Common Cold Blend

Many people I know are suffering with a 'summer' cold - so here is a great recipe to support you and which may alleviate it quicker.  Whenever the word BLEND is used in this article it means a BLEND of essential oils that has not been diluted with a carrier oil.   The Treatment Oil refers to a carrier oil with added drops of the BLEND. 

The essential oils used in the Common Cold blend are: 
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Eucalyptus Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita). 
Cedarwood Atlas – clears mucous and is recommended for bronchitis.  It belongs to the Pinaceae family which is generally known for aiding respiratory conditions and is highly antiseptic.
Eucalyptus Blue Gum – clears nasal passages, reduces temperature and is excellent for all colds.
Peppermint – lowers fever, is a good expectorant and generally helps mental fatigue.
The Common Cold Blend:  
20 drops Cedarwood Atlas + 10 drops Eucalyptus Blue Gum + 10 drops Peppermint

Make up your Common Cold blend with a total of 40 drops of the above oils (20+10+10)  and store in a small dark glass bottle fitted with a dropper. (Label appropriately with date and blend details – note added by Suzanne!)

Massage – Add 12 drops of the Common Cold blend to 30 ml of Sweet Almond Oil to make up a supply of Common Cold Treatment Oil.  Alternatively add 12 drops of the blend to 30 ml of body cream or lotion.
Massage chest, neck and upper back areas morning and night.  Concentrate thumb massage around the vertebrae as this stimulates the action of the oils.  A facial massage with this Treatment Oil helps sinusitis sufferers.  Rub a small amount of Treatment Oil under the nostrils when going to bed.

Room Spray – Add 12 drops of the blend to 1 litre of water.  Spray freely in any room.

Tissues – Place 2 to 4 drops of the blend onto a paper tissue.  Wrap the tissue in foil and pop it in your pocket so that you can inhale the vapours from the tissue at regular intervals during the day.  To ease congestion at night place such a tissue on the soles of your feet.  The vapour from the oils passes around the body as you sleep.

Vapouriser/Diffuser – Place 4 to 6 drops of the Common Cold blend in the vapouriser/diffuser.  It helps to keep the vapouriser going in any room where you are spending any length of time.  This also guards against others contracting your condition.

Baths – Place 8 drops of the Common Cold blend into a warm bath.  Relax and inhale the vapours.  This is particularly helpful before going to bed. (mix with a little milk first for better distribution in the water – note added by Suzanne!).

Diet – Two or three garlic tablets each day are recommended.  Cut down on all dairy food as this encourages the production of mucous in the system.  Take regular doses of vitamin C tablets or drinks.  Follow a light healthy diet of fruit and vegetables.

The Chemistry:
Chemical constituents to be found in the Common Cold Blend include:
Ketones – atlantone, pinocarvone, menthone
Alcohols – atlantol, cedrol, globulol, pinocarveol, menthol
Oxides – 1,8-cineole
Sesquiterpenes – cadinene, aromadendrene, germacrene, caryophyllene

The blend is well balanced.
The ketones and oxides help with the congestion.
The alcohols make it highly antiseptic.
The sesquiterpenes are calming.
Reference:  The Essential Blending Guide by Rosemary Caddy – slightly amended by Suzanne Le Quesne 
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