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Aromatherapy for Coughs, Colds, Viruses and Influenza

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Aromatherapy Oils

There seems to be a lot of infections going around at the moment. Contributing factors are probably include the time of year, but also we have not really had a long cold patch to kill them all off. There are many natural ways to help fight off infections and also to stop them developing in the first place.

Aromatherapy Oils are brilliant in helping relieve the symptoms of colds, coughs, sore throat and earache as well as influenza and high temperatures.

Some ways you can use them.

In an Aromatherapy diffuser – these are a safer alternative to using an oil burner and are available from Argos and Amazon.  Again, you add a few drops of your essential oil blend to the diffuser with water in the water resevior, plug in, and the oils will diffuse around the room. When choosing a diffuser I would look out for the following features:

  • A large water resevior - I would recommend at least 400ml.

  • An automatic turn off safety mechanisim. This will ensure that if water does run out, it will turn off automatically.

  • A quiet diffuser, if too noisy will not be relaxing.

Safe and easy to use.  An ideal way to diffuse Essential Oils
Essential Oil Diffuser

As a steam inhalation – get a large bowl of very hot water, put a few drops of your essential oil blend into the water.  Place a towel over your head, bend over the bowl and breath in, taking in the vapours of the essential oils.  (Probably not the best way for children as the water needs to be very hot).

In an oil burner – fill the burner cupto about 3/4 full with hot, add 3 or 4 drops of your essential oil blend into the burner and the essence of the oils will diffuse around the room.  This is especially good if you are feeling particularly contagious as will help to stop spreading to people you are with. 

Safety Tips

OIl burners can be a safety hazzard, for two reasons;

  1. There is a naked flame from the candle, so is a potential fire hazzard. To reduce this risk, do not let the water burn dry, (when looking for an oil burner choose one which has a larger size water/oil holder. Also, keep away from soft furnishings such as curtains and keep out the reach of children.

  2. The water in the burner can get really hot, this is intensified as it is mixed with oil. Keep out of the reach of children and in a place that it cannot be knocked over easily.