Your Survival Toolkit for Cold + Flu Season {Part II}

diffuser blends

It's now raining here in Kenya and I honestly can't remember the last time we had such consistent rain. 

Don't get me wrong. I love the fresh and clean smell of rain on earth and concrete. 

I love that nature is calling us to really slow down and revel in the planting season. Everything is green and blooming.

But with all this great vibes comes the dreaded cold and flus.

In this 3 part series I am going to share with you some tools to help navigate the cold season and remain tip top and healthy.  {In case you missed part I, catch it right here.}

Today I want to share some of my best essential oil blends and how you can use them.

 

Why You Should Diffuse Essential Oils 

Essential oils don't just smell nice, they are also very useful in supporting our overall health. Essential oils help chemically freshen the air by giving you an option of eliminating odors. They destroy bacteria in the air and alter the odor molecule structures, rather than just covering them up.

Essential oils also support a healthy immune system. This is due to the detoxifying effect they have on the body.  Diffusing essential oils not only purifies the air, but also cleanses and clears the body of toxic build-up.  Diffusing essential oils is a great first line of defense against germs.

Lastly, diffusing supports a healthy respiratory system. The respiratory system has many different components (sinuses, nasal cavity, lungs, trachea, diaphragm to name a few).  There are many essential oils that can help promote healthy breathing throughout the year.

Some Essential Oil Recipes To Diffuse

1| Tea Tree 

Tea tree is an amazing antiseptic oil. I refer to it as the 'Dettol' oil. Best known for its purifying qualities, it is useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function.  

Diffusing Tea Tree oil can help purify and freshen the air in your home.

  • When diffusing Melaleuca oil on its own, use three to four drops in the diffuser.
  • You can also add two drops of Lemon, two drops of eucalyptus and one drop of Melaleuca, to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser blend that will cleanse the air.

 

2| Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is the oil of wellness and rightly so. Its main component is eucalyptol, making it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways. Studies have shown that eucalyptus is quite effective in helping lessen tension. 

  • While showering, place a few drops in the hands, place over nose, and inhale deeply to invigorate and promote vitality
  • Diffuse 2 drops of eucalyptus and grapefruit for a sweet smelling, mood enhancing boost. You can also use the same mix in your early morning bath.

3| Peppermint

Peppermint is a stimulating oil and a firm favourite when it comes to clearing and promoting respiratory function.  Peppermint essential oil has a cooling, pungent, menthol aroma with clean, sweet top notes. This oil revives depleted energy and enhances positivity. 

Its high concentration of menthol is beneficial for treating congestion, stuffed up airways and relieving bodily aches and pains. To use:

  • Diffuse 1 drop of Peppermint with Lemon 
  • Diffuse 1 drop of peppermint and 2 drops of wild orange for an invigorating scent
  • Sniff directly from the bottle for an immediate sense of relief

4| Lemon

Lemon is the one oil that quickly comes to mind especially for managing flus and colds.  It has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which not only makes it ideal for fighting viruses, but also for reducing cold and flu symptoms such as coughing, congestion, swollen glands and bodily aches and pains.  

To use, make these quick diffuser blends:

  • 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of thyme essential oil to help purify the air and support your immune system 
  • 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of lavender, especially in the evening 
  • 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of peppermint during the day

Safety First While Using Essential Oils

Possible skin sensitivity.

Keep out of reach of children.

If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. 

****This blog post is for informational purposes only. Please seek your doctor's advice and exercise caution


Your Turn

Have you enjoyed this series and are looking to get good quality essential oils to support your wellbeing during this cold season?

You can get access to the essential oils I am using by clicking here and following the simple prompts.

If you need help, email me here and I am happy to get back to you.