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Continuing our series of immune boosting tips, Elizabeth is here to explain how essential oils can help.

 

Here we are in the season of coughs and colds, and we are boosting you with these healthy tips.  My two favourite oils for helping with coughs and colds are Tea Tree and Eucalyptus.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

This small shrub, native to Australia and part of the Maleluca family is a powerful immune stimulant. Research indicates that Tea Tree oil can help fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses). Used topically, it can help clear wounds, acne, burns, herpes, athlete’s foot, cold sores, and even warts. Used in vapour therapy, it can help with colds, sinusitis and viral infections.

The reputation as a cure-all given to this oil is not an exaggeration. Tea tree oil can be used to aid recover for almost all tropical infections and diseases. You name it and it has some sort of positive effect or treatment for that disease. It is invariably found in almost the households of Australia, particularly those that have small children. The magical healing and disinfectant properties make it a wonder drug that also boosts your immunity. However, it is not meant to be ingested, and is poisonous. It is meant for topical application only!

Put a few drops on your pillow or a handkerchief for use throughout the day.

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Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)

The Eucalyptus, or Blue Gum Tree (actually there are over 300 species) is one of the tallest trees in the world. Like most of the eucalyptus family it is indigenous to the Australian continent; and favourite home remedy for them. It has good reputation as an inhalant or chest rub. This oil has an excellent action in all types of fever.

The essential oil from Eucalyptus has many and well-known healthy benefits; its properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating.  These make it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems such as colds, coughs, runny noses, sore throast, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.

 

How to Use Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oils

Gargling Eucalyptus Oil and/ or Tea Tree Oil mixed with warm water should help clear a sore throat.

Sitting in steaming hot bath, is another way to inhale a certain amount of essential oil, but not as concentrated. This type of application can also act as a facial sauna: oils like Tea Tree can help to unclog the pores and clean complexion.

Inhalations. We advise 5 – 8 drops in a bowl of hot water of approx 500 ml. Combine the oils and hot water in a bowl. Cover your head and bowl with a towel, and breath deeply for a minute, then repeat.

– For cold head or any other blocked sinuses: blend Eucalyptus oil 7 drops. Basil oil 1 drop. Peppermint 1 drop and inhale as above.

– For bronchitis and as expectorant: blend Eucalyptus oil 4 drops. Bergamot oil 3 drops. Sandalwood oil 3 drops and inhale as above.

To soothe symptoms of asthma,  massage 1-3 drops onto the chest. The soothing effect of the aroma and vapours will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and improved breathing can be achieved. The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus essential oil also come into play in using it to get relief from asthmatic symptoms

 *This is not a substitute for medical advice.  Please speak to your GP if you are unwell*

To book an appointment for aromatherapy with Elizabeth please call us on 020 8520 5268.