Out of the blue we find ourselves having symptoms of a cold and it is hot summer. With all the tools we here at Gritman to help avoid this kind of thing, you would imagine we would be on top of this. We get busy and think we can just move through it as our noses become inflamed and our throats begin to feel sore. Then our six year old here seems to be symptom free which makes us think this is no big deal, but the adults are getting hit big time with this thing. What to do?
The first thing that we do is take tea tree. One drop every hour for 24 hours or until feeling better. This will tend to get most sore throats. The next thing we do is take an Immune Boosting bath. It can be the blend Immune Booster or any of the phenolic oils.
These oils are the spicy hot oils that one must use a carrier or the skin will burn. These oils will rev up the immune system as well as nervous system and why they are also considered anti-depressants. How many drops do you put in the bath? We can put a lot. 30-60 drops especially if we are feeling bad. The water is as hot as we can stand. You may need a fixed or fatty oil like olive oil to stop any stinging. Hydrate, hydrate, as you are even sweating while in the bath. If you used a fatty oil, be careful getting out of the tub and make sure that your tub can tolerate oils. Any plastic coated tub will be damaged by the oils. Any imperfections in your marble tub can be discolored over time with the use of oils.
Once out of the tub we wrap ourselves in towels, climb on the bed, wrap up in blankets, and sweat. Sweating is a wonderful thing to do especially after an essential oil bath. This is often all you need to do to break the cold or flu cycle. We may have been late in getting this process started, but it seemed to be working and then this thing just did not want to go away.
Now what do you do? Do not stop the baths. Changing the oils you are using is good. Stay hydrated and cut back on your work load. Take it easy. Colds can get your nose inflamed and mucus starts. The classic runny nose. Now it is time to start smelling or diffusing
Most people choose Eucalyptus 80/85 but for children or elderly this is a bad choice. For any one with impaired lung function, the 80/85 may be too strong. Our Eucalyptus of choice is the Gully Gum. There is cineole, the eucalyptus smelling chemical, plus lots of terpenes which are good antivirals in the Gully Gum. It is a great over all choice.
The nose thing seems to be settling down, but now it seems to be going into the lungs. This stuff really seems to want to linger. Now what do you do? I was not about to let it get into my lungs, so I started smelling Texas Cedarwood, but it just wasn’t doing the job and I switched to Cedar Leaf Thuja. I smell the bottles, but you can diffuse into the air also. Lou made the mistake of just smelling it a little. I smelled the Cedar Leaf for almost an hour until I felt my lungs clear. I was mostly free of it settling in my lungs. There was some mucus but I continued with the Cedar Leaf and Texas Cedarwood and no infection and now it is gone. There was a lingering cough. Usually I use Spike Lavender rubbed on the throat and this stops a cough but not this time. We found that Peppermint taken internally and allowed to roll down the throat stopped the cough within a few minutes. The sore throat tried to come back again and I continued with the tea tree.
The other thing that I noticed with this virus was that my eyes began to emit mucus and my eyes seemed clued to my face upon waking. Now what to do? Essential oils are not safe for the eyes. I started using Foraha. Foraha is both essential oil and fixed oil. It is amazing with viral and bacterial infections. I did not want to get infected eyes, so I started putting the Foraha around the eyes. Care must be taken not to get the Foraha into the eyes as it will sting. If it does get into the eyes, lightly blot with a tissue. I did this for a few days. Then started using rose creme around the eyes to keep the area moist and pain free. Eyes started to get better. While Lou did not, one of his eyes is swollen and we are having to deal with the infection. I have been able to stay at work and continue although slow at times.
Sometimes we can get these nasty colds, but with persistence, we can stay relatively healthy and active. Sometimes our old and true oils will not work as well as they use to, so not to worry. There are many many more oils out there and one of them will work. The more aggressive we are with the treatment; the better the results will be. Here is to health and well being.