A few times, I have referenced how we use high quality oils for personal care recipes and for homeopathic care and recipes. I use a different grade of oils for cleaning products. But high quality oils are absolutely necessary for recipes used on yourself, ingested or any other personal use.
There are a couple of great options for the high quality oils, but we use and have used DoTerra for the past few years. And so that is what I am showing you, because it is what we have experience and success with. We’ve heard of other food grade oils as well, but we haven’t tried them ourselves and we don’t like to post anything that we personally have not had experience with.
And…. we have actually been using DoTerra oils for a few years and many times per week for so many reasons. It seems like they are “expensive,” but since most of the bottles are 15 ml, these contain 300 drops of oil. Most uses only use a drop or two, so you have 100+ uses per bottle! This comes out to be much, much cheaper than name-brand OR generic meds and personal care products, but much healthier instead! So for us, we see the value and frugality of using them.
I just wanted to give that background for you so you know where we were coming from.
Ok, so now I want to share our Cold, Cough and Throat Healing Oil Recovery Blend! This is the “help all of these” three ailments. One bottle blend and rollerball blend last us forever!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are basically the super concentrated form of that food/herb. The oil is extracted from the different parts of the plant/food and used for natural homeopathic uses for personal care and for natural cleaning around the home. This is a super, super basic explanation, but for a more detailed description, you can read up on them HERE.
More About Recipes for Your Own Cold, Cough and Throat Healing Oil Blends
I am brining this up now in June because we woke up and started dealing with a cold and cough with a beginning throat irritation. Yes, it is summer and it seems so off…. but it’s funny because we use our oils about 2-3 times more in the winter to prevent sickness (and it works!) but then summer comes and we ease thinking we are safe from germs with the warm weather.
Well, last Saturday, we were at an all day outdoor event and thought it would be warm like it has been. Well, half way through the day, a cold front came through and we all got a little cold…. which weakens your immune system to make you more susceptible to catching something. We were around thousands of people and touching handles, and rides that many thousands had touched and a few days later…..colds! We did not use oils before we went or during as it was “summer.”
So, you just never know when you might need a natural cure! Let me take it back…. there really isn’t a cure for the common cold…. but this helps to heal and recover faster…..
Here’s the best oils for cold, cough and throat recovery!
Note that each of them actually has dozens of uses for many things, they are not limited to this purpose. You can click on the link to the DoTerra site that will share more about each oil to learn more!
Each of these oils has anti-viral properties and together they can help attack a broader range of sickness. We also have recommend lemon, lavender and peppermint for cleaning!
Basically, you can use one or all. The more you combine together, the better chance you have of a faster recovery. You will just make a blend to use and then use that blend regularly throughout your sickness.
How To Take These Oils or How To Make Blends
There are several methods. I am going to share them with you from super easy and convient to a more medicinal type of method. Each method is entirely up to you! Note that you can do all of these too!
1. Hand and Cup Method
Drip a drop of oil or a few oils in your hand and rub together and then “cup” your hands around your face/nose and take several deep breaths of the oils to open up your respiratory system and to start fighting the sickness. You will want to do this several times a day.
The benefit of this one is that it is an immediate, easy, on-the-go method.
2. Diffuse the combo of oils in an oil diffuser. We’ve mentioned oil diffusers before and here’s a couple of ideas for you.
This is the exact diffuser that we use and it has been more than worth the investment. Amazon has the best price on them and you can see this one and many others on Amazon HERE.
An oil warmer is an affordable way to go and you can get them for a really good price on Amazon HERE.
The benefit of this one is that everyone in the room/home gets the therapeutic benefits and it can also keep others from getting sick, while the sick ones seek relief.
3. Massage lymph nodes with an oil blend.
Just in the palm of your hand, take a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, and add a few drops of oils (like 1 drop of a few different ones) and mix with your finger. Then apply to the base of your neck, behind your ears, chest and other lymph nodes. You will want to do this a few times a day.
4. Create a blend spray for spraying on yourself, in your mouth and around your environment.
This is one of our preferred methods. Take a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, and fill your mini-glass spray bottle with 2/3 to 3/4 full of the oil. The add 10 drops of lemon and lavender and about 5 drops of the other oils. This spray will now last for a long while and you can store it in a cool dark place (like a cupboard) and use it as needed.
