Hopefully you had a chance to read my last blog, Flu Season - How To Be Prepared. If not, you can find it here. In that blog, I promised to give you more tips on how to make the most of your Lux Amare products. Today, we will highlight some of the other uses for the products in your Flu Season Kit.
Let's start with your Protection Concentrate. This little bottle of ready-to-apply oils packs a big punch! I have kept a bottle in my personal First Aid Kit for over 25 years. When added to the medicine cup of a warm mist humidifier, it will help to relieve congestion, colds, and coughs. For more impact, apply to chest, back, around the nose, on the temples, and sinus points as well. Avoid the eye area - remember, oil migrates.
The Protection Concentrate is versatile in its applications, there are a lot of uses for it you may not expect! It may be helpful to understand what makes this popular formula work. It is warming, increases circulation, dispels congestion, and reduces inflammation. It is these properties that are so helpful with upper respiratory issues. This same action also helps to relieve pain, making it so handy when it comes to headaches, migraines, sinus infection, and bronchitis. What else can you use Protection Concentrate for? Ear aches, teething pain (apply to jaw and cheekbones), bruises, indigestion, arthritis, and rheumatism. You can even apply it to cuts.
Now we'll take a look at the Immune Stimulant Concentrate. I used it last night on my swollen tonsils, and by this morning they were 80% better. Yep, one drop on each tonsil is amazingly effective. Try it on yourself the next time you feel a sore throat coming on, although I don't recommend this on young children (under age 8) or any child, unless they are on board. Try a drop on your tongue - it actually tastes okay! And why wouldn't it? The formula includes clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, cedar wood, vetiver, and thyme.
In addition to helping with sore throats, the Immune Stimulant Concentrate is so effective on herpes and cold sores, especially if caught in the early stage. As this blend is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, it is also effective for fighting mono, external MRSA, Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease, staph, warts, candida, and other common viral infections. I use a bit in my nostrils when I travel to prevent upper respiratory issues that are associated with flying.
Fine French lavender rounds out your Flu Season Kit. Lavender is the most well-known essential oil, and it has dozens of uses. Lavender is most renowned for its powerful impact on burns. Legend has it that French chemist Rene Gattefosse discovered this powerful healing benefit of lavender essential oil in 1910, when he was involved in a laboratory accident. He badly burnt his hands and turned to lavender oil; he was amazed at the speed with which lavender healed the burn, and how it reduced the pain and scarring that he had anticipated.
In your Flu Season Kit, it is wonderful when used as a cold compress to help reduce fever. Once your child has experienced the cooling, soothing, and relaxing benefits of a cold compress when suffering from a fever, they will ask for it time and again.
Lavender, due to its antibacterial properties, is a great first aid remedy to disinfect cuts when applied neat (undiluted) as well as reduce pain. It is impressive how quickly cuts and nicks heal with regular applications of lavender. Try it on your skeptical partner and see if they become a convert! It works well on insect stings and bites too. Apply 1-2 drops on your pillow and inhale your way to dream time or, apply directly to your temples, with a smidge under your nose. Swish 6-8 drops into a warm bath with Epson salts to relax and ease tension. Mix with aloe vera gel or fractionated coconut oil and apply to soothe and heal sunburn.
In addition to lavender cold compresses to ease fever, use them for pain, swelling, puffy eyes, headache, and sunburn. Or, make a warm compress by swishing a drop or two into a bowl of warm water, dip a clean wash cloth in and out of the water a few times, and wring out. You can make it extra warm by placing in a microwave for a 15-30 seconds. Be careful and use tongs until you get the timing right! This can be applied to lower abdomen or back for menstrual cramps and pain, boils, used for a facial steam, tooth ache and ear ache. My dear friend Jodi uses it to soothe the pain when she gets a splinter and swears it helps splinters come out almost on their own!
Lavender is so versatile, it's a must have to keep on hand. Be sure your supplier indicates the botanical species and source on their label. My preference is French Lavendula Angustifolia. Get yours here!