Yes, I know. It seems like I'm harping on the flu. But there are some ridiculous myths about the flu that can make you really - really - sick! And we're STILL in the middle of flu season!
It’s that time of the year where the germs are flying around EVERYWHERE! Using essential oils for immunity will absolutely give you a leg up on all those sneezing and wheezing folks out there spreading their joy.
Why do we get sick more in the winter vs. the summer? There’s several reasons.
- Shorter days mean less production of Vitamin D and Melatonin
- We’re breathing mostly recycled air and getting very little fresh air
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter lowers your resistance
- The air tends to be much drier – germs like dry air
- More stress – wait – what?
Yes, we’re more stressed in the wintertime. The Straight Dope explains it like this:
Psychological (as opposed to physical) stress may also play a role. A study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the more psychological stress people were under, the more likely they were to get colds.
All of the above combine to create the perfect storm and voila – we get more colds and flu in the winter.
Harvard University pretty much says the same thing but with lots more college words:
1) During the winter, people spend more time indoors with the windows sealed, so they are more likely to breathe the same air as someone who has the flu and thus contract the virus (3).
2) Days are shorter during the winter, and lack of sunlight leads to low levels of vitamin D and melatonin, both of which require sunlight for their generation. This compromises our immune systems, which in turn decreases ability to fight the virus (3).
3) The influenza virus may survive better in colder, drier climates, and therefore be able to infect more people (3).
How Do Essential Oils Help?
Essential oils are ideal for boosting your immune system and help you stay healthier in the long run. Here’s some of the best essential oils for immunity:
- Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) helps to minimize unwanted bacterial, viral, or fungal activity.
- Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is powerful for immune support and can help reduce the presence of unwanted fungal or viral activity.
- Lemon (Citrus limon) helps boost your immune system and your liver loves it!
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) supports healthy lung function and boosts your immune system.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor) promotes healthy respiratory functions and helps when fighting a cold or flu.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) promotes balance and is antibacterial, antifungal and stimulates the immune system.
- Tea Tea (Melaleuca alternifolia) is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, supports a healthy respiratory system and helps with cough and congestion.
There’s a whole bunch more, but honestly, with these essential oils, your immune system will absolutely love you (and hey, we’re getting close to Valetine’s Day – why not show some self-love?)!
You’ll find all of these amazing essential oils in an immune-boosting blend I created called Thievery Synergy Blend.
Diffuse a few drops in a cold mist diffuser, breathe it directly out of the bottle or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to your chest and neck at least 3 times a day.
Want the Scented Balance Thievery Synergy Blend? You can get it by filling out the contact form and I’ll ship it to you lickety-split! Aromatherapy can help you get and stay healthy through the seasons – I can show you how!
Thank you for stopping by – I’m grateful for you!
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your medial professional for any and all health concerns.
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:
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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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The flu season is back in full swing again. It bears repeating: to lessen your chances of contracting the flu, WASH YOUR HANDS!
Last year, I took a two-hour webinar on the flu virus, how to prevent it and what to do if you still get it – all that good information. You can read the post titled “Understanding Influenza” for full in-depth information about it.
For today, I’m going to give you a basic primer on the flu, how to prevent it and what to do if you are diagnosed with it.
The flu season in North Carolina will run from approximately October through May. Interesting little factoid: the flu begins in Australia and works its way over to the United States and usually hits the Southeast United States first.
What Is The Flu?
The flu is a virus that can only reproduce inside a targeted cell – which is you. Antibiotics won’t do any good whatsoever to help you with the flu as they’re for bacterial infections, not viral infections.
It can take as little as a few hours for the symptoms to show up once you’ve been exposed. I always thought the flu included an upset stomach (and all the loveliness that goes along with it) but it’s actually a respiratory issue.
The actual influenza virus spreads by killing cells in your respiratory tract, triggering a cough reflex which then propels the virus in the air to infect those around you.
Here’s the information about the 2018-2019 flu virus from the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta:
There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common.
Here’s a quick rundown of flu symptoms. You may get all of them or a few of them.
- Moderate to severe cough
- Fever, possibly high lasting for 3 – 4 days
- Moderate to intense muscle aches and pains
- Headache, sometimes intense
- Sore throat and stuffy nose are common
- Generally lasts 12 – 14 days or longer
If you sneeze and have watery eyes, you most likely have a cold – it’s rare to have these symptoms with the flu.
Preventing The Flu
So what does that have to do with washing your hands?
As it turns out, a whole lot.
You know that doorknob or handle you just touched? Someone else touched it with their hands and left germs. And those germs can last for hours on hard surfaces.
