So are you clear? Is it a cold, is it a flu, is it allergies, is it the coronavirus? Perhaps this is your new norm and you experience this all too often? I know sometimes it's really just about being sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Most colds and flu are due to viruses and so, if you don't already know, antibiotics are not at our disposal because they do not kill viruses. If it's allergies, antihistamines just suppress our body to basically not respond to a reaction that is happening within. There is certainly a time and place for this use; however, I do not recommend it on any kind of regular basis and rather strengthen the immune system and find out specifically what is creating the allergic reaction in the first place.
In any case, what can we do to keep our airways open and clear?
Whether it's for you or your little one who can't breathe normally, especially at night time, let's dive into what the nectar of the gods can offer…
Whether we’re wheezing, coughing uncontrollably at random times, having trouble breathing due to constricted airways or mucus blocking our airways, like with bronchitis, the visceral response our body creates in the form of anxiety and possibly even panic certainly lets us know we need help.
How can you possibly handle another night of your child coughing to the point of vomiting? That's one more sleepless night for you and god forbid you or anyone else catches this too!
If we have any kind of congestion in our head or chest, it will always be worse at night and in the early hours of the morning! Agreed!? We always start feeling worse prior to bed and right when we get up in the morning.
During the day, as we are more active, our airways are more open and dilated. When we are less active in the evening, our airways become slightly more narrow and constricted, and so mucus can more easily block our airways.
Solution!! Why not use the potent nectar from the gods!? Yes, pure essential oils from healing plants that improve bronchial restriction and open airway passages. Let’s use oils that have antiseptic, anti-microbial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties and act as decongestants.
Whether we diffuse them, soak in them, topically apply them, make sure you read the whole article to learn how to safely use the 5 essential oils I have used for years to help treat viral infections and keep airways open.
The first 3 essential oils I want to talk about are: eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint.
I have used them religiously in my clinical practice and at home for almost 20 years. I soak in them. I diffuse them. I rub them on my body after using a carrier oil.
At the first sign of feeling run down, run a bath and add 2 to 4 drops of both lavender and eucalyptus oil. If you have a fever, also add 2 to 4 drops of peppermint oil to the bath.
After the bath I rub the entire body, be it mine or my kids, with jojoba or coconut oil but if all you have is olive oil on hand that works too. These oils moisturize but also act as a carrier so that there are no skin sensitivities to the essential oil that you will put on after.
After this, I combine one drop of lavender and one drop of eucalyptus oil in the palm of my hand, gently combine them, and massage this mixture into the chest, upper back and neck. Add a tiny drop of peppermint oil to this mixture, if a fever is present.
My kids are 9 and 12 years old now and I have been running these baths for them since they were born. I have found that more often than not, giving them these baths using the essential oils before bed followed by a good night's rest will often be all that they need. Oftentimes they just don't end up getting sick as long as I recognize their weakness in its infancy and act accordingly.
I also diffuse oils daily in my home and in the clinic, always switching things up depending on what I am trying to accomplish. In the presence of a cold, flu or allergies, to the eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint I add 2 other oils, thyme and rosemary to the diffuser.
Not only is this combination inviting to the nose but thyme oil, along with being antibacterial and antiseptic, is antispasmodic and has calming properties. Like thyme, rosemary essential oil has antispasmodic properties, but also helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, relieves fatigue, and supports respiratory function by stimulating internal antioxidant activity, and relieves throat and nasal congestion by clearing the respiratory tract. I love everything about rosemary, the essential oil, that herb, it’s taste, smell and all the therapeutic benefits that come with it!
Diffusing oils always leaves a nice aroma in the home or whatever space you're using it in and the therapeutic benefits of them are invaluable.
Be sure that any essential oil you use is pure and not diluted in a carrier oil before adding them to the diffuser!
Essential oils can also be used on acupressure points, which I talk about in my next blog so be sure to sign up to be notified of my upcoming blogs and look out for that.
In case you were wondering, I do have all this information and more in a nice and concise free Guide for you to download to have at your disposal. If you are like most people, when we or a loved one falls ill, we tend to forget everything we know about how to help ourselves and others so rely on this as a base of practical treatment options :-)
If you also love alchemizing with essential oils, please share below what you use to keep airways open when sick and congestion.
As always, with any useful information you come across on the World Wide Web, share it with people you know who would also find it beneficial :-)
For now treat yourself and enjoy these beautiful and therapeutic oils. Diffuse them, bath in them, cleanse your body and soul with them!
You are worth it, make health your 1st priority!