As we approach the Fall, I wanted to share about one of my favorite essential oil blends you should consider getting to have on hand for the colds, coughs and sinus issues that back to school and a new allergy season bring.
The name “RC” stands for respiratory congestion – it’s energetic aroma will help open up your sinuses when you are feeling stuffy. Apply it to your chest with some coconut oil as a natural version of Vicks VapoRub. Or diffuse it in your bedroom. Many of my mom friends swear by this stuff – diffusing it constantly at home when the kids get sniffly.
It is a blend of oils and includes each of the individual oils below, creating a powerful combination:
- 3 kinds of Eucalyptus oil – globulus, radiata & citriodora – eucalyptus plants have the highest levels of something called cineole which has been proven in medical studies to help reduce inflammation and act as an expectorant (source)
- Myrtle – ancient Greek & Italian physicians used this leaf oil as an ingredient in children’s cough syrup
- Marjoram – calming and relaxing to our sinuses
- Pine leaf – a refreshing oil used for respiratory support
- Lavender – read all about the benefits of lavender oil here
- Cypress – acts as an anti-spasmodic to calm that throat tickle that keeps you coughing, and studies have found that active ingredient camphene limits bacteria growth (source)
- Black spruce – Native Americans chewed the balsam and bark of this plant to help with respiratory ailments
- Peppermint – read all about the benefits of peppermint oil here
RC smells very woodsy and invigorating. I like to combine it with either Thieves, lemon or orange oil to diffuse and it gives my house an autumnal scent while also helping to boost health.
When I feel congested, I also like to use a similar blend called Breathe Again that is pre-mixed with coconut oil and comes in an easy, ready to roll on bottle.
If you have any questions about how to use essential oils, how to buy them or are curious to try them out but not sure where to start, feel free to contact me by commenting below or start here.
Cold and flu season. Up until a couple of years ago, I generally spent December – March being sick all the time. No matter how many times I washed my hands or tried to stay away from people, I always caught something. And when I got a cold, it would be weeks, if not months before I got over it; plus, it usually developed into bronchitis or a sinus infection, and even pneumonia once, at some point too.
Well, I joined the club and caught a cold over the weekend. But, I’m already much better. Coincidence? I think not! Eating healthy gives you the nutrients your body needs to keep your immune system in good shape so that it can do it’s job. I focus on a few key items in my diet, especially when I’m sick, to aid the healing process:
- Kombucha tea – contains lots of probiotics that fight off the bad bacteria attacking your system
- Bone broth – soups with broth made from chicken/beef bones and full of veggies pack lots of nutrients (I’ll be sharing an easy recipe later this week!)
- Water – drink lots of it… not only does it help move toxins through your body, but it moisturizes mucous and helps move it through the sinuses
I also want to share a few great articles to expand upon some of the supplements I take daily (and more of when I’m sick) as well as a few other natural ways to help prevent or fight off a cold or the flu fast:
Supplements cannot replace a good diet, but since many of our foods are now lacking the nutrients they had just a hundred years ago, they can definitely help boost your system. When buying supplements, make sure you look for those made from whole foods. Taking fake vitamins that are manufactured from chemicals won’t help… you need real vitamins from real foods. I find the best selection at People’s Pharmacy and Natural Grocer here in Austin.