in bed with coldCalling in sick doesn’t have to mean losing momentum or wasting time. Using aromatherapy, you can put your “downtime” to work and rejuvenate yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
Aromatherapy eases symptoms without the side effects associated with over-the-counter drugs. Last year Americans spent 2 billion dollars on over-the-counter (OTC) medications, many to avoid missing work. However, the Mayo Clinic states that symptom suppressants – which is what most OTC drugs are – can actually slow the natural healing process.
Instead of drugs, the Mayo Clinic recommends plenty of fluids and rest. Aromatherapy treatments create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, and this truly restful state frees the body to heal itself while re-energizing the spirit. You’ll be ready to tackle that frantic schedule of yours armed with a refreshed, de-stressed mind and a pumped up immune system.

To put the power of aromatherapy to work for you, you’ll need a few basic ingredients. These are typically available at health food stores and body shops:
Vitamin E oil serves as the “preservative.” You’ll also need a “carrier oil,” which can be any one or a blend of the following:
Sunflower oil
Sweet Almond oil
Imported Olive oil
Aloe Vera oil

Be sure you are purchasing pure essential oils, not fragrance or perfume oils or blends.

All finished products should be kept in covered containers in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for a few months with 2 drops of Vitamin E oil as a preservative.
Ready to re-energize? First let’s clear those sinuses! This garlic snuff, invented by Aromatherpist Jeanne Rose, is the only way to go.

You need:

1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons spring or distilled water
Crush the garlic into the water and let it sit for ten minutes. Blow your nose gently. With a spoon, being careful not to pick up any bits of garlic, snuff a drop of the garlic-infused water up each nostril. It will feel like a bomb going off. Your sinuses will start to drain immediately. Blow your nose again gently. Do this 3 times a day for 3 days, making a new batch of garlic snuff each time.
Next, try this essential oil mixture for decongestion.
2 tablespoons carrier oil
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops Eucalyptus
5 drops Camphor
5 drops Peppermint
Dropper the essential oils into a container. Shake well. Pour carrier oil over the blend and shake. Massage on chest, upper back, and temples to relieve respiratory problems and headache. Massage sides _swollen_glandsof nose and upper cheeks to relieve sinus congestion. The ingredients in this blend have purifying properties including healing negative thoughts, stimulating the mind and body, and relieving mental fatigue.

For swollen glands:
3 drops Juniper oil
1 tablespoon carrier oil
Dropper the Juniper into the container and pour the oil over it. Shake. Rub a little of this on the swollen areas (throat, under-eye, etc.) 3 times a day. It will take effect very quickly. Inhale this blend and visualize being guarded from negativity and danger.
For sore throats:
1/2 cup warm spring or distilled water
1 drop Anise
1/2 tsp. sea or table salt