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February 26, 2011

Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Recipes

Essential oils can help alleviate discomfort from sinus congestion, sore throat, and cough. Essential oils are known for their antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Inhalation for Sinus Congestion
Place the folowing essential oils in a glass dish filled with steaming water:
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 drop Myrtle essential oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree essential oi
Drape a towel over your head, close your eyes to avoid eye irritation, and lean over the bowel and inhale the fragrant steam through your nose and mouth. Keep the towel over the bowel to trap the steam and essential oil vapors for inhalation.

Sore Throat Blend
Add these essential oils to 2 ounces of sweet almond or other carrier oil:
  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops Bay Laurel essential oil
Gently rub a small amount of this blend onto the neck and throat. This blend can also be used as a chest rub.

Cough Blend
Add these essential oils to 2 ounces of sweet almond or other carrier oil:
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops Pine essential oil
  • 2 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
Rub onto the chest to help sooth coughing. For inhalation, combine the essential oils neat (without diluting them in a carrier oil) in a small glass container, and inhale 1 or 2 drops placed on a tissue.

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