A Good Basic Aromatherapy Blend for Winter Woes

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photo by Belovodchenko AntonWinter is here and it’s good to  set up a basic simple blend to help avoid or lessen seasonal complaints.  Things to consider in blending components are the efficacy of each individual oil; the safety of each oil; how the blend is to be used or applied.

For health and healing, any oil used must be pesticide and pollution free and therapeutic grade.  This insures that you will get the results you want without any unexpected side effects.  If an oil is not of high quality, it may be adulterated with toxic substances which alter its effectiveness and scent.  This does not mean the oil of lesser quality will necessarily smell bad – on the contrary in many cases, inferior perfume grade oils are added to make an oil more attractive.  While this addition may make the oil more attractive and less expensive as well, it alters its effectiveness greatly and side effects may present as unexpected skin irritation, headache, nausea and increased toxicity in the body.

What is so stunning about essential oils is that one single oil can address many issues due to its complex composition.  For example, rosemary cineole helps relieve migraine headaches, it is also used for bruises, chills, flu, gout, muscular pain, hepatitis and jaundice, general fatigue and high cholesterol, among other things.  It is highly antibacterial, making it seem a good choice for a basic winter blend.  Yet a person with high blood pressure may need to avoid it as it can elevate blood pressure, or if using, blood pressure needs to be carefully monitored.  So because of this contraindication, you may not want to use rosemary cineole in a basic blend unless you are clear of high blood pressure.

I would go with tea tree oil which is highly antibacterial and antiviral.  It’s great for onset of cold or flu and sore throat.  Used as a single oil, you may mix 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil in 5 ml. carrier oil for a throat and chest rub.  If you prefer a milder scent with similar properties, bay leaf oil is acceptable.  Try 1 or 2 drops in a teaspoon of honey, dip toothpick in it and place it on your tongue from time to time for a little sore throat relief.  Tea tree oil has no known contraindication.

Eucalyptus radiata is another great oil for winterizing as it is effective against acute and chronic respiratory infections and coughs.  It also boosts the immune system, fights sinus problems and chronic fatigue.   Eucalyptus radiata has no known contraindication.

Lavender officinalis is not to be forgotten – who doesn’t want its calming properties when not feeling well.  Additionally, lavender helps with muscle aches and pains, sinusitis, flu, spasmodic coughing, headache.  Lavender officinalis has no known contraindication.

Ravensara is another oil that is very useful in a winter blend.  Ravensara is anti infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, assists with fever, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinopharyngitis, coughs, and muscle fatigue.  It also induces relaxation.  Ravensara has no known contraindication.

Eucalyptus radiata, tea tree,  lavender and ravensara can be a good base for your winter oil blend with a great measure of safety.  Try blending them at different ratios, 1 drop at a time.  Start with a 1 to 1 ratio.  If it’s too medicinal smelling when using a 1 to 1 ratio, try adding more lavender or other oil of your choice. Read the descriptions and if it seems that ravensara would work best for you, use more of it.  If you like eucalyptus better, use more of it.  This is to be your custom blend.

Of course, these are not the only oils that would be good in a winter blend.   Other oils that could be included are frankincense and patchouli, both for their immune stimulating properties.  Ginger is good for chronic bronchitis.   Even pine has properties great for respiratory infections.   I exclude clove, oregano, sage, and peppermint at this writing for various safety issues that can be addressed in more advanced blending discussion.

If you don’t want to blend oils for winter seasonal complaints, purchase pre-made blends from MedEssential Oils in 5 ml. bottles or inhalers.  Suggestions are Immuguard, Breathe Free, Calm Breath, Sinus Aid.  You may also request custom blending, just for you.

One effective way of applying these oils, either single oils or in a blend, would be  using a room diffuser or a personal inhaler.  Another way is to place drop or two in the palm of the hand and after rubbing the hands together, cup the hands over the nose for at least 3 minutes.  Also placing 3 or 4 drops in a large bowl of very warm water and then inhaling the vapors with a towel over your head can be not only effective but very comforting.  Remember to close your eyes while using this method.  Use the blend as a chest rub as described above for tea tree oil.

If you know reflexology, apply the oils on the places on the feet and/or toes that correspond with the parts of the body you wish to affect (reflexology charts can be easily found on the internet).  Even if you do not use reflexology, applying oils to the bottom of the feet may be an important application solution for a person who is sensitive to the oils.  Oil application to the feet minimize the chance of a skin or bronchial reaction for the sensitive person.  Applying the oils on the breastbone and then tapping over the breastbone is thought to promote immune stimulation.  There is always a possibility that applying oils that have not been diluted may cause skin irritation if applying to skin.  For that reason, always keep a bottle of a carrier oil – pesticide and pollution free almond, coconut, olive, etc. – on hand to dilute the oils.  You may also dilute the oils at the conclusion of blending.  Use the blending guidelines provided under FAQs .

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