Best Ways to deal with Cold & Flu Congestion

Is it too late into the cold & flu season to start giving tips for it? Ah, well. I got my first cold of the season, so now I’m sharing how I take care of it with essential oils. 🙂

Usually when I get a cold, I am mostly fine. No severe coughs, usually no fever and if I do get a fever it’s only 1 degree higher than my norm. I just get very tired and very congested. I’d say about 50% of the time my congestion turns into a sinus infection, which honestly nothing can help except antibiotics.

So what do I do when I’m congested when it’s still just a cold?

I grab peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, cajeput, anything that tingles when you sniff it. My personal favorite pre-made blend for this situation is actually Fabulous Frannie’s Cold & Flu (blend of eucalyptus, cajeput, & peppermint).

Here are some options for what I do:

  • Diffuse it into the air. This is my number one option. I curl up next to my diffuser and let it run a blend of the above mentioned oils. Not only is the humidifier aspect soothing when I’m sick, but the scent of the oils helps open up my nasal passages.
  • Dilute about 30 drops total of oils in fractionated coconut oil, then smooth it over my cheeks, nose bridge, and right under my nostrils. This awakens my senses, helps me think more clearly when I’m in the cold virus fog, and helps open up my nasal passages.
  • The last thing I do is place that diluted blend of oils on a tissue and occasionally rub my nose with it. I don’t actually blot my snot drippings or blow my nose; I just essentially inhale the scent. This does the same thing as rubbing it on my nose does, but it just quickly opens up and soothes. You can get the same effect from making an inhaler as well.

No one enjoys being sick, and no one enjoys congestion. Hopefully these tips help alleviate some of the most aggravating symptoms for you. Honestly, when it comes to having a cold, the best thing you can do is rest, drink lots of water, eat healthy, and try to not overexert yourself.

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Essential Oils & Pets

Hello all! Today I want to discuss something that has been on my mind for a while: using essential oils on pets.

I am a big fan of Pinterest, but the danger of it is that there are thousands of posts linking to bloggers who are not certified aromatherapists or professionals or scientists or health care professionals telling you how to use essential oils. And I realize the irony in that statement because here I am, an unqualified blogger, telling you what to do with essential oils. BUT, if you’ll notice, I’ve never once told you to do something crazy with them such as INGEST them, put them all over your kids, and all over your pets.

Here’s my thing: there is not enough peer reviewed, scientific research right now on essential oils to back up claims that some essential oils are safe to use on your pets. In fact, there are some oils you should NEVER use on your pets.

I’m mainly just here to remind everyone to be extremely cautious when it comes to using essential oils. I have read posts about putting tea tree oil on your pets to prevent fleas and such. And quite honestly, I know those scary chemical names on the box of flea meds is frightening, but chemicals are not always a bad thing. Yes, they are unsafe to ingest and put on your own skin, but they work. And it’s more harmful for your pets to NOT use flea/tick medications. I trust my vet, and there is nothing wrong with using decent brands of flea meds (always opt for the more expensive option; the cheaper ones use cheaper chemicals and can irritate your pet’s skin).

I love my cat as if she were my own child, and I am not going to rub oils into her skin that I can’t be certain are safe–especially since cats (and dogs for that matter) have a tendency to, you know, lick themselves, so there is that possibility of ingestion there. I just think it’s amazing how a) people throw information out there without researching it and b) how people will read this information and use it without researching it.

Yes, essential oils are “all natural,” but that does not necessarily mean it’s safe. Plenty of harmful things are found in nature. Obviously, I am a big fan of essential oils (why else would I have this blog?), but you still have to be cautious. NEVER use undiluted oils on your skin, and for the sake of my sanity, please don’t use them PERIOD on your pets!

Thanks for listening to me rant for a while. I’m not trying to piss anyone off, so hopefully this wasn’t offensive. Just please be careful, and always err on the side of caution!

Uplifting Oils

If I am going to be quite honest, I have been in quite the funk lately. I have a history of anxiety and depression, and lately, I have been having “flare ups.” Part of this is definitely attributed to my job (I am a mental health paraprofessional, working on-one-on with kids) and part of it is attributed to just general life things. Lately, I have been relying on my essential oils more and more to keep myself grounded.

This post is about what individual oils or blends I enjoy when I am feeling blue.

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