Cold and flu season is officially upon us. My family and I have been doing all we can to stay healthy. We’ve been eating healthy, taking our vitamins, using immune boosting essential oils and so much more! You can check out this post to discover everything we’ve been doing to avoid getting sick.
But just in case one of us does happen to get sick, I’ve decided to stock up on some essential oils for colds. If you are not familiar with essential oils I encourage you to read this post. In a nutshell, essential oils are a highly concentrated form of the natural oils in a plant. They have many health and wellness benefits and are a great alternative to many of the toxic products we use everyday.
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The Dangers of Cold Medicine
Many of the cold medicines prescribed by doctors and available at drugstores are filled with junk. Such as high fructose corn syrup, parabens, gmo’s, artificial flavors and colors. Not to mention that the main active ingredients in cold medicine are drugs. And there are risks and side effects associated with these drugs. So I try my best to avoid using them. Especially on my children.
Essential Oils for Colds
Essential oils are a great, non-toxic alternative to cold medicine. They can provide relief from many cold symptoms. There are sooo many essential oils to choose from but a few are better for colds than others. Below are my must have essential oils for colds!
Peppermint oil is amazing for headaches. Apply a few diluted drops to your temples for headache relief. It’s also a great natural decongestant. Diluted peppermint oil can be applied to the chest area or diffused through out the room to help ease nasal and chest congestion. Peppermint oil should not be used on children under 30 months of age.
Eucalyptus oil is actually used in many existing cough and cold products. And for good reason. It’s amazing! Eucalyptus oil can help you breathe better by clearing your nasal pathways. It can also help with cough and chest congestion. Just like peppermint oil, diluted eucalyptus oil can be applied to the chest area or diffused through out the room to help ease nasal and chest congestion. You can even use peppermint and eucalyptus oil together. Eucalyptus oil should not be used on children under 6 years of age.
The best ways to use oregano oil when you’re sick is by diffusing it or by diluting it and rubbing it on your chest and feet. You can also ingest it. Undiluted oregano oil can be very hot so be careful. You can add one or two drops to tea but make sure to stir it very well. I prefer to add a few drops to a gel capsule and ingest it that way. Because oregano oil is so powerful you should avoid ingesting it for more than 7-10 days.
Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral, which makes it one of the best essential oils for colds. It can help with chest congestion and coughs. Similar to the previously mentioned oils, tea tree oil works great when added to the diffuser or when diluted and applied to the chest area.
Essential oil Blends For Colds
Essential oil blends are amazing. You get the benefit of many different essential oils without having to actually purchase each individual oil. My favorite blends for colds are listed below.
- Plant Therapy Germ Fighter
- Simply Earth Breathe Easy
- Plant Therapy Respir Aid
- Eden’s Garden Breathe Easier
Edens Garden actually has a cold and flu essential oil set.
It includes their most popular cold and flu blends. Check it out here!
Kid Safe Essential Oil Blends For Colds
As you hopefully noticed above, several of the essential oils for colds are not to be used on children. Plant Therapy has an entire kid safe line of essential oil blends. So if you’re looking for blends to use on your young kiddos, I highly recommend the kit below.
They also have all the blends above available in prediluted roller bottles.
Where Should I buy Essential Oils?
Please do your research before purchasing essential oils. Not all essential oils are created equal. Many are filled with synthetic chemical and fillers. Even essential oils labeled 100% pure. I’ll be writing a post soon all about the criteria you should be looking for when choosing essential oils.
But with that being said I don’t believe there is only one essential oil company that is superior to all the rest. After a lot of research and trying many different essential oils, I’ve discovered many essential oil companies that sell high quality oils.
I love Rocky Mountain Oils, Eden’s Garden, Young Living, Plant Therapy, Florihana, Simply Earth and Mountain Rose Herbs. But if I had to pick my top three they would be Florihana, Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden. All three have high quality oils at very affordable prices.
FLORIHANA ESSENTIAL OILS
Florihana is an amazing essential oil company that many people don’t know about. Florihana owns and operates their own distillery in France. They do GCMS batch testing and provide all the technical data and certificates for each oil on their product pages. That’s pretty awesome. So you don’t have to wonder if your oil is pure. All the info is completely available to you.
Florihana essential oils can be purchased at HealthyTraditions.com. Click here to make your first purchase and you will receive a free copy of the Virgin Coconut Oil book. (You can also get free shipping when you sign up for their email list!)
I hope you enjoyed this post. Check out this post for tips to help you not get sick that will hopefully help you to stay well during the cold & flu season. If you have any natural cold remedies you would like to share please do so in the comments below 🙂
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