Essential oil remedies for winter illnesses

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Some essential oil remedies for basic ailments:

Headaches: Inhale peppermint oil and drink lots of water. Roll Deep Relief on temples, back of neck, and around (not in!) ears.

Runny Nose: Apply to the inside of nares and inhale melaleuca, Idaho balsam fir, lavender, peppermint, Melrose, Raven or R.C. You can also try applying lemon or lavender to the sides of your nose.

Sinus congestion: Apply lavender to sinuses. Dilute eucalyptus and peppermint with carrier oil and apply to nasal cavities and chest and back. Put a drop of peppermint oil in one hand, rub hands together, cup over nose, and breathe deeply. You can also use R.C. or Breath Again this way. Diffusing is also an option.

Sore throat: Gargle with 1-2 drops of Thieves blend in 1 oz. of water. Use Thieves Spray or Thieves Lozenges. Apply lemon, wintergreen or Thieves to neck. Put in capsule & take internally 2 times a day. Thieves stirred into hot tea with honey is also soothing to a sore throat.

Aches & Pains: “Morphine Bomb” pain reliever formula is a tried and true option. Frankincense, balsam fir, & copaiba – 5 drops each in a capsule. Take every 4 hours as needed. Apply Deep Relief, Copaiba or PanAway to any area that hurts!

Bronchitis: Mix 2 drops Wintergreen, 4 drops myrrh, 5 drops clove, 6 drops ravintsara. Apply to neck, chest and back and cover with a hot washcloth. Diffuse Thieves and Spruce together. The Spruce will pull the Thieves deeper into your lungs.

Chest congestion: Rub, steam, or diffuse eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint. Use RC or Breath Again over your chest and neck. Dilute essential oils with a carrier for little ones.

Cough (Dry): RC, Thieves, Melrose, Raven or Thieves Spray. Dilute thieves 15 drops into a couple ounces of water, put in glass spray bottle. Spray into mouth and throat.

Cough (Wet): Eucalyptus Globulus or RC. Diffuse or apply on chest, back and neck.

Fever: Peppermint, lemon or ImmuPower. Apply to feet or diluted to the spine every couple of hours.

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So what are essential oils anyway?

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So what are essential oils?
– They are the volatile fluid inside of plants
– They operate similar to blood, in the ways they help the plant.
– They help the plant heal, repair itself, fight infection and disease (and carry out around 10 major functions in the plant).
– They are also the fragrance of the plant.
– Many plants in the world have essential oils inside of them (about 5% of the total plant population).

How are essential oils made? When a plant is harvested, the part of the plant that contains the essential oil (It could be the leaves, stem, roots, flower, etc) is put into a huge metal still and steam is pushed through the at certain temperatures, pressure and length of time. When the steam rises, there is a component that separates the “floral water” from the essential oil. This is called distillation.

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Does Essential Oil Brand Really Matter?

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Does Essential Oil brand really matter? Since oils are from plants, the care begins with the first seed in the ground… and as we have studied essential oils, we have discovered that only one company really does this process properly. Young Living has EARNED our loyalty because of their SEED TO SEAL process, which no other oil company in the world does! Friends, meet Young Living Essential Oils!
SEED:
a. They hand select their heirloom seeds and plant them on rested fields (so the soil isn’t stripped of all its nutrients)
b. They grow them in as much of their natural environment as possible and with companion plants so they can produce the highest quality plants possible.
CULTIVATION:
a. They cultivate them “organically” and use no sprays, chemicals, fertilizers, etc. on the plants.
b. They spray with their own oils only.
HARVEST:
a. The plants are harvested at the right time of year and even the right time of day. Some plants do better if harvested in the cool morning hours and so Young Living will stretch out their harvest over several weeks instead of just doing it in a few days because they care so much about the quality of each plant.
DISTILLATION:
a. When you cut flowers, if you don’t immediately put them in water, they dry out, correct?
b. If you harvest plants and ship them hours or days away to be distilled into essential oils, they will dry out and in the process lose much of their viability and life.
c.Young Living built their own distilleries right on their farms so there is no drying out time.
d. They distill each plant at the proper temperature and pressure.
e. What results is the highest quality oil from the highest quality plants.
TESTING:
a. After the oil is distilled, Young Living tests each and every batch.
b. It must meet certain chemical constituents in order for them to keep it and sell it as “therapeutic grade” oil.
c. Their standards are significantly higher than the world standards for essential oils.
d. They also 3rd party test (from an outside source).
e. If it doesn’t have certain percentages of each chemical constituent, they don’t keep it and they sell it off to other companies to use to fragrance their “lavender shampoos and lotions” etc.
f. YL ends up keeping about the top 30% of their oils.
g. This shows their character, integrity, and commitment to having the highest quality oils in the entire world.

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Benefits of lime essential oil

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I have recently discovered a new favorite oil.  Lime!  It smells like tart candy and tastes amazing.

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Because I seem to be consuming it daily in my water – I did a little research to figure out if there were side benefits besides getting me to drink more water.  I found out it does all sorts of things, and is one of the cheapest oils you can buy – bonus.

Lime oil may help regulate blood pressure, especially due to stress.  Lime is one of the key ingredients in one of my favorite oil blends, Stress Away.  I know Rachel can attest to its ability to lower blood pressure.

By adding a  drop to your water throughout your day, you are also increasing your energy levels and boosting your mood. Who doesn’t need that?

Lime is a powerful antiseptic, and when applied externally, it can cure infections on the skin and in wounds.

Along the same line, lime oil helps to fight and protect against viral infections, which may cause the common cold and all strains of influenza.

Consuming lime oil in your water daily is known to help aid in weight loss

Lime oil will tone muscles, tissues and skin as well as the various systems that function in the body, including the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and excretory systems.

Lime oil can reduce pain in the muscles and joints and is a very good antioxidant.

This is cool – when consumed, lime oil is known to heal infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines, and urinary system. It is also miraculously effective in curing sores, psoriasis, ulcers, and rashes.

Mix 2-3 drops of lime oil in 1 ounce of water. Mix well, and then place on cotton ball. Apply to acne.  Can also be used as a toner for oily skin.

Something that I am excited to try, I read that for varicose veins you can mix 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on affected area.

For arthritis and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area to help heal and alleviate pain.

~Jennifer

 

How to use essential oils

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Wondering how to use these awesome oils once you get them?

There are three main ways to use them.

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Topically

  • Apply on the “problem area” (Bug bites, etc. Some applications might require dilution).
  • Apply on temples, behind ears, back of neck, or chest for anything
 systemic (cold, flu, depression, fever, etc.)
  • Rub oils on the feet, hands, spine, neck, temples – you will find favorite spots for each oil!
  • Make an ointment out of your favorite oils and coconut oil.  Use just like a lotion or salve.  (pain cream, sleeping ointment, antibiotic ointment, allergy cream)

Aromatically

  • Diffuse oils into the room with your Young Living
 diffuser, this is especially effective for emotional issues.
  • Smell oil straight from the bottle.
  • Cup hands over nose and inhale after a topical application.
  • Put a drop of oil into your hands, rub them together, cup over nose/mouth and breathe deeply for 2 minutes.

Internally

  • Drop a few drops of oil into a capsule and take it by mouth.
  • Always drink with a full cup of water!
  • Drop a few drops of oil into water, a smoothie, tea, juice, or
 other fluid in a glass or metal container.
  • Use various oils in cooking recipes like cinnamon, clove, lime, lemon,
 peppermint, oregano, and thyme.

~Jennifer