Hi Friends! Tis the season! Colds, flu, stomach bugs, ugghh. Right now I am fighting a cold that Grace passed to me last week but it’s minor and totally manageable. So was Grace’s thanks to our essential oils 🙂 The most common question I get with EO’s is, I have a cold what can I use? My kids have a cold, what can I use on them? What if I am pregnant and/or nursing and I have a cold, what can I use? SO I am going to answer your questions today in this post.
Here is my current regimen to fight off this cold which again, is a minor one.
As soon as I start to feel run down or like I am catching something, I turn to my Inner Defense supplement. It’s a liquid softgel and I take this twice per day. The supplement reinforces systemic defenses. That means it creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus, promotes healthy respiratory function, and contains potent essential oils like oregano, thyme, and Thieves which are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support.
I also roll Thieves onto my feet and the back of my neck in the morning and at night. First I make a roller ball with 30 drops of Thieves for myself and then fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. I think this helps so much!! ** There are certain points on the body that you should focus on when applying oils topically. This is because they have a more efficient absorption rate; right at location (i.e. if you have a headache, apply peppermint to your head) feet, ears, temples, abdomen, upper back, wrists, and the back of your neck. I also just got ImmuPower, another immune supporting oil which has Hyssop, Oregano, Frankincense, Clove, etc…
I diffuse Thieves or ImmuPower throughout the day when I’m at home. For example, right now I’m working and I have Thieves and Orange in the diffuser. And not only does it smell like Christmas but I’m breathing in immune supporting EO’s while I work.
I use Thieves cough drops, they are SO good and I’d rather suck on these than the other stuff when my throat is scratchy.
For respiratory support, I use Raven. At night I use it to help open up my airways and make breathing easier. Then I also make a chest rub with it. You can just add a couple drops to the palm of your hand with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to rub it in. It helps SO much and is the natural Vicks. Another tip is to drop it into your shower and it helps SO much.
I have one or two servings of Ningxia Red, an antioxidant powerhouse drink, every day and I swear by it! One serving has the same amount of antioxidants as 800 blueberries! It’s also yummy and the kids love it. I add it to their smoothies in the morning and actually they like to drink it in shot form.
For Brian and Grace it’s really the same thing. They don’t take Inner Defense but they take the MightVites vitamins everyday so we continue on with that. I diffuse Thieves/ImmuPower around them when they are home and at night in their bedrooms. Their Thieves rollers have a little less than mine, 20 drops instead of 30. The Kidscents oils are also something I’ll use on them. Each one is pre-diluted. And there is one called SniffleEase which I use on their chests and upper back at night.
It’s amazing how much these oils help! I love that I have a natural line of defense in my little “at home apothecary” when we come down with colds, etc.. I of course, still believe in modern medicine but I do like to try my oils first, and they usually work! The peace of mind I have from this is INCREDIBLE.
NOTE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING
*If you are pregnant or nursing, rest-assured oils are safe, but always ask your doctor. There is also a great booked Gentle Babies that gives you all the information you need while pregnant and nursing.
I can not claim that anything will work for everyone, I am sharing my experience and that can vary from person to person.
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Here are some of the accessories I use to make my roller bottles and sprays: