Cold and flu season has officially arrived and it’s time to take preventative measures to stay well during the holidays. One of the ways you can stay healthy even when everyone around you is getting sick is stocking up on these 10 essential oils. Not only do they promote immune support but they also offer alternative remedies to alleviate symptoms from the most common winter illnesses.
Whether you’re feeling a little under the weather or it’s time to detox your liver, you should turn to thyme. Not only does diffusing thyme oil give your immune system a boost, but you can also use it topically to boost your circulation rate and speed up your body’s natural ability to heal.
Oregano oil has both antiviral and antibacterial properties. Use it regularly as a way to prevent illness and stay healthy even when flu season is in full swing. Oregano is also an effective and pleasant smelling natural hand sanitizer so keep a little bottle in your purse. Just remember to dilute it with carrier oil because it is very strong!
There’s a reason so many cough drops contain eucalyptus. This powerful plant with its natural menthol odor does wonders to improve your immune system. It also eases lung inflammation and opens up clogged sinuses. Did you know that eucalyptus is one of the key ingredients in Vick’s vapor rub? For best results, mix one part Eucalyptus oil to 20 parts carrier oil and then rub the solution on your chest, under your nose, and on the bottoms of your feet. Put on warm socks and even the nastiest cough will start to ease off.
Even when you have gotten a flu vaccination, you’re only protected from a few different types of flu, which means you could become infected with a different strain. If this happens, you’ll want to have some ginger essential oil on hand. It’s great for managing nausea and calming an upset stomach. This is one of the most beneficial oils because it can help with a variety of ailments. From slowing a cough to calming indigestion, this particular essential oil is a must have for winter.
When it comes to swollen lymph nodes and earaches, there’s nothing better than lemon essential oil for fast relief. Swabbing your ears with the lemon oil or rubbing some on your sore lymph nodes encourages draining. You’ll also find that the bright lemony scent rejuvenates your spirits and gives you a quick burst of energy. Try adding a few drops of lemon oil to a bottle of water and spritz it on household surfaces as an anti-microbial cleaner.
Toothaches are miserable, but clove leaf essential oil can help. The clove oil has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and offers analgesic properties that will provide you with relief from the pain until you can have a dentist check out your tooth. Use extreme caution with this oil, as it is extremely strong. First time users should dilute with 1 part clove leaf oil to 150 parts carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.
When you need to calm a raspy cough, use a little frankincense essential oil to promote healthy lungs. If you have a small wound, rubbing some frankincense oil on the injury protects it from bacteria. My favorite use for frankincense is to calm achy muscles. Dilute the frankincense with coconut oil and massage the sore muscles to relieve body aches.
The more lime essential oil you have in your house, the better. You’re going to constantly find a different use for this multi-purpose essential oil. Keep some in your medicine cabinet to use as a way to help your immune system fight off viruses and bacteria. You should also keep some under your sink and use it as a natural, pet friendly household cleaner. You can even use it to remove sticky residue from countertops.
For hundreds of years, peppermint has been used to add flavor to food. Today it’s also used to add fragrance to soaps, skin creams, and cosmetics. Taking regular doses of peppermint essential oil is a great way to improve your digestive system. If you’re interested in making your own toothpaste, just mix a little peppermint essential oil to a little backing soda. This oils is a great option for calming nausea, indigestion, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Most people aren’t familiar with hyssop, but it is a plant that has been used for healing purposes for thousands of years. There’s evidence that the Roman Empire relied on Hyssop for protection against the plague and as an antiseptic that they used to treat wounds. Hyssop also has a long history of being used in religious purification ceremonies, including baptisms. You’ll want to have hyssop essential oil on hand during the cold and flu season. Not only can it be used to help you get some relief from a chronic cough, but it’s also a natural bronchitis treatment.
What are some of your favorite essential oils to use during the winter months?