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Diffusing Essential Oils for Colds

Diffusing Essential Oils for Colds

If you are suffering from a cold, upper respiratory problems or chest congestion, then diffusing essential oils may help you feel better. The process is so easy that you can complete it in just a few minutes. Then, you may find that you are feeling better soon. 

Step 1 Choose Your Essential Oils 

There are several essential oils you might use in an aroma air diffuser for colds and upper respiratory problems. These include: 
  • Eucalyptus: Made from the oval-shaped leaves of the eucalyptus tree, this oil smells like pine mixed with a hint of honey helps open up airways because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Tree tea oil: Made from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia trees, this oil smells like pine mixed with herbs is known for its antiviral, antibacterial properties. It may help stimulate the body's immune system.
  • Lemon: Made from the skin of lemons, this oil may help enhance moods and relieve stress. 
  • Peppermint: Made from the leaves of peppermint plants, this oil smells like mint and is known as an expectorant and it may help aching muscles to feel better along with calming coughs. 
  • Lavender: Made from the lavender plant, this oil's camphor-like scent, it may help break up phlegm along with helping the body get the sleep it needs to heal itself.
  • White Camphor: Made by distilling oil from the camphor tree, this oil smells like rosemary, and may be useful in breaking up phlegm and quieting the respiratory system. 
  • Frankincense: Made from the dried sap of the Boswellia sacra tree, this oil has a woody smell, and it may be useful in soothing the respiratory tract.


Step 2: Create a Blend 

While essential oils can be used by themselves, they are usually most effective when they are used in combination. Here are some blends to try for the common cold. 

Essential Oil Blend for Sinus Congestion 

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil 
6 drops camphor essential oil 
3 drops peppermint essential oil 

Essential Oil Blend for Relieving Coughs 

3 drops white camphor essential oil 
3 drops frankincense essential oil 
3 drops lavender essential oil 

Bacterial Killing Blend 

3 drops lemon essential oil 
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil 
3 drops tree tea oil 

Step 3: Start the Diffuser 

Follow the manufacturer's directions to put the essential oils into your diffuser. Since diffusers rely on water to work, it is best to put it on a flat surface that water will not harm or place a towel or placemat underneath it. If your diffuser has options, then choose the options you want to use. 

Step 4: Use the Diffuser 

After you have started your diffuser, then sit near it for 30 to 45 minutes. It is not recommended that you leave it on constantly. 

If you have a cold or a respiratory infection, then using an essential oil diffuser may help you feel better. If you do not seem to get better in a few days, then head to the doctor.

 

About The Author

Gerald Woods is Director of Operation at Solace Connect, LLC based in San Antonio, TX.  He has written many articles on various topics dealing with onliGerald Woodsne streaming, fashion, fitness, and a host of other topics.  He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a B.B.A . in Finance.  Follow his team and him at Facebook or by subscribing to our News Letter at the bottom of this webpage.

 

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