It's here Â? it's that time of year again. The weather's turning cold and bleak (although at the moment it's still completely unpredictable) and everyone's started to dig out their scarves and gloves. On top of that, with the kids back at school, they're now more likely to bring something back home with them Â? by that I mean all manner of colds and germs that will be circulating in the playground. So between the kids and the colder weather, we're all more likely to get run down and pick up a bug (and I don't mean the creepy crawly kind).
The good news is that this onslaught can be combated in a number of ways with different essential oils. At the first sign of a developing cold, take a bath with a few drops of Ti-tree oil to prevent the cold from developing. Hot baths are a good way of fighting the bacteria, as well as relaxing the mind and body ready for a good night's sleep, which in turn will fight the cold. Try the ultimate sleep inducer, Lavender, blended with Sweet Marjoram, Vetivert or Chamomile. These essential oils are all good relaxers as well as being beneficial for the immune system (remember, essential oils needed to be blended in a cup of milk before emptying into the bath).
Steam inhalation is also good for colds. You will be able to clear nasal congestion, as well as killing bacteria. The hotter the steam, the more the virus will be attacked. By adding an anti-viral essential oil, such as Eucalyptus or Ti-tree, you will increase the effectiveness. You could also add Lemon to an inhalation, but remember that these oils are stimulants, so don't do it just before you go to bed. Rosemary could also be used.
The essential oils could also be burnt in an oil burner, in order to diffuse their healing properties and pleasant smells about the room.
Apart from essential oils, you could take care of your diet in order to boost your immune system. Fresh fruit and veggies will fight infection by providing vitamin C, and garlic also helps to prevent a cold. Echinacea is great for chest infections, catarrh and is a good anti-inflammatory.
So overall, you're well equipped with some know-how now to stop the beasts of winter viruses from winning the battle of your body. Go out and conquer! (but make sure you ask an aromatherapist for advice before trying anything new!)
About the author:
Carla is a Holistic Therapist, practising Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Swedish Body Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. She is based in the north-west.
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