Lavender is a useful remedy to have at hand during an infectious illness such as bronchitis, flu or the common cold, due to its ability to ease both physical and psychological discomfort and because of its balancing nature or ‘two-way effect’:
Possibly the best instance in which lavender’s two-way effect is put to use simultaneously is at the onset of an infection such as fever, sore throat, headache, aches and pains and unrest. In this condition lavender’s predominating calming actions – anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and nervous system sedative – will relieve symptoms resulting from the individual’s response to the infection. However, its mainly stimulating actions – diaphoretic, anti-infective and antiseptic – will directly address the source of the condition – the infection itself.
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Use lavender in vaporizers throughout the duration of the illness, or add a few drops to a hankie for inhalation throughout the day, and to the pillow for night use.
Take a daily hot bath adding 8-10 drops of lavender to the water – this soothes aching limbs and also acts as a kind of steam inhalation.
For a sore throat, add 5-10 drops of lavender to a glass of warm water, mix well and gargle. Repeat at least 2 or 3 times a day.
Other measures: take a course of garlic capsules and vitamin C tablets. Tea tree or eucalyptus are excellent anti-infectious agents; marjoram or chamomile oil can also be used in baths to soothe aching limbs and encourage restful sleep.