Credit for this gorgeous image: Jackie Wichman/USFWS -- accessed 1/30/2018 at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/14252130479 Although bergamot mint (Mentha citrada) shares the same genus as peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and corn mint (Mentha arvensis) its chemistry is quite different. We generally think of mint as cooling, refreshing, and menthol rich. Both peppermint and corn mint have a high menthol content (my latest GC/MS reports show 45% and 74% menthol resp
Whether you need to soothe a cough, unstuff your sinuses, or you've been around germy people and want to clear your airways steam is an easy effective way to help. Dr.s often recommend a steamy shower to help with congestion from cold and flu and WebMD lists "Take a Steamy Shower" as one of eight tips to fight cold and flu naturally. (1) Well it's kind of tough to jump in the shower several times a day especially if you feel crummy but you can benefit from steam by simply boi
Check out the infografic below on essential oils as antimicrobials. They can fight viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Need help creating a blend to fight germs, soothe a cough, support your immune system? Need essential oils or help selecting them? I can help. Contact me , peruse my site, or give me a text or call. Tricia
The flu has hit hard around here. In it's wake it has been leaving a nagging cough. Coughs can be helpful to clear out excess mucus as the body clears out germs. But dry coughs are annoying and even when productive coughs that last for weeks are downright annoying. In my household we've been quite fortunate that no one has had a bad flu. But my son did suffer a fever for a couple of days that trailed into a cough. Fortunately diffusing anti-viral and mucolytic oils plus steam
Eucaplytus radiata, dives, and globulous all offer support for colds and coughs. And over the past year I've met several people who mention that they are allergic or sensitive to this often used oil family. Fortunately there are many other options when it comes to opening up airways, loosening mucus, and calming coughs. Eucaplytus radiata and globulus are typically high in 1,8 cineole and also contain a-pinene. The Cineole offers mucolytic (1) and anti-spasmodic (2) actions.
Colds and flu are rampant right now in CA and across the US. There is no cure for cold or flu -- but one can take measures to support their immune health, which is our body's line of defense against germs. When a virus or bacteria invades our body it's the immune system that responds and works to eliminate the germs before they begin to multiply and cause the symptoms of cold or flu. If a virus or bacteria begins to multiply and evades this initial attempt of elimination, the
Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance or dizzy. It is often caused by inner ear problems. (1) This includes canaliths (calcium particle) buildup in the ear drum. An inner ear disorder called Meniere's disease may sometimes result in vertigo. Vestibular neuritis, which is usually related to viral infection that causes inflammation of the nerves of the ear may also lead to dizziness and balance issues. Less often neck or head injury, stroke or tumor, certain medications