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It’s cold and flu season–let’s make inhalers!

Simple for adults: 15 drops and for kids over 6: 7-8 drops.

Let’s start with adults: no medical issues. I love conifers–pines, firs and spruces because most of them smell like Christmas! Plus they are great for the upcoming cold and flu season. So with that in mind, try this inhaler:

Three pine inhaler

5 drops Norway pine (Pinus resinosa) a-pinene @ 44%; b-pinene @ 34%

5 drops Pinon pine (Pinus edulis) a-pinene @ 37%; b-pinene @ 9%

5 drops White pine (Pinus strobus) a-pinene @ 27%; b-pinene @ 40%

You can substitute Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) for Norway pine; Conifers such as Black Spruce (Picea mariana) or Siberian fir (Abies siberica) for pines.

What is a pinene?

These are the therapeutic components of an essential oil. A-pinene is antiviral and b-pinene is antibacterial, both are antispasmodic. Great for chest congestion when dealing with a cold or flu.

An Antiviral inhaler for a spasmodic cough–For kids over 5 (using 7-8 drops):

3 drops Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) a-pinene @ 40%; b-pinene @ 32%; camphene @ 3%

2 drops Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) terpinen-4-ol @ 41%; a-terpinene @ 10%; y-terpinene @ 21%

2 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) a-pinene @ 54%; d-3-carene @ 23%

1 drop Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) 1-8-cineole @ 23%; linalol @ 45%;

terpinene? and cineole?

Camphene breaks down mucus. Terpinene-4-ol is antiviral, antibacterial and antispasmodic. A-terpinene and y-terpinene are antiviral and antispasmodic. d-3-carene breaks down mucus, 1-8-cineole is an airborne antimicrobial, an antiviral, and breaks down mucus. Lastly, linalol is an airborne antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, and an immunostimulant.

To boost immunity for adults and children over 6:

5 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) linalol @ 27%; linalyl acetate @ 45%

2 drops Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) 1-8-cineole @ 23%; linalol @ 45%

5 drops Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) d-limonene @ 96%

3 drops Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum) geraniol @ 15 %

The addition of geranium blends nicely with the lavender, the geraniol component is an airborne antimicrobial and antibacterial.

Wow! You just learned what a therapeutic component is!

Knowing the therapeutic components helps determine what essential oil to use.

Happy Blending,