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Essential Oil Recipes

Aromatherapist, Michele Renaud, has provided us with these essential oil recipes that will help encourage the harmony and balance of the mind, body and spirit.

If you have any questions or suffer from a serious illness, be certain to consult with your health care provider prior to using any essential oils.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Colds

Many of us are suffering more often from that age-old malady, the common cold. Colds are virus-caused illnesses that affect the respiratory system, nasal passages and throat and they are not effectively treated with antibiotics. Naturopathic physicians regard the common cold as the body's attempt to cleanse impurities especially since colds no longer limit their appearance to a specific season. The source of those impurities can range from pollution to improper diet. And the effects can be magnified by something we all experience to one degree or another... stress. Unfortunately the stress levels that each of us experiences daily seems to be growing in volume.

Here are three recipes to help relieve the stress and ease the cold.

Bath

Add the following ingredients to a hot bath:

10 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Relax in the bath for at least ten minutes. Breathe in through your nose, absorbing the energy from the oils and exhale through the mouth releasing all of the impurities.

Steam Inhalation

In a pot of boiling water add

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops ginger essential oil

5 drops lemon essential oil

Hold your head about 18 inches from the water and breathe in through your nose, exhaling through your mouth.

Dry Inhalation

On a handkerchief place

3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

2 drops clary sage essential oil

2 drops sweet orange essential oil

This is wonderfully refreshing if you have to be at work while your are experiencing the symptoms of a cold! Hold the handkerchief about three inches from your face. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.


Immune Boosting Recipes

Colds and flu are becoming a year round problem. Some believe these illnesses may be partially caused by stress, but most health care professionals know that they are definitely aggrivated by stress. Aromatherapy can help releive the symptoms and successfully combat the stress that underlies or aggrivates the problem at the same time it enhances the immune system. Try these Immune Boosters.

Morning Immunity Bath

4 drops tea tree oil

3 drops rosemary oil

2 drops lemon oil

1 drop ginger oil

Disperse the essential oils in a tub filled with warm water and soak for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Evening Immunity Bath

4 drops tea tree oil

2 drops clary sage oil

2 drops sweet orange oil

2 drops rosewood oil

Disperse the essential oils in a tub of warm water and soak for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Immune Boosting Massage Oil

4 ounces jojoba, olive or almond oil

10 drops geranium oil

10 drops tea tree oil

8 drops lemon oil

8 drops lavender oil

4 drops eucalyptus oil

Mix well and enjoy the warmth of an immune-boosting massage.

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