Only a few weeks ago, all I had to do in the morning is put on my mules, my sunglasses and leaving my jackets to take the dust in my hallway. Now here we are, no doubt: all of a sudden, it’s the middle of November, close to zero degrees and the motivation to go outside is just as low as the temperatures.
Personally, I find that there is an exciting side to the changes of season: the landscapes transform, the air feels different, we adapt our habits. This is one of the things I love about living here – we have the chance to witness four real seasons.
There is one thing though, that happens to me every year and that I could definitely do without: the syndrome of the endless runny nose/itchy throat/neck chills, aka the persistent cold, which can sometimes settle as early as September and begins to fade in April.
I got used to it, but it’s still a pain in the ass: lack of concentration, of energy, of motivation. Weekends spent recovering on the couch, a minimalistic social life, outfits made of so many layers that it gets ridiculous – you get the picture.
I don’t really like using medication, and since I got introduced to essential oils in cosmetics, last May, I’d been thinking of hiring them to give a preventive boost to my immune system. A happy coincidence towards the end of the summer put renowned brand Phytosun on my professional path, and so I had the opportunity to test some key-essential oils for the cold season, as well as their Silva diffuser.
I don’t know how comfortable you feel with this subject, but I’ll tell you one thing: when I got my beginner’s kit, I had absolutely no idea how any of it worked, so that should give you the level of this conversation.
All I knew was that essential oils is not something that you can just improvise, and that there are certain dangers.
First of all, you should make sure you choose essential oils that are adapted to the type of use that you’re considering. Not all oils are safe for diffusion, just like some aren’t recommended for ingestion or shouldn’t be in contact with your skin. But don’t panic: all you have to do is keep your eyes open for the right information. In the case of Phytosun products, it’s simply indicated on each box, where you will also find a description of the properties of each oil. That should help you make the right choice. The oils can be used alone or in combination with others, depending on the desired effect. The oils I’ve tested and that are recommended to help you going through the winter are Ravintsara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Tea Tree, Niaouli and Grove Pine.
Phytosun also sells “ready-made mixes”, that I did not have the opportunity to test but which seem to me like a very practical solution for beginners.
Good to know: everyone is not equally equipped for essential oils, so keep a few things in mind …
For young children and pregnant women
It is imperative to use E.O.’s only in minimal dosages, following this rule:
– 1 drop for children from 0 to 1 year;
– 2 drops for children from 1 to 2 years old;
– … and so on.
– 10 drops from 10 years old and up.
Some essential oils are not suitable for all ages, but don’t worry, again it is indicated on each box. From the age of 12, children can inhale all the essential oils.
Cats are usually not fond of essential oils, so it’s normal if they keep their distances with your diffuser, although the diffusion of E.O.’s is not harmful to them. That being said, do not apply or administrate essential oils to your cat, their liver is too fragile.
Dogs, meanwhile, can benefit from essential oils in the same way as humans (and horses, apparently). Be careful, though, to inform yourself correctly before applying oils directly on your dog’s skin. In my case, I currently only diffuse them, and when Biceps is around, I use maximum 5 drops of E.O.’s and adjust my diffuser to the minimum intensity, just to be sure.
Once you’ve picked your oils, it’s time for some action: open the diffuser and fill it with water. Add a few drops of oil according to the recommended dosage, close and plug. Depending on your diffuser, you’ll have access to certain options. My Silva diffuser, for example, allows me to adjust the intensity, to diffuse continuously or intermittently, and to stop diffusing automatically after an hour. There is also a light that changes color, but that’s just for fun ;)
It has now been three weeks since I got my Phytosun diffuser and I use it about twice a day. Since then, I haven’t had any cold symptoms. Obviously, saying it actually definitely works is another thing. All I know is that I can breathe through my nose, unlike usually at this time of year, and that’s what matters to me. It’s a nice ritual, it smells good, it moistens the air in my house and it gives me the impression of living in a massage parlor
in which I would be dressed and would not receive any massages del>.
I use it in my living room, in my bedroom, in my bathroom and even on my desk while I’m blogging! I can’t wait to discover more as the seasons go by, and to learn about the applications of essential oils. I am currently investigating the possibility of eliminating pimples and planning an intervention on my scalp… more to come soon!