I am a green tea junkie. Well, I’m a tea junkie period. But, I adore green tea and tend to drink it year round. Green tea has many health benefits and it’s my go-to when I start to feel the sniffles. Now that I am back in my essential oil game I’ve been adding a drop of Lemon to my green tea for even more Kapow! Punch!
This recipe is super simple. If you are not a fan of green tea – no worries. I’ve got you covered.
For you non green tea drinkers you can get the same lemon benefit by heating up some water and adding a drop of lemon. Poof! Done. In the summer try it with your ice water, fruit infused water or iced tea for all the benefits lemon can bring into your life. Anything a raw lemon can do, the essential oil can do too. That’s awesome for folks like me where we live in the northern climate and a lot of citrus fruits tend to skyrocket in price over the off-season. Who knows what really in those little lemon shaped bottles?
True story time. The other day my husband, who works in the medical field, brought home some nasty ‘hospital crud.’ I am never happy when I get something he’s picked up from work. I work from home and don’t get out like someone who works outside the home, so my immune system isn’t built up the way it used to be. That means when I get sick from someone else, I am get it worse and it generally lasts longer.
To fix your sniffles and add some good ol’ antioxidants, try green tea.
The moment I started to get the sniffles I made a pot of green tea and rolled the cold and flu bomb on my wrists and behind my ears. I put 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil in my tea. These were the only things I did on day 1.
On day 2, I upped the dose of by adding 2000mg of Vitamin C per my retired nurse mother-in-law. I did the pot of tea with lemon, sipped a pot during the day and rolled on the cold and flu bomb first thing in the morning. I should mention that by day 2 the sniffles had turned into whatever virus was brought home. We’ll just call it a cold. Hubs doesn’t like it when I call it “hospital crud.” 🙂
Day 3 everything started to release. The pressure started to drop and Kleenex with lotion became my best friend. Day 3 was a pot of tea and lemon along with the Vitamin C. I did use the cold and flu bomb when I went to bed, just to give myself an extra dose.
Today is day 4 (the day I am actually typing this lol) and I am pretty much rid of it. I haven’t had any tea or lemon today, no cold and flu bomb. I did take the Vitamin C dosage. Prior to my use of oils my day 3’s would last longer than just a day.
I am pretty sure by tomorrow I’ll be rid of it. Although I am sure he’ll bring home something else (story of my life LOL.)
Now, I usually take echinanea all winter long. I’ve been out for some time, along with my multi and fish oil tabs. So I did not have anything else in my system. I didn’t drink any coffee for these days.
My husband, who got his a day before is still battling it. Maybe one of these days he’ll take oils a little more seriously. 😉 He did let me use my cold and flu bomb on him the first day or two.
Tip – be sure to use glass or ceramic with essential oils and never use plastic.
Why can’t I used plastic?
Because some oils will break down the plastic. You seriously don’t want to drink that gunk. Switch to glass. Much better in the long run 😉
I use my favorite shamrock mug. I use it far more than any other mug in my cabinet.
Green Tea – Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, in 2013 studies showed it could help prevent some heart-related issues from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. Green tea has been linked to increase metabolism which could result in weight loss, helps control diabetes, has been said to delay Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Green tea destroys bacteria that can cause tooth decay. It is said to help reduce the risk of esophageal cancer. As if these weren’t reasons enough, check out 3o Science Backed Health Benefits of Green Tea.
Lemon – Lemon is one of the most popular essential oils because it is used for it flavor, fresh clean smell, and antibacterial properties. Lemon is the perfect addition to household cleaners and other home products. It has anti-anemic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, insecticidal, carminative, diuretic, and diaphoretic properties.
History shows us that lemon oil was used to fight infections, soothe headaches and migraines, improve muscle problems, and help with digestive issues. It was also used to kill germs in cleaning solutions.
Use Lemon essential oil to treat Athlete’s Foot, Corns, Dull Skin, Flu, Oily Skin (works great mixed with Witch Hazel,) Acne, Varicose Veins, Warts, Cleaning Scuff Marks, Cleaning Dishwashers and other appliances, Cleaning Bathrooms, and Hard Water Stains. It also has been said to help flush out your system.
Need something a bit more – like a cold and flu bomb? I’ve got you covered.
Need a headache or migraine remedy? I’ve got that too.
Are you an oiler? How long have you been using essential oils?
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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I need to jump on this essential oils bandwagon one of these days. I think I am missing out.
You should Robin! I use essential oils all the time and think they are the greatest thin ever!
I agree. We should get Robin on the bandwagon! 🙂
I think you are, too 😉 Maybe I need to make you a care package.
I am in dire need of this. I’ve just spent the past week fighting/getting over the flu.
Sarah Bailey says
I really need to get my head around essential oils more – they seem to be good for so much! x
Mama to 5 BLessings says
I am just now starting to get into essential oils I did not know you could consume any of them. Sounds great!
Check your brand and labels. Some of them are not good for consumption. When consuming they should be diluted.
aimee fauci says
I’ve never tried these oils but am always amazed at the power that they have to help with common ailments. May need to try this.
Kat Ryan says
Essential oils are huge right now! I love lemon!
