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It’s a common problem come the autumn. We start spending more time indoors. Windows start closing. The fresh air is effectively cut off and you’re stuck in the office. And someone near you has a cold. And keeps touching things. Without washing their hands. Effectively, they have become an incubus of viral plague. And for some reason, they never take the day off – no matter how sick they are.

These coworkers, or peers of our children (hey, schools are awful too) are the first people to spread the virus or bacteria. And then that’s the end. You’re sick until the windows open again come that first, unreasonably warm day in March (if you live in the Midwest or close to the Canadian border – you know what I’m talking about).

But, it’s not too early to begin prepping for this illness. In fact, with the remedies I’m offering, the sooner you get started, the better it’s going to be.

The essential oils are good to stimulate the immune system for a boost, but also work once you are ill. All of these essential oils can be bundled together in any combination for scent purposes.

Essential Oils

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Eucalyptus

Probably the most useful essential oil of this list. Antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial. Good for reducing fevers, and easing nausea. Great to inhale to ease chest congestion, also good for asthma. Sharpens the mind when you feel ‘foggy’ in your illness, good for muscle pain if your illness makes you achy.

Lavender

Is a decongestant, and helps boost sleep – making it a wonderful essential oil when you’re sick with a stuffy nose. It’s also effective at soothing flu symptoms.

Chamomile

Calms the nervous system. Promotes sleep. Relieves pain settles digestion and helps detox the liver.

Lemon Balm (also known as Melissa)

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Helps reduce high blood pressure, eases period cramps, and nausea. It relieves a migraine and fever. It also calms the nervous system, helping to alleviate stress (which can cause illness).

Rosemary

Promotes circulation of the blood. Restoring blood pressure to normal. It relieves fatigue and stress. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial, making it good for fighting the cold and flu viruses as well as bacterially caused illness (such as strep throat). It also helps clear colds and headaches.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is mainly an expectorant. It also helps reduce chances of infection and works as an antibacterial treatment. Generally known as a wonderful immune booster. Tea tree oil is good at reducing fevers.

Peppermint

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Tones and settles the digestive system. Relieves indigestion, nausea, and travel sickness. It’s a wonderful expectorant – meaning it rids the lungs of gunk. It also reduces fevers.

Juniper

Is a detoxifying essential oil and works best in the bathtub to help move impurities from the system, giving your immune system help.

Uses

For Baths

Put 15 drops of whichever combination of essential oils you desire.

For Massage Oils

Put 5 drops of essential oil to every ¼ cup of carrier oil (coconut, avocado, grapeseed, sweet almond, jojoba) and apply it to your chest and throat and along the upper back.

Notes:

  • Do not consume essential oils.
  • Oils that should be thoroughly diluted are tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemon balm.
  • Real Lemon Balm essential oil is very expensive, make sure yours is a pure lemon balm and not a hybrid.

Here are a few more great uses for essential oils in your life!

 

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