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Essential Oils for Cold & Flu

Many essential oils have bacterial, viral and germ killing properties. Most can boost the immune system response by increasing white blood cell production. Essential oils for respiratory ailments are quickly effective when inhaled. Below is a list of the most popular and available oils, which can be used for upper respiratory problems. It is recommended that they be used externally with many of the methods below. All can be applied in a carrier oil to skin. Some like eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and especially oregano and thyme should be used very sparingly in carrier oil as they are very concentrated. North Star has a very nice selection of books, and burners, and offers classes in Aromatherapy.

Our Favorite Blend We Make at North Star for Cold & Flu Season: Antiseptic Thieves available in 1/3 oz. Lemon Eucalyptus, Clove, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Palmarosa, Lavender and Cinnamon. Diffuse or add to a carrier oil to apply to feet, hands, neck, and chest. Use sparingly as these oils are quite potent.

Buy The Winter Group of Oils -- 1/3 oz Blue Glass Essential Oil Dropper Bottles. One each of: Antiseptic Thieves Blend, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Package of these 5 is $27.00 Available online or in store. Remember free shipping starts at $50 online order

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Mouth, throat and tonsil infections

Eucalyptus Oil ( Eucalyptus globulous) Anti-viral antiseptic. Warms, opens and clears respiratory airways. Also assists the immune system. Diffuse for cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and throat infections. Very helpful to put in spray bottle (1tsp per 32 oz of water) to use as room spray.

Ginger ( Zingiber officinale) Analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, bactericidal. Cough, congestion, sore throat and sinusitis. Can also be used topically for muscular aches and pains. Warming.

Lavender (Angustifolia or officinalis) Lavender has many uses and properties. For respiratory ailments it targets bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma and throat as well as whooping cough. It adds a sweet touch to your blend and also helps with associated headaches.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Headache, cough, stomach upset and sinus congestion. Cooling

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) Anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. Also a powerful immunostimulant. Diffuse for bronchitis, cough, whooping cough and sinusitis.

Anti Viral Oils Good Recipe: Lemon 10 drops, Cinnamon Leaf 6-8 drops, Eucalyptus 3-4 drops, Rosemary 4 drops, Clove 3-4 drops in to a diffuser or carrier oil. As a room spray combine with 4oz of distilled water.

Disinfectant Room Spray Combine water and essential oils in a spray bottle. Studies show a two-percent dilution of eucalyptus oil kills 70 % of airborne staph bacteria. 4 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops pine, 2 drop tea tree, 3 drops bergamot, 1 ½ ounce = 45ml of water

Sore Thoat 3 drops each cypress, lemon, tea tree, Combine ingredients and diffuse or put into 1 oz carrier oil and apply to throat and chest area. We do not recommend taking essential internally. (by mouth.

Vapor Balm For lung congestion a salve or a massage oil containing essential oils can be rubbed over the chest, back and throat. The oils will be absorbed through the skin and lungs as the vapor is inhaled. Place a flannel fabric on the chest after rubbing in the oil to increase warmth. 2 drops. peppermint oil, 3 drops eucalyptus oil , 1 drop thyme oil into a 1/4 cup (4 oz) of olive or other carrier oil. Warm olive oil over very low heat. Cool a bit, add essential oils, and stir. (Be sure to keep your face away from the oils as you stir them in.) Store at room temperature.

Diffuser Add the following oils to your diffuser with 1tsp of distilled water. lavender 3 drops eucalyptus 5 drops peppermint 3 drops .

Massage: Massage is a very effective way to relieve stress and tension. Massage encourages circulation and eases minor aches and pains. It enables the essential oils to be absorbed and used by the skin and body. You can rub the blended oils locally into the areas requiring attention. Choose from one of our carrier oils to blend with your essential oils, and massage over the area giving problems, whether it be muscular aches and pains, a stiff neck or a bronchitis chest. In massaging the abdomen, move your hand clockwise in circles, following the flow of the intestines; among other benefits, this helps to relieve constipation. " Making Up Massage Oils- Choose a vegetable bases carrier oil, The aroma will be taken up over a period of time, so the oil will smell more rounded after a week than just after it has been mixed and set for a few hours if possible.

Bath Bathing with essential oils is a pleasant way to relax, a bath helps to soothe both the body and soul. Take time to enjoy a aromatic bath. A bath is a wonderful treat and very relaxing, and a most wonderful way to enjoy aromatherapy. Essential oils do not mix well with water, so mix them with a little carrier oil, or bath or Epsom salts, before putting essential oils into bath and they will dissipate slower

Compresses Hot compresses are relaxing. In addition, they open the pores of the skin so that essential oils can penetrate faster and deeper. They also ease cramps and tension. Add 4-6 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water. Briefly immerse a small towel in the water, squeeze out the excess water, and apply to the part of the body to be treated. Remove the compress when it cools down. Do not use compresses if you have any broken skin or blood vessels.

Inhalations: Place 7-10 drops of undiluted essential oil in a Diffuser. (See Diffuser for instructions) Inhalation: Place 6-8 drops of essential oil in a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, lean over the bowl and inhale for five minutes. Be careful not to allow essential oil to irritate eyes. You may also inhale oils directly from the bottle; or place two drops of oil in the palm of one hand, rub both palms together, then cup both hands over nose and mouth and inhale the oils.

Always follow all safety precautions when using essential oils. Be careful not to get oils that are straight (neat), on skin, or hands or eyes. If some gets in your eyes, flush eyes for 5 minutes or longer with clean water, and seek medical attention if necessary. Reduce strength of essential oil proportionately for children. Always diluted essential oils with carrier before applying to the skin. Consult a book or the internet on uses and precautions.Oils should be stored away from sunlight and heat, and out of the reach of children.

Be Careful not to diffuse or spray oils to close to Cats as they are sensitive to Essential Oils

Resources and Links: [1] Lawless, Julia; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils; Element Books 1995
" Aromatherapy and The Respiratory System - By Kathi Keville and Mindy Green.
" Aromatherapy First Attack For Sinuses " www.familydoctor.org " National Institute of Allergy & Infection