My husband says that the person behind him on the bus coughed for two miles. I would have been scrambling to find a seat as far away from the coughing person as possible. But alas, sometimes there is just no escaping it. One of the next best things you can do to keep yourself safe from getting a cold is to build your immune system up as much as possible. Even if you do get a cold, there are things you can do to reduce those nasty symptoms. An article at Healthline.com cites a few studies showing the benefits of using essential oils to prevent or treat the common cold.
There are quite a number of essential oils with properties that do just that. Whether you already use aromatherapy or are just getting started with it, it is worth a review of what has been shown to work for colds. Here is a brief check on three good essential oils for your cold supply box:
- Eucalyptus: has antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It can be inhaled with steam (be careful not to burn yourself) or used in a diffuser. It may safely fight viruses and can help with respiratory problems.
- Peppermint: contains menthol and is used as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer. Peppermint oil has shown in tests to have viral activity. Menthol is used in cough drops to help sooth throats. Use by inhaling the steam or in a diffuser.
- Chamomile: can help reduce cold symptoms and helps with sleep. Inhale with steam, use in a diffuser or drink some chamomile tea.
Buy essential oils that are pure, traceable to their sources, fairly priced and sustainably harvested. If you are careful to follow these guidelines, you will purchase high quality essential oils which are the only kind you should use for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is very powerful and effective when done properly.
Learn more about how essential oils can be used for colds and flu next Tuesday, January 15 from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m., at the Cesar Chavez library, located at 3635 W. Baseline Ave., Laveen, AZ. Call me, Martha, at 505-750-7847 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot or for more information.
Martha has been writing articles about wellness for 10 years.
Martha L. Robards c 2019