The common cold is one of the most ordinary illnesses, and it causes frequent absences from school or work. In the US, the common cold is responsible for about 30 million lost days of work each year. When our immune system is operating at its peak, we can fight off most infections, but when we are stressed or run down we often will succumb to the illness.
When you are suffering from a cold or flu, there are many ways to relieve the symptoms. These symptoms include a stuffed up head, runny nose, sinus headache, bodily aches and pains, sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, and a general feeling of tiredness and lack of energy. Most doctors recommend drinking plenty of fluids and lots of rest so your body can recover on its own.
Most colds are caused by viral infections, and will not respond to treatment with antibiotics. The best way to fight a cold is to let it run its course. When recovering at home in bed, one of the things you can use to make you feel better is a vaporizer.
A vaporizer works by adding moisture to the dry air in your home. Usually a vaporizer works best in just one room, so put the vaporizer in the room where you will be spending the most time. If you are sick in bed, put the vaporizer near your bed but well out of reach of any children. Steam vaporizers get very hot and can severely burn someone who accidentally bumps into the device or knocks it over. Cool mist vaporizers are also effective and are preferred for use in children’s rooms.
When nasal passages are moisturized, they are soothed and you can breathe easier. Vaporizers can be used to treat many respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or the croup. By adding certain essential oils to your vaporizer, such as menthol extracts, you will find additional soothing relief.
An effective blend of herbs and flowers to simmer in your vaporizer is lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Eucalyptus has been used for centuries to treat respiratory ailments by opening the breathing passages and fighting infections. You can also add a bit of peppermint to alleviate your headaches and boost your energy level. Thyme is a very potent essential oil, and only a few drops will work as an expectorant and antiseptic. Frankincense has cell regeneration properties and cleans and purifies the air in a room. Not only will these blends make you feel better, you will also enjoy the wonderful aroma they create.
Essential oils can be used regularly during cold and flu season not only to treat a cold, but also to prevent its spread and boost your immunity. Essential oils work naturally with your body to fight and prevent infections. You may need to experiment a bit to find out which blend of oils you prefer, as individual tastes will vary.
Keep your vaporizer operating efficiently by cleaning it regularly after each use. If using a steam vaporizer, you should use distilled water so you do not create a build up of mineral deposits. Run your vaporizer with a bit of vinegar after each use to keep it running at its peak level. Regular cleaning is also important when using a cool mist vaporizer, so that a bacterium does not accumulate inside the unit.
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