Greetings friends and clients!
This month I will be focusing on teaching you how to use aromatherapy to help alleviate seasonal cold symptoms. In this article, you will learn what aromatherapy is, where you can buy your own pure essential oils, and how you can use simple recipes and products to help reduce and even eliminate symptoms and infections, naturally.
“True” aromatherapy, according to Liz Fulcher, director of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute in Selinsgrove, Penn., and a clinical aromatherapy therapist, involves using plant extracts that have emotional and physical healing properties. “It’s the chemistry of the oil, not the smell, that makes the difference,” she says. “When it comes to attacking a problem, it doesn’t even matter if you have a sense of smell. It still works. Each oil has its own chemistry and interacts with the body in different ways, depending on its molecular structure. It might be antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, skin nourishing, or digestive.” The essential oil comes from that part of the plant responsible for its signature aroma, the glands. The glands are full of liquid—essential oil—that contributes to the well-being of the plant, as well as to those who use it. For this reason, synthetics don’t work. They may smell good, but they don’t contain the chemistry—the essential oil—that facilitates healing. (Source)
First off, as the article states, you'll need to get some high quality, pure essential oils (EOs). I get mine from several sources and I have been delighted with the quality. Two of my favorite sources are Bulk Apothecary and Essential Depot. You can also get almost any essential oil from Amazon.com, but there are so many options, that I never know how good the quality will be. I rarely buy my EOs from Amazon. There are also several multi-level-marketing companies like DoTerra and Young Living, who sell high quality EOs, so if you are into that, go for it. :-) If you have questions about buying EOs or what to buy, feel free to ask me. My "can't live without" top 6 Winter Cold Blasting EOs are: Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Sweet Orange and Peppermint.
Another fabulous tool to have in your aromatherapy arsenal is a diffuser. These are magical little devices that diffuse EOs into the air and fill the room/house with beautiful and healing scents. Just add water and a few drops of EOs and in a few minutes your senses will thank you. If you don't have one already, you can purchase a diffuser almost anywhere. They are very popular. I have a few that I have purchased from Amazon.com. If you don't want to purchase one, just put a small saucepan on the stove, on low heat, with several inches of water and add EOs directly to the water. Diffusing essential oils is one of the best ways to neutralize airborne illnesses and enhance immunity. I will be introducing my own line of over 20 diffuser blends to my product line in the next few weeks. For now, here are some blends I use in my diffuser to help alleviate winter cold symptoms.
Air purifying during the day:
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Tea Tree
6 drops Sweet Orange
Relaxing and purifying at night:
6 drops Lavender
8 drops Frankincense
4 drops Sweet Orange
Congestion & Sinus Relief:
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Peppermint
3 drops Thyme and/or Oregano
3 drops Clove
5 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Cinnamon
5 drops Sweet Orange
5 drops Peppermint
5 drops Lavender
We all know to stay hydrated and load up on Vitamin C and Zinc when we are feeling under the weather, but did you know that you have some pretty amazing remedies hiding in your kitchen cabinets? Here are a few of my favorite home remedies (though not necessarily Vegan) for winter wellness issues:
Sore Throat Infusion Drink/Syrup
Slice 1 or 2 lemons (unpeeled) and put in a saucepan or bowl. Pour very hot water (just below boiling) over the lemon slices, covering them completely. Add in a few slices of fresh ginger and turmeric root. You can add some rosemary and/or oregano sprigs if you like. Let that steep for a few minutes. Strain or remove solids. Add in a couple of teaspoons of organic raw honey to taste. Stir well and drink slowly. You can also use this recipe to make a thicker syrup-like remedy by adding more raw honey and less water. Store this in a sealed mason jar and take 1 tablespoon every few hours.
Turmeric Salt Water Gargle for Sore Throat
Make some very strong turmeric tea - either using turmeric root (best method) or from turmeric tea bags. Let it cool down a bit so you don't burn your throat. Stir in some sea salt until dissolved. Gargle with this solution every few hours. Make a fresh batch daily.
Homemade Cough Syrup
Mix 1/4 cup of organic raw honey with 1/4 cup of organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix well and store in a sealed mason jar. Take 1 tablespoon every 4 hours.
Flu-Busting Clementine Cream-sickle Smoothie
- 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
- 1/2 small avocado, flesh scooped out, and frozen
- 2-3 Clementines, peeled and broken into segments
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (the cream from top of can)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (watery part) OR 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk or almond milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract or a handful of raw almonds
- 1 Medjool date, pitted and roughly chopped (optional)
- 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Directions: Peel and freeze the avocado, Clementines, and banana before making this smoothie. Once frozen, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may add more liquid if it is too thick. Makes 2 cups.
Bath Soak for Achy Muscles and Body
Everyone knows this one, but I'll throw it in anyway. Add 1 or 2 cups of Epsom Salts and several drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender and/or Peppermint essential oils to a bathtub full of hot water. Grab a good book and soak to your heart's content.
By Robin Creations products that you can use to help alleviate winter cold issues
I make fabulous products that will help you feel better while you fight off a winter cold.
Breathe Easy Chest Rub. This vegan chest rub is fantastic for kids (over 3 years old) and adults. Of course, it has no petroleum like many store brands, and it works just as well. Safe to put on chests, below and inside nostrils, and on the bottoms of feet. You or your loved one will be breathing well again in no time. The small 1oz tin is $5 and the 2oz jar is $9. Contains: Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Candililla Wax, Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Clove.
Aromatherapy Inhalers. Herbal Inhalers are a wonderful way to have Aromatherapy at your fingertips everywhere you go! These are made with high grade essential oils and unprocessed, unbleached organic cotton. I make 20 different formulas. The best ones for cold relief are BREATHE, RELAX, HEADACHE, IMMUNE BOOSTER, FATIGUE FIGHTER, and TUMMY SETTLE. At $7 each, these are affordable and offer immediate relief.
I hope this article has educated you about using aromatherapy and home remedies to help you and your family make it through any bug that hits your system. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I am happy to help you and point you to some helpful articles from some of my favorite wellness/diy websites.
By Robin Creations Vegan Skin & Body Care