Zap the Summer Cold!

August 28, 2013

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SleepyHeadAs much as I hate it when my family is sick, there is a distinct closeness that comes from caring for a sick child or family member. And, in the winter, this can especially true. Steaming broth, hot tea, snuggly blankets, a cool cloth on a feverish brow, and, of course, the healing scent of essential oils. But what do you do when lying in bed sick is a luxury? Or when the person you’re caring for is too busy for snuggly blankets?

My husband, James, will admit that he is not the most long-suffering patient in the world. I tease him about being “worse than the kids.” He refuses to stay in bed, he can hardly be found when its time for a dose of this or that, and he doesn’t tend to be the most…cheerful. Although he does his best to tough it out, he’s a busy guy, so he gets impatient. Which means I want him well as soon as possible!

This past week, James picked up a summer cold. He experienced the typical symptoms: headache, congestion, aches and pains, chills – and a touch of irritability. It is the summer, of course. And summer is the worst time to get the flu.

JamesStudySince my husband is a pastor, being sick on a Sunday can make preaching more complicated. This past Sunday, while he didn’t serve communion, he was still scheduled to preach the morning sermon.

I have to admit, I had been somewhat negligent in “working on him” ahead of time. So, Sunday morning, I decided to try to knock this thing out fast. I reached into my Dr. Mom’s medicine cabinet and pulled out my favorite cold-busting essential oils!

Frankincense: This oil is one of the oldest oils known to man, dating back to at least the days of Abraham. This precious oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful with congestion. You can read more about the powerful effects of Frankincense HERE.

Oregano: This amazing oil is not only great in spaghetti, it has been found to be highly antibacterial in its action against 8 strains of bacteria, including E coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. I use this oil as a naturally effective remedy for infection.

Thieves: This oil should be a staple in every home. This warm blend of five highly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal essential oils has proven its amazing abilities over and over again in our family. Research from Weber State University in Utah has shown that it has a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria.

We diffuse it, take it in capsules, and rub it on the bottoms of our feet. I also make a homemade throat spray that’s includes Thieves, as well as peppermint and Lemon (all included in my recommended Starter Kit)!

Flu Bomb Recipe

8-10 drops Thieves
6-8 drops Oregano
2 drops frankincense
1 gel cap

flu bombMy husband mixed frankincense, oregano, and Thieves in an empty vegetable gel cap and took that 3 times during the day.* He also drank NingXia Red and we diffused Thieves and Raven interchangeably.

When he started, his headache was pounding, his coughing was regular and labored, and he couldn’t breathe through his nose due to the congestion. For chest congestion, he rubs RC or Raven into his chest and deeply inhales what’s left on his hands.

I also rubbed M-Grain layered with Peppermint on his forehead, behind his ears, on his temples, behind his neck, and massaged it into his scalp. He said this took care of the pounding headache he had just before the service on Sunday morning.

After just 24 hours of taking his “cold & flu bomb,” he felt amazingly better! He slept through the night and woke up saying he felt “like new!” Why didn’t I start his protocol earlier?

Another perk of using essential oils is that our family has been able to avoid antibiotics for years now. Of course, antibiotics may have their place in times of emergency; but the general over-use of pharmaceuticals is causing a worldwide health crisis.

I am thankful to have learned about the blessings of essential oils and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with you!

* I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since lower quality oils often have no medicinal value and may even be toxic. Read your labels. Lower quality oils are often only perfume grade (regardless of their claims) and will usually have a warning not to take internally. Young Living Essential Oils that are labeled as “supplements” are generally regarded as safe for internal consumption.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.


3 Responses to “Zap the Summer Cold!”

  1. deborah says:

    I started using the YL oils a few months ago. I’m slowly learning and already have several favorites.

    Here’s my question~what would you try for someone with very bad allergies? It’s hayfever/this time of year/weeds etc. Over-the-counter allergy meds don’t help a whole lot.

    I’ve been using Breathe Again and Lavender and Peppermint…it’s for my husband. My daughter is bothered too, but not nearly as badly. I’ve just been putting the oils on topically and I don’t have gelcaps at this point. I’ve been diffusing too.

    I have the Oil Guide Book, but I seem to learn better by asking other people directly and writing down what they’ve done. Thanks! :)

    • Stacy McDonald says:

      Hi Deborah – I’m not a doctor, but I can tell you what we use with our son, who suffers from allergies every spring and fall. We use the blend Harmony on his sternum and Valor on the bottoms of his feet. I also diffuse lavender. And if his eyes are itchy or puffy, I put a clean cotton ball over his eyes, and carefully rub lavender around his eyes, starting above his eyebrows, raccoon style. :-) I’m very careful not to get it in his eyes.

      Note: if you ever get essential oils in your eyes, rinse immediately with milk or cream. Vegetable oil can also be used, but it’s messier. :-)

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