This is one of those symptoms that although annoying, may be very necessary for certain ailments.
Coughing can be voluntary but often times is an involuntary action of the body as the bronchi go into spasm to attempt to expel an irritant or thick mucous.
A cough can start as a little tickle in the back of the throat that causes you body to expel air rather quickly. Some coughs are dry while others are moist and mucous filled. When there is congestion, coughs should not be suppressed, as mucous needs to able to be expelled (with ease).
To deal with a cough the first step is to determine the cause of the cough.
Do you have allergies? Are you getting a cold or the flu? or just getting over one? Are you a smoker? or have you been exposed to airborne irritants such as those found in a restaurant, bar or other public place that allows smoking?
Does your chest feel tight and congested? Do you feel the need to get 'rid' of something, but it's just too thick?
Do you have a little tickle that produces nothing when you do cough?
Does your cough produce lots of mucous?
All of these types of coughs may need different types of essential oils.
Any cough accompanied by a fever should be addressed by a medical practioner.
Also coughs that produce green and/or bloody sputum, coughs that persist more than a couple of weeks, or if you are having difficulty breathing - please seek medical attention.
Dry coughs are often caused by allergies or airborne irritants. Essential oils used to help with allergies, may be used to relieve the nasal inflammation and the post nasal drip may stop and give relief from the cough.
Allergy caused coughs if left unattended may lead to bronchitis or other upper respiratory infection.
Moist coughs and those with a lot of congestion, may respond better to the use an expectorant type essential oil, that can thin and loosen mucous so it can be expelled without a lot of excessive coughing.
Some essential oils that help with coughs include
Eucalyptus globulus (adults), Eucalyptus radiata (adults and children), Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Ravensara, Niaouli, Pine needle, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Rosemary, Cypress, Hyssop, Thyme, Peppermint and Sandalwood.
Myrtle has also been used by a couple of our customers and they have had great results with their chronic coughs.
Eucalyptus globulus - 8 drops
Hyssop - 4 drops
Rosemary 2 drops
Blend well and add 4 drops to a bowl of steaming water. The steaming water will speed the essential oils into the air and put some needed moisture in the air also.
Eucalyptus globulus 8 drops
Hyssop 4 drops
Pine needle 2 drops
Lemon 2 drops
Add to 2 tablespoons of Sweet almond oil, rub on chest twice a day.
What ever is causing your cough, you should be able to find the essential oils to make you feel a little better, so you can recover quickly.To the Top of the Page
This time of year when we think of the holidays, certain scents come to mind. The scents of Cinnamon, Clove bud, Orange, including other citrus oils such as Mandarin and tangerine are very common.
And who can forget the smell of the trees! Pine needle, Spruce needle and the Fir Needles are the best known.
The favorite smell of Douglas Fir or Siberian Fir needles are the most common sought after scents for the True Christmas tree smell.
Many people purchase the Douglas Fir Needle for use in their artificial trees.
Simply apply to a cotton ball or two and stick in amongst the branches of your fake tree (or you can boost the smell of your real tree too!).
You can purchase some small pinecones and apply the essential oil to the pine cones and fasten to the branches.
This is my favorite method of diffusing in the artificial trees.
Oh and don't forget if you have a wreath inside you might want to give it a little scenting too.
If you can't have a tree you can still diffuse a little of your favorite essential oils that remind you of a tree.
Frankincense, Myrrh, and Cedarwood.
You might also apply these to your firewood along with Sandalwood, and Cypress to give your fireplace a wonderful smell too.
Be sure to apply the essential oils to the logs an hour or so before burning so the oils can penetrate the wood.
Although these are the pleasant sides of the Holidays, this can also be a very sad or depressing time for many.
Several factors can cause the sadness. One of which is the lack of Sunshine this time of year resulting in Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
If you are a victim of this syndrome you know how important it is for your mental well being to get plenty of specialized lighting.
Also, there are several essential oils that may be able to help you too. Please see our past newsletter for specific help for this concern. Click here
Sometimes you want to be home with family, but circumstances such as distance, time constraints, work commitments and more won't allow us to be with our loved ones. So we might be a little home sick.
In this case you should probably use essential oils that are pickme ups. Such as Citrus and Mint scents or blends.
Of course, everyone has their favorites for the holidays, so whatever scent makes you feel warm and cozy, or feel like celebrating, those are the essential oils you should be using!To the Top of the Page
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We had a few readers send us their gift ideas. The first one is very easy to make and I agree would be a great hit. All of them are fairly easy and inexpensive to make.
