Nov 14 2013

Essential Oils for the Winter Months.

Mother Nature has provided us with all the tools we need to feed ourselves, to clothe ourselves, to build shelters, and yes… even to heal ourselves. That is not to say that modern day medicine does not have its place; however combining Mother Nature’s gifts with modern medicine is quite powerful.

Many of the drugs that are developed are actually inspired by Mother Nature as well. Aspirin is a great example. It is found naturally in wintergreen, birch, willow bark, and others. Other drugs like morphine and codeine also have their origins in Mother Nature.

Many plants have essential oils that are part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. The oils found in them contain chemical compounds that are antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Some oils attract insects for pollination, others repel insects. Name virtually any condition that exits and Mother Nature has an oil for that!

There are several oils that are really must-haves in the home due to their medicinal value. Now, it is important to note, medicinal means it has healing properties, it does not mean that it is a medicine.

Tea Tree is a prime example. This is a go-to oil for virtually any sickness. It is like the chicken soup of the oil world. Cold, flu, infection- this oil is perfect to incorporate into your personal healing regimen. It is also antifungal and is perfect to help with athlete’s foot, or that hard to get rid of fungus that turns toenails yellow. I personally also use tea tree in an all-natural insect spray for my roses.

When you start using oils, you will learn that combining different oils helps to create a synergistic effect, and improves the already stellar results from just one oil. For your medicinal wintery blend why not try Tea Tree, Lemon, Thyme, Oregano, and Eucalyptus? All these oils are antiviral and antibacterial and possess other properties that may help with symptoms in addition to attacking the cause. Eucalyptus is an expectorant so it is great to help stuffed-up sinuses. Thyme has been shown to increase white blood cell production which helps boost your body’s natural defenses. In Shirley and Len Price’s book Aromatherapy for Health Care Professionals, Oregano was cited as being the oil that killed the largest range of viruses and bacteria. Lemon, of course, we know is great- since it is used in cleaning products due to its disinfecting properties.

So how do you use these oils? You can put them in a cream, or an oil carrier. You’ll want to use 18 combined drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier for a cream. If you use a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, almond oil, etc), so you can apply it with a roll on, you want about 60 drops per 1/3rd of an ounce. The idea is, you use more cream than you would an essential oil, and you would want a higher essential oil concentration per ounce if you are using less product.

Once you blend it, apply it to the bottoms of your feet, pulse points, and behind the ears. These are the best places to get the oils into the bloodstream. Be mindful not to use any oils one day before or a week after a vaccination or a flu shot.

If you don’t feel like making your own blend, you can also buy a pre-blended Flu-Away Roll at my office in the Holistic Health Cleveland building, or on my website here.

Disclaimer: In no way is this information intending to treat diagnose or cure any disease as the properties of oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.