This information is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, rather a source of inspiration on how to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong. Cough syrups are some of the most chemical loaded products with artificial colors and flavorings added (does anyone really like the flavor?). When you can green up your healthy living routines you’ll have a strong immune system and less likely to succumb to a cold or cough during cold season. Food grade, Therapeutic Grade essential oils are like whole foods, they are steam distilled plant material or cold pressed oils from the rind of citrus fruits. While traditional cough syrups are really drugs to use when you have cough symptoms, essential oils work with your body’s chemistry and support healthy immune function.
My most recent check on Amazon for “cough medicine” indicated 1242 options. Expectorants, suppressants, decongestants, non-drowsy, you get the picture. The back of the label will most likely be filled with side effect and cautionary information. Essential oils have been our best form of immune system care when we are indoors all winter. Sometimes dry winter air can give you a dry throat, we take a spoonful of agave nectar with a drop of lemon essential oil added to it. The lemon soothes a dry, scratchy throat and can boost your immune system as well. For adults, add a drop of Immune Boosting Blend (Cinnamon/clove) to this spoonful for a super charged boost in immunity.
Some other oils are helpful in supporting a healthy immune system during the winter when air gets stale in your home or office: Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Globulus, Ravansara, and wintergreen are especially effective at freshening indoor air. There are a couple of essential oil blends that we use often in the winter. Eucalyptus Blend is one of the most used oil blends in our home – it has four different kinds of eucalyptus in it plus peppermint, lavender, cypress and pine essential oils. If anyone feels a little run down or tired, we apply a drop or two to each foot. Commercial Eucalyptus oils on their own can be too potent for children, but when it is combined with more gentle oils of lavender and cypress it is a great choice for kids. For children under 3 dilute a drop with a 1/2 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage onto the feet.
Ravensara blend of ravansara, wintergreen, Eucalyptus radiata, lemon and peppermint essential oils. The ravansara supports healthy lung function encourages wintergreen, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils are invigorating aromas. We find just one application of the oils onto the feet at bedtime is enough to relax at bedtime. For children and those sensitive to aromas apply the oils to the soles of the feet. For adults, massage the oils into the chest, add to bath water or place a drop in a bowl of warm water and breathe deeply.
Alternating applications of a Eucalyptus Blend with a Ravensara Blend may be a soothing combination. Layering the oils increases the synergy between the oils. For adults, we apply 2 drops of Eucalyptus blend. mixed with a vegetable carrier oil to the chest area, then 2 drops of Ravven on top. This can also be done on the bottoms of the feet concentrating on the lung area points of reflexology. For children, mix 1 drop of essential oil with a tsp of a vegetable carrier oil or olive oil (or lavender essential oil which acts like a carrier oil), massage onto the bottoms of feet, cover with cotton socks and rest. If you are using therapeutic grade oils you may not even have to dilute oils when applying to the soles of the feet. You can rotate oils, one day applying them every hour (the time it takes for the body to metabolize the oils). I took 2 drops of 2 different oils , rubbed them between my hands and held my hands on the soles of her feet a few minutes. Her face would light up as she said she relaxed. Applying essential oils to the feet with a light massage is very soothing and calming for both the giver and receiver. Always make sure you ask permission before applying oils to your family members as a sign of respect.
Frankincense supports healthy lung function and it has the benefit of encouraging relaxation. Frankincense is also a very gentle oil as long as it is not filled with chemicals or synthetics. I use Boswelia Carterri Frankincense neat (undiluted) on the chest or soles of the feet. Frankincense is very soothing to the respiratory tract and uplifting to the senses when diffused.
Drinking plenty of fluids and foods rich in vitamin C are essential to keeping your immune system happy. For those with weak lungs, always apply essential oils to the soles of the feet. If you develop a cough or difficulty breathing at any time make sure to seek medical care right away.
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