November 20, 2018

We’ve already shared what you can do if you come down with a bad case of the sniffles: rely on baths in sickness and in health and use Eucalyptus Essential Oil. However, prevention is better than any treatment, and since sharing is caring, we’re sharing our top tips to bypass a cold or flu altogether this holiday season.

Why Winter is the Season of Sniffles

Popular theories about why winter tends to bring more illnesses than any other time of year include lowered immune systems due to the sinking temps and the fact that when it's cold outside, folks tend to stay indoors and in pretty close quarters with each other and germs. It's not always easy to boost our immune system and clear out the germ-filled air, so short of cracking open a window, we could always just break out our essential oil diffuser.

Ready, Set... Run Your Diffusers!

For such small and aesthetically-pleasing machines, essential oil diffusers can be a HUGE help this time of year. They leave your home or apartment smelling sensational as well as purify the air you breathe. They also add much-needed moisture to the air so that it’s not so drying to your nasal passages, which can lead to nosebleeds and even make you more likely to get sick.

You could add in just one type of essential oil, but for optimal health, an essential oil blend works even better because you get the combined benefits of each oil. You can concoct your own essential oil blend by combining your favorite scents with oils that are good for your health, or you can stick with what we believe is the best blend: a mix of Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils.

Our head soap slinger and owner of SLAB Handcrafted Soap, Tim, has found this special blend beneficial for his own daughter this time of year.

Lavender

As we gear up for the upcoming holiday season, many of us will grapple with getting enough sleep. Lavender Essential Oil can aid in this struggle for some zzz's, and even help to keep you calm throughout the day.

Tea Tree

We've outlined the many uses of Tea Tree Oil from A to Z. As an all-natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal, it really is the perfect addition for our blend to purify and disinfect the air in your space.

Eucalyptus

If you read our Essence of the Month post on Eucalyptus Essential Oil, then you know that this essential oil treats all sorts of breathing-related issues, which is why it makes sense in our preventative care blend.

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A homemade blend of Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils offers the relaxing powers of lavender, the germ-fighting abilities of tea tree and the dual congestion & cough banishing properties of eucalyptus. And, a super neat thing about this preventative care blend is that you can also use it to make your own chest rub. Mix a couple drops of this blend with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, or beeswax, and you've got yourself a DIY Vicks Vaporub — though this one is much better for you and your skin because it doesn't contain any petrolatum. If you already have one or two of the oils on hand, use those and pick up the missing oil because each is critical.

Keep Vampires & Viruses Away with Garlic

Another way to stay healthy this season is by chowing down on some garlic. That's right, your favorite pizza topping can help to fend off illnesses and even shorten the amount of time you spend under the covers feeling terrible if you do catch a bug.

Whether it’s in a homemade soup combined with vegetable broth, onions, celery, cabbage, potatoes, and leeks, put into your favorite pasta sauce, or minced and added to your butter for your morning toast, consuming garlic can keep you in tip-top shape. Raw or semi-cooked garlic yields the best results — so if you're feeling really adventurous, try adding it to your tea!

Don’t Forget to Wash Those Hands!

Washing your hands is what we want to stress the most. Of course, we all know that in the midst of cold & flu season, washing your hands more often is key. However, the reality of this time of year is that the hot water needed to kill off all the germs on your hands can really take its toll on the healthiness of your skin. Add in being exposed to freezing cold temperatures and you've got yourself in quite the pickle.

But, the solution isn’t to wash our hands less. We simply need to make sure the soap we're using is moisturizing enough to replenish the oils that both hot water and cool air strip from our skin.

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away now is the perfect time to treat yourself to an essential oil diffuser — or three. Make sure you're well stocked up on the essential oils that keep you healthy this holiday season like Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus. You can save up to 35% on all of our handcrafted soaps, essential oils, and bath bombs from now until Cyber Monday.

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As always, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Intended for topical use only. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

The first photo in the three-part picture is by Geoff Derrin and has been modified.


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