We would suggest the following:
Mint: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidants to improve the immune system. Can help clear your lungs and respiratory tract as well as fight the bacteria. (See Essential Oils). *Tea*.
Amla: The Indian gooseberry does wonders for your body and skin. The juice helps with inflammation in the stomach and respiratory tract. Antibacterial properties fight the bacteria and support the immune system.
Green tea: Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. Helps boost the immune system and destroy the bacteria.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
Garlic & Ginger
Can assist with the following:
- Elimination of toxins
- Boosts digestion
- Eases discomfort of the stomach and bowel
- Enhances appetite
- Clears the respiratory tract
- Soothes aches
- Reduces inflammation
1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner
Ginger slows down blood clotting in some cases, and should not be taken with other medications (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) that also slow down clotting, as it will increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Garlic unpleasant breath or body odour, heartburn, burning in your mouth or throat, nausea, vomiting, gas or diarrhoea
We would suggest the following:
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: fractionated coconut, rosehip or jojoba are best for this. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Eucalyptus and 4 drops of Peppermint. Apply the blend over the chest and lung area, as necessary. At least twice a day.
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 Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 4 drops of Eucalyptus and 1 drop of Peppermint. 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.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops to a diffuser. (3 drops of Eucalyptus and 2 drops of Peppermint)
Inhalation – 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 8 drops of Eucalyptus and 2 drops of Peppermint. 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 each Essential Oil of your choice onto a cloth/tissue. Inhale. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
** 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.
** Peppermint – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant. Safe all around for inhaling. Use low doses, if at all for night time baths **
** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **