We all know this time of year…a cold or the flu is easy to spread around your work space or at home. Prevent this cycle from happening around you by incorporating essential oils. The power of essential oils goes far beyond relieving congestion, they also kill bacteria and viruses from spaces lurking with germs.
There are many ways we can prevent the spread. Let’s start with adding essential oils into the massage oil, creams, or lotion. We can add anti-infectious oils like Eucalyptus and Bergamot to help keep germs at bay while boosting our immune system.
Eucalyptus – Is a tree native to Australia that’s known for its cough-medicine-like scent. It’s a wonderful tonic for the respiratory system as it can heal thin mucous and expel it from the lungs. May also help with clogged sinuses.
Bergamot – Is a citrus oil from the peel of the Bergamot fruit. Most notable for its aroma from Earl Grey Tea along with its anti-infectious qualities and an affinity for the respiratory system, this oil also balances emotions.
Scientific studies have shown that using essential oils used as an aromatherapy is a completely legitimate form of medicine. When a person inhales an essential oil that scent is carried by olfactory nerve cells in the nose to the olfactory system (your sinus cavity) that sends the aroma to the brain, namely the limbic system, the house of emotions and emotional behavior.
A topical application allows these essential oils to quickly enter the bloodstream by being absorbed through skin tissue.
Interestingly, some essential oils are highly beneficial when ingested. For example, by swallowing peppermint essential oil, you can relieve gas and stomach cramps. Some essential oils can even be used as flavoring agents that offer nutritional value, such as lemon essential oil, which adds flavor to water while providing the body with vitamin C.
More-and-more people are turning to more natural & holistic approaches to healthcare. By using natural remedies to heal ourselves we can be free of the worries of unwanted side effects.
Feel free to vary any of these aromatherapy recipes according to your liking. If it feels like you need a more aggressive-preventative approach, try making yourself a blend to use on your chest and throat, and you should be on a healthy path this winter.