IMU: Its finally real winter around Europe! White snow and frosty weather is bringing more people to enjoy their walks outside compared to the rainy dark days we’ve been seeing earlier. Unfortunately changing temperatures, dry air indoors and not enough sun make our immune system work a little less well as in it would in the summer. Also, winter season is unfortunately well known as the best time of the year to catch a cold. We would like to share our experience with essential oils, which could prevent most of winter sneezes, and to help the body fight the symptoms if they are already there.
MU Thirst thing that comes to my mind when I hear someone complaining about a cold? THIEVES!!! This amazing oil blend contains Rosemary, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, Clove and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils and has its own legend which comes from 15th century.
IU According to the story in the 15th century four thieves were robbing victims of the plague without catching the disease them selves. Eventually they were caught and sentenced to death, however in exchange to their lives they revealed their secret – a blend of aromatic botanicals such as clove and rosemary and methods of extractions that kept them healthy in the deadly times. Thieves is a blend inspired by this story and the recipe used by the 15th century perfumers.
MU I tried it quite often and I can tell from my experience that one drop under your tongue when I start to feel the first signs of cold can strongly impact your body’s reaction to surrounding viruses. Ok it might be not the best thing you’ve tasted… but if you dilute it with a spoon of honey or put it in a glass of warm vegetable milk it is not as strong as it were pure. I actually got so used to the taste of it that I never dilute this oil anymore and sometimes even forget to tell my friends they should be prepared for small explosion of tastes and scents…
At every big project I play at as a musician there is always a person who’d catch a cold. And it has become a tradition for them to come and ask me if I have Thieves with me. Most of the time it helps quickly if the person is not already deeply ill. But it can also sooth the throat pain and open a blocked nose if you are already at a later stage.
IU I tend to rub a drop or two on each foot before leaving home prophylactically during the cold season – especially if visiting cold Lithuanian winter. It is a safe place to apply the oil, it warms up my feet nicely and also works as a shoe purifier. However if I do come back from the cold feeling frozen, on the edge of becoming sick, I’d brew myself a cup of tea or just take a cup of warm water and mix in a drop of honey and a drop of thieves or peppermint to ease the breath. When the water is warm the smell tends to amplify so I inhale the vapour for a few minutes and then have an essential oil infused hot drink to warm up the body.
MU second most important oil for me in winter is Thyme. It has a spicy, warm, herbaceous aroma and reminds me of sunny summer days. When I was little we used to pick fresh thyme and dry it for winter. This plant was known in ancient times as a medicinal herb and it supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. I put it diluted on my chest and feet for the night and wear something warm if I don’t feel fit. And I love it on my ear tips (be careful not to put inside the ear though) when I have to leave home shortly after the shower.
IU After shower or after a long bath is my favourite time to apply hot oils on the feet. The pores are open and a drop of thyme, oregano or cinnamon feel and smell amazing and give me feeling of confidence and warmth in winter. Generally oils are fantastic after soaking in the water as it makes them stronger but I’d use something lighter as eucalyptus or citrus with the carrier oil for the whole body.
MU Use a diffuser for cleaning the air at home. Dry air is one of the biggest problems in winter. You need the radiators to stay warm, but it’s an enemy number one for your nose and skin. Be sure to let the fresh air in even for short periods of time at least a few times a day. Diffusing Thieves or any other essential oils and blends which have the ability to prevent traffic of different bacteria and viruses in your living room. It can also help your body to support the immune system natural way.
IU Lastly, I got into a habit of having Inner Defence with me, it’s been very useful when traveling. It’s an easier alternative when packing in a rush as the capsule is already pre made and contains very potent essential oils.
MU I normally try to drink more fresh vegetable and fruit juices adding a few drops of essential oils into them. The reason is very simple: in winter I never eat enough greens in raw form because it is a cold meal and juicing helps me consume large amounts of vitamins and minerals which essential for your immune system. Adding different combinations of oils to these juices is the easiest way to support your body. Keep it green on the inside when it’s white outside!