Do you hate taking medication? The long list of unfamiliar ingredients labeled on most medication bottles is scary. Now that I have a baby who may at some point deal with symptoms I need to be prepared. After researching natural cold and flu remedies, I have the Single Best Solution for you and your family.
What is aromatherapy?
Have you ever treated a sore throat with a cup of hot water with lemon and honey? How about peppermint tea for a headache? Those are all good natural remedies, but we could go a step further and use aromatherapy for quicker healing. Aromatherapy is simply using a plant’s aroma-producing oils (essential oils) to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots. Pretty straight forward right?
How do you practice aromatherapy?
The oils are mixed with another substance (such as oil, alcohol, or lotion) and then put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. Another theory suggests that the fragrance of certain oils may stimulate the body to produce pain-fighting substances.
Our family uses a variety of oils to treat different ailments, if you only purchased one bottle of essential oil for your family, Thieves oil would be the one.
My step-mom, Ania Massat swears by thieves oil, as she’s been treating herself and her family successfully for over four years. Thieves essential oil blend by Young Living is a powerful combination of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils. Due to its effectiveness against highly infectious germs, including viruses and bacteria, it is one of nature’s most powerful natural home remedies.
Yesterday I felt a sore throat coming on, so I applied a few drops of Thieves oil to my feet before bed. This morning I felt 100%! I also apply the oil on Lucie before I take her out, or if someone is coming over that has been exposed to any symptoms.
Top 10 uses of Thieves oil during cold/flu season:
- Sore throat: Mix with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow
- Bronchitis: apply undiluted directly to the skin of your upper chest and throat
- Lung congestion / sinus headaches: breathe in the vapors
- Phlegm and congestion: add to orange juice and drink
- Cold: drink a few drops in water or juice every three hours
- Cough: mix a few drops with honey or agave in a teaspoon
- Laryngitis: put a drop under your tongue to restore your voice
- Allergy symptoms: inhale for relief
- Cold sores and canker sores: apply
- Airborne bacteria: diffuse in the house every day to kill airborne bacteria
Bonus tip: Carry a bottle on every flight to protect you from germs on the plane.
There are several more uses for Thieves oil, including household cleaning techniques, click here for 101 uses for Thieves Oil. This post will be part of an aromatherapy series, so stay tuned for the next article!