Essen­tial oils are a sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive way to boost your im­mune sys­tem

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Cheryl Cromer

Aro­mather­apy for Colds & Flu Bol­ster your im­mune sys­tem and ease cold and flu symp­toms with essen­tial oils.

With the ad­vent of win­ter comes a rush of hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions. But when un­in­vited guests ar­rive—e.g., cold and

fl u germs—show them the door with essen­tial oils. Not fa­mil­iar with some of these un­sung he­roes? Th ey of­fer a nat­u­ral method for com­bat­ing sea­sonal ail­ments, and they also add new scent pro­files to your aro­mather­apy reg­i­men. Here are seven of our fa­vorites for stay­ing well this win­ter—and for eas­ing colds and fl u symp­toms if you do get sick:


Th e leader of the pack has to be eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus glob­u­lus).

Th is essen­tial oil packs a punch to ail­ing re­s­pi­ra­tory sys­tems, yet it’s gen­tle enough to put in a child’s dif­fuser at night to clear stuffy heads. Eucalyptus has a fresh scent that may smell a bit medic­i­nal to some noses, but it’s worth it:

Th e oil’s su­per an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties fi ght germs and ease con­ges­tion.


With a change in weather, reach for en­tic­ing, warm aro­mat­ics such as cinnamon ( Cin­namo­mum zey­lan­icum). But con­sider these spices for more than just tasty culi­nary uses (like that pump­kin spice latte). Essen­tial oil of cinnamon has pow­er­ful an­ti­fun­gal and an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties that help bol­ster the body’s im­mune sys­tem. A lit­tle bit of this essen­tial oil, how­ever, goes a long way. It has a richer scent than the ground spice, but it’s an essen­tial oil you’ll want to use—even a small amount is ef­fec­tive, and the aroma is com­fort­ing.


Clove ( Eugenia caryophyl­lata) essen­tial oil is a rich spice that adds warmth to a cold and fl u blend while open­ing nasal air­ways and im­prov­ing breath­ing. Clove is also an

ex­cel­lent com­pan­ion oil that will boost the scent of other spices or sweeten the sharp­ness of eucalyptus. Just a drop or two, though—like cinnamon, clove’s ro­bust aroma can over­power. Th ese dis­tinct spice oils (clove and cinnamon) will help you avoid get­ting sick when it seems as if ev­ery­one is sneez­ing in your di­rec­tion.


Less ag­gres­sive than cinnamon or clove, yet still ef­fec­tive for eas­ing in­fluenza’s aches and pains, black pep­per ( Piper ni­grum) is a woodsy, green aro­matic that smells very lit­tle like the ta­ble spice, but of­fers a sim­i­lar stim­u­lat­ing kick. Blend it with other essen­tial oils to tackle bugs and viruses and add a bright scent to the mix.


A cousin to balanc­ing laven­der, lavandin ( La­van­dula in­ter­me­dia or La­van­dula hy­brid var. Su­per) of­fers a more fl oral, herbal scent and a higher cam­phor level that makes it ef­fec­tive in re­s­pi­ra­tory blends. Like its cousin, lavandin in small doses is re­lax­ing and per­fect for dif­fus­ing to en­cour­age rest­ful sleep—one of the best reme­dies when you’re fi ght­ing a cold or the fl u.


Opt to go green this sea­son— green Man­darin ( Citrus retic­u­lata blanco), that is. De­spite be­ing a mem­ber of the typ­i­cally stim­u­lat­ing citrus fam­ily of essen­tial oils, green Man­darin has re­lax­ing prop­er­ties sim­i­lar to laven­der. When blended with other oils, it of­fers ad­di­tional

an­ti­sep­tic prop­er­ties and a gen­tle, fruity aroma. Dis­till this light citrus oil be­fore bed­time: It’s safe for even the most fret­ful, fever­ish child in the fam­ily.


Essen­tial oil of grand fi r ( Abies gran­dis) is a de­con­ges­tant that

also of­fers anti-in­flam­ma­tory and pain-re­duc­ing prop­er­ties, es­pe­cially when com­bined with clove. Grand fi r can be added to a mas­sage oil blend or to a bath (along with a car­rier oil) to re­lieve achy mus­cles and joints as­so­ci­ated with sea­sonal colds or the fl u.

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