There are numerous ways to boost your child's and your own immune system : eating real food, mostly fruits and veggies, getting plenty of sunshine and doing some exercise. But with cold and flu season coming, even these preventive steps might not be working as well as expected. As for example this week. This week is a tough one. This week it hit us pretty hard. Our whole family caught some bug from the school and our home is now full of sneezing, coughing and full of paper tissues.
Fortunately, there are so many natural remedies around that you don't need to run to the nearest pharmacy to get some over-the-counter drug (they have many side effects anyway). Below you will find simple techniques which you can practise at home to heal stuffy nose & co.
The best essential oils for stuffy nose
Many holistic doctors advise steam to get rid of stuffy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water, cover it with a towel and breathe slowly through your nose. You can also get some relief with a humidifier in your bedroom. When you add few drops of essential oils mentioned below, the effectiveness of this method doubles.
Eucalyptus radiata EO: native to Australia, extracted from eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus EO works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms. Combine 1 tsp. of carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive oil) with 3 drops of eucalyptus EO and rub chest to breathe more easily. Eucalyptus radiata EO can be safely used also with kids. For adults, take 1 drop of Eucalyptus radiata EO with 1 tsp. honey or almond butter. To be taken three times a day for 7 days.
Ravensara EO (Cinnamomum camphora): extracted from the leaves, ravensara EO has a mildly camphorous aroma similar to eucalyptus. Ravensara EO has antiseptic, anti-viral, antibacterial, expectorant, anti-infective properties. Its uses are similar to eucalyptus EO.
Fir needle EO (Abies alba): often used to fight sore throat and respiratory infections.
I would also highly recommend to check out the videos below. I was amazed how effective yoga and acupressure can be when dealing with stuffy nose.