Got a cold? Aromatherapy can help! Tis the season for sneezing, coughing and feeling miserable.
So maybe you just couldn’t stave off a nasty cold. There’s really nothing you can do to make your cold go away any faster – it has to run its’ course. However, there’s lots of ways to get through a head or chest cold with some measure of grace.
Beware of all the cold remedies from the drug store. Many of them are known to affect your blood pressure. Then there’s the disconnected feeling you get as well as completely drying out your system.
Do you purposely want to be dehydrated? (The correct answer is NO you do not!)
How To Deal With A Cold
I know you know how to deal with a cold. But sometimes, we all take leave of our senses and don’t take good care of our bodies.
A-n-n-n-d then we’re run down and end up with a head or chest cold.
Allow me to beat this into your head:
WASH YOUR HANDS WITH PLAIN SOAP AND WARM WATER.
Everyone in the world is sneezing and hacking leaving their germs all over the place. Right behind that, you touch a door knob or a handle of some sort and then you touch your face.
GAH! Now you’ve let slip the germs of war to get into your system. Simply washing your hands keeps these nasty germs at bay.
Okay, next thing to beat into your head:
DRINK AT LEAST 32 OUNCES OF PURE WATER EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Do I really need to explain why? The more pure water you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your system. A build up of toxins can push your immune system to it’s limits – and that’s when you catch a cold.
Here’s what WebMD.com says about drinking water with a slice of lemon when you have a head cold or chest cold:
Hot or cold, it keeps you hydrated and loosens up stuffiness and congestion. Lemon is also high in vitamin C, which may make a cold slightly shorter if you get it regularly.
One more thing to beat into your head:
GET ENOUGH SLEEP.
Yes, I know you’re busy. We all are. Sleep helps your body recuperate from your daily grind. When you don’t get enough sleep, you get run down. Do you see a pattern here?
A little fun fact: Chicken noodle soup is one of those wonderful home remedies for colds. Why?
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center point out:
Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. Chicken noodle soup makes a great fallback for the cold winter days because of all its wonderful nutrients. The ingredients included are soothing to the throat, easy-to-digest and also pack a great taste.
How Can Aromatherapy Help With A Cold?
Okay, so you’ve ignored all the sensible advice and you have a cold. The good news is that essential oils are ideal for helping you through a cold. There’s lot of oils to help with congestion, promote good nasal and bronchial health and assist with aches and pains.
- Tea Tree helps with infections and congestion. Put a couple of drops in a bowl of steaming water and breathe it in.
- Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant. You can diffuse a few drops by your bed at night. (This is NOT for children under 10.)
- Rosemary helps suppress a cough.
- Peppermint is refreshing and will help open up airways, but don’t use this before bedtime (or with children under 10) as it’s a stimulant. You need your sleep!
If you prefer the natural route (it really is much better for you), I have two products that will help you through your worst head or chest cold:
ChestEZ Vapor Rub: This helps with congestion, cough as well as minor aches and pain. I make a blend for adults and a blend for children 2 – 10 years old.
SniffleKick Personal Nasal Inhaler: This blend supports healthy lung function, soothes your cough and encourages clear breathing.
So there you have it – I’ll stop acting like your mother now and step off my soapbox before I fall off! :0)
How about sharing this post with everyone in your life who needs a refresher course in colds – okay?
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