So the best ways to prevent the flu are:
- Wash your hands with plain soap and warm water often, especially after using the toilet or coughing and sneezing.
- Drink more water than usual – this will keep your system flushed out.
- Get a flu shot – it’s a proven fact that getting a flu shot does NOT cause the flu!
- Avoid touching your face – germs spread easier in moist mucous membranes (such as your eyes and nose).
- Take Elderberry syrup at least 3 times every day during flu season. If you feel symptoms coming on, take a tablespoon every 2 hours.
I get my Elderberry syrup from a place called Norm’s Farms (NOT an affiliate link). They offer free shipping, too! To be honest, the flu vaccine is about 30% effective and the Elderberry syrup is about 80% effective against the flu. I actually take Elderberry syrup twice a day year round.
What To Do If You Get The Flu
Even though you’re careful, you caught the flu. Now what?
Go. To. Bed. Now.
Seriously, go to bed and stay there for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks. Don’t go around anyone to spread the germs – especially day care centers and nursing homes.
Get to your doctor as fast as you can for an antiviral prescription medication, if needed. The faster you get the medication in you, the faster you’ll feel better.
Drink more plain water than usual. Again – water is flushing your system and this is a good thing.
Keep a vaporizer or cold mist diffuser running to help stop the spread of germs. If you add a couple drops each of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lavender to your cold mist diffuser (or inhale directly from a cotton ball), you’ll breathe easier and feel better.
Sleep. Sweet glorious sleep will help your body heal.
Don’t go back to work for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks. You’ll still be contagious!
I make a wonderful blend called Thievery which contains several essential oils to boost your immune system. It’s $16.95 for a 10 mL bottle and can help boost your immune system as well as promote bronchial and nasal health. All you have to do is fill out this contact form or send an email and I’ll take it from there.
Be well, wash your hands and share this post!
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
About this time of the year, lots of folks are asking how to stave off colds and flu. You must be vigilant, but it can be done.
Germs come at you from absolutely everywhere. They are airborne, on the handles of doors and grocery carts, elevator buttons, money – you name it – there’s a germ somewhere. Using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer is the worst possible thing you can do – it’s just not good for you.
Isn’t killing germs a good thing? Yes and no. Yes, it’s good to kill off the bad germs that make you sick. But using the antibacterial stuff kills off the good germs, too and that leaves you even more susceptible to colds and flu and worse.
The best way to prevent illness such as colds and flu is to wash your hands with plain soap and hot water; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth and drink plenty of clean water. Anything with caffeine does NOT count as water. Period. (Nor does wine or beer – boo.)
The next way to improve your chances of staying healthy is to boost your immune system by drinking a 6 ounce glass of warm water with a half lemon squeezed into it every morning. Do this before you eat breakfast or drink your coffee. Your liver will not only love you but you’ll boost your immune system, too.
MindBodyGreen.com also talks about dry brushing your body as a way to keep your lymph nodes cleared out. Your lymph nodes are an important part of your immune system and the author of this post, Rachael Feldman, explains how to dry brush your body for a boost. This is a wonderful website if you are looking for advice and guidance to live a healthier lifestyle.
Another way to boost your immune system is to apply my Immunity Booster twice a day. Here is the recipe:
- 15 drops Blood Orange
- 15 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Thyme ct linalool
- 10 drops Douglas Fir
- 8 drops Ravintsara
- 6 drops Corn Mint
- 12 drop Patchouli
- 3 ounces Unscented Lotion
Combine all ingredients into a 3 ounce squeezable tube. Shake well before each use. Apply two times daily to chest and back especially during cold/flu season and when traveling.
I create the Immunity Booster in a three ounce squeezable tube for $27.95. I also handcraft a wonderful pocket-size rollerball called Stress Support Aromatherapy Rollerball for $16.95. For those of you who travel frequently or are just tired and wired, this is perfect for you. Simply apply this over both kidneys four times a day while traveling and 2 times daily otherwise.
What happens if you catch a cold or have the flu? There’s one more way I can help with the SniffleKick personal inhaler. It’s about the size of a lipstick tube and easily fits into your pocket or purse. Just inhale it several times a day through each nostril and it will help with the congestion and aches and pains.
I do hope you’ll stay healthy!
Please let me know what questions you have; I would love to talk with you about your needs and concerns. You can email me directly at balance (a) scentedbalance (dot) com or fill out the contact form.
As always, I am very grateful you chose to stop by.
Happy New Year – Blessings!
PS – the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please see a qualified medical professional for any and all health issues.