So it's that time of year where most days are still cold, but you get a warm day here and there to remind you that it's not quite spring yet... but you really want it to be. This can also be the peak of cold and flu season with the warm day/cold day thing going on. This time of year is also when I start to notice my allergies more.
There are some essential oils that I really like to use during this time of year and wanted to pass along to you in hopes that we can all stay healthy and keep our families healthy as well.
So the first oil I want to talk about is Peppermint Essential Oil by Young Living. I LOVE (in an Oprah singing voice) this oil!!! I use this oil almost every night to help with my breathing (breathing is good!). I'll put a drop on my hand and rub that all over my chest. It really keeps my chest from locking up and giving me that sensation of not being able to take deep breaths. I also will put a drop on my hands, rub them together, and inhale the peppermint through my noise and mouth. This will really open up your air ways and help you breathe easy!
Now for me, I just put this oil directly on my skin because it doesn't bother or irritate me. Many people though have to use a carrier oil (usually coconut) because peppermint can cause a slight burning or cool tingly sensation. The best way to test and see if you need a carrier oil is to put a drop on your hand and rub them together. If you feel no sensation, then you are probably good to go.
The second oil is Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living. This oil really is the bomb.com as it is so multi purpose! Thieves is a combination of Cloves, Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Radiant, and Cinnamon. All those add up to a great oil to ingest to boost up that immune system. Thieves is also a great oil to defuse as it has a wonderful smell and will actually kill bad bacteria in the air. Thieves is not typically used as a topical oil, but with a carrier oil can be used as needed. Just be sure to research what you are going to use it for if you plan on using it topically.
I'd also highly recommend Thieves Household Cleaner by Young Living. This is a must have, especially for cold and flu season. This is an all purpose cleaner and can but used on pretty much every surface and is safe for the whole family (even your babies and pets)! Thieves Cleaner will kill all types of yucky and unwanted germs without filling your home with harsh chemicals. Actually, the aroma it will release in the air can actually help with your allergies.
Finally, the last oil I would recommend would be Lemon Essential Oil by Young Living. There are actually many reasons to include lemon in your winter oils. Lemon is really good for your skin as it will kill bad bacteria. This is great to use on your face (must use coconut or olive oil when using lemon topically on your face) to help with any blemishes or to use along side some coconut oil or Aloe Vera gel to keep your hands clean and moisturized. Lemon can also help with reducing a fever and helping with a sore throat, both very common this time of year.
Lemon is also really good for your stomach! It can help clean out any bad bacteria in your stomach and intestines, along with helping with any nausea as it is a digestive aid. It is completely safe and tasty to ingest and will give your water a fresh lemon taste. The reason this is such awsomeness is because it can help you drink more water, which is always one of the best ways to keep your immune system up and running at peak strength. So grab some lemon and keep making a point to drink that water. As a plus, lemon can be a natural stimulant and give you that mid-day boost you need rather than reaching for a soda or another cup of coffee. I usually use a drop to every 10oz, but you can customize this to your taste preferences.
So those are three oils I use a LOT this time of year (and really all year). What about you? Comment below with some tips you've learned or picked up on when it comes to using essential oils during the winter months.
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