Aromatherapy in the cold season – Essential oils that support respiration
There’s no question: far too few people know about the significant therapeutic benefits of essential oils. We look forward to the day these amazing plant oils will be acknowledged as having a value which is greater than just ‘pampering’! (Although we’re not saying there’s anything wrong with a bit of pampering!)
Some essential oils have strong anti-microbial properties. They can be anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Of special interest to us at this time of year is effects on the respiratory system. Here are three of the most important.
Niaouli – Melaleuca quinquenervia virid. – This oil is a little similar to Eucalyptus, but a bit sweeter and possibly more pleasant. It is strongly antibacterial, and also a decongestant. Its gentleness makes it a good preventative oil that you can use in the bath or shower. Try adding a few drops on a loofah and massaging the skin vigorously. But note, this is quite a stimulating oil, so it would be better to use it in the morning.
Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia – This oil has become well known and popular as a result of its broad action against bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is a powerful immuno-stimulant too. Diffusion is an excellent way to use this powerful oil.
Ravintsara – Cinnamomum camphora cineoliferum – There is a lot of confusion between Ravensara and Ravintsara. Both are brilliant oils for inhalation, and both are anti-viral. However Ravintsara is considered to be more gentle. This is a lovely ‘clearing’ oil which is also energising and uplifting.