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Sniffles, Sneezing and Coughs!!

by Penny Keay

Sounds like a walk in the woods with the Wizard of Oz – OH MY!! Any time of the year, although usually worse in the winter months, all you have to do is walk into any shopping area and what do you hear?

Yep, sniffling, sneezing and coughing. Many people are conscientious and cover their mouths and noses when they are about to start these common symptoms of allergies, colds and flu’s.

But what do they cover them with? Their bare hands or worse yet their gloved hands (in the winter) little havens for germs. Then they wipe them on their clothes or worse yet just reach down and grab the shopping cart – ugh!!

You are the next one to come in the store and ‘grab’ their cart.

Well, you get the picture. Next thing you know you might be headed down their same road – and it is not the “yellow brick’ road of the Wizard of Oz, but it will still lead you to the same path of sniffles, sneezes and coughs – OH MY!!!

This is where the use of essential oils comes into play. Several essential oils help to keep your immune system strong and others help to stop viruses and bacteria in their tracks. Thank goodness for that.

First we want to use essential oils to prevent viruses and bacteria from attacking you. So diffusing them in the air is one of the best ways.

While you inhale the essential oils they are easily absorbed in through your lungs into the blood stream and throughout the body. Several essential oils will deter the viruses right then and there.

So when you have been out shopping be sure to do the following:

1. Wash your hands often

and apply a lotion or cream that has a few drops of essential oils or an essential oil blend added to it. Remember most essential oils have antiviral, antibacterial and germicidal properties, so just pick your favorite.

Some of the best are: Thyme, Oregano, Cinnamon leaf and Eucalyptus globulus.

Lavender is good too, but if you have had serious exposure to germs (or ill people) you should use a blend that has one of the fore mentioned essential oils.

The Four Robbers blend is very popular with many folks. This blend is wonderful as it contains Cinnamon and Eucalyptus globulus that are great at killing germs.

Of course in many of the blends, essential oils work synergistically to practically knock off the rest of all those nasties!!

2. Avoid touching your face and especially your eyes.

Many viruses are transferred into your body by you rubbing your eyes and introducing the germs by the eyes mucous membranes.

The body then washes the virus through your tear ducts into your nasal passage and voila!

You have just been inoculated with a cold virus or worse yet a flu bug of some sort.

3. Get plenty of rest.

During the year with the clock changes, daylight changes and busy schedules, vacations, kids, etc. you may not get adequate rest. These all can weaken the immune system.

4. Drink plenty of fluids, keep hydrated.

Many of us forget to drink water. Did you know that dehydration can occur in both the summer and winter months?

Most of us drink plenty but children and the elderly may not know they need extra fluids.

Without adequate hydration and good water, the immune system again suffers. It conserves water and can’t flush toxins out like it should.

5. Be sure to scent your home with real essential oils.

There are several methods of diffusing oils please visit our section on diffusing at .

Many times folks like to scent their home but they use fragrance oils.

Well, sorry to say but many of those scenting candles or room scenting products they say have essential oils, often times, have such a tiny amount and then it is mixed with fragrance oils.

Fragrance oils may smell nice and give you a warm cozy feeling but they do not contain the elements essential oils do to help fight off all those nasty bugs.

The essential oils in them just can’t compete with the man-made petroleum based fragrance oils. Also, any scented candle may be made with a wax that burns at too high a temperature rendering the few essential oils ‘burnt’ up into the flames, not diffused.

Essential oils helpful to build your immunity include:

Bay Laurel, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus globulus, Frankincense, Oregano

Others that help to fight infections and help the body heal itself include:

Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine needle, Tea Tree, Thyme and Vetiver.

The following oils help the body when filled with toxins.

Remember you haven’t been drinking enough, so use these oils in a massage or bath AND ALONG with water (drink the water, not the essential oils!!). Anyway use the following oils in massage oil: Bay laurel, Grapefruit, Juniper berry and Lemon.

Essential oils helpful if all the sneezing etc is due to Allergies:

Roman and German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Lavender, Niaouli, Tea Tree and others.

Some Helpful Synergy Blends

For those wanting to diffuse some of our blends that contain two or more of the suggested essential oils, we suggest you try any of the following:

Four Robbers blend, Pure Cleansing blend, Allergy Tamer, Celebration, Conifer Blend, Enlighten blend, Forest Rain blend, or Take Five blend. Of course you can diffuse any essential oil that makes you feel better too.

If you wish to treat your symptoms once you have been invaded by those nasty viruses please check our past issues for the following: congestion, coughing, headaches, sore throats, chapped lips and skin at

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