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Treating the Common Cold Virus
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The common cold is a virus infection of the nose and throat referred to as the upper respiratory tract. There are many strains of virus that can cause cold symptoms.  The infection causes inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat which increases their vulnerability to attack from bacteria.  This in turn can also lead to secondary attacks from other unwanted infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis and ear infections which can be much more serious than the original common cold.


Using essential oils can not only fight off the common cold but can also reduce the risk of getting a secondary infection.


Some popular and very easy and safe to use essential oils such as Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram and Ginger are an excellent group of oils to start with.


The two most successful methods for some immediate relief are using essential oils in steam inhalations and aromatherapy baths.  Inhalations serve several benefits such as clearing the congested nasal passages and soothing the inflamed mucous membrane and at the same time killing much of the bacteria.  


Eucalyptus and Wintergreen or Peppermint and Melaleuca oils are an excellent combination, rotating with Peppermint, Thyme and Rosemary if you wanted a change, for steam inhalations.  If you are steam inhaling at night time it is best to include Lavender which will enhance your sleep. Steam inhalations are best served when you have them as hot as you can bare without burning your nose or face.


Taking a bath with Lavender alone or combined with Marjoram (just adding a couple of drops from each) goes a long way to help in recovery, soothing your cold and aiding a good nights sleep.


Using Ginger oil mixed with some vegetable or coconut oil as a warming stimulant rubbing gently on your skin can also be effective for soothing the cold. Never use Ginger oil neat on the skin, it must always be diluted to avoid skin rashes or blisters.


Garlic tablets and fresh garlic can also be a welcomed help for clearing a cold or cough.


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