Monday, January 14, 2008 in , , , , ,

Aromatherapy Winter Wellness Part #1 - Eucalyptus essential oil therapy

Ah, germs! They are everyone's favorite part of the winter season - right? Oh, maybe not....

Last Friday I came down with a fun case of stomach flu and our production manager Frank developed what turned out to be Bronchitis. Impromptu sick day for the staff! I got a little behind over the weekend, thus my late post today. Despite all the echinacea, vitamins, and good rest some little germs are just too tough to completely stave off.  When they hit regardless of preventive measures essential oils can provide some great ways to cope, so break out your herbal toolkit and give this a try.

Here is an easy tip, and a natural way to soothe clogged sinuses.

Eucalyptus Shower:

Put between 3 and 5 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil onto a washcloth and lay it on the floor of the shower. Shut the shower or bathroom door tightly for maximum steam retention. As the hot water reaches the washcloth it will release aromatic steam into the bathroom. Eucalyptus is a very affordable essential oil, and you'll get a lot of mileage out of a small bottle of it. If you don't shower you can also add a few drops to your bath water, or make a steam tent by putting the oil in a bowl of hot water and covering your head with a towel above it to trap vapors.

For portable respiratory therapy place a few drops of Eucalyptus on a cotton ball and put it into a plastic film canister. You can really use any other small jar such as baby food jars, empty pill bottles, or spice jars. I wonder how many of us still have film canisters in this digital photo age?

Open your therapy jar and inhale as needed throughout the day.

This also works with Marjoram oil, and Frankincense essential oil is a fantastic bronchial clearing oil.

See post #2 and post #3 from my Aromatherapy Winter Wellness Series about how essential oils can help keep you from getting sick in the first place. 

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