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I spent most, if not all, of the 2016-2017 fall and winter season sick. I certainly had a stuffy nose and my allergies were making everything worse every time I was sick.
I was determined not to repeat this for 2017-2018 – especially because I have spent all of fall and winter pregnant!
Of course, having a toddler in my house, I can’t escape it; I’ve been sick a couple times, but in December I learned a recipe that has helped me, I truly believe, to keep the sniffles at bay – and I think the smell is pretty nice too!
When I started experimenting and exploring oils for different purposes in my lifestyle and household, exploring what might help me in any way with cold symptoms was at the top of my list of uses. Being pregnant and getting sick sucks, because I can’t just go into a NyQuil coma and sleep it off, I have to worry about the safety of my baby!
In my research, I found multiple websites that have a recipe for a “Seasonal Support” Rollerball – it’s a common recipe that I decided was worth a shot. This seemed to promise help in fighting congestion and keeping the sniffles at bay.
Here’s what you would need to make your own Seasonal Support roller ball:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Empty rollerball
- Vitamin E Oil or other carrier oil for aromatherapy
- Paper towels
- Label of some sort to identify your new roller ball (I ordered planner stickers from PlannerJubilo on Etsy because they were cheap, but I got a ton I’ll likely never use).
It takes less than five minutes to put this together. Here’s how:
- Add 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil to the roller ball.
- Add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- Add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- Fill the rest of the roller ball with Vitamin E Oil, about 1/3 of an inch away from the opening.
- Plug in the roller ball piece, cap it, shake it, and use it!
As I alluded to … I was very skeptical of this working, until it did. I have a few instances I wanted to share because I’m still pretty shocked that it seems to help, and it’s part of why I wanted to share this with you!
Near the holidays I felt my throat suddenly get that scratch it gets when I’m about to wake up sick the next day. I think that’s actually when I made the roller ball – I thought, let me get out in front of this and see if this will help.
Two or three times a day, I used my Seasonal Support roller ball. I used it:
- At my temples
- On the back of my neck
- The glands at my jawline
- Across my sinuses above my eyebrows
- My sinuses under my eyes (not a recommended use, but one I choose to do it to help with some of the congestion I felt there in particular and I didn’t do it everytime; keep in mind if your skin is sensitive to peppermint this will not bode well for you, even though the oil is diluted)
- Wrists, at pulse points.
I never got fully sick. I had a runny nose with some congestion. The sore throat feeling cleared up within two or three days. I never got a full-blown cold. Could there be other explanations for this? Sure. Maybe it was a slight allergy attack? Perhaps my body fought it off successfully? But I felt hopeful that this helped.
I’ve also been using this roller ball to assist in some of the pregnancy congestion I’ve dealt with the last few weeks. On Super Bowl Sunday, while cheering on my Philadelphia Eagles, I used a nose spray to alleviate some congestion that just got very uncomfortable, but the spray irritated my right eye. I spent the last, stressful 2+ minutes of the game with my eye and right sinus stinging and watering for what ended up being almost two hours! I eventually ended up in bed with a cotton round soaked in water over my eye, which comforted my at-that-point swollen peeper, and allowed me to sleep. The next day, I woke up and my eye was normal, but my sinuses were stuffed and I couldn’t breathe. I spent the day mouth breathing my way through work.
That night, I laid down to sleep and couldn’t breathe, therefore unable to fall asleep. I finally got up and I prepped my diffuser with a combination of the oils in my roller ball – lemon, lavender, peppermint, as well as R.C., which is a eucalyptus blend from Young Living that I’ve heard is great for clearing congestion. I took my roller ball and used it all over, where I mentioned above. Within five minutes of lying down again, I realized I was breathing clearly through my nose. I was happily surprised.
In addition to the results I’ve seen, I also love the way this roller ball smells. Those who dislike strong scents or don’t manage peppermint well will not like it. But I’m a huge fan of lavender and peppermint, and the lemon fits in nicely. I have rosacea but my skin can tolerate this, as long as it’s not broken out. I avoid particularly flared-up places on my face (for example, I won’t do under my eyes if my cheeks are full of red bumps, something I have had to navigate recently).
I have about three roller ball recipes I’ve created – one for body aches/pains, one for headaches, one for eczema and this is my favorite so far. The one for eczema hasn’t done much for me, so I’m going back to the drawing board on that one.
Have you ever used essential oils to combat a cold? Did you know you could?!
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