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Influenza is caused by many different viruses. If you have symptoms involving fever, tiredness, coughs, colds, muscular pain and exhaustion you may have influenza. The flu needs to be treated quickly and the aim should be to raise your immunity levels to fight the virus. Several essential oils can help you fight a viral infection like the flu.

If you feel shivery and cold and think you could be coming down with a cold, take a warm bath and add 5  drops of tea tree, 2 drops of lavender ad 2 drops of thyme. Swish the oils around and relax in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes. When you get out, massage your whole body with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil containing 2 drops tea tree and 3 drops of eucalyptus, then go to bed.

Before going to bed, spray or diffuse your rooms with thyme and lavender. Drink plenty of liquids but also make a special tea by mixing 1 drop of clove and 2 drops lavender essential oil and then putting 1 drop of this blend into a cup of  hot water with a teaspoon of honey. Sip this drink slowly.

If you are one to get them often, keep your basic essential oil kit supplied with the oils that help alleviate headaches. Since headaches develop for a variety of reasons, here is a short list of different types of headaches and the best essential oils to use to ease them.

For general headaches that develop for no apparent reason, blend 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of peppermint in 1 drop of liquid shea oil. Use this blend to massage around the temples, the base of the skull, and along the hairline.

If you have eaten the wrong foods and develop a gastric headache, mix 1 drop of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of honey, dissolve them in a glass of warm water and sip slowly. Combine 1 drop of rosemary, 2 drops of peppermint, and 1 drop of lavender to massage the back of the neck.  This combination can also be dropped on a tissue to inhale.

For a nervous or tension headache, use the same treatment as for the general headache but use 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile instead of the general headache oils. In addition, you can massage the upper abdomen in a clockwise direction with 1 drop of geranium, 2 drops lemon, and 3 drops lavender diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.

I always seem to write blogs about whatever is going on with me at the time. Right now I have a nasty cold with a hacking cough. If you have a dry cough (no mucus being formed) you can mix 2 drops of eucalyptus with 2 drops of lemon oil in 2 tablespoons of honey.  Take 1 teaspoon of this at a time diluted in a glass of warm water. Sip this mixture slowly to calm your dry cough.

You can also massage your back and chest with 3 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of thyme diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. If you prefer the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender in a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and breath the steam for 5 minutes.

If you have mucus with your cough like I do, you can use the same treatments above however, use this blend in the 2 tablespoons of honey: 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of thyme and 1 drop of tea tree. Only add 1 teaspoon of the honey blend at a time diluted in a glass of warm water.

Colds and the flu are prevalent many times throughout the year. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a chemical or synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness?

To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop of each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head over the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.

Childhood Diarrhea

Author: Dr. Larita

Children can get diarrhea for many reasons, such as physical problems like bacteria, viruses, flu and ear infections. Maybe the child has an allergic reaction to a medication or even a food. Stress from nervous tension can also cause diarrhea in children, maybe from a bully at school or from hearing parental arguments that he or she doesn’t understand.

Whatever the cause of the diarrhea, it is very important that you do not let the child become dehydrated. Replace the lost fluids with lots of liquids and if the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, consult your physician. Give your child diluted soups and drinks with honey in them. Do not force them to eat solid food and don’t give them any dairy products because that will only make things worse.

Use any of the oils below  in a massage oil like sweet almond oil to rub gently on the abdomen:

  • chamomile
  • geranium
  • sandalwood
  • ginger

You can also use this massage oil formula:

  • 5 drops of ginger
  • 8 drops of sandalwood
  • 8 drops chamomile

Dilute these oils in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil.

boil is a localized accumulation of pus in the skin, usually resulting from infection of the hair follicle. Boils can also come from another skin condition that causes the skin to itch. When the person scratches, the skin can get infected and cause a boil.

To treat a boil, bathe the area with 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tea tree diluted in a small bowl of hot water. If the boil is really severe, add 1 drop of chamomile to the water. Treat the area twice a day. Other essential oils you can for boils are thyme, lemon, nutmeg and oregano.

Last week I talked about treating blisters caused by friction from shoes or rubbing. You can pierce that kind of blister during treatment. However, if your blister is from a burn, you should definitely NOT pierce the skin. For blisters from a burn or scald, put 1 drop neat of lavender essential oil on the blister and then hold an ice cube on the blister for at least 10 minutes.

To treat a burn immediately after the accident, run ice cold water on the area for 10 minutes. Then put 2 drops of lavender essential oil neat directly on the burn. Add 5 drops of lavender on a dry, cold compress and cover the area. You can repeat this as often as needed. Other essential oils you can use instead of lavender are chamomile, eucalyptus, yarrow or niaouli.

blistersHave you ever gotten a blister on your foot from your shoes rubbing either your toe or your heel? I hate that feeling. Just think about professional dancers, spinning and twisting around on the floor with bare feet! I’m sure they get blisters quite often.

The best thing to do for that type of blister is to cover it with a gauze bandage that has a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil on it. If you have a very large blister, it’s best to sterilize a needle and puncture the blister first. Then apply lavender neat and put a gauze bandage on it after that. For those large blisters, you can make a synergistic blend of equal parts lavender and myrrh.

Don’t put the kind of band aid on your blister that won’t let your skin breath. Put a gauze bandage on and hold it on with plaster strips so that the skin can breath as much as possible. Leave off shoes and socks as much as possible or at least wear shoes that do not touch the blister until it has  healed completely. People more likely to get blisters – joggers, hikers, athletes and ballet dancers for example, can use tincture of benzoin painted on their toes, heels or other susceptible parts of the foot. This will prevent and help heal blisters.





If you are bleeding from an open wound, apply a compress that you have added these essential oils:

  • 1 drop geranium
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop chamomile

If you have a nose bleed, lie flat on your back or lean your head back and pinch your nostrils. Next, inhale the following oils from a tissue:

  • 3 drops  lemon
  • 1 drop lavender

If your gums are bleeding, make the mixture below and add it to a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash but do not swallow it:

  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

We have discussed the essential oils needed for a basic kit to establish in your home. Now we can start talking about some basic applications for specific problems that can be helped with essential oils. Today’s problem is abdominal pain. Please remember that any physical ailments you have should be checked out by your regular physician if the problem persists or gets worse. It could be a more serious condition such as appendicitis that must be cared for by a doctor.

For pain in the upper abdomen, apply the oils below over the painful area in a clockwise direction.

Dilute the oils in 1 teaspoon of your desired carrier oil.

For pain in the lower abdominal area, apply the oils below over the painful area in a clockwise direction.

Dilute the oils in 1 teaspoon of your desired carrier oil.


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