Insights From Incentives

6
Jan

‘Tis The Season…

…The Cold And Flu Season, That Is

Winter Oils

Boost Your Immune System And Stay Healthy

“It’s that time of year again….cold and flu season is upon us. You’re going to want to do all you can to support your health and that of your family, and Essential Oils are a fabulous way to do just that!!! I use and highly recommend Young Living Essential oils, and Incentives Organic Spa & Salon carries a wide selection of my favorites.

In case you didn’t know, garden plants (such as basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, dill, sage), trees (frankincense, melaleuca (tea tree), juniper, pine, spruce, fir) and grasses (lemongrass, citronella) produce natural compounds – germ fighting essential oils. These oils are created by the plant’s immune system not only for protection but to fight of germs, insects, bacteria, fungus, and disease. People have long been extracting these oils from plants to use them for the same reasons!

Due to their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, essential oils are widely used during cold and flu season to prevent illness and purify the air. Think of the scents of winter and holiday candles….pine, fir, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove…..all comforting scents. Cinnamon, clove, basil, oregano, thyme and tea tree are some of the strongest germ-fighting essential oils. Combined with eucalyptus, lavender and citrus oils, including lemon, lime and grapefruit, these oils kill germs, alleviate symptoms and support the immune system. Thieves oil is a proprietary blend that includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary and is a powerful germ fighter all on its own.

Diffusing is said to be the best way to “neutralize airborne illnesses and enhance immunity” and is a safe application for most people.

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Here are a few of my favorite essential oil blends to diffuse to prevent spread of airborne illness, boost immunity purify air, fight congestion and kill germs:

Blend #1
3 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Tea Tree
1 drop Cinnamon

Blend #2
1-2 drops Lemongrass
5 drops Tea Tree
4 drops Clove

Blend #3
1 drop Basil
3 drops Eucalyptus
6 drops Lemon

Blend #4
2 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Tea Tree

Blend #5
4 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Peppermint
5 drops Frankincense

Blend #6
1 drop Cinnamon
3 drops Lime
2 drops Peppermint

Blend #7
5 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Lavender
1 drop Eucalyptus

Blend #8
2 drops Oregano
4 drops Lemon
2 drops Lavender

Blend #9
2 drops Cinnamon
4 drops Frankincense
1-2 drops Lemongrass

Blend #10
For children* specifically….for stuffy nose and congestion
1-2 drops each of Lavender, lemon and frankincense – diffuse or dilute accordingly with carrier oil and apply to bottoms of feet.

Blend #11
Chest Rub Recipe for adults (eliminate the Eucalyptus or dilute accordingly for children)
4 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Lavender
4 teaspoons carrier oil (coconut, olive, avocado, v-6)
Use morning and night

Blend #12
Congestion & Stuffiness for adults – Add to bath, steam inhale or diffuse.
1. 4 drops Basil or Thyme
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Eucalyptus

Blend #13
Congestion & Stuffiness for adults – Add to bath, steam inhale or diffuse.
2. 3 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Lavender oil
3 drops Peppermint oil

*Experts advise using caution with Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils around young children. Experts recommend using peppermint essential oil at or below a .5% dilution (3 drops in 1 ounce of a carrier) as a maximum for children over the age of 3 and up to the age of 6, for both topical use and diffusions. Under the age of 3, use of peppermint essential oil is not recommended.
Experts recommend using eucalyptus essential oil at or below a 1% dilution (6 drops in 1 ounce of a carrier) as a maximum for children over the age of 3 and up to the age of 6. Under the age of 3, use at or below a .5% dilution is safe for topical use and diffusions.

It is important to note that I am not a certified aromatherapist and I am sharing this information from my personal research and experience. Feel free to email me at [email protected] for resources and with any questions you may have.

Always do your own research and use caution with essential oils around children and pets (especially cats). Of course keep all essential oils out of reach of children.

About The Author

Dina Voigt

Dina Voigt is the Manager of Fitness Incentives Pilates and Yoga programs.  She is a PMA-certified Pilates trainer, a certified Yoga instructor, a Personal Trainer, Group exercise instructor, and Cycle instructor.

Contact her at [email protected] with any questions or for further information.

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