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NATURAL REMEDY / EUCALPYTUS STEAM BATH

   Eucalyptus has anti-virus, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties. Perfect for warding off a cold or sinus issues!
  Effie looking a bit unsure of it all.
  
   Just as I though I avoided the winter sickness going around - it struck. And got me bad. Sore throat, runny nose, headaches, you name it. I'm just thankful it's not the flu, although I feel like I'll jinx myself saying that! I've been loading up on zinc, vitamin c, cayenne pepper, and raw garlic for a speedy recovery. I've also been making one of my favorite steam concoction I threw together one night for Philip when he was having a sneezing attack (culprit spotted in third photo). It is refreshing and really clears you out. You can change a few of these ingredients depending on what you have handy - but here is what I use:

    - about two or three citrus wedge (I prefer to use oranges)
    - peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus leaves 
    - dried lavender 
    - tea tree oil 
    - peppermint castile soap, or if you have peppermint oil on hand that would work too 
    - water 

It is really quite simple. Place all ingredients in the water and put on a low simmer until it is almost to a boil. Place in a mug or bowl and cover your head with a towel or blanket.... now breeeeathe in.... much better! It really works like a charm. Bottle it up and save it for later in the refrigerator (it is best between 1-4 days).

10 comments:

  1. Perfect timing to see this as I try to battle the colds going around my family & work!

    Started following your blog recently and can't wait to see more.

    Angela

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  2. Oh, I have to try this!! I always use the Vicks bottles, but I like more natural things, so I'll have a go with this one! My sinuses have been going crazy the last few weeks...

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  3. Children and pregnant women should not be exposed to eucalyptus steam inhalation. People with asthma, high blood pressure and epilepsy should also avoid it.

    Jack
    Commercial refrigeration maintenance NJ

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  4. Jack Lance - thanks for the information! It actually is safe for pregnancy - as it is just the leaves and not oil. As any essential oil, you want to make sure you dilute it with a carrier and use it sparingly. Aromatherapists find that this is a safe oil to use even around babies - as long as it is diluted and doesn't have contact with skin.
    I've also heard it being used to treat asthma patients by homeopathic doctors - but that's my personal take :)

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  5. oh, the most cute fluffy cat catch my eye <3

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  6. Perfect! I will definitely have to try this, I'm new to the cold weather and I have been hit hard this season with the cold weather sickness.

    -Courtney

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  8. Beautiful photos, thanks so much for posting this, and it's all wonderful information. I've been trying to get into more natural and organic care for my body, I recently ordered virgin coconut oil. I will try this out one day :)

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  9. Great post. You look great!

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