But which one’s should you take, when, why and how? Continue reading to find out…
A healthy body has a significant chance of defending itself against cold causing germs. What compromises its ability to do so is a temporarily suppressed immune system. This can happen when you are stressed, tired, or sensitive to climatic conditions. According to Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D., author of Medical Aromatherapy, “one-day cures are not the goal, but a support of the body’s defense system in achieving a complete healing through reestablished immunocompetence.” This means that by applying simple everyday solutions, like essential oils, you can actually boost your immune system to being more resilient and prevent illness or mitigate the intensity of an existing infection.
“Heat in the shower helps volatilize the oils, allowing you to breathe in the aroma. “
1. Eucalyptus Globulus
This EO can be used effectively in the shower to support respiratory health. Eucalyptus Globulus provides a mucolytic and expectorant property – which means it helps to dissolve or breakdown mucus in the respiratory tract [source]. Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery, educator for Aura Cacia, explains that heat in the shower helps volatilize the oils, allowing you to breathe in the aroma [source] and benefit from the healing steam. Alternatively, you can rub this oil on your chest which is particularly nice before bed.
It also helps with congestion or sinus pain as well as respiratory health when done as an inhalation. For just nasal congestion, the book Medical Aromatherapy tells us that, you can also “put one or two drops on a 2×2 inch piece of paper tissue, roll the paper and place it gently into the nostrils” to inhale the beneficial qualities of the essential oil and free up your breathing.
“Tea Tree Oil can be added to a bath at the first symptoms of infection and adds strength to supporting your respiratory health”
2. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree oil has long been prized for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. “The earliest reported use of the M. alternifolia plant that presumably exploited this property was the traditional use by the Bundjalung Aborigines of northern New South Wales” [source]. Tea Tree Oil can be added to a bath at the first symptoms of infection and adds strength to supporting your respiratory health and is said to alleviate congestion.
David Wolfe, a longevity and superfoods guru, suggests putting essential oils on your feet – explaining how reflexology ascertains that “areas on the feet correspond to the body’s organs and systems” and that absorption happens quicker through the skin of the feet. [source] This may be a good experiment at the first signs of having a cold, combined with giving oneself a loving foot massage, and making sure you wear socks to keep your feet warm at all times!
“Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria, and could also help the immune system take action against viruses.”
3. Oregano Oil
This is the multi-purpose rock star of the Essential Oil movement. It is traditionally touted as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive [source].
It can be used topically or taken internally. Internally, it has a very strong flavor and can burn a little. From personal experience, I have found it effective to use 3-4 drops underneath my tongue (to manage its sharpness) at the first signs of a sore throat. You can also vaporize it by putting some drops in steaming water, loosely covering your head with a towel and inhaling the steam.
According to Dr. Oz, “oregano contains a compound called carvacrol, which has been shown to help break through the outer cell membranes that help protect bacteria from the immune system. Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria, and could also help the immune system take action against viruses” [source].
Once a cold is well on its way, essential oils will most likely not be able to prevent it on its own. However, they can “cause a faster disappearance of the symptoms and minimize unpleasant accompanying effects,” says Schnaubelt.
If you want to know more about natural cold prevention, read the 3 Herbal Secrets for Cold Season to find out how adaptogens can help you stay on your A-game! And if you want to continue applying preventative care and alternative practices to be in peak physical condition – discover How to Hack Biohacking.
Stay Essentially Oily!