We have a list of essential oils that we use the most. I am sure everyone has their faves they grab for certain ailments. These are ours:
Tea Tree Oil
This link includes GREAT information about Bronchitis, Flu, congestion, sore throats, and many many more. Also includes recipes: Using THIEVES OIL for Winter weather ailments: http://www.natural-aromatherapy-benefits.com/thievesoilrecipe.html
Here is some GREAT info from it:
Uses for Bronchitis
Dilute 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 4 drops of carrier oil and apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat. Rub on the feet sinus and bronchial “vita-flex” points.
Thieves Oil Recipe for Sore throat
*Add 2-3 drops of Thieves Oil to 2 tbsp. of water and gargle, or add 1 drop of thieves and 1 drop lemon essential oil in warm water, drink as tea.
*You can lick 1 drop off top of your hand and swallow or you can drop 1 drop directly on your tongue, swish around in mouth to mix with saliva, and swallow slowly.
*In a small spray bottle add 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 1 ounce of water. Shake well and spray on back of throat.
PERSONAL HOME RECIPE
There is a recipe I came up with and used when we were in Costa Rica. It prevented us from getting the Bronchitis that 3 other American families got with whom we were in contact. It is intended for personal use, not intended as medical advice or promise to heal. I am sharing based on my own experiences and uses with it. I have since modified it, but here it is:
Clove Oil 40 drops
Lemon Oil 30 drops (I use orange oil when I don’t have Lemon. Though it’s different, many benefits are similar or the same.)
(Tea Tree Oil 20drops)
Oregano Oil 20 drops
Lavender 20 drops
(Peppermint 20 drops)
Eucalyptus 15 drops
I will use any combination of these, depending on what I have in stock. I feel the Clove, Lemon, Oregano, Eucalyptus, and Lavender are top priority in this recipe and oils I keep in stock anyway. Mix with a base oil: (coconut, almond, jojoba oils, etc.) The link above says to dilute, using 1 drop Mixture with 4 drops carrier oil. You will find what works best for you. A warning on the Oregano Oil: it can and will give you a burning feeling when applied directly to skin, which is why I would use a carrier oil.
*If you are going to use this on your child, please omit or greatly lessen the amount of Oil of Oregano.*
Rub this directly on the chest of your child, using it as a type of a Vick’s rub. Rub it on their back also, on each lung, in a circular motion, pushing it toward the heart. A good way to loosen congestion in the lungs for a child is to have the child lie down. Cup your hands slightly and gently pound onto the chest over each lung. Do this on the chest and the back.
For an adult or older child, as long as the oils do not irritate them, you can use this across the sinus areas as well, and around the ears and on the lymph nodes under the ears.Use this as you see the need.
Eucalyptus Oil and Infants http://www.livestrong.com/article/173248-eucalyptus-oil-infants/
Other recipes we use in our home:
GOOT Garlic Oil Treatment Anti-infective/Anti-fungal/Anti-parasites
Recipe and testimonials, also information and questions on this link.
Cold – Sore Throat Tea
Out of necessity for the snotty noses, sore throats and general ill feelings around here last week… I came up with a tea that my Littles would drink to feel better. One tea we drink that they love is just Honey Tea. We take some Raw Honey and put it into hot water in a small tea cup, and voila! Honey Tea! Sometimes we put cinnamon into it, which is a great all-around health remedy.
I decided lately that we needed a little more than the usual Honey Tea. Here is the recipe I came up with.
16oz. Hot water
2 TBSP Raw Honey
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 TBSP Bragg’s Organic Raw-Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp. Lemon juice, freshly-squeezed if you have it or lime will work
add cayenne as much as you can stand it, as it is said to have properties to deter Strep
I find it works well when I heat the water first, then add in the rest of these ingredients together. We put ours into a tea pot, because that always makes you feel special! The flavour is kind of like Mulled or Spiced Cider. If you want to make this up beforehand, you can always mix all the ingredients up together with just a small amount of the hot water, adding the rest of the hot water later. That will help when you might need it later and it would have cooled by then.
You can also add some freshly-squeezed orange juice into it, if you would like.
Prevention is the best remedy. Keeping ourselves healthy is a top priority, and we do that by watching what we eat and not taking unnecessary medicines that will actually inhibit the wonderful immune system.
Foods are either going to keep you healthy or open you up to sickness. It is the same with the chemicals we put use and onto our skin, such as toothpaste, make-up, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, hair permanents, etc… you get the picture.
SUNSHINE is one of the healthiest things you have to work for you in the winter. Because the sun shines less in winter, you have to make it a point to watch for the sun and get into it. The sun has natural Vitamin D that helps strengthen our immunity, especially against influenza.
For your cough, you can also use honey, apple cider vinegar (ACV), or both of them mixed together. I mix them in a tablespoon, with equal parts and just take them together.Our local Kroger carries Spectrum Organic ACV, and you should be sure to use raw local honey.
For sinus problems, cayenne pepper, taken as directed below, will help clear them up. Also, for our Littles, we use GOOT. See recipe and info link aboveI put GOOT into noses and ears, and rub it onto sinuses across the cheeks and around the ears, being sure to get it onto the lymph nodes around the bottom of the ears.
AVC, Mixed 3 tbsp into half a cup of water and sipped slowly, cuts through the nasty stuff in your throat, and it’s also deadly to the strep bacteria.
Other remedies include: colloidal silver and cayenne pepper.
I have not used the C.Silver, but to use the cayenne pepper, put 1/8 tsp into half a glass of warm water. Gargle until all but about 1/2 tsp is left, then swallow the last bit.
More info about that here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/strep_throat.html
OK, off to my witch’s cauldron, my Essential Oil Box, to mix up something for a friend!!
Still alive, my friends. Living in Mishawaka where I grew up, near my mother. Chasing my kids around, trying to keep clothes on the three-year-old, running the older ones to and from jobs, trying to keep up with the housework, pay the bills, keep the weight off, eat healthy, mold young minds, hold hearts, and figuring out how to do it all and get a job, now as a single mom.
But most of that hasn’t changed much in 25 years.
Except the jobs. And the married part.
I haven’t kept my blog up, mainly, because most of my ‘blogging’ is done on FaceBook, because they just make it so much easier, and I don’t have to worry about the stalkers…. too much…. But I hope I am finding time to change that now. So now’s the time to ditch my Feed if you aren’t prepared for the non-religious, feminist, anti-bullshit, home school, healthy, not-trying-to-please-anyone-anymore person that I am. Though I hope if we are friends, we will remain friends.
Happy that life has come full-circle, so to speak, and I can breeeaathe…
Hope you are healthy and well.
Let me know you stopped by.
Namaste, peace and health to you