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It’s that wonderful time of the year where we gather to share things with those we love. We share food, we share what we are thankful for, we share conversation, and we share germs. Between weather changes, school germ cycles, and family gatherings, there’s a lot of opportunities to get the sniffles. It’s really kind of unavoidable. What’s a mom to do? If you lean slightly to the crunchy side of parenting, you grab your trusty essential oils. I use essential oils in my massage therapy practice and at home and I am a stickler for essential oil safety. Remember, just because something’s natural doesn’t mean it is completely safe in every situation.
That being said, here are a few of my favorite oils and blends to get me through this time of year.
Symptom: Nighttime coughing.
Oil: For kids aged 2-10 I would recommend diffusing fir essential oil, either white fir or balsam fir. Any pine oil is going to be safer for this age group than the traditional go to respiratory oil Eucalyptus. Put 3-4 drops in a diffuser (I use this one) and place it in the child’s room. You can also put one drop in a tablespoon of a carrier oil and rub on your child’s feet before going to bed.
For older kids and adults, feel free to use Eucalyptus oil in the diffuser instead in the same ratio.
Symptom: Body Aches
Oil: When the flu has you aching, reach for lavender. Seriously if you only have enough funds to buy one oil….lavender is it. It’s a gentle oil and it has a ton of applications. Dilute 1-2 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply with a light massage. This is great for calming down and promoting rest.
Symptom: Sore Throat
Oil: Sandalwood Oil. Use 1-2 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil massage onto your neck. Alos honey is a great natural cough suppressant/sore throat soother. Treat yourself to a spoonful!
Symptom: Germs! Germs! Germs!
Oil: Here’s a DIY blend of an oil that several of the big oil companies sell. It goes by the name Thieves Oil(Young Living) or OnGuard (DoTerra). It is a blend of oils that is supposedly based a combination of herbs that were used by thieves during the Black Plague that allowed them to rob plague victims houses without getting ill. It is said to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It also smells like Christmas so it’s perfect to clean your house with before and after all your holiday house guests come bearing microbial gifts.
While you can buy your own pre-blended oil. It is just as easy to blend your own using 2 Parts Clove Essential Oil, 2 Parts Lemon Essential Oil, 1 Part Cinnamon Essential Oil, 1 part Eucalyptus Oil, and 1 part Rosemary Essential Oil. These are some potent oils, so make sure you dilute properly (1-2 drops of oil per tablespoon of carrier oil). Use caution and extreme dilution when applying on skin and don’t use topically on children under 7. This smells great in a diffuser and helps keep airborne germs at bay!
Symptoms: Tummy Trouble.
Oil: Ginger essential oil. You can use ginger oil diluted in a carrier oil (1-2 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) which you can then massage onto tummy in a clockwise motion.
A note on carrier oils. There are several different options for carrier oils. One of the most popular is coconut oil as it is readily available. You can also use jojoba oil, apricot kernel, or almond oil. In a pinch I’ve been know to use olive oil as I usually have some in my kitchen.
Hopefully this helps your family get through winter and all of the different ailments that you might find come your way.
Do you use essential oils? What’s your favorite way to use them to help fight illness?