Aromatherapy for colds and flu

Aromatherapy for colds and flu: if you are fed up of the side effects of over the counter drugs for coughs, colds and flu, why not try some of the many applications of essential oils used in aromatherapy to treat the infection naturally?  For instance aromatherapy is highly effective at treating the symptoms of sore eyes, sore throat, headache, limb pain, congestion, sinusitis, earache, coughing and catarrh.

Most importantly the essential oils help to ease congestion and are considered for their specific effect on the respiratory tract (antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic).  Furthermore, as well as being immune stimulants the oils can help ease muscles that are tired from coughing and sneezing.

Your aromatherapy for colds and flu treatment: takes into account the different ways cold affects each individual.  For instance, in your bespoke treatment warming oils will be chosen as lung tonics to clear the airways and to ease exhausted physical and emotional states.  Similarly decongestant oils such as Myrrh, Spanish Marjoram, Sweet Thyme may be chosen, while immune system stimulants can shorten the virus’s lifetime time as well as help with convalescence; for example Bergamot, Sandalwood, Ravensara.

Massage can help: depending on the stage of the infection a chest rub can be a highly effective application method or vibration technique such as “hacking” can release congestion. In addition a facial using acupressure points can relieve blocked sinuses. Please be aware that where there is sinus congestion lying face down may be uncomfortable; though an aroma-stone or essential oil diffuser under the massage table can really help.

Although massage is extremely effective with respiratory conditions if you are in “full cold” you may wish to remain at home for your comfort.  Certainly general measures should include bed rest, consumption of plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, limiting sugar consumption can help and eating plenty of fruit and vegetable, of course!

Recommendations from your aromatherapist: other methods of application enable an individual to “self-help” using essential oils, for example in the bath, in steam inhalation, gargles. Most blends can be applied to thoracic and chest areas but even inhaling drops of neat essential oil from a tissue (2 drops max) can help, depending on the specific condition.  In addition don’t forget that vaporising the anti-infectious oils such as Ho Leaf, Eucalyptus, Niaouli or Tea Tree can help prevent air-borne infection in the colds and ‘flu season.

In conclusion an aromatherapy treatment is incredibly beneficial for boosting the immune system and maintaining optimum health so imagine what a few would do! If you would like to buy any of the essential oils listed above please follow this link Neal’s Yard Organic Oils