Recently, we have added a new guest activity at L’Auberge de Sedona: Power of Aromatherapy. Devani Paige, Ph.D, along with the team at L’Apothecary Spa, created the activity to give our guests a better understanding of essential oils and how they can be used in daily life. Devani sat down and wrote how essential oils can be used in winter to assist with the joys and burdens of the season.
Over the years of learning and using essential oils in my home for myself and my family, I have found that one of the most effective times for using essential oils is for support of good health during the winter months. When the cold and flu season hits, it can be very beneficial to purify the air in your home with aromatherapy as well as applying essential oils topically, with proper dilution. The essential oils I reach for the most often for our room diffusers are juniper, which is excellent at clearing airborne pathogens, and eucalyptus and/or tea tree for respiratory support.
We also start every morning with a blend of immune support essential oils on the bottoms of our feet. Find a high quality therapeutic brand blend that appeals most to your senses. The blends used for immune support often have a name with a medieval theme, such as On-Guard, 4 Robbers or Thieves. The story goes, that back in the medieval times, the thieves would come into the villages and steal the herbs and essences that were excellent at supporting good health, such as rosemary, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus, so they stayed healthy while the villagers got very sick and perished.
If you find yourself or your children with a fever, my personal recommendation is to go with some peppermint oil on the bottoms of the feet and/or along the spine. Remember to always dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil. A typical dilution is 1 ounce of carrier oil of your choice to 6-10 drops essential oil. Using a combination of peppermint and lavender in a diffuser as may help reduce a fever.
If it’s specifically your sinuses and/or a chest cold that has you down, I use a few drops of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender together in a bowl of hot steamy water and with a towel over my head. Lean into the bowl and breathe slowly and deeply to open the sinuses, nasal passages, and chest.
It never ceases to amaze me at the wonderful positive benefits that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils can have on our bodies, moods, and overall well-being. If you are new to using them, keep it simple, try just a few to begin and over time build your collection. Have fun and use essential oils with an awareness and a reverence of what a gift they can be in our lives.