This post is sponsored by CVS. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
I have to admit that I wasn’t initially convinced that essential oils did much of anything, other than to drain the money out of my pocket. There are so many people out there trying to sell us doTerra and Young Living products and I always thought of it as a pyramid scheme (no judging here, I tried to do it too but was terrible at it)! However, I have come to using them here and there and now I swear by them, especially in the fall & winter when the cold season hits! I will only be addressing ways to use essential oils to prevent or aid when an infection hits, but there are SO many other advantages to using these oils as well!
Before I get into the ways you can use essential oils, it’s important that you do your research before using the product. Make sure you understand how much to use (children and adults are different) and exposing certain oils to your skin can sometimes cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin 🙂
1.) Sore Throat Prevention & Remedy: Take 1 drop of tea tree oil and add it to a glass of warm water & salt (2 teaspoons) and swish and spit twice daily. This will help to decrease inflammation and also ward off infection!
2.) Prevent illness or lessen the days of symptoms: Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your diffuse at night and let it cleanse you while you sleep. We have two little children’s diffusers for each of the kids rooms and one in our room as well!
3.) Create your own hand sanitizer: I think this is the best! Since there has been a bit of controversy over whether or not some of the hand sanitizers actually work, I love that this is an option. Here is the recipe if you want to try it!
4.) Sinus Congestion Remedy: Take a pot of boiling water and add 5-8 drops of tea tree oil. Place your face above the bowl and breathe in and out deeply for 10 minutes. You can do this twice a day to clear up pressure & bacteria (tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial properties)
5.) Chest congestion or respiratory issues: You can make your own vapor rub by mixing eucalyptus oil , peppermint oil and coconut oil. I wouldn’t advise putting this directly onto your child’s skin unless you have spoken with his/her pediatrician first 🙂
6.) Relieve a congested nose: Take a few drops of eucalyptus oil and put them onto a face cloth. Bring this cloth around with you all day and takes sniffs of it here and there.
The CVS Health brand line will be your best friend this cold/flu season. They have high-quality essentials that I have personally tried and love. CVS Pharmacy’s 9,600 locations have everything you need for preventing and treating the flu, including multiple flu vaccine options, over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, multivitamins and anti-bacterial cleaning products and are open every day, including evenings and weekends, with no appointment needed. Visit CVS.com/flu to locate the CVS Pharmacy closest to you and to learn more information on the vaccines offered. Certain immunizations have age and location restrictions. My work (hospital) actually requires it by law in order to work there!
If you are not already a member of CVS ExtraCare Rewards program, I highly recommend it. I have been using it for the past 6 years and I love that I receive coupons and money back towards future purchases. You can even receive personalized email offers based on previous purchases you have made – saving you money along the way! 🙂