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.
Pumpkins on the porch, mums planted and the house smells like apple cider and cinnamon. No more candles for me… I’m now diffusing essential oils to fill my home with fragrance AND get some added health benefits.
One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is through aromatherapy. Research has shown that the fragrance of essential oils can have a profound impact on the limbic system (our emotions), the hypothalamus (our hormones), and on the oxygenation & function of the brain. Today, I’m sharing my favorite essential oil blends to put in my diffuser each season (but, of course, you can use them anytime!)
- Citrus Fresh (3-4 drops) – This refreshing blend combines Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, and Spearmint oils. It is purifying to the air and helps with focus and energy. *If you don’t have the Citrus Fresh blend, orange or tangerine will work too.
- Cinnamon Bark (3-4 drops) – This is a powerful oil for boosting the immune system and is perfect for the sniffles that Autumn brings. For a variation, sub a couple of drops of Thieves blend for cinnamon as an additional immune boosting & disinfectant, with the added notes of clove and rosemary.
- Peppermint (2 drops) – Peppermint stimulates the mind, helping you focus. It is also great for the respiratory system and to soothe digestion.
- Lemon (2 drops) – Lemon is an invigorating and warming fragrance. It helps to cleanse the air, to boost immunity and promote relaxation.
- Valor (2 drops) – The Valor blend originated with Roman soldiers who put it on to promote courage before going into battle. It instills great confidence and promotes alignment of the spine. This blend contains Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy and Frankincense.
- Joy (2 drops) – One of my favorite blends for the wintertime blues, Joy promotes positivity and hope. It eases tension and brings harmony to the household for those days everyone is stuck inside. Joy contains a blend of some amazing oils: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa and Rose. If you’re looking for a new perfume this Christmas, I’d highly suggest this fragrance!
- Ylang Ylang (2 drops) – This romantic oil promotes hormonal balance and confidence.
- Clary Sage (2 drop) – Clary Sage has notes of blooms in a spring garden and is very calming.
- Lemon (2 drops) – Adding this will be perfect to help with and complement your spring cleaning!
- Stress Away (2 drops) – Absolutely could not live without this one… it brings peace and tranquility, taking the stress away. This has been a saving grace for my adrenal issues! It contains a soothing blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea and lavender.
- Variation: If you add lavender and remove lemon from this blend, it is perfect for bedtime relaxation anytime!
- Peace and Calming (2-3 drops) – This blend is amazing at uplifting spirits and creating emotional peace. I also hear it’s great for crazy children home from school for the Summer! It contains Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Blue Tansy.
- Lemon (2 drops)
- Tangerine (1 drop) – Promotes happiness and relaxation, helping with nervousness (maybe about putting that swimsuit on?)
- Lime (1 drop) – Reminds me of sipping a margarita by the pool, this oil is great for clearing the respiratory system.
Source: Essential Oils Pocket Reference
For more information on essential oils and why I chose the Young Living brand, visit this page.
P.S. It’s important to be careful how you diffuse essential oils into the air because when you heat them, it destroys the healing compounds. I use a cool air diffuser that uses ultrasonic technology to mix the oil with water and disperse into the air. This atomizer activates the healing effects of the oils and allows the aromas to stay in the air for longer. Plus, it’s also a humidifier so is great to put by your bed when you’re sick. When you order a starter kit from Young Living, it comes with an amazing diffuser – read here for how to get started.