Essential oils have taken the prepper world by storm and with good reason. For a relatively low cost, a few bottles of carefully selected essential oils can resolve a myriad of first aid woes, not the least of which are colds and flus, headaches, minor infections, and those dreaded aches and pains caused by sore muscles, charley horses, and more.
Each month, as I have written about essential oils, the message has come back loud and clear. “We want specifics!”.
Today I am going to share with you a very basic, very useful, and very specific use of essential oils. It has been my experience that three simple oils, applied to the bottom of your feet at the onset of a cold, will bust the nasties quickly and allow you to get on with the business of living.
This protocol is commonly referred to as the “Cold and Flu Bomb”.
DIY Cold and Flu Bomb
The Cold and Flu Bomb Recipe
This essential oil recipe is so darn easy, yet effective, that it is embarrassing.
Cold and Flu Bomb
Combine the essential oils in a roller bottle. At the onset of a cold, apply to the soles of your feet plus the big toe every 2 to 3 hours. Continue to use for at least once day after your symptoms are done.
I find that this makes up enough to use on one person for one day. It is easy to double or triple the recipe so use your judgment and prepare as little or as much as you think you will need.
Special note for use on children under eight: You will not want to use these oils undiluted on the kiddos. You can’t go wrong with a 50/50 dilution with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or even Simple Salve which is healing salve without essential oils).
That’s it. Were you expecting more?
Actually, there are variations to this recipe, such as adding 5 drops of lemon essential oil or a few drops of Peppermint or Frankincense. I have had excellent results using the basic recipe so have not bothered with any alternatives.
Night Time Cold Buster
For extra healing, I have used 2 drops of melaleuca, 2 drops of Shield, and 1 drop of Oregano in my diffuser at night. If you are stuffed up, you may want to diffuse eucalyptus or Respire blend instead.
A Note About Essential Oils
I use essential oils from Spark Naturals because I feel they are they are the most affordable, therapeutic quality essential oils out there. That said, there are many quality essential oil companies and I am certain their oils will work as well. On the other hand, why pay more when you don’t have to?
That being said, I am building up a supply of Melaleuca, Shield, and Oregano essential oils for long term storage. So far, I have 2 of each stored away in a cool dark location and there is no reason to believe that they will not be good years from now. If however, you live in a warm, humid climate, you may want to store your oils in the refrigerator during the heat of summer.
The Final Word
As I have written in the past, Oregano essential oil is considered to be nature’s strongest and most effective antibiotic. In addition, Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree Oil) has been proven to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi. Shield is a blend of oils that support a healthy immune function plus kills bacteria, mold and viruses.
All are great oils to have on hand for use now as well as for the long term when traditional drugs and OTC remedies may not be available. For more information, read:
One more thing. Over the next year I plan to share more essential oil solutions that I have used personally with good results. To me, first hand anecdotal knowledge and first hand experience trumps volumes of material found on the internet that may, or may not be valid, in practical terms.
What do you think? Do you have an essential oil “recipe” or formula to share that may be useful to someone else?
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Spotlight: Spark Naturals sells a Cold and Flu Bomb Kit with everything you need to fight those winter sniffles, runny noses, and fevers. In addition to the three oils, it includes a roller ball bottle so that you are all set without having to purchase anything else.
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Health & Wellness Kit: If you are just getting started in using essential oils for wellness purposes, I recommend the Health and Wellness Kit which includes all of my favorites including Melaleuca, Oregano and Shield – the oils you need to make up the Cold and Flu Bomb.
Aromatherapy Glass Roll On Bottles, Frost Cobalt Blue-Set of 6: You are going to want some of these for your oils. I put essential oils (singly or in combination) in a roller ball with a bit of fractionated coconut oil and use it to apply e.o.s topically. Note that I prefer the cobalt blue roller ball containers but they are also available in clear. These complement the custom salves I mix up and store in these 1/2 ounce ointment jars.
1 oz. Cobalt Blue Boston Round Glass Bottle with Spray: These well-priced glass spray bottles are well-priced and the perfect size for DIY sprays using essential oils.
Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil: Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked. This is the fractionated coconut oil I use.
Diffusers: You are definitely going to want to consider a diffuser. I keep one in my office next to my desk, one in the bedroom, and one in the bathroom. The diffuser pictured below is this one: ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser.
NOW Foods Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals. For healing purposes, I feel they are superior. On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price. Here are a few to get you started: NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, Now Foods Lavender Oil and Now Foods Lemon Oil.
Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition: This is the ultimate book for the essential oil user. I thought long and hard before purchasing this book myself, but once I did, I was so grateful I took the leap. The information is cross referenced in many ways making it easy to find what you are looking for. When searching for a particular remedy, you may see multiple oils listed and any will work but they are presented in order of typical efficacy. The nice thing is that if you do not have #1 on hand, you can move down the list. I have found the recommendations to be spot on.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components).
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