Here is a list of some versatile essential oils and suggested ways to use them to boost your immunity and enhance your daily life. You can expect to enjoy consistently good health and maybe not catch the flu bug when it floats past you. You can purchase them right here at Touch for Life Massage. I purchase my oils from Karen Edwards who is a master herbalist so they are 100% pure, and will last without becoming sticky or sour like some oils.
Nine Essential Oils for Winter
- Cypress - Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant.
- Eucalyptus - Decongestant, antibacterial, breaks down mucus.
- Lavender - Best all purpose essential oil, antidepressant, bactericidal, decongestant, helps restore vitality, very relaxing.
- Tea Tree - Kills bacteria, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant.
- Rosemary - Warming for pain; uplifting; opens sinuses.
- Sweet Orange - Antidepressant; antiviral; decongestive to bacteria; increases circulation; stimulates the stomach and digestion; uplifting and cheering. Children LOVE this oil.
- Siberian Fir - Airborne antimicrobial, decongestant, deodorant.
- Ylang-ylang - Antidepressant; very sweet, so use sparingly.
- Oregano - Analgesic; antiseptic; antispasmodic; diuretic and fungicidal
There are several ways to use the oils in your home. Below are instructions for diffusing, misting or surface treating with essential oils.
Diffusion: Diffusing antibacterial and antiviral essential oils in the air several times each week will help keep your environment healthy and aromatic - and keep your mood cheerful.
Directions: Add 5 to 8 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water in a diffuser and run 30 minutes, two to three times a day.
Room Spray Mist: A quick spritz in the air can add freshness to any room.
Direction: Add 10 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) to a 2-ounce spray bottle and add water. Shake well before each use, as the oil and water will not mix.
Surface Spray: This is similar to room spray mist, but you will need a bottle with a more powerful spray nozzle. Keep the bottle with your cleaning supplies and use it to wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
Directions: Add 60 drops of any essential oil, ¼ cup white vinegar and water to a 32- ounce spray bottle.
One last tip: Many people will put a drop of oregano on the soles of their feet before they go to bed. There is some anecdotal evidence that this can help ward off flu and other minor illnesses. If you want to try this, place a drop or two of oil on the sole of one foot and rub both feet together. Put on a pair of socks and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
As most of you already know, I really like using the oils in treatment and I also don’t mind answering questions about them. So, if you have questions about using essential oils, give me a call or plan to discuss it on your next visit.
Look for information next week about my upcoming holiday event. It will be posted here and on my Specials page beginning on Monday.
To your health!