It's getting cold!!!
I've already had one head cold this change of season to show me that winter is on it's way!
I use essential oils everyday but here are my top 5 especially for the colder months (like if I were snowed in, I would just want tea, soup and these oily babies! I know the chance of being snowed in is fairly unlikely living near Bar Beach!)
1. Easy Air is a wonderful blend of cooling and opening oils that encourage the lungs to free up and allow deeper breathing (you will find this one being diffused constantly in our clinic waiting room).
Apply it by breathing in the oil from a diffuser, rub it on the lung area front and back, take a big whiff from rubbing a couple of drops in your palms and inhale, drop some on your pillow to inhale during the night, if you are congested, put a drop in a bowl of hot water, a towel over your head and inhale.
2. On guard is the soldier of the lot, keeping your defences strong! On Guard is great when you are actually sick but I find it more powerful as a preventative
Apply it by breathing in from a diffuser, apply to the bottoms of your feet to allow the oils into your blood stream, its also a warming oil so it helps warm up cold footsies!
3. Lavender is my number one must have, its like a big hug from grandma! It has antibacterial properties but also helps to heal dry skin from the cooler weather and dry winds.
I add lavender into a cup of herbal tea, it is powerful so be careful! Also apply it to dry skin in a carrier oil, apply to bottoms of feet to relax, add to a diffuser in the evening
4. Frankincense is the king of oils, its expensive, sacred and powerful! The herbalists at our Wholistic Health Group clinic say frankincense supports the mucosal tissue which is the parts of your body exposed to air and therefore first line of defence. It includes ears, nose, throat, lungs, digestive system and vagina. The poor mucosa get a hit in winter and need your help!
Apply frankincense on the skin where required, rub a drop into your mouth to help it get into the blood stream where mucosa begin. Gargle in warm water to relieve a cough.
5. Thyme! I love this herby goddess, it's a bit like oregano in terms of powerful taste but I find her a bit more gentle. Thyme is wonderful antibacterial and antiviral, and is my go to oil when I feel a scratchy sore throat coming on. I gargle the oil in warm salty water. Energetically thyme is warming and encouraging which is what we often need in the colder months.
Apply it to your feet, gargle in salt water, always dilute this oil to apply it to your skin cause it burns!