Whether it’s a cough, sore throat, or sinus congestion, aromatherapy is a great natural alternative for colds. Sure, DayQuil and NyQuil might be tempting ways to ease the discomfort of these symptoms. And the reality is, they can indeed provide short-term relief. But have you seen the product labels of these products, and the exhaustive list of potentially harmful ingredients?
For many, aromatherapy can work just as well as traditional cold drugs. The potent properties of essential oils are particularly effective for easing cold symptoms. And what’s the best way to apply them? Through a simple aromatherapy rollerball recipe.
Aromatherapy For Sinus and Throat Discomfort
It might start with a scratchy throat or a few minor aches and pains. Or it could surface with a runny nose or feeling of exhaustion. Uh oh, a cold is looming. It’s best to start treating the symptoms early, before they intensify. While essential oils can be great short-term solutions, they can also help speed up recovery – or help prevent the illness from progressing altogether.
Before showcasing our favorite rollerball recipe for throat and sinus issues, we’ll outline some single essential oils that can be used on their own. These oils can be applied topically, through a diffuser, in a bath, or combined with a carrier oil in rollerball format.
- Lavender: Harboring antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, lavender can help with headaches and sinus pain.
- Lemon: High in vitamin content, lemon helps increase the body’s immune system while stimulating production of white blood cells. This helps the body’s ability to ward off illness.
- Eucalyptus: Helps to soothe respiratory problems, working as a decongestant aid. You can use eucalyptus to open up blocked nasal passages and fight off bacteria.
- Peppermint: With antiseptic and anti-viral properties, peppermint can work as an expectorant. This oil is often used for headaches and sinus congestion. Avoid using around babies or young children.
- Thyme: Antiseptic and anti-bacterial, thyme can work well on its own or blended with other oils to fight congestion. Note that you should avoid applying this oil if you suffer from high blood pressure.
The Best Rollerball Recipe For the Common Cold
You can try using the essential oils above for colds, but you can maximize your results by applying a blend. And combining your blend in a rollerball recipe is one of the easiest applications. The following blend offers a range of benefits, including:
- Helps to improve overall respiratory health
- Improves breathing by clearing nasal passages and airways
- Curbs the impact of seasonal threats
All you need to craft this blend are a glass rollerball bottle and the oils outlined in the recipe. Be sure that you only use glass roller bottles. Essential oils should never be housed in plastic containers.
So without further ado, bomb that cold away with this incredible recipe (note that this blend can also be used to help ease flu symptoms):
- 12 drops of lavender
- 12 drops of lemon
- 12 drops of peppermint
- 8 drops of eucalyptus
- 8 drops of thyme
- Top the bottle off with a carrier oil (coconut, olive, grapeseed, etc.)
If you’re applying your blend for an extended period of time, it is good to switch up the types of oils. Over time, you can build an “immunity” to certain oils, if used too frequently. Plus, our bodies all respond differently, so you might find success with alternative ingredients.
Some good “cold oils” to substitute with are rosemary, cinnamon, oregano, clove, orange, and frankincense. Depending on the oil, two to three drops each will suffice.
Tips For Staying Healthy the Natural Way
Essential oils aren’t the only natural “solution” for treating the common cold. A proactive approach is one of the best things you can do to prevent these illnesses from creeping up on you. While they might seem obvious, consider these additional tips:
- Getting adequate sleep is important to keep your body healthy. Restful sleep is especially important when you are exposed to sickness (bonus: you can apply oils like lavender and vetiver to promote better sleep!).
- Wash your hands frequently, especially in public places or when you are around people who are sick. It doesn’t hurt to keep a bottle of sanitizer in your car or purse.
- Maintaining a healthy diet gives your body the fuel to maintain your energy levels and overall health.
- Drinking tea regularly stimulates the cilia, which eliminates germs more effectively. Honey works as a natural antibiotic and lemon can thin out mucus.
- Getting an adequate amount of protein will keep your immune system from becoming depleted. Make sure to consume protein-rich foods such as eggs, fish, and yogurt.
So there you have it. Natural remedies like aromatherapy can be a godsend when it comes to staying healthy all year round.