Rest: The only time your body can heal itself is when it is at rest. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
Hydration: Be sure to drink lots of water and warm water with lemon. The fluids can help to loosen the mucus, making it easier to cough up. A warm drink of water or rooibos tea, with 1tsp honey and some lemon, will soothe the throat and loosen phlegm.
Avoid lying down flat: Use extra pillows to elevate your head and chest when at rest. Lying flat causes the mucus to settle in your chest.
Humidifier/steamer: To clear the air and loosen the mucus to relieve the coughing.
Avoid smoke/smoking: This will clearly irritate the lungs further.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 4 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Rosemary and 4 drops of Eucalyptus. Apply the blend over the body, especially the chest area, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 2 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Rosemary and 2 drops of Eucalyptus. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Inhalation – Eucalyptus – Very useful for congestion, easing catarrh and soothing the respiratory tract: The age-old method of a towel over the head. Pour boiled water into a bowl. Add 10 drops of Eucalyptus. Agitate the water. Close your eyes. Place a towel over your head. Inhale the vapours for a few minutes at a time, for up to 10 minutes, or as long as comfortable. Repeat as many times as necessary. A facial steamer can also be used, but with 3-5 drops of Essential Oil.
Cloth/tissue – Place 1 or 2 drops of Essential Oils of your choice onto a cloth/tissue. Inhale. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
Sleep – You can place 1 drop of Lavender on your pillow at night to aid sleep.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops into a diffuser. (2 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Eucalyptus and 1 drop of Rosemary).
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A relaxing oil, yet mentally stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **