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Essential Oils for Colds

Get Relief from Cold Symptoms
The Common Cold
Essential Oils That Fight the Cold Virus
Cold season is upon us- does it really have a season? I think that’s a lie; I get colds year round. That’s just me though. I’m strange, I know. ;) Anyway, back to the subject at hand. This time of year, when we are cooped up indoors by the frigid cold, is when the occurrence of colds and influenza skyrocket. Is the increase in sickness caused by more interactions in close quarters? Probably. Do I recommend living in a bubble for the next 6 months and bathing in hand sanitizer? Nope, but I do recommend arming you and your loved ones with some essential oils.

An ounce of prevention…

I don’t like commercial hand sanitizer- I just don’t. I don’t like how it smells, how it feels, and how it stings tiny cuts you didn’t even know you had. It’s not a substitute for washing your hands; it kills germs not dirt. The dirt just gets rubbed around. Can you tell I’m not a fan? Let’s discuss, scientifically, why we should avoid the ever convenient hand sanitizer bottles.

Triclosan can actually make you sicker.

Last month, September of 2016- just in case you trapped yourself in a delorean decked out by a crazy scientist and sped yourself into the future, the FDA banned the use of triclosan and similar chemicals in soaps. Triclosan kills indiscriminately. The good bacteria that help to fight infections are killed along with the bad guys. That’s why using products containing triclosan can actually make you sicker and more vulnerable.
Hand sanitizers contain ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or both at concentrations up to 95%. What this means is that someone looking to get drunk could easily give themselves alcohol poisoning. A few small squirts down the hatch are equivalent to a few shots of hard liquor. Keep your young kids safe from alcohol poisoning by replacing these chemicals with safe and healthy alternatives.

Parabens are everywhere.

Parabens increase the risk for certain cancers, such as breast cancer. We talked about parabens a while back. If you missed it or want a more thorough explanation check out: Parabens.  

Make a safe and effective sanitizing spray.

Before we left for our little weekend vacation, Little Man and I made a batch of hand sanitizer to take along. I’m so glad we did! We used it several times a day- cleaning baby toys, hotel room surfaces, and obviously our hands. Here is how we made it.

Hand Sanitizer Recipe

I’m sick, now what?

No amount of prevention is 100% effective, which means you’ll be sick at some point. When that day comes, it’s best to be well prepared ahead of time. You’re not going to feel like researching and shopping while under the weather. Essential oils are our go to treatment for basically everything.

We diffuse them aromatically, make sprays and roller bottles, and use them in hot showers to break up congestion. You can even massage them directly on your skin, but I don’t recommend direct contact for younglings without diluting them in a carrier oil. Here’s a list of essential oils to keep handy during prime cold season.

essential oils that fight colds

Other ways to ease your symptoms.

We like to drink hot tea- it’s great for stuffed up sinuses and headaches. For the kids, we have chamomile or black tea. Maverick and I choose whatever tea suites our fancy that day. Most importantly, listen to your body (or let your babies be a little needy). When you’re tired, try to sleep.  Rest up and drink plenty of water.

Everyone is different and every family has different remedies. How do you treat colds in your home?


About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.


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Heather McMechan
Shannon @ TMMW
February 19, 2018 at 8:52 AM delete

Peppermint does wonders when you have a cold. We even do Lavendar baths at night to help break the chest colds.

February 19, 2018 at 2:26 PM delete

Love the infographic! It's so helpful and an easy thing to refer to next time my daughter gets sick! Thanks for the tips!

Kelsey @ Raising Little Wild Ones

Shannon @ TMMW
February 19, 2018 at 8:31 PM delete

Love these oils! Thanks for the ideas!!

Mrs. Hicks
Shannon @ TMMW
February 19, 2018 at 9:13 PM delete

I don't have many essential oils, but this has inspired me to go out and stock up!

Mr Luchador
Shannon @ TMMW
December 6, 2018 at 3:14 AM delete

Thank you for sharing this post as winters are here and sometimes it becomes very cold.
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