Essential oils for beating winter!!!

Once again the winter season is knocking at our doors. While we are always prepared in some ways….like starting to think of Xmas presents….and whether there’s going to be snow….we still tend to roll with it when it comes to our winter health.

You should really be focusing on your health, both on the inside and outside. Using pure, natural therapeutic grade essential oils at the first sign of an ailment will give the support your body needs to remain in a healthy state. Including a range of essential oils into your daily routine will help you to keep your immune system as strong as it can be and lift your spirits when the weather gets too inclement and restricts your usual diary!

Two or three drops of rosemary oil on the bottom of the shower before you turn the water on will disperse into the air and as you breathe it in you will be supporting your own immune system to help it fight off infections and bacteria.

One great blend I use in the home is a combination of citrus and menthol oils such as lemon and eucalyptus, or lime and tea tree. Add a few drops of each to an aroma burner. The scent is amazing and immediately lifts your mood which, like seasonal affective disorder, can be affected by the longer, darker nights.

At the first sign of a cold or infection in the sinuses, try a facial steam with lavender or tea tree oil. Place two drops of the pure oil in a glass bowl and fill it with hot water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes and breathe the steam in deeply in through your nose. You can do this two to three times a day; it will shorten the length of the illness or may even stop it in its tracks! If you can’t do a steam inhalation then you can just add the oils onto a tissue and sniff it throughout the day.

Essential oil hyssop is an excellent tonic for opening the breathing passages and stimulating the respiratory system. Caution : never use hyssop if you are an epileptic ; it has been known to stimulate seizures.

Try this flu busting blend

hyssop 3 drops

sandalwood 6 drops

lavender 6 drops

add to an aroma burner or a tissue, or to a bath ( without bubble bath though)

Thyme is a great antiseptic and expectorant; however it must be used with caution, only one or two drops maximum.

Frankincense has strong cell generating properties

Try this blend

thyme 1 drop

frankincense 2 drops

hyssop 2 drops

Add these to 10mls of a carrier oil such as grapeseed or coconut oil. Then rub gently into the soles of your feet, which can do wonders for your immune system! Have a healthy Winter season xx