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4 Essential Oils to Fight Infections, Clear Congestion & Help You Breathe Easier!

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Fighting Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi & Assisting in Respiratory Wellbeing.

Some of the earliest known use of Essential Oils dates back to Ancient China between 2697 – 2597 BC during the Huang dynasty. There are ancient Chinese Medicine texts which list essential oils and their benefits.

The use of Essential Oils dates back not only through the history of Chinese Medicine, but also back to ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Arabia, Isreal and Europe. There is evidence that essential oils were even used to help people survive the bubonic plague, due to their powerful immune boosting and anti-bacterial effects.

Whilst the value of the use of Essential Oils has been somewhat lost through centuries of Western culture and it’s neglect of the mind-body-spirit connection, the importance of the sense of smell and the potential application of essential oils in healing is making a comeback, particularly in the last few years.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are the pure essence extracted from the leaves, seeds, roots, or flowers of a plant or tree. They are the ‘life-force’ and have also been called the blood of the plant. Just one drop of an essential oil can have a powerful effect on the body. Each essential oil has its own set of health enhancing properties which are dependant on the chemical constituents that make up the individual oil.

The Importance of Purity It is only pure, natural living plant extracts that carry healing properties required to enhance the health of the body. A pure plant oil will give and create more life energy, whereas a synthetic or unpure oil will drain life energy, as the body works to eliminate something which is unnatural. High quality essential oils are extracted in a way where proper extraction and quality control methods are followed. Many brands of essential oils on the market contain synthetic fillers and perfumes and it is for this reason that only certified pure brands of essential oils are used.

Here’s 4 Essential Oils to Fight Infections, Clear Congestion & Help You Breathe Easier  . . .

Pine Needle essential oil

Pine needle essential oil is derived from the needles of the Pinus sylvestris tree. Known for being cleansing, refreshing and invigorating, pine needle oil has a strong, woody aroma.

With a long history that stems back to use by Hippocrates, the use of Pine needle oil is an age-old therapy for cleansing, reducing pain, increasing energy and reducing stress.

The essential oil from the pine needles contains active constituents that lower inflammation, lift your mood through aromatherapy and kill bacteria, fungi, yeasts and pathogens. It’s proven to have the capability of purifying the air and is beneficial as a natural remedy for asthma, coughs and is helpful for allergies, respiratory infections and colds.

Pine oil can be used for cuts, lice, scabies, sores on the skin, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, asthma, bronchitis, common colds and flu, and stress-related conditions such as neuralgia.

The most common ways to use pine oil are topically and through inhalation. If you’re going to use pine oil topically, it’s recommended doing a skin test first before applying it to large portions of your skin. It should also be diluted with a carrier oil.

For colds, flu or breathing difficulties – in an aromatherapy diffuser or used via warm steam bath inhalation to help with blocked sinuses . . . perfect!

Eucalyptus essential oil

The health benefits of Eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide-ranging and its properties include – anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating, among other medicinal qualities.

Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the eucalyptus tree, scientifically classified as Eucalyptus globulus. Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia.

Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol which is present in it’s makeup, it is used in a variety of applications such as rubs, inhalers, liniments and creams.

Colds & Flu – Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilise eucalyptus for colds is to drop several drops of the essential oil into your diffuser before going to sleep so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long! For more acute situations, you can use the ‘steam bath’ inhalation method by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl add the essential oil, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.

Eucalyptus essential oil is also highly effective for respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs.

Sinus and Allergies A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus was effective at treating sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement from allergies and sinus issues. It’s also recommended to gargle with it to clear the throat.

Air Freshener Try putting a few drops into your vacuum and clothes dryer filters to freshen them up and sanitize them a little.  It’s also great for killing mould in your home – and you can mix eucalyptus with other oils like tea tree oil to cleanse the air and maintain a mould-free home.

Be careful though – about 70 % of the current ’Eucalyptus oil’ production comes from China and this oil may not be 100 % eucalyptus oil. It is usually ‘cut’ with oil fractions from cheaper camphor oil. So use an oil that has been approved as ‘therapeutic’ by the relevant authorities (such as TGA in Australia).

Tea Tree essential oil

Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds and skin infections. Tea tree essential oil is derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past century. It’s been documented in numerous medical studies to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Tea tree oil uses are numerous – from diffusing it in the air to kill mould . . . to applying it topically to heal skin issues. It’s becoming an increasingly popular active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including face wash, shampoos, massage oils, skin and nail creams and laundry detergents.

Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.

Thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil comes from the ‘Wild Thyme or ‘Creeping Thyme’ plant and has a number of health benefits. Thyme oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, hypertensive and has calming properties.

Thyme oil is one of the strongest antioxidants known, and Thyme has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times. Thyme supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous and other body systems. It also protects the body from fungal and bacterial infections and skin conditions.

Respiratory Conditions – Thyme oil helps drain congestion and helps infections in the chest and throat that cause the common cold or cough. The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses that can attack the upper respiratory tract. Common causes of catching a cold include a weakened immune system, lack of sleep, emotional stress, mould exposure and an unhealthy digestive tract. (We have a special report available for Immune Boosting)

Kills Bacteria and Infections – Thyme oil is antiseptic and kills infections on the skin and within the body. Thyme oil is also antibacterial and inhibits bacterial growth; this means that thyme oil is able to assist with bacteria infections either in the respiratory system or to help heal cuts or wounds that are exposed to harmful bacteria.

A 2011 study conducted at the Medical University of Lodz in Poland tested thyme oil’s response to 120 strains of bacteria isolated from patients with infections of oral cavity, respiratory and genitourinary tracts. The results of experiments showed that the oil from the thyme plant exhibited extremely strong activity against all of the clinical strains. Thyme oil even demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotic-resistant strains.

During Winter or at other times of ‘respiratory distress’ – try these powerful natural wonders and see how your body responds! These oils are great to have in your ‘natural medicine cabinet’ as they can be used topically with skin infections as well as diffused to clean the air and kill bacteria or inhaled too help clear congestion!

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