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To get rid of stuffy nose, influenza, and cough... Oils eliminate winter problems!

  If you prefer natural remedies, you must have thought in advance about using oils to treat colds in the winter, especially since many of them have antibacterial, bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to their effective effects on the digestive and respiratory system .    

So if you want to overcome the flu, enteritis, cough, and stuffy nose in natural ways, here is a list of 8 oils that will help you with that and explain how to use them, according to the French website sante.journaldesfemmes. 

To get rid of stuffy nose, influenza, and cough... Oils eliminate winter problems!

Use oils for colds in the winter

Ravensara oil 

The camphor tree is found in Madagascar, and it produces an essential oil that has great effectiveness in the field of the respiratory system, stimulates  weak immunity  , and is a powerful antiviral , as well as liquefies  phlegm  to open the airways.

As soon as the first signs of a cold appear ( muscle pain , heaviness in the head, feeling of fever), apply every morning to the forearms 4 drops of pure Ravensara oil.

This is in conjunction with putting oil on the top of the feet for 3 or 4 days.

In the event of a viral disease (a doctor is consulted), rub your spine with 12 drops of this oil morning and evening for 3 days.

In case of respiratory problems, colds, stuffy nose and bronchi, it can be inhaled or used in a bottle as a spray. Just put 5 drops in a bowl of boiling water, cover the bowl with a towel and inhale the steam, or put 20 drops in a bottle to use as a spray.

It is not recommended to use the oil for women during the first trimester of  pregnancy , and for children  under 6 years of age.

Also, it is not recommended to directly inhale the oil in people who suffer from asthma, or to use it orally, in conjunction with taking therapeutic drugs. 

tea tree

The indigenous people of Australia call the tea tree “the healing tree”, because of its many therapeutic uses.

Where tea oil is considered antibacterial, fungal, and inflammatory, and does not cause problems in the skin and mucous membranes, and it is used in low doses.

In the case of sore throat or feeling pain, put two drops of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of  honey  and let it dissolve in the mouth.

Repeat this 3 times a day, for 3 to 4 days. 

It is not recommended to take this oil during the first trimester of pregnancy and while  breastfeeding , and it should not be taken by children under 3 years of age.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is about 60% eucalyptol, and a fair amount of terpene alcohol.

This aromatic mixture fights viruses and bacteria, and is effective in cases of rhinitis, pharyngitis, inflammation of the sebaceous glands, and even influenza.

In case of stuffy nose, put two or three drops of this oil in the inhaler, heat some water and put it in the device.

Breathe in gently through your nose and mouth, and when the nasal obstruction is cleared, close your mouth and breathe for a few minutes.

Repeat this in the evening before bed for 3 days.

Not recommended for patients with asthma, epilepsy, pregnant or lactating women, and children under 3 years of age.

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil is ideal for pain relief, so it is recommended to use it for massage.

It has also been scientifically proven to be effective against irritable bowel symptoms, and therefore also for gas and bloating associated with bowel diseases. Its anti-nausea properties, its combination of “antibiotics” and tonics for natural defenses, and its stimulation of the digestive system make it a good remedy for indigestion, tired liver, or weakness.

To treat bloating, gas, and cramps, take peppermint oil by mouth in tablet form, or better yet, heartburn-reducing capsules, which are sold as dietary supplements or medicines.

In case of severe stomach pain and cramps, take a mixture of 1 tablespoon of oil, 2 drops of tropical basil (an antispasmodic stimulant) and 5 drops of  olive  or hazelnut   oil .

It is forbidden to be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under 6 years of age, or people who suffer from high  blood pressure  or who are receiving treatment.

It is also not suitable for gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn.

Lemon oil

Lemongrass oil   has many benefits, especially for the digestive system (oral intake) and for air purification (using a spray).

Thus, it is beneficial for the liver, anti- nausea , and strengthens natural immunity. 

In case of digestive problems, or nausea, inhale lemon oil slowly.

Take a deep breath 3 times and exhale through your mouth.

If the state of nausea persists after 5 minutes, put one drop on the index finger and place it under the tongue, then the effect will be rapid, and the problem will end within a quarter of an hour.

To clean the air in the room, preferably as a spray, just put 15 drops in an electric sprayer or 5 drops in the spray water, and start spraying regularly for a period of 10 to 15 minutes.

Quebec aromatherapists warn that those who use lemon oil should not be exposed to light for at least 8 hours, due to the oil's sensitivity to light. 

It is not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy and should be avoided while breastfeeding, as well as in people taking anticoagulant therapy and children under 3 years of age.

Laurel oil

It is commonly called “bay leaf” or “mosa leaf,” and its essential oil contains many benefits.

It is a general anti-infective, especially for the treatment of bronchitis, sinusitis, colds and flu.

Laurel contains supplements that stimulate memory, and it can be put in a bottle for use as a spray, just put 10 drops of bay leaf oil with 5 drops of peppermint oil and 30 drops of lemon oil.

Use the spray regularly for 10 to 15 minutes.

Not for use during the first trimester of pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or for children under 6 years of age.

Palmarosa oil

It is a plant from the lemon family that has the smell of roses, gives a strong concentrated oil and contains a percentage of geraniol and citronellal.

These compounds give it antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and antispasmodic properties, but it is forbidden to use it during pregnancy.

In the event that there is fungus between the toes, which is common in the winter, and for those who wear closed shoes, massage that area in the morning and evening, with one drop of the following mixture: 75 drops of this oil and olive oil on top of it.

Repeat this for about 4 weeks. 

It is not for use by pregnant women (except at the time of childbirth) or during the lactation period, and it is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

ginger oil

This  plant  is indispensable in the field of natural medicine, as it is an anti-oxidant, anti-nausea and vomiting agent, stimulates digestion, protects the stomach from bacteria, stimulates the immune system, and is anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

To digest a heavy meal, put one drop of ginger oil under the tongue, then take a teaspoon of honey and let it dissolve in the mouth.

Ginger is not recommended for use during the first trimester of pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and for children under 3 years of age.