How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

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Having your sinuses congested might make you feel miserable, but you don’t have to stay that way! I’m going to show you how you can quickly relieve sinus congestion with the power of healthy essential oils!

Have you ever had your sinuses congested so badly that you couldn’t breathe in or out of your nose? Not only that, but they were so completely stopped up that you could hardly swallow? Just try swallowing while holding your nose really tightly and you’ll see how difficult it is.

That’s the predicament I was in a few weeks ago and I had a tough time even resting because of it. Everything was completely stopped up. I grabbed a few essential oils and was able to clear my congestion considerably in just a few minutes!

 Here’s how to do it.

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How To Relieve Sinus Congestion With Essential Oils

Ingredients

2 drops eucalyptus essential oil (buy here)
2 drops rosemary essential oil (buy here)
2 drops peppermint essential oil (buy here)
2 drops thyme essential oil (buy here)

Directions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.

What I did was breathed the vapors deeply for about 3 minutes, took a break for a minute or two, and then repeated the essential oil steam for another 3 minutes or so and took a break, etc. until my sinuses were clear. This so greatly relieved my congestion so that I could breathe again! 

I repeated this procedure throughout the day if I got stuffy again. It is necessary to make a whole new pan of essential oil steam if you repeat later in the day as the essential oils vaporize into the air and do not stay potent in the pan of water.

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Essential Oils For Sinus Congestion
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Ingredients
  1. 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  2. 2 drops rosemary oil
  3. 2 drops peppermint oil
  4. 2 drops thyme oil
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour into a pan or bowl.
  3. Add essential oils to water and stir.
  4. Drape a towel over your head and hold head over the steaming bowl.
  5. Inhale vapors deeply for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Repeat as needed.
Adapted from Essential Oil Benefits
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
 How do you naturally relieve sinus congestion?

How To Make Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer That is Actually Safe for Your Kids

hand-sanitizer Making my own hand sanitizer has been on my list of to-dos for a looong time! I am so happy to say that I’ve finally made some! Yay! I’m going to show you how very simple it is to make homemade moisturizing hand sanitizer. With the approaching winter months and cold/flu season, killing germs is on most of our minds. I am one of those that cleans the shopping cart handle and carries a (natural) hand sanitizer in my purse. But it’s important to use natural hand sanitizer and I’ll explain why.

Why Traditional Hand Sanitizers Are Not OK

I recently looked up the ingredients of the Purell brand hand sanitizer because it is a popular one. While the chemicals in this hand sanitizers are not listed in the high zone for causing cancer, the ingredients are still not natural or, in my opinion, completely safe. In this post,  I’m going to focus on just 2 aspects of traditional hand sanitizer ingredients that concern me the most.

Alcohol

Have you heard about the kids getting drunk from ingesting a few squirts of hand sanitizer? This is due to the alcohol content. The high alcohol content makes store-bought hand sanitizers not safe to me. Even if a child doesn’t eat the sanitizer, the alcohol is getting into the bloodstream via the skin. Hand sanitizers contain about 63-70% of pure alcohol. Yikes! That is not something I want to continuously put on my children’s skin.

Bad for the Immune System

Hand sanitizer strips the hands of both good and bad bacteria. This is not a good thing since the body uses germs to build strength and help the immune system fight illness. So in other words, the hand sanitizer that is supposed to help you NOT get sick can actually contribute to you GETTING sick. This is one reason that it’s so good to let your children play in the dirt, run around outside barefoot, and play with animals. Kids that stay indoors too much are often sickly looking and acting. I am all about keeping the hands washed and cleaning dirty handles that may have germs, but let’s do it in a safe way! How to Make Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer that is Actually Safe for Your Kids | Jill's Home Remedies | Learn how to make this simple safe hand santizer! How To Make Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer That is Actually Safe for Your Kids

Making hand sanitizer is very simple. All it requires is some essential oils mixed with witch hazel, and you have yourself a safe sanitizer just in time for the winter months!

Homemade Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

1 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel or 1/2 cup witch hazel and 1/2 cup aloe vera
1 capsule vitamin e oil
3 drops rosemary oil
4 drops eucalyptus or tea tree oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops clove oil

I buy essential oils here.

