The true medical aromatherapists around the globe tell us time and time again: the most effective use of essential oils for health is the combating of infectious illness. Aromatherapy in the US is still mostly relegated to support of the psyche - which it does quite well - but study after study continues to confirm the antibacterial and antiviral effects of essential oils, along with their great compatibility with human physiology.
For the uninitiated, essential oils are the volatile aromatic compounds distilled from plants. They are the chemicals that give plants their smell; the luscious aroma of a rose or the sharp scent of peppermint. Plants use these chemicals for, among other things, defense from invaders such as bacteria, fungus and viruses. Each plant's oils have a unique makeup as a result of the plant's own physiology, natural environment, and its potential microbial invaders.
As one of the best remedies for the respiratory system, it is antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic. One of its main components, Eucalyptol, is found in many over-the-counter cold remedies. An excellent way to utilize the oil's supportive properties is to add a few drops to a steaming bowl of water. The heat from the water will vaporize the essential oil, and you can inhale the moist, aromatic air to support your breathing. It may also dry up phlegm and provide relief of sinusitis. A bath or shower with Dr Watts' Cold & Stress Relief allows
the heat from the water to vaporize the eucalyptic essential oil allowing you to inhale the moist, aromatic air to support your breathing. It may also dry up phlegm and provide relief of sinusitis.