Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cold and Flu Remedies

Considering all of the major recalls that have been conducted this past year on our children's over the counter medicines, I feel it is time to introduce you to a safer alternative.  For the past two years, I have been using doTERRA essential oils on my family when illness has hit our home instead of cough syrups, fever reducers, & pain relievers.  Guess what?  My natural remedies really work!  I no longer have to worry about the harmful side effects that can come from using synthetic products.  I would like to share with you my favorite home remedies for colds and flu.

The first step to take with ANY illness is to give your family OnGuard immediately.  This can be done by simply dropping 3 drops of OnGuard under the tongue (it is a hot oil, you may need to add coconut oil for small children) or have them take 4 drops of OnGuard & Lemon in a empty gel capsule.

Cold and Flu Remedies

Coughs- I apply 3 drops of Breathe or Myrrh to the chest and feet.  I diffuse the room with breathe at night.  The OnGuard Throat Drops are great to use during the day while at school or work.

* A diffuser is a like a humidifier, but made for essential oils.  Essential oils can eat through the plastic of humidifiers.  A diffuser will fill your home with a wonderful aroma of your choice while killing airborne pathogens.  Your candle can't do that!  :)

Runny Nose- I rub a small amount of Lavender under each nostrils and also on the bottom of the feet.  Lavender is a natural antihistamine.  If your child is old enough to swallow a capsule, give them 3 drops of Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint in a capsule daily.

Sore Throat- I drop 3 drops of Lemon on the tongue and swish it around or place 2 drops of lemon & 2 drops of Melaleuca in a small amount of warm water and gargle it. 

Fever- remember that fevers are the body's way of fighting off the cold/flu naturally.  We tend to treat a fever as the enemy when it is actually a friend, unless it spikes too high.  Peppermint rubbed on the feet every two hours will naturally bring down a fever.  I also rub it behind the neck.  Use coconut oil on small children with sensitive skin.

Aches- When a family member complains of aches, I will do the spinal technique on them.  Most bacteria and viruses tend to camp out in your spine, by doing this technique, you will be drawing attention to the problem and taking care of it.  This is great to do with any illness and everybody loves a back rub!
  • apply coconut oil down the spine
  • follow with 4 drops of Oregano
  • add 4 drops of AromaTouch
  • end with 4 drops of Peppermint
  • hot compress with a rice or bean pad for 10 minutes
Stomach Issues- Digestzen will be your best friend!  Apply 2-3 drops on your abdomen or take 4 drops in an empty gel capsule 3 times daily.

Earaches- Rub 2-3 drops of Basil, Lavender, or Melaleuca around the ear.  Place drops on a cotton ball and place in ear.  Never drop oils directly in the ear canal.  All studies prove that antibiotics are not effective for most ear infections.

Sinus Infection- Take 4 drops of Oregano, OnGuard, & Lemon in a capsule 3 times daily.  Rub Breathe over sinus area topically.(be careful not to get it too close to your eyes, it will burn)

The key to success is to start on the oils as soon as you  feel the first sign of a cold or flu coming on.  My family uses the oils daily which has greatly reduced that amount of illness in our home.  If my kids have friends that are sick, I have them drop the OnGuard under their tongue as a preventative.  It has worked wonderfully so far this year!

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