It all starts with a scratchy throat, and before long you have a headache, fatigue, fever, an onslaught of snot or a dry niggling cough … and no energy to get out of bed. Winter colds start slowly, while flu viruses set in quickly with the change of season, and with similar symptoms, colds and flu can lead to more serious illnesses including bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, asthma, strep throat, or an ear infection.
Over 200 different viruses cause the common cold and there are multiple strains of the flu, which contagiously circumnavigate the globe each year affecting between 5 to 20 percent of the population. Flu germs spread up to three feet when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks, and can easily enter your body through touching eyes, nose or mouth, with viruses surviving up to 24 hours. Viruses can also spread across commonly touched door handles and staircase balustrades.
You can prepare ahead for winter by staying fighting fit and by boosting your immunity and that of your family against germs and viruses. This with your own naturally occurring, organic apothecary of pure healing essential oil aromatherapy kits for home and office to provide everyday immune support, remedies and relief from colds, flu, cough, and congestion.
Protection & Prevention with Natural Essential Oils
Children and the elderly are most affected by the flu, as children’s immune systems are still developing, and older adults might feel more vulnerable. Research shows that stress and a lack of adequate sleep (at least 7 hours per night) can also heighten the risk of catching a cold.
As a natural alternative to medication, pure essential oil aromatherapy includes properties that can fight viruses, alleviate flu symptoms, increase comfort during illness, treat symptoms like congestion, reduce fever and shorten the duration of your illness.
One can benefit best from the emotional and physical support offered by essential oils when the oils are diffused – this is also the easiest way for young children and the elderly to get optimum effect. When you want to clean the environmental air in an office, retail store, schoolroom, or community, a diffuser neutralises airborne pathogens, supports the respiratory system, quietens and sedates the nervous system and triggers positive emotional states.
Clean the Air: To cleanse the air and promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory functioning, use eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, and lemon.
Sleep Deeply: To support sleep, diffuse lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and sandalwood essential oils.
SOiL AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSERS:
The SOiL Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser disperses the essential oils into the air via a fine mist. Low on energy, this cold mist diffuser uses water and ultrasonic vibrations to disperse the molecules of the essential oil into the air via a fine mist. Easy to use and clean, it offers a full power, timed and intermittent setting of 15 second intervals.
Add between 6-10 drops of SOiL essential oil to 200ml water, depending on the desired strength of aroma and the size and ventilation of the room. The Ultrasonic Diffuser holds a one-year guarantee.
You can also inhale essential oils by sniffing the bottle directly or adding a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief. You can also dilute oils in a carrier oil and massage them into your skin, head, neck, and feet, or add them to steamy bath water or a large bowl of hot water for steam inhalation.
The BIG FIVE of Flu Remedy & Relief
#1 SOiL Eucalyptus – South African grown Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii) essential oil protects against colds, reduces fever, fights viruses, clears breathing passageways, and soothes muscular aches. Pleasant in a massage blend or as a steam inhalation, it is a popular decongestant which helps to loosen phlegm and treat coughs. The Eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and the Aboriginals see it as a symbol of strength, protection, and abundance. It has been used for centuries to purify and negate negative energy, and with its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, a cool compress will reduce a fever.
#2 SOiL Chamomile – Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to humankind (National Library of Medicine), with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and while it relieves cold and flu symptoms it is also used for hay fever, inflammation, insomnia, muscle spasm, menstrual disorders, ulcers and much more. There are two types available, both with calming properties:
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) offers anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It is known to relieve stomach distress and skin diseases, as well as severe skin problems like allergies, eczema, psoriasis. Aids healing and promotes tissue regeneration.
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is distilled from the flowering tops of the plant, and exudes a pleasant apple fragrance. It is a gentle oil, which makes it suitable for children. With relaxing and pain-relieving properties, it can be used to treat complaints of the digestive and nervous systems, soothe teething and colic or indigestion in infants, and has a sedative and anti-inflammatory effect on the nervous system.
#3 SOiL Lemon Tea Tree oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial, making it ideal for not only treating cold and flu symptoms, but also preventing illness. The SOiL Lemon Tea Tree oil (Leptospermum petersonnii) is a perfect respiratory essential oil blend to help combat coughs and colds.
#4 SOiL Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) has antiviral and antibacterial properties, kills airborne germs and acts as a natural decongestant and fever-reducer. Containing menthol, it soothes sore throats and quiets coughs, sinusitis, and infections.
#5 SOiL Easy Breathe Blend Expertly formulated by SOiL’s certified aromatherapist, this blend of essential oils contains 100% pure and certified organic Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Clove essential oils to help control pain and fever, congestion, and sinusitis. It can be used in a diffuser, oil burner, inhaler or blended with a carrier oil for topical application.
Healing Trios to Keep on Hand
The SOiL Trio boxes have been pre-blended for you with a selection of versatile everyday essential oils. Like all essential oils, they are safe to diffuse, however if you are applying it to your skin, be sure to blend it with a carrier oil first and to do a test path on your skin in case of allergy sensitivity.
SOiL First Aid Essential Oil Trio includes a set of Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils. These have multiple therapeutic properties making them a favourite for skincare, wound care, respiratory and cold & flu support. Take this with you on holiday, and keep it handy wherever you are.
SOiL Inhale Essential Oil Trio offers a stimulating and healing combination of Cedarwood, Easy Breathe Blend and Orange oil to target ailments related to colds and flu and respiratory issues.
SOiL Wellness Remedy Roller Trio brings a wellbeing trio of remedy rollers which have been pre-blended in a carrier oil, and can therefore be applied directly to wrists and throat. SOiL’s wellbeing trio of ready to roll-on remedies is specifically formulated to alleviate unwanted symptoms of allergies, colds and flu, and stress. Maintaining one’s health is key to enjoying life to the fullest – support and protect a positive state of wellness with Shield, Easy Breathe and Relax remedy rollers.
Last Word in Self-Care
Boost your immune system with herbal teas such as fresh ginger, lemon and mint in hot water, and enjoy fresh soup throughout the day with plenty of garlic, leeks, onions, ginger, and sage added.
Avoid suppressant medication; let your body work through the cold or virus and help build its own immunity with the support of pure essential oils and vitamin supplements.
Washing your hands frequently is one of the best things you can do to avoid catching whatever bugs might be going around. SOiL Lavender and Tea Tree Sanitiser is a 70% alcohol-based solution enhanced with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of organic Tea Tree essential oil. The added organic Lavender essential oil allows one to cleanse and protect hands against germs while enjoying the soothing and calming scent of lavender.
Potency: Essential oils are extremely potent. Avoid taking essential oils by mouth. You also should not use concentrated oils directly on your skin. If you do not dilute the oils, they may irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs. You can dilute essential oils with SOiL carrier oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, or others.