3 Ways To Use Essential Oils In Winter
Ahhhh, winter. That wonderful time of the year when we enjoy hot cocoa, warm mittens and festive holidays. Unfortunately, along with the cold weather can also come an increase in illness.
With less sunlight and fresh air exposure our bodies have a tougher time combating all those nasty germs that seek to put us to bed. Other than increasing our Vitamin C dosage and religiously washing our hands, are there other actions we can take to keep our bodies healthy during the colder months of the year?
If you have been using essential oils for very long you are aware of the many benefits these little jewels can play in our every day well being. Even more so, during the winter months essential oils can help create a healthy environment, strengthen our immune system, and aid us in battling a sickness if we do come down with one.
Create A Healthy Environment
One of the first ways we think of staying healthy is to keep our living quarters clean. Our body does not have much of a fighting chance if we live in a germy mess. While many of us would not think of living in a dirty house, it is often what we use to clean that can be a problem.
When we go to scrub the bathroom or mop our floors, we often grab whatever our nearest grocery store has on the shelf. However, many of these products have chemicals in them that are harmful to our health. In our very effort to stay healthy we can be introducing toxins into our homes!
Have you ever thought of using essential oils in your cleaning? White vinegar, baking soda and drops of essential oils can provide a clean environment without the added toxins.
Some outstanding essential oils to use when cleaning:
- Tea tree
Tea tree is a great essential oil to start with. Not only is it antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, but it can also kill mold. For an all-purpose cleaner, combine equal parts of water and white vinegar and add 20 drops of tea tree oil. Need a scrubbing agent? Use about 20 drops of essential oil to a mixture of baking soda and liquid castile soap.
Another essential oil to use in your cleaning chores is lemon. Not only is it a powerful antimicrobial, but it also will leave your house smelling wonderful! Switch out the tea tree essential oil in the above solutions, or, for added effect, simply add both essential oils for a powerful, yet safe, cleaning agent.
Strengthen Your Immune System
Living in a clean environment is essential, but most of us don’t spend all of our waking hours at home. Another way to fight against those winter germs is to build up our immune system.
One way to do this is to detox our bodies from the slew of toxins it is exposed to on a regular basis. From impurities in our food to additives in our medicines, our bodies can get worn down from trying to filter out these toxins.
Here is a list of essential oils to get you started:
Grapefruit essential oil is known for it’s detoxifying effects. Put in a diffuser to allow inhalation to occur. Mix with a carrier oil (such as coconut) and rub on the soles of your feet to help stimulate your lymphatic system to flush out toxins.
Peppermint is also a potent essential oil to help detox the body. Putting a drop of peppermint essential oil in your water (because water and oil don’t mix, add a drop of the oil to a teaspoon of honey then add to your water glass) is also a great way in helping your body rid itself of impurities.
Another great option is cinnamon. Put it in your diffuser for a potent purifying affect, not to mention the pleasant aroma it will also bring!
Essential oils don’t have to simply be regulated to the diffuser. Mix a drop with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond and enjoy a soothing homemade rub. Some excellent oils for this are lavender, frankincense, and peppermint.
Aid In Battling Illness
Even the healthiest among us can catch a cold. Before reaching into your medicine cabinet for relief from your symptoms, try incorporating some essential oils for a healthier and, oftentimes, faster recovery.
Peppermint, as we spoke about above, is a great way to help cleanse the body. But it is also a natural way to clear the sinus cavities and allow you to breathe when you are battling a stuffy nose or the flu.
Simply boil some water, pour into a wide mouthed bowl and add a few drops of this essential oil. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, thus trapping the steam and allowing you to breathe in this healing vapour. Not only will it clear your sinuses, but you will also give yourself a refreshing facial!
Keeping the diffuser running where you recover is a great way to clear the air and allow you to breathe in these healing agents.
Try the below alone or in a mixture:
Another way to aid your body in recovery is to enjoy a soothing bath. Run a warm tub with Epsom salts and add 10-15 drops of lavender. This essential oil is known for its antimicrobial properties as well as an anti-stress agent. Relax while breathing in the calming scent of lavender and allow your body to soak up its healing goodness.
Winter can be a busy and fun-filled time of year. Doing what you can to stay healthy will allow you to better enjoy these colder months.
By incorporating essential oil into some of your daily practises you can increase your chances of staying healthy all winter long. And if a winter bug does get you down, essential oils can come to the aid for a quick recovery.