Over here in Australia one could be mistaken into thinking that we have all but missed winter and stayed in an extended autumn. We have had a couple of cold weeks but NOTHING like we usually do. We are still wearing t shirts, jumpers have only made an appearance a few times and its just overall beautiful weather. However, the germs have decided they are still going to come out and play, and play hard they are! In recent years, I have escaped sickness actually our whole house has, I put this down to diffusing essential oils every day because prior to that we used to catch every germ floating around! So, THIS year for some reason, maybe meno, my immune system isn’t as strong as it usually is and I have caught a cold! I was up all bloody night with a terrible sore throat you know the one, where you just want to shove and ice cube down your throat and hope it doesn’t melt type sore throat! My son has also got this cold and he has had a terrible cough but ore of that in a sec. So this is what I have decided to do this morning to try and alleviate some of this scratching in my throat..
(My photos are crap, I can’t style photos, but this is real life, and in real life I am not a photographer lol!)
I made a cup of black tea ( I am a coffee drinker not tea drinker so this is scary), I added a teaspoon of honey and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. I haven’t done this before but I am desperate and since we live out of town I can’t just jump in the car and go get some cough drops. Fearing the worst I had my first sip and the smell of the lemon was overpowering, now I am NOT an advocate for ingesting oils but I need to try anything with this throat, so the smell was overpowering and I was a bit scared but it actually tastes really good. The lemon oil and honey mix together really well and the lack of dairy is actually not bothering me at all. So lets see how effective this is, half way through my cup and I am not noticing too much difference in my throat but it may take more than one cup. I think we forget essential oils are like any other medication really, they aren’t magic potions so most times it takes a dosage before any difference will be noted, other times they work instantly, just like modern medicine!
So my next winter oily story is my son….he also has caught a bug of some sort but he managed to escape the sore throat, he has an awful cough and by cough I mean it’s relentless! Every 5 minutes he is coughing the poor kid so, yesterday it got so annoying that I got 4 different types of eucalyptus and some lemon and put them in his diffuser, I think I did 3 drops of each eucalyptus and 5 drops of lemon, then I got some Black Spruce and put that neat on his chest and back, and then I put some lemon on his throat. Well he was well an truly oiled up and I have to say while it didn’t stop the cough altogether, its made a significant difference. I did that routine before he went to bed and he has slept all night!
So, while oils aren’t a cure all for everything I am certainly glad I have them on hand. They have saved a lengthy wait at the doctors to get meds that probably wouldn’t work as well anyway and then half the time doctors charge $100 for a visit and then say they can’t help you anyway! So, get diffusing guys, they make the house smell awesome and they get rid of some of the nasties!