Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

Essential oils & their uses; Clear your cold

prodotti-75331-reldb1c9dd58cab42d5bc859a6d0ab74602gold2The common cold is an ailment we all suffer from on occasion and usually when we least need the hassle that it brings. I am keen to get on with renovating our new house (see previous post) but with a cold in tow I am less inspired to get up and go. The best things about a cold are the small things like the continuous sniffling oh and err.. not being able to breath!! I have a cold at the moment and I do all sorts of things to combat and relieve the congestion when its my turn to carry said ‘burden’. One of those things is running a warm bath and adding some cleansing essential oils. The idea is that the steam and soothing properties of the oils will help to shift the sinus blockages and relieve that often unbearable pressure. Other than being helpful in combating my cold & flu symptoms, the warmth of the bath relaxes all your aching muscles which is so ideal after a long day!

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   Once I had run the water and got a good temperature (not too hot) I added:

4 drops of Thyme – Soothing and warming for the chest and clearing to the lungs, this oil is very anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
4 drops of Rosemary – Stimulating and revitalising, helping to clear the mind and invigorate the body. Good for boosting circulation. Excellent in hair care and useful for toning the skin.
4 drops of Eucalyptus – Very powerful antiseptic which works well for the respiratory system by opening up the airways and clearing mucus. Can be helpful for easing aches and pains and supporting the lymphatics. Useful for clearing grief and for purifying the atmosphere. Clears the head.

Laura from NHR organic essential oils gave me some helpful advice regarding oils and the importance of diluting them with a base oil to avoid burning or irritating the skin. She sent me a link to this great blog which holds some amazing advice for using essential oils effectively to great benefit. This particular post talks about how many drops to add and when to add them for the perfect bathing experience..

Within minutes of being in the bath I felt like a new person and my cold shifted and my discomfort eased. I got dressed into warm clean clothes and boiled the kettle to make a honey and lemon tea. I slept so so much better than I have been it was a complete success and set me up for a good start for today.

When buying essential oils, be sure you buy them from a trusted source and, where possible, buy organic. Non organic are likely to contain extra ingredients of which may counteract or inhibit the beneficial properties of the essential oils. I buy mine here – NHR Organic Essential Oils. You can order them online but they are based in brilliant Brighton and have a huge range of organic essential oils which come in their own metal cases with helpful descriptions on. The metal casing also helps the oil last longer as they are best kept in a cool dark place.

I found another post by a fellow blogger which had lots of flu fighting ideas. See it here – Pioneer Settler. She suggests, for example, using tea tree in your bath which is another good choice. I am also intrigued by the catnip tea, I would never have thought of it but if it tastes as good as it makes cats crazy, then I’m up for trying it!

If you by any chance have the next cure for the common cold, please do get in touch as I would be incredibly pleased to meet you and hug you for AT LEAST ten minutes!

Over and out for now oh healthy ones 😉
xxx


N.B. Please read the label as some essential oils are not suitable to use if you are pregnant.  

 

Healthy Soul; Five Greats

Healthy Soul; Five Greats

For this post, I took inspiration from a ‘Daily Prompt’.

‘You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?’

One of my ‘fortes’ is healthy eating and living. Here are five ‘foods’ that I could live on whilst on a dessert island and I know this because they are practically all I eat now!

  1. Water – don’t let this clear liquid in it’s purest form fool you. Its powerful, essential and I love it. It’s so important it’s best to get it from the best source possible. Avoid plastic bottled water at all costs (the world will thank you too). I carry around a food grade stainless steel water bottle (750ml capacity) and top it up whenever I can. Stainless steel doesn’t ever leech anything and they are very easy to keep clean. I got gifted mine (by that gorgeous mum I keep mentioning – did I tell you she’s wonderful?) however I would suggest this one by Glogg. I’ve not had one so I wouldn’t go as far as recommending it (yet), however it is a good price a good size and it is food grade stainless steel. Glogg is a UK company so it’s good to support local business. Find out more about them here.
  2. Quinoa – I consider this real soul food. It is a complete protein and an amazing wheat-free alternative. It has become very fashionable of late and for good reason. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. It contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source. Quinoa is therefore an excellent choice for vegans who may struggle to get enough protein in their diets. I LOVE IT. If you haven’t tried it before – do.
  3. Vegetables – I  don’t need to tell you about veggies, all I am going to say is there are not many vege’s I do not like (leeks blurgh suede blurgh) and I eat A LOT of them.
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt – There is huge hype surrounding Himalayan salt – Is it good for you? Is it a scam? There are soo many sources of information its hard to know who is right. You know what, life’s too short to worry about it too much, I enjoy pink salt, I feel its good for me. Its pink. Its good for me. Its pink. I like it.
  5. Olive oil/coconut oil/hemp oil – These oils contain essential fatty acids. I am very liberal with my usage of oils, lots of people use it sparingly as they feel they are fattening. Honestly they are so important for good skin and hair and maintaining a healthy body overall. 

So there you have it, the prompt that prompted me to proudly present my penchant for healthy food!

Love,

The health “freak”