Essential oils for flu and colds?


Are you ready for the world of essential oils?

There are great remedies for flu and colds in the world of plants. Many nationalities have been mixing herbs and plants to drinks to gain health benefits since the beginning of times. What are good remedies for upcoming colds?


In the Middle and Far East they have been using ginger for thousands of years. Also in Chinese medicine they use it to treat many things. Ginger is great for flu in the beginning of the cold and during it. You can grade it to the food and sauces. You can cut a thumb size peace to a hot or cold water. If you like you can add honey or lemon in it (You can digest Do Terra’s lemon and ginger essential oils, so one option is to just add a drop or two of them in the hot water). I think it’s convenient to always have them at hand.

If you suffer from coldness, ginger is a great help for that. It also has a cooling effect. Ginger helps to improve your appetite and regulate fluid balance. Ginger reduces flatulence and nausea. It makes your stomach stronger and releases mucus. It also reduces pain in the throat and activates blood flow. A real super herb!!

If you want to release mucus, you should put two drops of peppermint or eucalyptus to your carrier oil and rub it to your back and chest (also Do Terra’s Breath oil blend). It’s NOT recommended to do that for babies or small kids or people with asthma! Essential oils are very powerful!

How to avoid the flu?

If somebody in the family has flu, you should put purifying essential oils to your steamer, for example lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus (Do Terra also has oil blends called Shield and On guard). You can also put two drops of these oils to bottom of your and your kids’ feet. Some of the hospitals have started to use steamers with essential oils also in the west to purify the air.

3% hydrogen peroxide is readily available in your pharmacy. You can rinse family’s toothbrushes with that and put a drop or two to your ear if needed. I use hydrogen peroxide in my self made cleaning products, like in all-purpose cleaner and dish soap (But more about that later!). A human body produces hydrogen peroxide, when fighting disease, so it’s very natural product.

Tips on how to use essential oils in skincare


Are you ready for the world of essential oils?

Essential oils can improve the condition of your skin and help you in your skin problems. Skin is the largest organ in human body and absorbs essential oils very effectively. If your body doesn’t agree with a particular essential oil, you can probably see it first from your skin. In this case you should choose a different oil from another plant.

Oily skin and acne

When your sebaceous glands are over activated, your skin gets oily. When you add unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, hormonal problems and stress, your skin can get even worse. Skin problems can also be caused by puberty, pregnancy, menopause and menstruation. You can put a drop of T-tree, camomile or lavender oil straight on your pimples. You can also mix two drops of essential oils on your bath water or put two drops of lavender to your steamer to release stress. Roman camomile helps also to the inflammation of acne. Lemon is antiseptic. Basil, grapefruit and lemon grass help to clear the skin. You can dilute two drops of them and use regularly on your face or back.

Dry and mixed skin

The dryness of your skin maybe caused by your sebaceous glands not being active enough, but also outer factors like: coldness, wind and sun. Dry skin gets flaky easily and also ages quicker than oily skin. Mixed skin is very common and the most common skin type among Finns. Having mixed skin means that the skin on your nose, jaw and fore head gets oily, but cheeks maybe still be dry. Dry skin absorbs oils very quickly. It’s good idea to add two drops of essential oils to your face cream or carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil. It helps also to put two drops to your bath water. Good essential oils to dry skin are: Rose, sandal wood (moisturising), lavender, jasmine and camomile. T-tree oil is good for flaky skin. Good essential oils for balancing mixed skin are: Geranium and ylang-ylang.