a trio of soothers for the mucosally challenged
oh the humanity! i’m sick again, probably from something plaguing the small
vectors children i hung out with the past two weekends. sigh. at least they’re cute.
as there is no cure in sight for the common cold, i’ll have to settle for comfort. but i hate the smell of that vapor-rubby stuff, so i whipped up this soothing essential oil blend to use three ways: as a massage oil/chest rub, a room and linen spray, and for use in a diffuser. eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint open up sinuses and airways, peppermint cools, and lavender relaxes. feel free to adjust to suit your preferences: eucalyptus is a pungent scent–but man, it works–and not everyone cares for it.
massage oil and chest rub:
- 2 oz. carrier oil (i used almond oil, but you could also use olive, apricot kernel, grapeseed, etc.)
- 15-20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
- optional to round it out with a woodsy, vanilla-like scent: 5 drops peru balsam essential oil
- a jar or container to keep it in
mix up in your container, starting with the fewer number of drops and adding more if you want it stronger. feel free to double/triple the recipe. shake it to mix, then rub onto chest. i like to warm a small amount in my hands first, then inhale deeply. ahhhhhh. try some in your bath water, too. small print: peppermint is cooling, which is great for fevers, but not so hot for chills.
room and linen spray:
- a small spray bottle
- enough distilled water to almost fill it (leave some room at the top; do not use tap water as things can grow in it)
- 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 25 drops lavender essential oil
- 10-15 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
- optional: 10 drops of peru balsam essential oil
fill up the spray bottle with ingredients, give it a shake, and spray. adjust the fragrance by adding more of whatever smells good to you. i like to spray my pillow when i’m feeling ill, but sometimes i want more, so i hit the whole room, much to the chagrin of my dogs. always shake before use.
add to your diffuser 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary, and 2 drops peppermint essential oils. heat it up and enjoy the sinus clearing powers of these natural smells. refreshing! bracing! mucus-defying!
small print and words of warning: use common sense! although these blends are natural and safe, don’t use these blends on someone who is allergic to any of the ingredients: modify. keep out of eyes and mucus membranes; wash hands after applying the rub so you don’t accidentally get it in your eyes. spray away from eyes. don’t leave a burning candle unattended. i know, you know this stuff already, but when your head is clogged with mucus, sometimes you need a reminder.
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