If you have more suggestions please let us know, as there will be at lease one more Newsletter before Christmas and there should be plenty of time for the last minute crafty people to put together some of these "FROM THE HEART" gifts made.
One year I took fine bird seed, added a few drops of a relaxing essential oil (Lavender my favorite but you can use any) and let it age a few days.
Then I filled square, round or heart shaped pouches made out of fabric in the dimensions of approx. 4" x 4" so that they were still fairly flat but thick. I stitched these shut and used them as "saucers" or tea cup cozies.
The heat of the hot cups of tea would release the fragrance of the oils and add to the relaxation experience while sipping on the hot tea. Everyone loved them.
One of my favorite gifts to make is also one of the easist!
Take a small ivy bowl (the almost-sphere bowl found in craft stores), fill with dried flowers and a small set of Christmas tree lights, then add some essential oils to the dried flowers (a homemade potpourri).
Add a bit of lace or mesh to the top tied on with a bow with the plug of lights hanging out.
Plug it in and, voila! A lovely and cheerful gift that smells great! I have one in the dark corner of my kitchen which makes me happy to look at.
I would like to make rice bags and would like to scent them, can you help?
We wrote Rae back with this information: Although we have not made any rice bags, they can be easy to make.
You need cloth or a tube sock. Rice and a dried herb or flower suggested are dried Lavender, chamomile, Rosemary and sage.
Add your desired Essential oils or an essential oil blend to your herb and flower mixture.
Blend this in a glass jar for a few days.
Then add a couple of tablespoon to your rice and add to the cloth bag or sock.
Stitch it closed.
Make sure the cloth or socks you use are made from 100% cotton.
Essential oils sometimes can deteriorate synthetically made fabrics.
The rice bag can be heated in a microwave for 2-3 minutes.
The rice will absorb the heat, the heat will release the essential oils.
The rice bag can be placed on sore necks, legs, etc. or ones that are chilled too!
An alternative that I saw on making these therapeutic bags is to use flax seed or dried soy beans in place of the rice. In place of the dried herbs and flowers, you can use a couple of herbal tea bags.
I make a Smelly Gelly Jar.
You need to buy a product from the Home and Garden section that is used to keep the soil moist for extended periods for your house plants.
The brand I used was called "Soil Moist". It is a product that will hold many times it's weight in water /liquid. The beads or crystals are made from polyacrylamide copolymer.
To make the Smelly Gelly Jars.
I took 1 part of the "Soil Moist" and then added 3 ounces water and 1 ounce vodka.
I stirred that in and let the soil moist swell. Then after an hour or so, I added about 5 ml of my favorite essential oils.
To some I added Lavender, some I used Birch Hill Happenings Mint Energizing blend and another their Calming blend.
I then put this mixture in a fancy Jelly Jar, I used some lace and fastened it on the top of the jar with the Jar ring.
The great thing about these air fresheners is that although they dry out after a couple months, you can revive them with a little water and more essential oils.
I gave them as gifts with an attached card and instructions on reviving them.
We are still using one in our bathroom after almost 2 years! Of course I'm still reviving it!! I know of people that have also used Knox Gelatin to make air fresheners similar to this but understand they dry out rather quickly.
We would like to Thank everyone that contributed to this article by providing great suggestions for easy to make holiday gifts.
Again, if you have a great suggestion please e-mail it to us as we will share next time.
Chamomile - 10 drops
Eucalyptus globulus - 10 drops
Lavender - 10 drops
Rosemary 10 drops
Tea Tree - 10 drops
Mix all oils together in an amber bottle. Use 3-4 drops in a bowl of steaming water. You do not need to inhale directly, just let the steamy water, moisturize the air and send the essential oils throughout the room.
If you prefer you can mix 10-15 drops in 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of Sweet almond and after mixing well, apply the back, chest and throat area. This will help relieve coughs and congestion.
Douglas Fir or Siberian Fir needles- 4 drops
Orange - 2 drops
Cinnamon 1 drop
8 oz Room Spray Base.
Blend well in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray around the house as needed.
Spruce - 20 drops
Lavender - 20 drops
Geranium - 10 drops
Petitgrain - 10 drops
Cedarwood - 10 drops
Lemon - 5 drops
Blend well, then add several drops to your Potpourri bowl, Tea Coasters, Rice bag or use the entire blend to add to a Smelly gelly.
Do make up a small amount to make sure you like it before mixing a large amount
Mandarin - 20 drops
Marjoram - 15 drops
Lavender - 15 drops
Cedarwood - 10 drops
Roman Chamomile - 10 drops
Blend all in an amber bottle. Then diffuse a few drops about an hour before bedtime.
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