What to do on the first signs of a cold? Essential Oils Cold Relief
Is Essential (excuse the pun)!
But seriously, what do you do when you wake up with the first signs of a cold?
Well after recovering from feeling grumpy about it. The key is to use the right essential oils depending on the symptoms. Therefore firstly let’s:
Identify the First Signs of a Cold:
In no particular order because these symptoms can happen in any order
- Sore throat
- Blocked nose, Sneezing and running nose and coughing
- Body aches and pains including head aches
Can essential oils relieve these signs and symptoms? Yes they can.
However, Essential Oils are not a replacement for modern medicine or overall good health and well being:
- Essential oils are best to prevent illnesses and can support the body to make a full recovery quickly.
- Should your cold symptoms escalate rapidly please consult your General Practitioner Doctor Immediately
- Good health and well being need to be practices to support a rapid recovery. For example, less stress, meditation, plenty of fluids especially water, ample sleep, regular exercise and a varied diet rich with fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.
Referring back to our list of signs and symptoms of the common cold I will share with the best essential oils including choices from the Top 10 Essential Oils and Oil Blends.
At the very first signs of a common cold I recommend putting the Protection Blend, On Guard on the soles of your feet (please dilute with fractionated coconut oil for the elderly and children, toddlers and babies). This essential oil blend acts as an immune booster to:
- to protect you from developing these symptoms. Good for those sharing a household or office space with someone with the first signs of a common cold and
- stimulating a speedy recovery at the first signs of illness such as the common cold.
Because On Guard blend is relevant for all the signs and symptoms for the above reasons I will list as one of the options.
I am motivated to write this article today because I have been fighting off various symptoms of a cold for the past week when my son was doing the same. However, this morning I woke up sneezing and with a runny nose and aching head. So here I share with you how my son and I use essential oils for cold relief.
Today I have rubbed On Guard blend on to the soles of my feet because the oils enter the blood stream extremely fast through the large pores on the soles of your feet. And I will take a roller bottle blend of 4 drops of lemon oil, 4 drops of peppermint oil and 4 drops of On Guard blend with me to apply topically to my throat and head.
The essential oils I recommend to treat a sore throat are Lemon oil, Peppermint oil and On Guard oil blend. These all can be diffused to breathe in aromatically. They all can be applied to the exterior of the throat topically (meaning on the skin) either concentrated for adults or diluted in a roller bottle and blended with fractionated coconut oil. You can also consume a Peppermint oil beadlet (which is simply a drop of peppermint oil) or On Guard Throat Drops to soothe a sore throat.
Blocked Nose, Sneezing, Runny Nose and Coughing
I recommend using the Respiratory Blend, Easy Air. This supports these signs of a blocked nose, sneezing, runny nose and coughs. It quite literally clears the nasal passages and enables you to be able to breath again. It relaxes the air ways. Essential for sleep! Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon or Lavender oils can also support the symptoms of a blocked nose. These oils can be diffused in the air or applied topically as has already been explained.
Body aches and pains including headaches
My top recommendations for these signs and symptoms is Peppermint, Lavender or Frankincense oils. Base your choice on the preference of the aroma particularly for headaches. It is most effective to apply topically your chosen essential oils to your head particularly the temples and then diffuse in the air.
The most economical strategy is to always have the trio of oils Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint on hand as these are the most versatile and with the most purposes. All 3 are also in the Top 10 Essential Oils and Blends.
My ideal is to have these 3 plus On Guard and Easy Air blends. Mixed with a good balanced and nutritious diet, regular fluids and exercise and plenty of sleep will see you beat the cold and achieve using Essential Oils for Cold Relief.