To use this, you can spray pillows, environments, your body, in your mouth (it doesn’t taste good :)) and use it as needed wherever!
5. Roller Ball Method
This is also our favorite. We pretty much always have #4 and #5 ready to go whenever we need it! You can buy these small glass roller ball tubes online and then make your own blends and “roll it on” wherever you need it! We make the blend the same as the spray recipe in #4. And then we rub it on lymph nodes, temples, chest, bottom of the feet (the feet are a GREAT place when everyone is laying down/sleeping!), back of the neck, etc. I can also take these on the go.
As a side note, my most effective and #1 headache medicine is lavender oil. I have a tube of half lavender oil and half carrier oil in my purse and when I feel a headache, I will rub in on the base of my neck and my temples. My headaches always go away in a few minutes!
6. Ingesting Ideas *Please note, this HAS to be oils that are certified pure and safe for internal consumption. The companies I know about are DoTerra and Young Living. There could be others, but I don’t know. I have also only tried DoTerra. You can’t do this without that safe consumption rating.
Finally, one final way (recommended for adults only) is to take this internally. You can do this a couple of ways. You can see that we have pictured a “dropper” bottle. The formula/recipe is the exact same as the spray bottle and then you just take a 1/4 to 1/2 dropper under your tongue. It won’t taste good – sorry.
If you can’t stand the taste (like me), consider buying empty veggie caps (you can get them at any health food store or from DoTerra HERE too!) and put a drop or two or each oil in the capsule and then take it this way. You won’t taste it, but it can get into your system. I am not the biggest fan of this as it isn’t convenient and easy. And honestly, you really can’t “drip” the oil into the capsules. You need to have a dropper that you can stick into the bottle of oil and then drip into the capsule. So it is quite a bit of work.
I wanted to make a note that internal ingestion is fine and many swear by it, but it is actually a slower process to get into your blood stream. Applying to your skin with some of the other methods presented, will actually get into your blood stream faster, according to many experts on essential oils. So not only is that the easiest, but apparently more effective. However, I still wanted to show you all of the methods I know about!
7. Buy Blends/Products Already Made
As one more idea, I wanted to mention that you can buy blends and products already made so that the whole process is much easier and cheaper starting out. In fact, these two oils were the first and only oils we had from DoTerra for a few months and both serve all of us well in preventing and helping to recover.
The favorite blends are Breathe and OnGuard.
Here’s what they are and what they do…. each bottle lasts us (a family of 7) for about 4-6 months and we use both a lot! Breathe is FANTASTIC for allergies!
Find this on the DoTerra site HERE
Find this on the DoTerra site HERE
*Both of these are free from DoTerra this month (June 2014) with qualified orders, so it is a good month to start an oil collection for these two popular oils for free!
For purchasing small glass spray or dropper bottles, Amazon has many that are a good price HERE. You may also be able to find them at a local health food store.
For the roller ball applicators, Amazon has super great prices that make them HERE like .50 each glass roll-on bottle.
A couple of years ago, I did purchase the roll-on applicator bottles and the spray and dropper bottles in bulk like this (the bottles came as 6 packs and the roll-on bottles as 24 pack) and then I have had enough bottles to create all kinds of blends and just keep refilling as needed. So it was quite convenient!
Again, I just wanted to mention again the importance of using a high quality oil that is safe for internal consumption. I don’t cut corners on this as the move to essential oils for many purposes already saves us tons of money over store-bought versions. Essential oils have been a huge blessing to our family and I am so thankful that I started using them for personal use a few years ago! I have used them around the home for cleaning for probably 8+ years!
Finally, I wanted to state that investing in essential oils can be a very beneficial thing to do. If you set aside $20 or even $10 a month to start an oil bank, you will have a nice collection for many home remedies and uses in no time. I mention this because after a few years of using them personally with success, we want to finally share many home remedies, ideas and even recipes for personal care products, many of which will include essential oils, so that you can continue to become even more and more frugal!
*They do sell these oils in international countries too, so if you are not in the United States, you can still get them!
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*Please note, this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition or replace any medicines or medical treatment, it is purely our opinion from our experience and research from a non-medical perspective. Please confirm all of these things with your doctor.