A feature blog post by our ambassador Caterine Medeiros:
It’s that time of year, as the seasons changes we also see a change in our habits. We go from spending several hours outside during the warm summer days which means getting plenty of vitamin D to being locked inside with closed windows. For most of us, our activity levels also lower. Our diet changes from fresh fruit and vegetables to heart warming “comfort food”. Unfortunately, all these changes result in an impaired and weakened immune system and puts us to risk in catching a virus.
Common factors that contribute to catching a virus:
– Eating too much grains and refined sugars.
– Vitamin D deficiency.
– Lack of sleep.
– Excess physical or emotional stress.
We’ve all had a cold before. You feel tired and don’t quite understand why and then a few days later you feel an itch in your throat , nasal symptoms, congestion, runny nose and a cough might follow. Several hundred different viruses may cause your cold symptoms. These symptoms usually last for about a week. You are contagious for the first 3 days so make sure you don’t share it with anyone. If cold symptoms last longer than a week and don’t seem to be improving you most likely have a bacterial infection which is a whole other blog post.
Once your symptoms appear there is no way to avoid your cold. This is why you want to look out for the first signs and manage it right away.Treatment is used to make you feel better and fight the virus faster. It may be hard to catch on to the first symptoms of a cold as they arrive gradually. Early symptoms are as follows:
How can you manage your cold and accelerate recovery time once you’ve caught the cold?
Your guide for the use of essential oils for fighting your cold.
Keep in mind that essential oils are 50 – 70 x the concentration of in plants . Therefore a 15 ml bottle of lavender = 150 pounds of lavender flowers. Be cautious when using essential oils.
Why use essential oils?
There are so many different ways to use essential oils which include:
hot and cold compresses
– Buy therapeutic grade and certified organic ( not synthetic).
– Buy food grade for internal consumption.
What are carrier oils?
Carrier oils serve to dilute the essential oil before applying it to the skin. They act as a base. You may need a carrier oil in some cases.
My Top carrier oils:
*Make sure you are using a unrefined, cold pressed and organic oil.
Internally: Place a few drops under your tongue for 60 secs and swallow -only if you have a TOP GRADE, pure ,organic and ingestable form. Use for 3 -7 days internally.
5 drops of oil of oregano
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Massage under the feet.
2.Eucalyptus: Helps heal respiratory issues , decongestant and stimulating.
Diffuse the eucalyptus oil to prevent infection from spreading or you can add a few drops to a warm bath. For quick and easy relief from a stuffed nose, place 2 drops on each thumb and inhale it directly. Repeat 3-4 x a day or as needed. Do not use internally.
If you have a sore throat or painful cough making a chest rub is a great option. You can use any carrier oil.
4 teaspoons of jojoba oil
4 drops of eucalyptus oil
4 drops of tea tree oil
Massage on throat and chest.
3.Tea tree oil : Used for its effective anti microbial, antiseptic properties.
Great for coughs, congestion and sore throats.
Apply 8 drops on your sinus for cough remedy.
It can also be used as a sanitarian or disinfectant. Fill up a 16 oz spray bottle and add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil.
You can also rub a few drops of tea tree oil with a few drops of lavender oil directly on your feet. The skin under the feet is less sensitive therefore you do not need to use a carrier oil when applying it. The soles of the feet have much larger pores and don’t contain sebaceous glands or sebum which means its gets absorbed faster and more efficiently. According to reflexology, certain areas of the feet are linked to different organs which can help speed the recovery process.
Diffuse it before bed.
Add 20 drops in an Epsom salt bath.
For fast congestion relief apply a few drops on chest sinus, neck and back area.
Hopefully this guide can help you through your next cold. Remember to stay away from over the counter decongestants and cold medication. These heavily advertised medications often contain ingredients for symptoms you most likely don’t have. Furthermore, using these for more than 3 days will cause a “rebound effect” which means producing more mucous and more congestion. And lets not forget about all the side effects like increase blood pressure, increase heart rate, increase risk of stroke and so on…
Stay healthy and natural during the cold season!
Caterine Medeiros, Rocktape ambassador and Team bobsleigh Canada