Aromatherapy versus H1N1
The medical community was divided in two camps and the opinions regarding the necessity of vaccinating, especially the vulnerable population groups (elderly, children, pregnant women and people with chronic health problems) were many and diverse.
Unfortunately, this winter H1N1 flu remains at the news headlines. The particularity of this flu is that even young people facing no other health problems may sicken heavily if affected by the virus. From the beginning of the year until today 61 persons have been hospitalized in Greece and 9 of them submitted to the illness due to implications. In Italy, the number of victims in January was 25 while many others remain in the intensive care units of our neighboring country.
- Systematically disinfect the rooms of your house and work area by using an oil burner, diffuser or spraying the air with a mixture of 25 ml distilled water and 15 drops of essential oils. If you are sick the diffusion of appropriate essential oils in the atmosphere will facilitate your breathing (e.g. eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, black pepper), soothe your coughing (e.g. basil, benzoin, chamomile), help you relax and sleep better (e.g. lavender, chamomile).
- For occasions when hand washing is not possible you could prepare a disinfectant hand cream. Add 20 drops of essential oils (preferably ravensara, tea tree and lavender) in 30 ml base cream or aloe vera gel.
- If you are suffering from bronchitis you could warm up your chest and soothe the pain during breathing by gently massaging the breastbone and back with the following mixture:
30 ml olive or cayenne oil
4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops peppermint
4 drops black pepper
2 drops oregano or cinnamon
- Finally, in order to feel relief when having fever I suggest you use compresses of cold water with 6 drops of essential oils (e.g. basil, eucalyptus and lavender).
Burning essential oils in a burner or diffuser is a very good habit, especially during winter when viruses thrive. The aroma diffused in the atmosphere of your office or home will enhance your emotional balance, strengthen your mental clarity and will keep pathogenic organisms away, due to the antiseptic properties of many oils. A great variety of oil burners exists. Electric ones, with candles and of course suitable for the car, which is an ideal place for virus spreading!