As cold temperatures and increasingly sunless days cause our vitamin D levels to drop, it’s a great time to diffuse essential oils into heavily used room spaces or to inhale them. As the trend is to build our homes more tightly for energy savings, internal air quality suffers and so does our body’s ability to heal itself. Essential oils like these listed below which have tremendous anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties to help disinfect and freshen stale air.
And year ’round I use this in the bathroom or kitchen when I feel surfaces need an overall purification after flu or a round of nasty colds.
The oils in this recipe work together to combat germs in the air and on surfaces. They are gentle to the body and also delightful to the senses!
Air Purification Formula For Personal Vaporizer
- Lavender: 2-drops
- Lemon: 2-drops
- Rosemary: 2-drops
- Tea Tree: 2-drops
- Clove: 1-drop (optional) for more broad spectrum coverage
- Cinnamon: 1-drop (optional) for more broad spectrum coverage
Note: I have used essential oils for years and am familiar with many of the companies out there; I am not one to just buy exclusively from one essential oil company and have grown to trust Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy, Aura Cacia, NOW Foods, DoTerra and Young Living essential oils. I just don’t want to pay higher prices than necessary. I also want effective medicine, so my go-to lately has been Plant Therapy.
Respiratory inhalation or topical application of essential oils are certainly the simplest and most common means of using therapeutic-grade essential oils.
This blend has brought members of our family back from the abyss of flu many times through the years. I also sometimes choose to dilute these same oils in 1 TBSP of a carrier oil and apply generously to the chest, underarms, the soft skin under the upper arm or to the soles of the feet. Always use a carrier oil if applying topically.
According to researcher Jean Valnet, M.D., an essential oil in a carrier oil that is directly applied to the skin (or breathed/diffused) can pass into the bloodstream and diffuse throughout the tissues in 20 minutes or less.
Directions for Inhaling Essential Oils:
Fill the holding reservoir with just enough water so it doesn’t overflow… 3-4 TBSP. Inhalers vary, but some water is needed to act as the carrier for the oils you will add.
Next, add the drops of each of the oils (as per recipe above), one at a time, into the water-filled reservoir of a vaporizer and turn it on. The steam will rise delivering the oils so you can inhale them deeply into your lungs.
For sore throats, flu, or sinus infections: Hold your mouth and nose over the face rest and try to give yourself time (5-10 minutes) with the oils so they can perfuse your lungs, bloodstream, and cells. If it gets too hot or steamy, just turn it off for a few minutes and continue to inhale as deeply as possible.
It may make you cough, but that means it is doing its job and breaking up congestion. The vapor will continue to rise until it cools.
Do this several times a day. Wipe the reservoir clean after each day’s use.
Essential oils don’t give the apparent immediate results of antibiotics, but they allow the body to heal itself and result in a strengthening of the whole system.
If congestion accompanies the cold, flu, or bronchitis, add 1-2 drops eucalyptus essential oil. As a little girl, my grandmother taught me to put a several drops of this wonderful oil on the collar of my pajamas. It always makes me think of her now when I am stuffy-nosed or congested.
Also, for making a pre-mixed quantity of Purification for extended room diffusing, check out My Version of Purification Essential Oil Blend (and save $)!
“The person who takes medicine (pharmaceuticals) must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” -William Osler, M.D.
Several excellent resource books to help you get started with essential oils:
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