Monday, October 3, 2016

Aromatherapy / Not the flu

Keeping your immune system strong with essential oils smells good to me! I prefer staying well over getting well. Pine, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon are all essential oils that aid the immune system. Using them to clean your home is a great idea. Just add 5-10 drops into a surface cleaner, whether homemade or store bought (that one popular cleaner has long used pine). I've heard that pine trees were brought inside homes during cold months to stave off even the plague!

Pine trees along a river

When my loved ones do get a stuffy nose, peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree help breathing. You may want to put five drops of each into a spray bottle filled with water and use it as a room mist. (Remember to shake before each use.) 

Cypress and juniper is a nice synergy for a cough.  For a good night's rest, I put two drops of each onto a cotton ball and put that inside my pillowcase.

Frankincense became my go-to oil in my massage studio last year. I couldn't resist the imagery of the priest clearing out the evil spirits in church. Today those evil spirits are known as bacteria and viruses. Recent studies suggest that frankincense may also reduce pain caused by inflammation and possibly be a cancer fighter.

A censer (incense burner)
From Wikimedia Commons

Please remember that essential oils should be purchased from a reliable source and kept in a cool dry place. 

As a side note, "the flu season" seems like a very low vibrational term, used to give one that " punched in the chest" fight-or-flight cortisol-building response. 

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