Do you want the good or the bad news first?
Let’s start with the good: February is almost over! Which means it’s not long until Spring is here but, despite – finally – some lovely sunny days, temperatures are still very up and down!
And this is the bad news.
Mad as a March hare, the saying goes, but February is just as bad, right?
Yes, freezing in the morning, a little warmer during the day, then at night we can’t wait to snuggle up under a blanket or our duvet again.
Maybe even with a lovely and well deserved cup of hot tea.
So far, so normal: at least until April – and we have to grin and bear it – especially those of us who love the ‘mid-season’ and milder temperatures.
And what’s the end result of all this?
Despite all precautions – scarf, hat, and gloves always within reach – both in cities and suburbs, on public transport and in the streets, the same sound can be heard: atchoo!
The dreaded cold. During the daytime it’s a pain, in the evening then it becomes a real nightmare especially if combined with a cough and a sore throat. And a good night’s sleep becomes a distant memory.
Just a small nuisance, part and parcel of Winter? No, a real torture!
We’ll try anything to get rid of it, from our grandma’s remedies to lemon and ginger teas, but often the results are not as good as we hope.
Thankfully, nature offers us more than one solutions to fight seasonal illnesses.
One example? Essential oils!
There really are so many, all great allies against the typical winter bugs, but also useful during a change of season.
The soothing and decongesting effect of some essential oils can be really helpful in reducing flu symptoms.
Amongst these, eucalyptus, thyme and mint all shine for their anti-viral qualities.
Thanks to their beneficial properties, they are useful against viruses that cause the symptoms of the common cold, helping free us up from mucus and catarrh.
Eucalyptus essential oil is widely used as a 100% natural remedy to help unblock clogged airways and reduce coughing fits. This is why it is often chosen as an alternative to medication in case of respiratory difficulties.
How do you use it?
Pour 5-7 drops into a bowl full of boiling water. Cover up your head with a towel and breathe in deeply for a couple of minutes. Pause for a moment and then inhale again, while the water continues to evaporate.
Try this out before going to bed, and you’ll sleep like a log!
Mint essential oil is another fantastic natural ally against cough, sore and dry throat. It helps release nasal congestion and bronchitis, supports the respiratory system and helps fight the common cold.
Just like with eucalyptus, you can drop into hot water to inhale the steam, or put some drops onto fabric to then breathe the oil in.
This way, you’ll get relief from nasal and chest congestion, including the uppermost part of your chest.
Energising and useful even in the case of psychological and physical fatigue, thyme essential oil helps with insomnia and it is one of the most powerful natural remedies against bacterial infections that can affect the respiratory system.
In the shops you can even find balsamic products that combine all three oils in a single solution.
If you don’t like inhaling ‘directly’, you can also spread oils around your environment, purifying it from microorganisms and stopping the infection from spreading at the same time. You can use a diffusor in your bedroom, study, kitchen or living room, for a regenerating balsamic action. Pour some drops of balsamic oil in the diffuser – or, if you don’t own one, you can dilute it in your radiators’ water too.
One drop per square meter of the room you wish to purify should be enough.
And, dulcis in fundo, 100% natural essential oils can also be used with aerosol machines.
Try it to believe it!