Cold and Flu Suggestions
using Young Living products
by Diane Mora
Many people head to the doctor after a cold or viral infection has spun of control. Because allopathic medicine has few answers for these illnesses, a lot of other folks are exploring safe, effective alternatives to what the doctor has to offer. Natural substances have been used for thousands of years by people all over the globe, and many are now turning back to them. Many are using the natural, therapeutic essential-oil based products from Young Living Essential Oils.
The suggestions below are simple and these are best used as soon as possible after the first sign of illness. It’s a good idea to keep many of these items on hand!
An essential oil blend that is highly recommended is Thieves, which is so named because of its history of keeping some people healthy during the Black Plague in Europe. This blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus radiata is available in many forms from Young Living -- the essential oil blend, lozenges, spray, foaming hand soap, bar soap, dental floss, four different toothpastes, wipes, mouthwash, waterless hand purifier, and household cleaner. These are safe for people, pets, and for the environment -- and they are very effective!
One of the first things you can do when symptoms appear is to start taking Inner Defense capsules – between four and eight per day. Inner Defense is encapsulated essential oils containing Thieves, oregano, thyme and other essential oils. Drink lots of warm water with fresh lemon or lemon oil in it. Gargle with lemon or Thieves oil in water.
If you don’t have Inner Defense capsules, you can use the formula created many years ago by Terry Friedmann, M.D. Place these oils in one or two capsules:
12 drops Thieves, 6 drops oregano, 2 drops frankincense. Swallow with water. Take a capsule two to three times daily, or as many as six to eight capsules per day if the illness is severe.
Drink four to six ounces of NingXia Red wolfberry juice per day. There is no “magic bullet” in health, but this is as close as you’ll get!
Important -- avoid all dairy and sugar and especially chocolate during a cold, as these foods create more mucus and create a haven for the little critters to thrive!
Wash your hands frequently using Thieves Bar Soap, Thieves Foaming Hand Soap or if you’re out and about – Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. Several drops of lemon essential oil can also be very effective for hand-washing.
Many therapeutic essential oils have powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities. The single oils of cinnamon bark, clove, eucalyptus radiata, lavender, melaleuca alternifolia, thyme, oregano, and lemon are very effective in combating these unwanted bugs.
For added protection, one can put Thieves on the soles of the feet morning and night, brush teeth with it and gargle with it in water. When applying Thieves to the feet of young children, it should be diluted with V-6 Mixing Oil or grapeseed, jojoba or almond oil – but make sure it’s a pure, cold-pressed oil from the health food store.
For sore throat: Gargle with 1 or 2 drops of Thieves blend in 1 ounce of water. This is a very effective way to get the Thieves into your bloodstream quickly. Also, Thieves Hard Lozenges is another good way!
Chest congestion: Rub, inhale or diffuse essential oils of eucalyptus, lemon, and/or peppermint. The essential oil blend of RC (a blend of four eucalyptus oils), along with myrtle, pine, spruce, marjoram, lavender, cypress or peppermint, is a favorite for chest rubs. Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil for young children, the elderly and people with sensitive skin. Do not use peppermint on the face. You can do a compress by running a washcloth or hand towel under hot water, wringing it out and then laying it on the chest or back after the oils have been applied to the skin. Cover with plastic wrap and/or a dry towel to retain the moist heat. Moist heat will drive the oils in. A Raindrop Technique application would be very helpful. Learn to do Raindrop and partner with someone to practice this valuable aid to wellness. It’s wonderful to experience and is so valuable for your health, whether you’re giving or receiving it!
Sinus congestion: Inhale RC, eucalyptus and/or peppermint right from the bottle or from the diffuser. A good remedy is to put two cups of pure water in a saucepan on the stove on “simmer”, not boil! Add several drops of cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, melaleuca and peppermint. Put the lid on and only lift it when you’re ready to sniff. Inhale every 20 seconds or so, breathing in through nose and mouth alternately. Stay at the stove for at least 20 minutes, and repeat this two or three times during the day. Thieves or RC can be used if you don’t have these four.
When you have an acute situation, you deal with it in an aggressive manner. Don’t be afraid to use the oils – they are your ticket to good health and a long, happy life!
Information provided here is for educational use only and is not intended to replace proper medical advice. IT IS NOT for diagnostic or prescriptive use or to be construed as instruction on how to cure or treat any condition, illness or disease. Every individual is different, and what may work for one may not work for another person. If you have a health challenge, see the health care professional of your choice.