Essential oils against colds 

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The Rhinovirus (HRV = Human Rhino Virus) was discovered in the 1950s. The ethiological agents (pathogens) put forward are those of the common cold with respiratory tropism. This virus grows in the nasal passages, and generally circulates in all countries and all year round.

Children are the main reservoir of HRV, however, it should be taken into account that in 15% of children, this pathology is asymptomatic. The incubation of HRV is on average 2 days, the maximum concentration of this pathology is found in the secretions after 48 hours. Namely that HRV is responsible for the majority of benign infections of the upper airways (nose, nasal cavity, mouth, pharynx and larynx).

Initially, the common cold is only an acute inflammation of the nasal cavities, due to a virus or an allergen, generally grasses (like hay fever for example). Very quickly, this inflammation can spread to the sinuses and to the entire ENT sphere, including the VAS or upper airways. In hay fever, the inflammation can cause catarrh (infection of the respiratory tract with profuse secretions) and violent coughing fits, including inflammation of the eyes.

We therefore offer you a selection of essential oils to stop the common cold as quickly as possible. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, headaches ... The common cold is certainly a mild viral infection, but sometimes disabling, which can easily be caught when winter arrives, when the days come when the thermometer displays spine-chilling temperatures. Essential oils , very rich in active ingredients, have multiple therapeutic properties. Some are antiviral or bactericidal, others expectorant or mucolytic.

And because the best thing is to avoid catching a cold rather than cure it, we also remind you of some good practices to follow, to spend a winter in all serenity and enjoy the joys of the snowy season:

  • Anti-cold herbal teas :

Thyme infusion is known for its antiseptic properties, while plantain is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect, especially on the respiratory tract. Naturopaths also adore herbal teas made with echinacea.

  • Eat healthy :

By adopting a balanced diet, you will give pride of place to fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants (pomegranate, berries and red fruits, kiwi, almonds, broccoli, beetroot ...) to help prevent the small ailments of winter. Antioxidants strengthen the immune system.

  • Wash your hands :

It may seem quite basic, even childish, but this hygiene gesture is of paramount importance here when it is cold. Why ? Because colds and flu circulate more in winter, and contagion is increased. Attention to the young is particularly important: children catch colds more often than adults by not paying attention to contact. It is therefore advisable to wash their hands very often to limit the circulation of viruses.

  • Good sleep :

A person who does not get enough sleep will weaken their immune system and will therefore be more prone to contracting viral illnesses such as the flu or the common cold. So in order to limit the risk of transmission, sleep well and long enough!

  • Drink well :

Good hydration is not limited to summer and high temperatures. It further contributes to good health, and the body needs water all year round. Be careful, coffee and tea (containing caffeine and theine ) have a dehydrating effect on the body. Beer does not hydrate either, contrary to popular belief! Drink water and herbal teas, at a rate of at least a liter and a half a day. Also think about broths and soups, which contribute to water balance. Likewise, when you are sick with a cold, a good fluid intake will help to thin the secretions to better eliminate them from the nose and mouth.

  • Air your interior :

Opening the windows is not just for removing any unpleasant odors. This allows above all to renew the ambient air. Some even recommend airing for 10 minutes twice a day. In the presence of a person with a cold, this will help eliminate germs in the air. Also think about it in the bedroom of a bedridden flu victim.

  • Play sports :

Exercise boosts the immune system and can help ward off disease. On the other hand, too much sport or too intense exercise can make you prone to illnesses by causing fatigue that the body would have a hard time taking. You have to find the right balance!

  • Put your nose outside :

Force yourself to get out in the fresh air, to play sports or a simple walk. Indeed, this makes it possible not to remain confined inside.

  • Do not overheat :

Heat is not a healthy factor in a home. It is estimated that the ideal temperature inside should not exceed 20 ° C and even 18 ° C in a bedroom.

For more information on how to treat colds with essential oils , do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice.

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