It is that time of year when individuals start showing symptoms of colds and other viruses that often affect the upper respiratory system. While many individuals might use essential oils, they may not know which ones to use or how to use them safely.
Today, I am going to share a few safe essential oils for the average adult to help with your cold and also how to properly use the steam inhalation method. Before we begin, it is important to define “average adult.” The average adult is a person who does not take any prescription medication regularly for a diagnosed medical condition such as high blood pressure, renal disease, etc.
Before I share a few oils that can be used for making a stock blend to use in steam inhaling, there are a few things to keep in mind. When blending for a cold, remember, the body is designed to find its natural homeostasis. Often, it requires extra rest, so be mindful of using essential oils that can be awakening or overstimulating like Peppermint. Another thing to keep in mind, is that while Rosemary can be quite helpful for decongesting, it should be used at no more than 15% in your stock blend due to its camphor content. Also, while spicy oils do smell great, those should be avoided as they can irritate mucous membranes when using the steam inhalation method.
Lavender: It can be soothing and helpful in resting, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and helpful in relieving irritation in the upper respiratory system.
Roman Chamomile: It can have a deeply soothing and sedative effect, can be antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.
Douglas-fir: It can be helpful in stimulating the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestive, and expectorating.
Cedarwood: It can be very soothing and sedative, decongestive, expectorating, and helpful in stimulating the immune system when dealing with upper respiratory concerns.
Eucalyptus: It can be clearing and decongestive for the upper respiratory system, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic.
My Synergia blend is already blended and is WONDERFUL for this if you do not want to blend your own.
TIP: For those of you with littles, try using hydrosolsin your steam tents!