It’s the season for all things congestion. Cold weather, snow storms, colds, and flu season. All of these things make cold weather running less than fun. Before we get in to tips for respiratory support and congestion, let’s just review when it is safe to run and when it is not.
The general rule is above the neck, you are good to go. Nasal congestion and non-productive coughing may slow you down but you can still exercise if you are up to it. Anything that involves chest congestion, fever, or flu like symptoms should side line you until it resolves. And please if you do have flu like symptoms, closely monitor yourself. The flu strain this year is particularly strong. If you respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath seek medical attention. Do not fear! You will not lose your fitness over the course of a week but, if you push it too hard you will only end up prolonging the symptoms.
DoTerra Breathe Respiratory Blend
Today, I’m sharing two essential oil tips to help you deal with congestion and open your airways. First up is the Breathe respiratory blend. This blend contains Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara. The oil combination works as a natural decongestant while opening nasal passages.
Tips for Use
This can be diffused or applied topically. I like to diffuse this at night. 2-3 drops of breathe mixed with 2 drops of lavender. It is a great way to relax and unwind before falling asleep. Breathe is also sold pre-diluted in a roller ball which is an athlete’s best friend in the winter. You can apply it to your chest before a run to help keep your airways open and clear. It’s portable, easy to use, and smells great!
Homemade Shower Melts with Eucalyptus Oil
Next, I’m sharing a recipe for shower melts that you can scent with any combination of essential oils. For respiratory effect, I’m recommending eucalyptus. This is hands down one of my favorite scents! When I first purchased oils, I used to just put a few drops in to the shower. The only downside to that is that the scent doesn’t last very long. Enter the shower melt to fix that issue! There are a few different variations of shower melt recipes out there so I decided to test them out.
Notes: I did not pre-mix my essential oils before setting the mix. I prefer to leave them unscented so that I can add oil at the time of use. This means that the scent will be fresh and that I can choose the scent based on my mood that day.
If you are antsy and don’t want to wait for them to dry overnight, you can set them in an oven. 325 degrees for 10 minutes (as long as your mold is oven safe).
Be sure to store then in an airtight container. Exposure to humidity/moisture will cause them to crumble.
When using them, I put them near the back of the shower so that they melt slower. If they are in the direct path of the water they will melt in seconds.
Additional oils that can be used to help decrease congestion (via diffusing or adding to your shower melts):
Peppermint Douglas Fir
Tea Tree (Melaluca) Ginger
Do you currently use essential oils? What is your favorite?
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