Do you or your children have a sniffly or stuffy nose or feel like you are coming down with something? We have some great family safe essential oils recipes and info for you!
For more details on using essential oils safely for colds and congestion, please keep scrolling to read the info below the links.
On this page you will find:
- Family friendly Anti-Congest Recipes See info below…
- Family friendly Anti-Germ Recipes See info below…
- Elderberry Syrup info which will help boost immunity See info below…
- Help with Sinus issues See info below…
- Info on how to do a steam inhalation See info below…
- Links to a super easy and very effective lymph massage See info below…
Always be sure that the oils which you choose are safe for your family's situation!
Other related links from our website
- Why No Thieves and other similar blends? This includes many blends such as Thieves, OnGuard, Breathe, RC and more.
- There are a lot of popular blends marketed for colds and congestion that contain oils which are not safe for children and/or pregnancy: Blend Safety
- Chest Rubs
- Sore Throat
- Ear Infection
Much of the time for issues such as these, using your oils aromatically is going to be the most effective.
- If you are not familiar with why inhalation is often the most effective and safest way to use essential oils you can find more information in the following link. Inhaling
- Diffusing Guidelines, How to properly and safely diffuse: Diffusing FAQs
- Personal Aromatherapy Inhalers, how to make & use an inhaler: Inhalers
- And if you do choose to use topically it is a must that you know how to properly dilute! Diluting Essential Oils Safely
Lea has some great family safe Anti-Congest blend recipes in her free class.
Anti-Germ Blends & Immunity
Sometimes we are looking for something to keep the germ at bay and we get asked a lot about oils which will help boost immunity. Please be aware that essential oils do not actually boost immunity. They can help support the function of the immune system and help stimulate the immune system. Having a proper diet, getting enough sleep, reducing stress and staying well hydrated goes a long way towards wellness. Once you know you have been exposed to or are coming down with something, diffusing or using a personal inhaler can possibly help you not get sick, alleviate symptoms, and shorten the time of the illness. One of the best ways to help build immunity is to take Elderberry Syrup.
Robert Tisserand has some great info on immunity here that will also be helpful.
Safe alternatives to some of the popular anti-germ blends can be found in the Anti-Germ class.
A steam or a lymph massage is a wonderful way to help with sinus or nasal congestion.
Some recommended oils are; the blends in the classes above or tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, or tree related oils such as pines, firs or cedars. Please be certain you are choosing oils which are safe for your situation. To be sure that you are using safe oils with children or pregnancy, please see the info below.
* Here are a couple of great videos showing you how to do a lymph massage. It’s quite simple and it really works!!!
** Lymph Drainage for the Ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA-wi0d7-Ro
** Self Lymph Drainage Massage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAs9uFYvcrk
Elderberry syrup is my #1 suggestion for viruses & colds, as it has been shown to reduce symptoms and length of illness. Elderberries are the best things to have around during cold and flu season. Taking a teaspoon a day can ward off illness, and a tablespoon a day can help your body bounce back from illness quicker. You can make your own very easily.
A clinical trial published in 2004 showed 1 TBSP of elderberry extract given to flu patients four times daily “recovered in an average of 3.1 days compared to 7.1 days for those given a placebo.”
Beyond boosting your immune system, elderberries are anti-inflammatory and have anti-cancer compounds.
For those of you following ORAC ratings (ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) elderberries top the list with a rating of 147 (blueberries are only a 62!).
Elderberries contain antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, B vitamins and more.
If you prefer to buy a premade Elderberry Syrup here is one which Lea recommends.
Lea's Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Bring to a boil 2 cups of water. Add to the water:
– 1/2 cup dried elderberries
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 5 whole cloves
– 1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
- Let it come back to a boil, then turn down and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. This takes about 25 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Using a mesh strainer, strain into a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the berries until you can squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can (transfer berries, et all, back to your saucepan for phase two).
- OPTIONA: Add 2 TBSP honey to your elderberry decoction now, while the extract is still quite hot, stirring until it has melted into the extract.
- I poured my extract into a 1/2 liter Fido jar and moved it to the fridge. A mason jar is also a good choice.
- This elderberry syrup will keep for a couple of weeks before not being as potent, so there’s not need to make a large batch. Mine made about a cup total liquid.
- Back to the berries. Not one to waste, I boiled another 2 cups of water and went through the process again. This time, I let it boil a few minutes, then covered my saucepan with a lid and let it sit for a couple of hours. I did not add additional honey, but poured it in my 1/2 liter Fido along with the first batch.
This link may also be helpful:
- Spice Rack Remedies for Cold and Flu Season from Mommypotamus