With winter well and truly on our doorstep, we are stocking up on our cold and flu prevention tools. Whilst good food and nutrition is always our main form of defence (keep an eye on the blog for a special post on this in the coming weeks), as a busy Mumma I also use other natural goodies to help keep those germs at bay, and to help me heal faster in the event I do catch something.
I am a big fan of accupuncture and osteopathy to help my body stay balanced, and I also use essential oils when I feel they can give me a boost. Essential oils make the perfect sidekick in your quest against germs and on your journey to heal. From lifting your mood, to disinfecting your benchtops and clearing your sinuses, essential oils can help keep your household healthy this winter.
Below are some of my favourite essential oils* to use during winter:
One to two drops in your washing machine with a dash of vinegar on a hot full cycle can help freshen things up and sanitize your machine to keep it extra clean - try not to use this mix too much though as it can actually damage your washer if used too much - once a month is perfect.
Lemon is known for its detoxifying, energising and revitalising properties. Simply add a few drops to your diffuser, and diffuse for just ten minutes while having some much needed Mumma time with a book and a nice cuppa - this can help to clear the mind and give you a good mood boost on a cold winter morning.
Tea tree oil is perfect for cleaning, especially in the bathroom. With its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties it can really help to keep germs at bay. Tea tree oil is extremely strong though, so go easy - two to three drops diluted in a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water makes a great shower cleaner. Just one small bottle of tea tree oil will last you many seasons to come!
The uplifting scent of orange is a welcome edition to any household. Add a couple of drops in a spray bottle, filled with white vinegar, and you have an easy bench top cleaner for the home.
It’s so important to take extra care of yourself during winter, and it especially helps to get lots of rest to keep your energy up - and your immune function in top form. Lavender is one of the best known oils for promoting relaxation and sleep. After your little ones are tucked in bed and peaceful in dreamland for the night, add 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil to your diffuser to help you get your much needed rest (we all know how much Mumma needs a good sleep!), or even better - you can wind down before bed enjoying some Mumma time by having a relaxing in a epsom salt bath with a cup of epsom salts and couple of drops of lavender oil - bliss!
[*Disclaimer: Remember, essential oils are very potent - so a little goes a very, very long way! It is important to always store your essential oils securely and well out of reach, as ingestion and/or skin exposure can be harmful - always keep out of reach of children. Consult a health professional before use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Always be careful using essential oils around pets too, especially as some essential oils can be toxic to animals. Essential oils can interact with some medications, so always do your own research before using. Do your own research, and use only as directed.]
Thanks for reading and I wish you good health and happiness this winter!