Winter is behind us now but unfortunately some of us are still weighed down with an end-of -winter cold, made worse by spring’s pollen count.
It’s a miserable feeling: you can’t stop sneezing; you feel foggy and your sinuses are completely blocked.
The good news? There’s a natural fix. We’ve discovered the healing powers of 4 essential oils, known for their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Goodbye, cold symptoms. Hello, immunity boost!
01 Tea Tree Oil
One of my personal favourites, this little gem offers antibacterial, antiviral and many antifungal effects. It’s all thanks a compound found in Tea Tree Oil named alpha-sabine.
This powerhouse oil works by reducing inflammation and helping to relieve sinus swelling.
02 Eucalyptus Oil
You’ll recognise this oil (and its signature smell) from cough drops and chest rubs. As an anti-inflammatory, eucalyptus oil may assist in relieving stuffiness, sinus congestion and headaches. Eucalyptus oil is also an antibacterial agent. Researchers have discovered that cineole, the active compound in eucalyptus oil is effective for sinus issues.
03 Oregano Oil
A word of warning with this one. Oregano oil is potent and should be taken with care. We recommend mixing it with a carrier oil (plant-based oils which dilute other more concentrated oils) and applying to the soles of your feet before bedtime.
This oil is great at fighting bacteria because it contains carvacrol, which can stave off many kinds of infections.
04 Peppermint Oil
You can soothe your sore throat with this refreshing oil, its menthol scent helping to clear your airways when inhaled. It may also help to ease your coughing.
Peppermint Oil may also have a positive effect on your mental health too, as it’s known for it’s calming properties that may ease anxiety or mental fatigue.
The Best Way to Use Essential Oils
Here’s our recommendations on how to essential oils to ease congestion:
Fill a bowl with boiled water and add a few drops of your selected oil. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam
Purchase a diffuser to get the oil into the air.
Use a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil (10 carrier drops to a few drops of one of the above is a good guide) and rub onto the chest.
Important: Test any essential oil on a non-sensitive area of your skin first to ensure you don’t get a reaction. You should never use essential oils on a baby younger than three-months-old or ingest the oils.
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