Aromatherapy For Colds

Essential oils to help ease coldsWhen temperatures drop, cold germs come out of the woodwork. Sure, they’re a part of winter we have to endure, but there’s no reason to be a passive receptor. Judicious use of essential oils can heal, and even help prevent, cold symptoms. So put those germs on alert—aromatherapy is on your team.

“True” aromatherapy, according to Liz Fulcher, director of the Aromatic Wisdom Institute in Selinsgrove, Penn., and a clinical aromatherapy therapist, involves using plant extracts that have emotional and physical healing properties. “It’s the chemistry of the oil, not the smell, that makes the difference,” she says. “When it comes to attacking a problem, it doesn’t even matter if you have a sense of smell. It still works. Each oil has its own chemistry and interacts with the body in different ways, depending on its molecular structure. It might be antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, skin nourishing, or digestive.”

The essential oil comes from that part of the plant responsible for its signature aroma, the glands. The glands are full of liquid—essential oil—that contributes to the well-being of the plant, as well as to those who use it. For this reason, synthetics don’t work. They may smell good, but they don’t contain the chemistry—the essential oil—that facilitates healing.

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