Fighting a cold? Let me show you two things that can bring you some relief the natural way without all those over the counter toxins.
It is that time of year when everyone gets the sniffles. It seems almost everyone I run into has either had a horrid cold or is going through the lovely experience now. Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to colds but that is not always possible.
Here are my favorite two things to do if I start to feel that ache and those darn sniffles creeping up on me.
1) Take an epsom salt bath. Did you know that epsom salts are really just naturally occurring pure mineral compounds of magnesium and sulfate? Studies have shown these amazing very affordable salts to have so many health benefits. Here are just a few: Magnesium helps regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches. Epsom salts have been around forever but I don’t think people really ever thought of them as a way to get magnesium AND I know that a lot of people never thought about putting them in your bath.
Here is what I do when I want to take an epsom salt bath to ward off the cold yuck. I take about 1.5 cups of epsom salts and place them in a container that has a lid. I then add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (never add essential oils directly to your bath water, they must be in some type of carrier. I love putting them in the salts) I then add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and then 2 drops of sweet orangse essential oil. Lastly I add about 2 tablespoons of unscented castile liquid soap and put the lid on the container and shake it good. Once my water is all ready and is nice and warm I throw in the salts. I then take my hand and swish it all around to break it all up and then I dive in and chill out. Make sure you close all the doors and windows so you can get all the amazing aroma.
If this is too much work for you then check out my Cold Buster Blend and just add the epsom salts with it. You can also use this massage blend on your chest before you go to bed and each AM when you wake up. Your lungs and nasal passages will thank you.
2)The other thing I do when I have the sniffles is make an inhaler with my essential oils. Do you remember the days when we were kids and our parents gave us those vicks inhalers? OMG when I think back it creeps me out as I think we all shared one. Eghads the germs.
Thankfully now I just make my own. I love making my own stuff where I know exactly what is in it. I truly think they work better as well. Here is how I do it: I take one of my empty inhalers and add whatever essential oil I feel would be best for my symptoms. Some of my favorites are: Tea Tree(very antimicrobial) Black Spruce(very antispasmodic-great for sinus issues) Lime ( if I want to boost my immune system. Lime is great for increasing white blood cell production) and of course Lavender (which has so many wonderful benefits but my favorite is just the smell of it and how it makes me happy and relaxed) These are easy and fun to make. You just have to have the containers. All you do is drop a few drops of your preferred oil on the cotton stick and breathe away. These are one of my most requested items at All in the Balance. If you do not want to make your own you can find ours here. Mike and I keep one of these handy at our desk and bedside all winter long. Cold and flu season can also bring on a lot of stress and frustration so do not forget to check out our Stop, Breathe and Let Go Blend.
Of course there are many more things you can do to help ward off the yuck but these are my top 2 go to’s that never seem to fail me. I would love to hear what you do.