Aromatherapy

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Ingredients for steam bath:
Large bowl
Hot boiling water
3 drops Bergamot
3 drops lavender
2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops tea tree oil
1 towel

Ingredients for scrub:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil
12 drops grapefruit oil
4 drops lemon oil

Small jar or container

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Fiamma has a cough today that I hope isn’t turning into a cold! It’s so hot and the fan and air conditioner is on, my doctor said to keep her cool, I hope it’s not the cough culprit!

One thing I do for myself when I don’t feel well is aromatherapy! That’s the use of natural herbs and fragrance used with oils or scrubs to heal your body.

For coughs there are a few oils that work well. Coughs can be dry and irritating and mucus can get stuck in your throat.

The first thing to do would be to rub aloe on your throat. Take a piece of fresh aloe Vera, a cactus plant, an heat it over a low flame. Use a knife and cut it open to heat the natural gel inside. Rub until absorbed and then cover your neck with a warm cloth. Reapply as needed, a few times a day.

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Aloe Vera stalk

For the oils, you can use benzoin, bergamot, sandalwood, myrtle or thyme, all of which have qualities that help to expel mucus.

You can use them in the bath, in a humidifier, or over a candle in a dispenser. The best way for a cold, flu or chest issue is a steam bath.

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Oil defuser

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I made my own recipe for the baby using bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

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Bergamot is a citrus and comes from Italy. It is an antiseptic among other things and is good for anxiety, urinary infections, and also for calming and cheering. It is often used in skin care products and lotions and to treat oily skin.

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Lavender is a bushy shrub found in France, morocco, Spain, and Hungary. It has a fresh clean scent and can be used as an antiviral, antiseptic, and sedative. It’s the most popular oil and is soothing and relaxing. It can help with sleep, pms, and depression. Best used in steam form, avoid in early pregnancy.

steam bath:
Heat water to a boil in a pot or tea pot. Put the drops of oil in your large bowl. Once the water has reached a boil pour over the oils and immediately put the towel over your head and your head over the bowl. The steam should start to reach your face and your head/bowl should be completely covered by the towel. Stay under for about 10 minutes.

For the baby, I put the oils in the sink and ran very hot water. I sat with her in the closed bathroom for a few minutes as the steam and scent permeated the room.

Later I’m going to put this in her humidifier for bedtime.

While I was at it I made a sugar scrub for me!!! 🙂

It’s so much better to make your own. It’s cheaper, and great for shaving. I never cut or have razor burn after using it. I made a refreshing citrus to energize my mornings.

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Just combine the sugar, oil, and scent and mix well. You can even add food coloring if you like. Put in a small jar and voila! Sugar scrub! I made a few as gifts this year with peppermint and almond. I put a bow on an labeled it. I think it makes a great personal gift for holidays or just as a thank you!
Enjoy and stay healthy!

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