When school starts one of the hardest things for kids is overcoming the sudden high number of germs that they touch. Children can touch and retouch over 300 surfaces in 30 minutes. Multiply that by an entire school day and you can start to see why school children often catch illnesses. (http://www.consumered.org/learn/disease-prevention/statistics)
The good news is that you can help your child fight germs naturally using essential oils. Let’s take a look at five essential oils that can help your child fight germs and stay healthy all year long.
Tea Tree Oil
One of the most commonly used oils for fighting viruses and bacteria is tea tree oil. This oil can help to kill bacteria that may be trying to cause a sinus infection. It can also help open up your sinuses, so they don’t become impacted and more susceptible to infection.
There are a few different ways you can use these oils. First, you can create your own diffuser by placing a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball and placing it in a resealable bag. When you begin to feel congested you can simply open the bag and inhale. You can also add tea tree oil to a bowl of hot, steaming water and breathe in the vapors. You can also add the tea tree oil to your humidifier to inhale its properties.
The blend of oils known as “thieves” or “burglar” blend contains a mixture of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. These oils work together to fight germs. They can be used as aromatherapy to help keep the air clear of germs.
They can also be diluted with water to create a powerful cleaner for your entire home. You can also use it to make hand sanitizer to help stay germ-free when you’re not able to wash with soap and water. You can buy the oils pre-blended or make your own blend. This powerful blend is one that you want to keep in your arsenal at all times.
Eucalyptus is an essential oil that helps to clear congestion in your respiratory system and can also reduce inflammation in your body. Adding it to steamy water and breathing it in is an excellent way to use it.
Clove oil is antimicrobial and fights viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Because it has such a broad spectrum of germ-fighting capabilities, it can be used for a wide variety of health issues including headaches, stomach aches, and colds.
Like clove, cinnamon fights off all kinds of germs. Unlike cinnamon spices you buy at the supermarket, cinnamon essential oil should never be ingested. Instead it can be diffused using a cool mist diffuser.
It must also be heavily diluted before applied to the skin because it is so strong. People who have sensitive skin should be careful using cinnamon as it can cause a reaction. While you should use caution and care, you’ll find that cinnamon can be a wonderful choice if you are suffering from any type of infection.