COMMON COLD

ESSENTIAL OILS

Thyme. Helps drain congestion; proven to fight infections and rid the body of toxins.73

Lemon. Can support lymphatic drainage and help to overcome a cold quickly.

Ginger. Relieves discomfort caused by congestion and infections.

Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Work as expectorants and help cleanse the body.

 
Research
According to a 2002 study, d-limonene (a primary compound found in lemon oil) directly activates the immune response of alveolar phagocytes. Phagocytes are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful foreign particles, bacteria and dead or dying cells.

Home Remedy
Steam Bath. Make a steam bath by mixing 10 drops each of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil, placing a towel over your head and inhaling deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

Background
According to estimates, adults and children in the U.S. get 1 billion colds each year. There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Cold viruses take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If the body is weak or unable to resist the germs, it will get sick. Despite what some people think, there’s no evidence that cold weather, large tonsils or other such wives’ tales can make you “catch” a cold.72 Evidence does suggest that stress and allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold. Colds generally last from about two days to two weeks. Some common symptoms of a cold include runny or stuffy nose, low-grade fever, sore throat, cough and body aches.

Suggested Supplements

» Echinacea and Elderberry. Act as anti-inflammatories, helping reduce symptoms of cold and flu.

» Garlic. Some studies suggest supplementing with garlic will lead to fewer colds and faster recovery.