How to Attack a Cold with Aromatics

Jan 2, 06:11 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

There's been a really nasty cold going around in my part of the world, accompanied by symptoms of extreme fatigue and disorientation. I was exposed to several cold sufferers at a dinner party last week, and the next morning awoke with a sore, scratchy throat, swollen lymph nodes and brain fog. Like many people, I'm very busy now and just can't afford to get sick.

Aromatherapy Cold Care Rule #1: Begin using essential oils at first onset of any symptoms.

I wasted no time pulling out my oils and starting an aromatic intervention. First, I began an all-day diffusion of bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), lemon (Citrus limonum) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone). My purpose in doing so was two-fold. These oils are highly antiseptic and help eliminate any airborne germs. Inhaling diffused microscopic amounts of essential oil will also help kill pathogens in the nasal passages, throat and lungs.

Next, I did a nasal irrigation using Aromaceuticals neti pot salts. This procedure takes just a minute or two, and gently washes the nasal passages with salt water and broad spectrum antibiotic essential oils. I also prepared a pitcher of bay laurel hydrolat diluted in filtered water, to drink slowly throughout the day. Laurel is strongly antimicrobial and has the added benefit of stimulating the lymphatic system, which is responsible for killing and processing pathogenic organisms which invade the body.

Aromatherapy Cold Care Rule #2: Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.

I dampened several paper towels and sprinkled them with a few drops of lemon, eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) and niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia viridiflora). These were used to wipe down surfaces that my party guests had contacted: doorknobs, light switches, faucets, commode handles and countertops.

Aromatherapy Cold Care Rule #3: Consistently use your oils until cold symptoms abate.

Hence my purpose in diffusing essential oils throughout the day and slowly imbibing a half-gallon of hydrolat solution over an 8 hour period (I prepared another pitcher that evening, which I continued to drink through the next day). I also began an oral protocal using eucalyptus radiata and niaouli, as described in Dr. Daniel Penöel's Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils. Which, by the way, I do not recommend if you are not a highly experienced aromatherapy user. Ditto if you have any serious medical conditions or take multiple prescription medications.

The end result? I broke into a fever fairly quickly, and all my symptoms were gone within 7 hours, except for the swollen lymph nodes, which returned to normal by the next morning. Had I begun this intervention a day later, it would have reduced symptoms somewhat, but not knocked the cold out entirely.

In summation, act quickly, be consistent with your treatment protocol, and sanitize your environment. With help of a handful of essential oils, you'll be free of colds and flu throughout 2011.


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