The days are growing shorter, the nights are longer, and fall is nearly at our door! With school in session, flu season is not too far behind. During the changing seasons, rates of infection from colds and the flu increase.
But there are things you can do to take care of yourself! Besides the basics (getting proper sleep, washing hands often, and minimizing stress) you can get extra support and comfort from powerful essential oils to help you breathe a little easier. Check out our hand-selected Congestion Relief Kit that can be used topically or diffused. Learn more about those singles and other blends that can also help ward off germs!
Which essential oils are helpful for respiratory support?
Essential Oil Singles:
- Eucalyptus: Warmth and cooling menthol for feelings of easy breathing
- Rosemary: Bracing and herbal power to reduce feelings of chest achiness
- Peppermint: A sweet & natural mint to open and support sinuses
- Balsam Fir: This warm pine scent eases feelings of tightness
- Basil: A grounding and peppery herb to support overall respiratory health
- Lavender: This sweet, woody spice eases discomfort and loosens breathing
- Frankincense: An ancient remedy that works to ease feelings of congestion
Essential Oil Blends:
- Breathe Free: This powerful and convenient blend gives feelings of relief when you are down with sniffles, mild coughs, or congestion.
- Kids Breathe Strong: Help kids feel more comfortable when they are sick with this bracing scent that soothes respiratory discomfort and is safe for kids.
How do I use them?
- Topically: Choose any combination of recommended oils and dilute appropriately with a carrier oil. Apply to the skin, especially over the chest and upper back, for best respiratory support when you have a cough, cold, or just want natural protection.
- Diffusing: Create this recipe at work to defend yourself from whatever microbe your coworker wants to share through the air. Add all oils to a diffuser and mist intermittently throughout the day.
Office Armor Diffuser Blend
3 drops Eucalyptus
3 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Peppermint
Try this combination in your diffuser the next time you are feeling a little under the weather. This is our go-to recipe to use here in the office.
Steam Inhalation: Create your very own spa-like steam-room at home. Turn the shower onto high heat and allow to run for several minutes. Put several drops of essential oil in corner of the shower (on a rag, or even directly onto the tile) where the water won’t hit it. Sit away from the water (it’s hot!) and breathe deeply for aromatherapy benefits.