Essential Oil Antiviral Steam Blend and Chest Rub
This simple essential oil blend packs a powerful punch when it comes to warding off viruses. Use it for breaking up sinus and chest congestion when you're feeling sinus pressure and/or a cough.
I hate the feeling of sinus pressure coming on. It doesn't happen very often, but it is one of the worst feelings. Makes me feel groggy, tired and unproductive, which I really can't be at the moment.
The other day I felt a sinus headache coming on out of nowhere and it lasted through the night into the next day when I started to feel a bit of chest congestion as well. Since I didn't have any cold medicine on hand, and I wasn't exactly sure if it was indeed a cold or allergies, I decided to take a steamy bath with a couple of drops of tea tree oil, eucalyptus and lavender. All three essential oils have antiviral properties and at the same time, each has their own special benefits.
I decided to also drape a wash cloth over my face that was soaked in hot water with one drop of each oil. I laid there for about ten minutes taking in deep breaths, and after the bath laid down for a little bit, feeling much more at ease thanks to the lavender.
Before the bath I was really feeling groggy and out of it, not really feeling up to do anything. Later after the bath, my boyfriend came home and wanted to go for a bike ride downtown to get lunch, which at first I was not feeling, but decided it would be good to go outside and get my blood flowing.
So I did and it's pretty amazing how much better I felt after the essential oil facial steam and bath. I also mixed these three oils with argan oil as a chest rub, which worked as a great decongestant.
Essential Oil Benefits
Tea Tree Oil is one of the only essential oils that is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It speeds up the body's immune functions. It's a great oil to have on hand for skincare, cleaning products and when you're feeling sick. I added tea tree to the blend because it's one of the strongest antiviral and antibacterial oils out there.
Eucalyptus is amazing as a decongestant and expectorant. If you have respiratory congestion, I highly recommend this oil. It's also antiviral to boot and the scent is very relaxing. You can feel it breaking up any congestion. In addition to using it in a bath and facial steam, it's great for using in a diffuser or humidifier overnight.
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils. I added it to this blend because of its sedative, relaxation and anti-anxiety benefits, in addition to its antiviral properties. I don't know about you, but when I feel like I'm on the verge of getting sick it adds another level of stress. I know that stress can only make things worse so I think it's really important to keep it at bay as much as possible. Lavender also helps with fatigue.
How to Use
Bath - Draw a hot bath and add 3 drops of tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender.
Steam - Run a washcloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess water from the cloth and add 1 drop of lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree oil to the washcloth. Drape over face for about ten minutes and take deep breaths. Keep your eyes closed since the vapors from these oils are pretty strong.
Chest Rub - Mix 1 drop of each oil with about a 1/4 tsp of a carrier oil (I used argan oil) and rub on chest. I even add a dab around my nose if I'm feeling sinus pressure. Don't put near your eyes.
Essential oils are very powerful so take precaution when using. Check with your doctor before using if you're pregnant or around children.
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