Directions

  • Puncture vitamin e capsule and squeeze into a jar.
  • Combine all the other ingredients in the jar and shake well.
  • Transfer to spray or squeeze bottle.
  • Shake well before each use.  

Homemade Hand Sanitizer
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel or 1/2 cup witch hazel and 1/2 cup aloe vera
  2. 1 capsule vitamin e oil
  3. 3 drops rosemary oil
  4. 4 drops eucalyptus or tea tree oil
  5. 5 drops cinnamon oil
Instructions
  1. Puncture vitamin E capsule and squeeze into a jar.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the jar and shake well.
  3. Transfer mixture to spray or squeeze bottle.
  4. Shake before each use.
Adapted from The Natural Beauty Book
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
And there you have it! Simple and safe hand sanitizer that will kill the germs but keep your immune system intact too!

Have you ever made hand sanitizer? Are you concerned about the safety of traditional sanitizer?

Resources

  • Hubbard   |  , B. S. (2014). 6 Reasons to Avoid Hand Sanitizers. Retrieved September 23, 2016, from http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/illness-washing-hands-sanitizers/2014/12/23/id/614647/ 
  •  Are We Overusing Instant Hand Sanitizers? (n.d.). Retrieved September 24, 2016, from http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/susan-evans-md/are-we-overusing-instant-hand-sanitizers 

My Review of Essential Oil Pain Relief Blend

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According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. This number is huge but it does not even reflect those that suffer from mild to severe occasional pain. That’s a lot of pain sufferers, isn’t it?! Pain is a big part of so many people’s lives. Whether you suffer from occasional pain or pain on a regular basis, I’m going to share an essential oil pain relief blend that I’ve been using that may be just the answer you need to natural pain relief!

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My Review of Essential Oil Pain Relief Blend

All Natural

I’m sure most of us have a family member, friend or some type of acquaintance that lives with pain. The burden of pain can be quite crippling and hard to live with on a daily basis. Most people turn to doctors and prescriptions for relief. The side effects, however, of pain medication (such as kidney and liver damage) can be quite concerning to some who would rather have a natural option. I recently received a bottle of Essential Oil Pain Relief Blend by L’or Pur to try out and was anxious to try it after reading reviews on their website such as:

“…I experienced great relief after using it. The relief was immediate. It’s amazing!”

“This product works like magic.”

“There was no pain in my neck and shoulder for almost 8-10 hours after application.”

I can say that I too found similar results after using this essential oil blend! Essential oils can be a powerful natural alternative to pain relief. There are 8 essential oils used in this blend: 

  1. Peppermint – Peppermint oil offers significant pain relief for muscle strains. It also helps the brain to handle the pain better.
  2. Wintergreen - Wintergreen oil is the most popular of essential oils for pain relief. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and can offer the same pain-relieving effects as aspirin. 
  3. Menthol – Menthol helps pain by targeting nerve receptors and helps the nervous system not remember the pain.
  4. Camphor – Camphor works as a mild anesthetic.
  5. Clove – The soothing and warming properties of clove help it to reduce pain.
  6. Sage - Sage helps soothe inflamed muscles and joints.
  7. Marjoram – Soothes muscles and strengthens the nervous system.
  8. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil relieves spasms and pain.

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Effective, Fast Relief

What good is using something for pain relief if you are in a ton of pain and have to wait a long time for it to work?! One thing that I was impressed by was how quickly these essential oils soaked into my skin and offered quick relief.

Ready-To-Go

I’m all about blending oils on my own to save money, but it is so nice to buy a blend that is already properly diluted with carrier oils. This blend uses sesame and almond oil.

Affordable

I don’t know if you’ve ever priced essential oil brands, but some of them can be up to $60 an ounce or more! Whew! I don’t know about you, but that is NOT in my price range. L’orpur Essential Oil Blend is only around $15 an ounce, and the bottle comes in a larger size, which makes it last a long time. Check out this short video of me applying the oil!

Read more about this essential oil blend here, and be sure to use lorpur15off at checkout to save 15%!

  Resources

  1. H. (2016). Essential Oils for Pain – L’orpur. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from http://essentialoilbenefits.com/essential-oils-for-pain-lorpur/ 
  2. The American Academy Of Pain Medicine. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2016, from http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx