So this is a follow-up to the post to the various uses for essential oils. As some of you know I got slammed with a really bad sore throat Monday, not being able to swallow and then the sinus pressure began to build. It felt like someone was trying to punch their way out of my face and I couldnt breathe. I tried a steaming shower and that didn't work. I don't really take any meds and find that cold medicine doesn't really work, so after staring at myself in the bathroom mirror, I said: "What would I tell my clients to do?" Well, probably to use oils. But which ones? And which way? Then I looked down at the wash cloth by the sink and thought it'd be nice to get that as hot as I can and put it on my face. So I tried that, and it felt great, but thought it'd be even better with the oils. I looked at my stash and realized I was out of Thieves oil (named after four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims to keep them healthy). You can rub 3 drops of it with 2 drops of Peppermint on your chest for chest congestion and cough relief. You can also ingest 2 drops of it with a glass of water for immune health. Since I was out of that oil though, I had to work with what I had. I thought Peppermint would clear out the sinuses as it's one of the most potent oils, and lemon oil because they always say use lemon in your tea for colds. And then Lavender for calming. SO I put 2 drops of Peppermint, 2 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Lemon onto the facecloth. I got it as hot and steaming as I could (from the sink- obviously don't boil water and put it on your face!) and placed it on, until the facelcoth became room temperature. I then heated the cloth 4 more times ( no need to add oil each time. If you're using therapeutic grade oil, it will stay strong enough) and BAM! Instantly the flood gates opened. I had no more sinus pressure, I could breathe, smell and taste again, my headache was gone and I had energy back. Again, please use therapetic grade oils- Young Living brand is the best I've found. You can get them cheaper on ebay, and they serve so many purposes other than what I've just outlined. Lemon can be used for cleaning by diluting in water, as well as in a diffuser to make your room smell fresh. Theives can also be used for cleaning by diluting in water. Peppermint can also be used on the temples for headaches, one drop in a glass of water for nausea or on sore muscles. Lavender can be used on your sheets, bottoms of your feet and chest or calming, and on surface wounds like burns, cuts, abrasions.
So to review:
Cough/Chest congestion: 3 drops Thieves, 2 drops Peppermint on chest and apply hot face cloth
Sinus/Cold/Allergy relief: 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon on a steaming hot face cloth and apply to face until cloth cools. Repeat heating cloth 4 more times (no need to add more oil)
Post any questions for me below!