Winter-time seems to have hit Australia earlier this year with some very cold days and even colder nights. Along with winter comes colds, flue, sore throats and coughs.
Rather than heading to the supermarket or pharmacy for over-the-counter or prescription medications that tend to only mask and suppress the illness why not try some natural relief from essential oils?
Using a more natural approach as a remedy is not only better for your long term health but will boost your immune system. Next time a virus strikes, your body will be stronger and better able to deal with the various types of bugs going around.
While you can buy herbal and essential oil remedies from many supermarkets and health food stores it’s also pretty simple to make your own natural homemade remedies.
Here are a few suggestions below, an herbal winter tea, a soothing chest rub and an inhalation. Using all of these in combination is a good idea along with plenty of rest and basically just paying attention to the symptoms your body is try to tell you about.
Herbal Winter Tea
- 1 lemon
- Small piece of fresh ginger
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 clove garlic
- Boiling water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Add the juice and the grated rind from the lemon into a clean coffee plunger.
- Add the grated ginger, crushed garlic and fresh thyme then pour boiling water over to fill the plunger.
- Stir in the honey then allow the mixture to diffuse in the plunger for 5-10 minutes before drinking.
This recipe was inspired by my Naturopath, Mim Beam. Mim’s Hot Cold Tea.
Soothing Chest Rub
- 5 drops Benzoin essential oil
- 12 drops Naouli essential oil
- 8 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 2 tablespoons Avocado oil
- 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- Hot water
Half fill a large basin with the hot water then add to this the Eucalyptus essential oil drops. Place a towel over your head enveloping the basin leaving as few gaps as possible. Gently inhale the Eucalyptus fumes for 10-15 minutes, breathing deeply. You may need to come up for air occasionally if it gets too overpowering or to blow your nose.