2. Tea Tree
You may already be familiar with Tea Tree Oil as a natural disinfectant as many yoga studios use a blend of Tea Tree and water as a natural cleaner for mats and props before and after class. Tea Tree is a powerful antibacterial oil, so is also commonly used in natural beauty products. The fragrance of this oil promotes cleansing and purity, so it is also a great natural remedy for cold and flu. Tea Tree should always be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to skin and can be used in most of the ways listed above, but should not be ingested.
Pine, which is steam distilled directly from the needles of the tree, was first used by Hippocrates for its benefits to the respiratory system. It is known for treating throat/lung/sinus infections and can be used as a powerful decongestant.
To relieve nasal congestion, combine 2 drops of Pine with 3 drops of Lemon and 3 drops of Eucalyptus and diffuse. Pine should also be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied directly to the skin.
This is one of the key ingredients in the Thieves blend listed above and has been used by healers in China and India since ancient time as it is known for its immune-enhancing properties. Clove is a strong oil, so should be diluted 1 part clove to 4 parts carrier oil for topical application or ingestion. You can apply 1 drop to the back of the tongue to relieve the tickling cough that often lingers at the end of a cold and it can also be diffused for antiviral properties.
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