By Dana Jean Costantino
As the winter months are upon us, so is the common cold. However, the cold is anything but common because everyone will experience it in different ways – at different times and feel a different level and intensity of symptoms. Some will make it through winter without the slightest hint of a cold. However, for those of us who do “catch” one, there are some great ways to help treat the symptoms with essential oils.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated liquids that contain volatile aromatic compounds. Those compounds have been extracted by various methods from plant matter.
Rosemary and Eucalyptus are two of the essential oils that can help soothe what pains you during the days you find yourself suffering from a pesky cold. Using Eucalyptus in an essential oil diffuser once you feel the onset of cold symptoms helps to release the essential oil into the air and clear your nasal passages as well as helps with congestion in the chest. It also provides a lovely scent throughout the room that the diffuser is in. You can also place a few drops on your wrists, temples and chest to help. Two to three drops should do the trick. The oils are concentrated so be sure to remember that a little goes a long way.
Rosemary essential oil eases breathing and coughing and can be used in several different ways. Sprinkling a few drops on your pillow in the evening before bed, placing several drops in a warm bath, inhaling the Rosemary directly from the bottle of essential oil…these can all be effective ways to ease the frustration brought on by sniffling and sneezing.
Sachets are also a quick and easy way to release the scent or carry it with you. Take a few cotton balls and place several drops of both Rosemary and Eucalyptus onto the cotton balls. Use about five or six cotton balls and about four drops of each essential oil on each cotton ball. Once you have done that, place the cotton balls into a small mesh drawstring bag or you can place them in a plastic or paper bag and poke a few holes in the bag. The scent wll remain on the cotton balls for a few days and the bags can be placed all over your home, in your car, in your purse, in your briefcase and so on. You can also remove the cotton balls from the bag and rub the cotton balls over your wrists and temples throughout the day to help ease the pain. Placing a sachet under your pillow before you go to sleep is another way to provide a peaceful slumber while easing the symptoms.
As always, before starting any new Eastern or Western holistic or traditional course of treatment, do your research, make sure you are not allergic to any oils you may use and make sure those oils do not have negative interactions with any other medication you may already be taking.
Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest impact on our health and wellness. A few drops of essential oil can make the winter months a whole lot smoother for you.