Summer colds are no fun at all, especially when they linger around for more than a week. That’s what our family has been dealing with for a while now. Essential oils for summer colds are plentiful and I will share which ones our family uses.
We have been to the doctor twice in the last two weeks with everyone getting an Upper Respiratory Infection Virus. Its true that they must run their course and that’s what our family doctor recommended. But the symptoms can be devastating to a family who loves to be out in the water.
The upper respiratory tract includes the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx.
The symptoms that we feel when there is virus running rampant in our upper respiratory tract are :
- Nasal discharge
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Mild to moderate Cough
- Fever more often in children than adults
- Fatigue, weakness sometimes
- Slight Muscle pain
The common cold can be caused by one of over 200 viruses, but they are all treated the same, and without antibiotics! Most doctors want to treat the symptoms with decongestants and pain and fever reducers. The side effects of these medications whether OTC or prescription usually includes drowsiness which is something that doesn’t help you get out of the house during the summer. Who feels like be a groggy mess at the beach?! Not us!
What we are seeing now is that many viruses are mutating and are not responding to our traditional medication. This is yet another reason why we don’t want to treat the common summer cold with antibiotics and other prescription or OTC medications.
In contrast, essential oils posses some phenomenal properties which radically distinguish them from antibiotics. The makeup of essential oils change as the plant that the oils are distilled from change in nature. This is a great thing for those of us that use essential oils. because bacteria and viruses DO NOT become resistant to essential oils. They can be used effectively again and again without the concern of creating a resistant strain. Another great attribute to using essential oils verses the traditional medication that we have been taught to use is that essential oils do not have the bad side effects of OTC’s and prescription medications.
For your Summer Cold kit you will need the following:
- Thieves Essential Oil Blend
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- R.C. Essential Oil Blend
- Cold Air Essential Oil Diffuser
- Empty Gel Capsules
- Water in a Glass drinking container
- Cotton Swabs
To treat and prevent a URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) Start by diffusing Thieves in your home at least twice a day for 30 minutes. We up this to 30 minutes 4-6 times a day when we have anyone in our home that is ill. Next you want to start using Thieves on the feet of everyone. A drop or two on the bottom of the feet each morning should be sufficient. Next, if you are experiencing the symptoms named above you can take Thieves in a capsule, 5 drops 3 times a day or roughly half that amount for children. One tip that I have been using for myself is to use 1 drop on a cotton swap and run it inside each nostril twice a day. This will burn! You may add a carrier oil like V6 from Young Living, Olive Oil or Coconut oil to help reduce the burning. After the first use the burning didn’t bother me at all, but this has been the best decongestant that I have used.
Peppermint can be used as a decongestant. Diffusing Peppermint in a cold air diffuser or cotton balls in the air vents is a great way to reap the benefits of peppermint as a decongestant. You can also add 5 drops of peppermint to your gel caps 3 times a day for an oral decongestant.
Lavender is another great all around essential oil. It can help with any allergies that may be causing come of the congestion. 5 -10 drops of Lavender can be used in a gel capsule 2-3 times a day instead of an antihistamine which is normally found in OTC cold and flu medications. Also diffusing at night will help you sleep like a baby! Put a few drops on the bottom of your feet or on your pillow instead of taking a sleeping pill to help get the much needed rest while you are ill. This is totally safe for children as well.
Lemon is used for URI’s as it helps to thin out the mucus that you produce while congested. I add 2-3 drops to my water (only in a glass container) and also to my capsules that I will be taking daily.
R.C. is a blend that can be used on the chest or in a diffuser to reduce coughing. I only use this when we have someone coughing.
When treating a fever the method that I find easiest and most effective is to rotate Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon on the feet. 2-4 drops of each on the bottom of the feet every 5-15 minutes. A cool cloth with Peppermint over the forehead or on the back of the neck helps to cool the feverish person down also.
Essential oils for summer colds is something that our family can’t live without. Although with the help of Thieves products we don’t get sick nearly as often, families are still going to suffer from colds from time to time. We love being able to pull out something natural and not suffer the side effects from the drugs we use to use on a more regular basis.
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Please use your own discretion with the things mentioned on this site. I am not a doctor or nurse. I do not recommend anyone using anything for any ailment without consulting your physician first. Please do not take any information from this side as medical advice.