In my Second Trimester Must-Have’s post a couple weeks ago, I mentioned my love for essential oils. Essential oils are something I prefer using over actual medicines because if you could get something done naturally, then I feel like that’s the healthier option, and what’s more natural than plants? That’s not to say I don’t use certain drugs, but I certainly do prefer to go drug-free when possible. By no means am I an expert on essential oils, I just know what my mother has done and all of what I have read.
That being said, as you probably know, fall and winter are prime time for colds and the flu and just all of the unpleasantness that comes with those illnesses. So I thought I would share some of the oils I use for relieving some of those discomforts along with some bonus oils for increasing the coziness of your home! I will link where I get my oils at the bottom of this post.
Cold and Flu Season
*for use on your skin, it is recommended you use a carrier oil/dilute the oil before putting it on your skin*
- Frankincense – Frankincense is such a good oil to use for its natural cold-fighting properties. I have found that the best way to use this oil is in a diffuser, vaporizer, humidifier, or in a steamy shower. It works really well as a decongestant and definitely speeds along the process.
- Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is a great essential oil for breathing problems that come with colds and flu. You can diffuse this one and use all of the same methods as you can use for frankincense. My favorite use for this oil by far is for stuffy noses/sinus problems. I diffuse and vaporize this for the fastest results – 3 parts eucalyptus, 2 lavender, and 2 peppermint. Let me tell you how quickly this works! Andrew has gotten some kind of cold from someone at work and had really bad sinus issues and we diffused this overnight and the next day there was already improvement. Day 2 and all stuffiness was gone. During the day, when Andrew is gone I diffuse a different mixture using eucalyptus because I can’t get sick when I’m pregnant. This mixture is 3 parts eucalyptus and 3 tea tree. I haven’t gotten his illness yet, so I would definitely say it’s effective. There are plenty of other excellent ways to use this oil, but these are my two favorites.
- Tea Tree – Tea tree is really good for a cough and sore throat. You can rub this oil on your sinuses and neck areas. Diffusing/vaporizing/humidifying/steamingwith this oil is also an excellent way to administer it. As you probably deduced, tea tree has some disinfectant properties. You can diffuse 4 parts tea tree and 4 parts lemon to disinfect the air in your home if someone is sick. Also, you can use tea tree oil almost like Lysol. If you put 20-25 drops of this oil in a spray bottle of water and spray it on infected surfaces and wipe them down, you should achieve the same effect as if you were spraying Lysol.
- Lemon – Lemon is practically a cure-all oil. It reduces fever, fights viruses, helps with pains, helps coughs, relieves congestion, and even helps the swelling of glands. This oil can be blended with multiple oils and diffused or just administered on the skin. Not to mention it smells really nice.
- Peppermint – Peppermint oil is another oil that is very useful. The most prominent uses for this oil are probably nausea relief and pain relief. This oil can be diffused, ingested, or put on the skin depending on your ailment.
- Lavender – Lavender is my favorite oil ever. It is so useful for so many different things. The most common uses are relieving anxiety, stress relief, pain relief (I have found it to be more effective than Tylenol for this), colds, sinus problems, flu, and coughs. This oil is effective diffused just by itself. It’s also good when used with a bunch of different oils. For pain relief, just rub this oil on whatever spot is hurting, and it feels much better. I have used this a lot for round ligament pain. Also, fun fact, another fall and winter problem if you live in a cold area is dry skin. If you add this oil to your moisturizers and lotions, it increases the moisture and definitely helps out with the dryness.
- Plant Guru Blends –
- Breathe: This oil has been so effective for helping with stuffy nose, sinus problems, and cough. Sometimes I diffuse this oil, but I also will use it as a chest rub, and it really helps clear things up and helps open up your lungs.
- Deep Muscle: This oil is basically like Icy Hot or Tiger Balm. It can be rubbed on your sore areas and also massaged in. It really provides some relief and feels good.
- Head Ease: This oil is great at relieving any headaches or migraines. You can rub this oil on your temples to help relieve your headaches and migraines. This oil works well when diffused as well. It also helps relieve exhaustion.
Increasing the Cozy Factor of Your Home
- I have a few favorites here, so I will list them. This is all for diffusing.
- Pine – This is the only oil in this post that is not Plant Guru. It is P&J Trading. I do not use this oil on my skin or for any kind of medicinal reasons because I am not sure about the ingredients. If you want a pine oil for medicinal/skin use, I would use Plant Guru’s options. However, this oil smells the best in my opinion and is good for diffusing, so I love using it. It really gives you a feeling like you’re out in nature. It’s perfect for winter and fall.
- Cinnamon – It’s no secret that cinnamon definitely smells like fall and winter. This oil is good by itself or with vanilla, clove, and/or orange. This oil makes your home feel so warm and cozy!
- Frankincense – Frankincense was definitely part of the Christmas story, so I’m not surprised it increases the fall and winter coziness factor. It’s actually commonly used during meditation so it’s definitely good for calming.
- Clove – Clove is definitely another common fall scent. When used with vanilla and/or orange, clove is magical! If it’s used with cardamom and/or cinnamon, you can have a nice chai smell in your home. I don’t know about you, but chai is one of my favorite cold weather beverages. It’s a very cozy scent for sure.
- Orange – I only like using orange with cinnamon and/or clove during fall and winter because I find that orange by itself isn’t quite the fall/winter scent I want. But paired with those oils, it’s so delicious! Can you want to consume a scent?
- Vanilla – Not many people will argue with me here, vanilla is just a comfortable scent normally. So it’s not much of a surprise when vanilla makes my list of cozy scents. As I have said, it can be mixed with many other scents. You can even mix it with lavender. Something about vanilla is just warm. I really love it.
That’s all I have for you today, guys. As I have mentioned, my go-to essential oil brand is Plant Guru. You can find all of the essential oils and so much more on their website. Right now, there’s a sale going on where you save 10% if you spend $50 or more with the coupon code 10OFF50. I would so jump on that. They have free shipping on their products. They don’t use chemicals, pesticides, or GMOs in any of the production of their essential oils. Their oils are all 100% therapeutic grade. If you have any questions about their oils or other products, they have a learning center on their website.