I swear by essential oils! I love adding some lemon oil into my iced water. It’s soooo good!
Yummy! I have heard grapefruit is really good too!
oh wow, essential oils are really powerful! I knew about lemon but not about the oils
Lady Lilith says
Green tea is a miracle worker. We use it mainly in teas but not in oils. I have been wanting to try it out.
Liz Mays says
I love when I manage to cut my colds short! Having a nice mug of tea when I’m sick really makes me feel comfortable!
Tea is such a wonderful thing. I have about 20 flavors on hand. Some in bags, mostly leaves and mixtures.
Tough Cookie Mommy says
I wish I would have known about this last week when I was suffering from a terrible cold. I hate having the sniffles.
Me too! I hate not being able to breath out of my nose!
I don’t use essential oils but I do use echinachea at the first sign of a scratchy throat. I just went in to see what that “bomb” was all about. I may just try that one of these days.
echinachea is usually my go to, but I ran out recently and haven’t picked up anymore.
Anything with lemon usually cures my sniffles, it’s super strong and helps a lot!
Whenever I am feeling sick, I swear by hot water with honey and lemon juice. I had never considered using lemon essential oil, but that is a great idea.
I do that too. Also with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Amber NElson says
This is good to know. This could come in handy at our house!
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
One of these days I’m actually gonna jump on the essential oils train…so many benefits!
You really should! They are well worth it.
Lois Alter Mark says
I love the smell of lemon. I definitely need to look into essential oils more. They sound like they’re so good for so many things.
They really are.
Mary O'Malley says
I really need to get more into these essential oils, they sound great. I LOVE YOUR MUG too btw.
Thank you! It was a TJMaxx find a few years ago. I found plates, too. Sadly the company that made them discontinued them.
I can’t use much with scents due to a pet we have but I really need to look into these essential oils. They sound wonderful.
Believe it or not, many oils are safe for pets. I don’t know a lot about Young Living, but I do know they have an entire kit just for animals and FB is full of oil groups for animals. I know some holistic vets who use them, too.
Annie M says
I’m definitely curious about essential oils. This sounds great to add to my tea 🙂
I’ve been using them off and on for many years and only have tried a few. But, I know so many people I have met over the years who have just done away with their medicine cabinets and bottles of cleaners.
I love my essential oils. I am out of the lemon, so I need to replenish
I keep a backup since that is the one I use the most next to peppermint.
Thanks for the tip about not using plastic. I don’t think I would have thought about that although it makes a lot of sense. I know many people get great benefits from essential oils.
I didn’t know about it until a few months back one of my dear friends has been studying oils and herbs for a while and she read about that. I did a little searching and found a lot of folks on Pinterest and other DIY sites that said not to use plastic.
Good timing. I’m sitting up here at three in the morning with a sore throat and the sniffles. 🙁
Oh no! Thats not good at all.
Kay Adeola says
I have to try some of these essential oils looks like it maybe a great help.
I hope you do give them a try sometime.
Maureen @ A Debt Free Stress Free Life says
I USE ESSENTIAL OILS ALL THE TIME. THEY WORK FOR SO MANY THINGS.
I am so glad to hear that from another oil lover!
Amanda Love says
I don’t use much essential oils but I’ve been reading up so much on them and all their uses.
There is so much to learn!
April G says
I love essential oils. It’s so good to use natural products for ailments. I didn’t know that you should choose glass over plastic bottles. Thanks for that tidbit!
You are very welcome!
I am a huge fan of Green tea. It is so relaxing. I love adding some lemon.
It’s such a refreshing mix!
Donna Ward says
I so like essential oils – and thank you for these ideas – I have saved your recipe of rolled the cold and flu bomb and will check out the Spark Naturals to keep on hand – thank you, thank you and thank you!!
And I thank you! I hope they work for you when you need to make them.
Life As A Convert says
I am also not on the essential oil bandwagon yet. I didn’t realize you could consume them.
Not all of them can be consumed. Different companies have different processes and some brands are not 100% oil. So, it is best to check out labels and such first before consuming. They should also be diluted when consumed or put in a vegi cap and taken with a whole glass of water. There are a few oils that are made by Young Living where they are safe enough to put a drop in your mouth without dilution, but only for rare occasions.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I have a green tea with lemon that i love to sip on at night. I will have to try this when i am coming down with a cold. Great tip about using a ceramic mug.
Sounds yummy! I have this wonderful tea that is ginger and lemon. It’s great for after dinner and digestion.
Janell Poulette says
I love oils! I have used them to help headaches and clean. It’s so versitile.
I’m big on using them for my migraines!
I’ll have to have a cup of green tea this afternoon. I have a sinus infection and strep throat at the moment. I’m game for essential oils or anything that provides relief.
Works really well for me! I <3 green tea
Marielle Altenor says
I’m new to essential oils. So far I’ve only use Lavender essential oils. I like how the lemon essential oil has so many different ways that it can be use.
I agree 100%!
Chrissy Mazzocchi says
I had no idea lemon essential oils did so many things, amazing!
It’s wonderful! It’s so refreshing and energizing.
Melissa Vera says
Wow I am impressed with how well this worked. I am going to have to check essential oils out.