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Babysitting for my daughter is something I gladly do whenever she has weekend classes to get continuing education points or to update her chiropractic license. The last time I went to her home to babysit, she was all stopped up and had a sore throat but she went to the class anyway because she felt she had to. Well, a couple of days after I got back home, I started sneezing and my throat felt scratchy so I knew she had passed her germs on to me.

I started to treat my cold symptoms right away by using essential oils to raise my immunity levels and also fight the cold virus. First, I swished  5 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 drops of thyme essential oil into my bath water. When I got out of the tub, I massaged my chest, neck and back with 2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and got directly into bed.

To dispel cold germs in the home, I use a diffuser in the living area and also spray the bedroom with thyme and lavender. For the spray, add 8 drops lavender and 6 drops thyme to 1 cup of distilled water in a plant spray bottle and simply spray the air. Drink plenty of liquids and make a special tea by using 1 drop of clove essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil blended with 1 teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to sooth your throat and help ease your symptoms. Colds have to run their course but you will feel much better and the symptoms won’t last as long if you follow this regimen.

If your illness has caused you to be unable to concentrate, have a lapse in memory or have a feeling something is “wrong” all the time, try using myrtle, rosemary, peppermint, bergamot or basil linalol combined with lemon.

Memory/Concentration Post Viral Blend

  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 5 drops myrtle
  • 3 drops lemon

Dilute these oils in 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba carrier oil.

If your sleep patterns have been disrupted due to your illness, try using valerian, spikenard, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender or chamomile roman combined with sweet orange. Dilute your essential oils in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil or the carrier oil of your choice.

Sleep Regulation Post Viral Blend

  • 2 drops valerian
  • 2 drops chamomile roman
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 6 drops sweet orange

If you are always tired or exhausted, don’t use essential oils that stimulate the nervous system. Instead use oils that will work with your nervous system, like chamomile roman, lavender, clary sage, vetiver, frankincense, petitgrain, or bergamot. Combine any or these oils with grapefruit or lemon.

Post Viral Blend for Exhaustion

Dilute with 1 ounce of jojoba carrier oil.


If your particular post viral symptom is more from muscular fatigue than from headaches and sore throat, use marjoram, clary sage, vetiver, ginger or black pepper essential oils combined with sweet orange, lemon or grapefruit. Always dilute these blends in 1 ounce of the carrier oil of your choice.

Muscular Fatigue Post Viral Blend

  • 5 drops marjoram
  • 5 drops immortelle
  • 5 drops sweet orange

Digestive Issues Postviral Blend

If you have digestive problems after a viral infection, try peppermint, ginger, coriander seed, cardamom or black pepper combined with grapefruit or sweet orange.

  • 5 drops coriander seed
  • 3 drops cardamom
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops grapefruit

Post Viral Recovery 1

Author: Dr. Larita

Viruses can extremely zap your strength. Instead of recovering from the infection, some people slip into a life of fatigue and medical problems like chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. Symptoms vary from person to person but they can include extreme and constant fatigue, exhaustion after short periods of activity, insomnia, lack of concentration, memory loss, irritability and the list goes on and on.

Many times after a viral infection, we want to return to work to quickly when we should just ease back into a busy lifestyle gently. Essential oils are very useful during this time of recovery. Choose essential oils that are uplifting and whose scent you enjoy. Uplifting essential oils are rose, neroli, and frankincense. You can also choose cedar wood or clary sage. Below are two post viral body blends for general use.

Body Blend 1

  • 2 drops cardamom
  • 9 drops sweet orange
  • 3 drops geranium
  • 1 drop black pepper

Dilute these oils in 1 ounce of a carrier oil like jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

Body Blend 2

Dilute in 1 ounce of a carrier oil like jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

Your child’s constipation can be caused by anything from a change in food habits to stress, and even by the way he or she is toilet trained. Stools become dry and pellet like. You can usually relieve this problem quickly with a combination of essential oil massage and plenty of fruit juice and water. You can also dilute any of the following essential oils in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil:


Here is a synergistic blend of essential oils to treat your child’s constipation. Dilute in 2 tablespoons of  sweet almond oil 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of patchouli and 15 drops of mandarin. Give the child a large glass of natural fruit juice and water at bedtime and then gently massage his whole abdomen in the same direction the intestines go, clockwise.

Burns and Sunburns

Author: Dr. Larita

sunburn2For any burn you’ll probably want to use oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Oils that contain a combination of these healing elements include lavender oil, rose oil, roman chamomile, eucalyptus oil, rosewood oil, lemon oil, helichrysum oil, and idaho calasam fir oil.

A great blend for burns that I rely on is the combination of lavender oil, rosewood, and ylang ylang oil. Together they provide anti-inflammatory help, pain relief, and act as a relaxant or sedative to help calm the nervous system and heal the skin, so next time you overdo it at the beach, I’d recommend having this blend on hand.

Note: We’re talking sunburns and burns from your hair straightener, not third-degree, here! If you have a third-degree burn, see your doctor or go to the emergency room. 

Source: Yoganonymous

High blood pressure or hypertension is a medical condition in which the movement of blood flowing through the arteries is too high forcing the arterial wall to become distorted. It  is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. The three leading causes of high blood pressure include a diet high in salt, stress, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, obesity, inactivity, birth control pills and heavy metal poisoning. Many times, there are no symptoms as your pressure increases but the warning signs are chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nose bleeds, tiredness or vision changes.

Effective Essential Oils

  • Clary Sage – relaxes the arteries and may help decrease the risk of heart problems.
  • Ylang Ylang – known to improve blood flow and cool inflammation.
  • Frankincense – has sedating properties and promotes deep breathing and relaxation.
  • Lavender – helps reduce the effects of stress which is a cause of high blood pressure.

You can use inhalation therapy at home to lower you blood pressure. Simply fill a bowl with steaming water and add 1 drop each of frankincense, lavender, clary sage and ylang ylang essential oils. Cover your head with a soft towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes before bed.

hemorrhoids2Hemorrhoids are structures in the anal canal that help us control and move our bowels. They can become swollen and inflamed due to a myriad of reasons and when that happens, they are quite painful. You can have internal or external hemorrhoids. The internal ones may not be painful but can cause you to have bloody stools. External hemorrhoids cause pain in the anal area. At the first sign of hemorrhoids, start drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin E nutritional supplements. In addition, start the following essential oil treatment for hemorrhoids:

Dilute the essential oils in 2 tablespoons of wheatgerm oil or 1 ounce of KY jelly and apply it to the hemorrhoids several times daily. Other things you can do to help yourself if you suffer hemorrhoids follow:

  • eat a high fiber diet to prevent reoccurence of the problem
  • apply witch hazel neat to the hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and itching
  • apply garlic directly to the area and use plenty of garlic and onions in your diet because they increase elasticity of the veins
  • keep the area clean, washing it gently after each bowel movement
  • try sitting on a cushion with your knees raised and/or lay down with a pillow beneath your knees and one under your neck
  • some people get relief from wrapping a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it before your bowel movement

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September 2021