Winter is right around the corner and that means cold and flu season is almost here. It goes without saying to wash your hands often and cover your mouth when you cough. While you can’t prevent getting sick altogether, let’s talk about the essential oils that can help before and after you’re feeling under the weather. Eucalyptus oil and Tea Tree oil are a perfect place to start. Cinnamon oil is good, too. Your immune system is in for an essential treat.
Consider an excellent oil to have around: Eucalyptus. When diffused, studies have shown that it can help kill viruses. Why? Eucalyptus has a compound in it called eugenol, which has shown to have antiviral properties. Additionally, Eucalyptus can help with congestion.
One way to use it is through inhalation and by combining it with hot steam; this oil can really help open the airways. To do this, heat water until boiling, carefully pour into a heat-safe bowl on a level surface and then add the eucalyptus oil. Drape a towel over the back of your head and lean over the bowl until you are able to breathe in the vapors but not close enough to where you touch the water and close your eyes. Inhale deeply and slowly for about 5 minutes. Steam inhalers are also available online, but you should check with the manufacturer if it is safe to use with essential oils.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is one of the most commonly used essential oils, besides Lavender. It has a wide variety of uses due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
In one study, tea tree oil was shown to be beneficial against the flu virus when sprayed into the air, as well as when applied to surfaces. You can diffuse tea tree in a diffuser or you can make your own room spray by combining 25 drops of tea tree, 1 oz. of witch hazel, and 3 oz. of water into a 4oz spray bottle. Shake before spraying and then spritz!
Cinnamon is typically thought of to be a holiday aroma, but its a wonderful oil to have around all year! This is because of it’s antimicrobial properties. One study showed that cinnamaldehyde, which is a main compound of cinnamon leaf oil, was effective inhibiting certain bacteria and mold. Diffusing this oil definitely makes the house smell amazing!
Singles, Blends, and Soaps
Look for a variety of Plantlife aromatherapy essential oils, whether single oils or blends, in this neighborhood market. While you’re at it, pick up some EO gift soaps as holiday gifts.