Aromatherapy for colds and flu: there are various applications of essential oils that can help boost the immune system and help treat infections naturally.
Firstly, essential oils can help boost the immune system and at the same time ease congestion. For example, Eucalyptus Globulus and Niaouli or Myrrh considered for their specific cleansing effect on the respiratory tract, reducing catarrh and easing the symptoms of sinusitis. Similarly, decongestant oils such as Myrrh, Spanish Marjoram, Sweet Thyme can be effective lung tonics.
Secondly, essential oils are highly effective at treating the symptoms of earache, coughing, catarrh, sore eyes, sore throat, headaches Furthermore, as analgesics the oils can help ease muscles that are tired from coughing and sneezing and reduce the dull ache of limb pain e.g. Roman Chamomile and Sweet Marjoram.
Thirdly, immune system stimulants can shorten the virus’s lifetime time as well as help with convalescence; for example Bergamot, Sandalwood and Ravensara.
Your aromatherapy for colds and flu treatment can take place in person or over the telephone if you are experiencing cold-like symptoms. Essential oils are extremely effective for healing respiratory infections but if you are in “full cold” you are advised to remain at home for your comfort. Either way your treatment will take into account the different ways the cold or virus has affected you and target those. For instance, a warming blend of oils with Ginger could be chosen to clear the airways or with Lavender to ease the exhaustion of physical and emotional stress.
Our immune system is intrinsically linked to our nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems. One of the biggest things to disrupt our nervous system (i.e. the other systems are also disrupted) is stress, panic, anxiety, worry about real or perceived threats. A blend of calming oils such as Geranium and Sweet Orange may be appropriate if this is the case.
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 the upper back 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 anti-infectious oils such as Ho Leaf or Tea Tree can help prevent air-borne infection.
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 vegetables, of course!
Massage can help post infection as part of your convalescence. For instance, back or full body massage is a highly effective application method and vibration techniques such as “hacking” can release thick mucus. In addition a facial using drainage techniques and acupressure points can relieve blocked sinuses. Please be aware that where there is sinus congestion lying face down may be uncomfortable.
In conclusion an aromatherapy treatment is incredibly beneficial for boosting the immune system and maintaining optimum health so imagine what a few would do! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. If you would like to buy any of the essential oils listed above please follow this link Neal’s Yard Organic Oils
References: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia and The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood.