Proper use of essential oils for colds, runny nose and flu
Essential oils for colds they help to get rid of cough and runny nose as soon as possible, restoring the protective function of the body.
Such fragrant oil formulations have several actions, namely:
Aromatherapy is a very simple and safe procedure to rid the body of viruses and bacteria.
Below we give examples of which essential oils help with colds and rhinitis. Therefore, we suggest you to familiarize yourself with them and take note.
There are several types of essential oil extracts that help the body get rid of various viral or catarrhal diseases.
In the cold winter months, from colds, as well as to strengthen the immune system help essential oils:
- black pepper;
- tea tree;
Essential oil extracts (eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, tea tree, juniper, thyme, myrtle, peppermint, chamomile) are widely used for inhalation of cough and flu, as well as to get rid of various infections.
To get rid of cough, experts recommend using the essential extracts of eucalyptus, dill, conifers, myrrh and lemon.
Essential oils can help cure a runny nose such as:
During fever, essential oils can be eased by the essential oils:
To relieve inflammation, you must use the following scented compositions:
Excellent effect gives the use of several types of ether extracts, supporting, strengthening and strengthening the effect of each.
Having learned what types of essential oils are in nature, it is now necessary to understand how the treatment of cold with essential oils.
The use of essential oil extracts for colds occurs in two main ways — inhalation of the ethereal odor during inhalation and the interaction of esters with the skin and mucous membrane. Consider several ways to eliminate colds, accompanied by cough and runny nose, using fragrant extracts.
The first method includes inhalation of essential oils for colds. For therapeutic therapy, you will need to use such fragrant oils as:
- pine with lavender (combine one drop at a time);
- thyme and eucalyptus (mix in the same amount);
- thyme with rosemary (mix in equal volume);
- tea tree and eucalyptus (combine drugs in equal proportions);
- eucalyptus and lavender (combined in a ratio of 1: 2, respectively, the volume indicated in the drops).
To eliminate a cold with inhalations, you should add a couple of drops of ether composition to a liter of boiling water, lean over a bowl, cover yourself with a towel and inhale the vapor. This procedure lasts no more than ten minutes. Cold inhalations with essential oils also help eliminate severe sore throat and rhinitis..
The second method includes baths with essential oils for colds. Here you can apply such fragrant compositions:
- add five drops of juniper, three drops of lavender and the same black pepper to five drops of bergamot oil;
- combine a couple of droplets of clove oil with three droplets of lemon, sage and tea tree;
- A couple of droplets of fir composition combined with three droplets of eucalyptus extract and tea tree.
How to take an aromatic bath?
- The temperature of the water should not exceed thirty-eight degrees. If the patient has chills, then the temperature of the liquid should reach forty degrees.
- For one bath filled with water, about ten drops of the essential oil composition will suffice.
- The complex of fragrant oils must first be diluted in a tablespoon of dairy products (kefir or milk), salt (only sea) or honey and shake well. Then the composition can be poured into some water.
If the patient has a fever, then it is advisable not to take such baths with essential oils.
The third method includes massage and rubbing with essential oils. For massage, it is recommended to take vegetable oil (preferably olive), in which you should add, for example:
- a drop of peppermint, a couple of drops of geranium, pine, eucalyptus and rosemary oils;
- a couple of drops of pine oil, four drops of sage and three drops of eucalyptus, geranium and mint oils;
- three droplets of eucalyptus, in the same volume of lavender and thyme.
Vegetable oil requires about twenty five milliliters.
The resulting ethereal composition can massage the back and chest in the evening before bedtime. Three times a day in a circular motion should be rubbed the frontal part over the nose, nostrils, as well as the area of the nasal sinuses.
Massage with essential oils has an even better effect, if it is carried out immediately after the passage of inhalation.
The fourth method is the use of oil burner. In the latter, you must add five drops of essential oil (this amount of extract will be needed to clear the air in fifteen square meters of the dwelling). A new portion of essential oils is required to be added to the aroma lamp every thirty minutes. This method will help clean the air in the room, eliminating infection.
It is possible to apply such essential oil formulations for aroma lamps:
- in identical volume, combine lemon, tea tree, lavender and thyme oils;
- combine five drops of lavender with one drop of eucalyptus and mint ether composition.
Which method to use to eliminate the effects of a cold, cough or runny nose, only you choose. We just described what are the ways to use essential oils. However, it should be recalled that any procedure must be agreed with the doctor, because there are contraindications.
Also in the pharmacy you can buy a special spray «Breathe» for colds, developed on the basis of various aroma substances and used to rid the body of viruses and bacteria.
Essential oils for colds are recommended for children according to the indicated dosage and in accordance with the age and individual characteristics. For example, steam inhalation is not allowed to apply to children under the age of five.
Also, any aromatherapy is contraindicated for use in the first months of a baby’s life.
When an infant is eight weeks old, it is allowed to use only the softest formulations that have no side effects. This includes such essential oils as dill, lavender, rose, neroli and chamomile.
Starting from two to twelve months, babies can be assigned fragrant orange oil, ginger, bergamot and fennel.
For colds, children who have reached the age of twelve months can be given tea tree essential oil. At one and a half years, you can use patchouli extract.
For the preparation of a therapeutic bath, medical staff focuses on the fact that it will be necessary to mix the essential oils of eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender in the same volume. Then add a couple of droplets of the composition to a couple of teaspoons of milk and shake well. After that, the finished raw materials will need to be poured into a bathing tank filled with some water.
For grinding, you can use all the same composition of essential oils, which was mentioned above. Only a couple of drops of raw materials need to be added to a tablespoon of oil base.
If you want to massage the cervical, dorsal area or chest, then you need to mix thirty milliliters of base oil with a drop of hyssop, fragrant thyme and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
Preventing colds with essential oils will help strengthen the immune system, increasing its resistance to various viruses. To do this, you will need to put on the collar area of the corresponding oil and inhale their smell. In addition, you can drop a few drops of ethereal composition on your palm and, by folding your palms in a cup, inhale their wonderful aroma.
For preventive purposes, it is allowed to take essential oils:
If you are spreading around the room where the child is located, cotton sponges soaked in several drops of chamomile, peppermint or rose essential oils, then you can save your baby from colds.
Such aromatherapy helps not only to improve the health of the body, but also nourishes the apartment with delicate and pleasant aromas.
Below is a video describing the benefits of essential oils for the human body.
Essential oils at certain times can cause allergies. In this regard, it is necessary to point out a number of contraindications to the use of aromatherapy.
So, essential oils for colds, flu, runny nose or cough in any case can not be used:
- while carrying a child;
- children under the age of three;
- people suffering from epilepsy;
- with pneumonia, asthma and tuberculosis.
Esters are very concentrated substances. In this regard, any procedure must necessarily begin with very small dosages and with a short time interval. For example, it is advisable to take a bath with essential oils for colds for no more than five minutes, gradually increasing the length of time to thirty minutes.
To test for an allergic reaction to essential oil formulations, a small test should be performed. It is necessary to drop a drop of essential oil on the inside of the elbow and wait sixty minutes. If the skin remains clean and does not turn red, then you are not allergic to esters.
Experienced experts advise you to buy only natural and high-quality aromatherapy oils. Also required to strictly adhere to the specified dosage. When preventing influenza, it is undesirable to use the same ethereal oil composition for 21 days. It is necessary to make a two-week break. In addition, before applying essential oils for colds, runny nose or cough, you must immediately consult a doctor for advice, because there are contraindications to the use of aromatherapy, which we discussed above. If you do not like the smell of any essential oil, then do not use it, and choose the one that you like best.