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Aromatherapy for Cold

At the first sign of a cold, turn on your aromatic diffuser. Scenting a room with the right essences can alleviate the symptoms of a cold.

Exotic essences such as ravensare and niaouli are known for their natural anti-infectious and antiviral properties. Because these oils have strong, slightly medicinal smells, blend them with a sweeter-smelling oil such as rosewood, lemon, eucalyptus, pine or fir, all of which have an antiseptic effect.

Start using aromatics as soon as you start feeling run-down. Experts say that there is a very narrow window during which you can head off a cold before it starts.

Herbal steam can reduce congestion, and if the vapor temperature is 110F or higher, it will also kill cold germs on contact.

Use inhalations of chamomile, eucalyptus or thyme to help loosen mucus and heals the throat, nasal passages and bronchial tubes. Horsetail inhalations reduce swelling of mucous membranes. Onion or nasturtium inhalations disinfect. Ginkgo biloba leaf inhalations kill bacteria and heal the cells of the damaged mucous membranes almost immediately.

To help alleviate and disinfect dry air passages, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporizer and leave in bedroom overnight. A small handkerchief sprinkled with a few drops of the oil and left under the pillow may help as well. 

Place fresh leaves of eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), or peppermint (Mentha piperita) in a bowl. Pour in boiling water. Place a towel over your head, lean over the bowl to create a steam tent, and breathe the vapors.

Mix a few drops of Eucalyptus globulus (Do not use this for small children), ravensar (Ravensara aromatica), spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia) or tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Inhale from a tissue during the day. 

Add four drops of any of these oils to two teaspoons of carrier oil or one teaspoonful of gel base. Use this for a chest/back rub in the morning and evening. 

Add few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to a bath.

Inhale steam for fifteen minutes three times daily in acute stage; when the condition is improving.

Inhale steam in the evening before retiring for a week or so to help heat the bronchial passages.


Essential oils are very concentrated and should not be placed too near a baby's head, as prolonged inhalation can cause an enlarged liver.

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