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The Reflexology Approach to Sore Throat

By Mamta Singh
 
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Hospitals and health providers across the world record the maximum rise in cases of upper respiratory tract infections in both children and adults between the months of January and April. The shifting of weather from winter to spring (and from summer to autumn in the southern hemisphere countries) makes the environment conducive for viruses, bacteria, spores and pollens (which inflict allergic reactions including throat conditions in people) to grow and disperse in the air. And though the micro-organisms also bring about a spate of other conditions like stomach flu and secondary infections, the number of cases with sore throat outweigh any other contagion.

The best home support-remedies include frequent saline gargles, keeping warm, and drinking ginger-honey teas. This supplementary support can be boosted further by administering a mix of aromatherapy and reflexology on a patient exhibiting symptoms of sore throat. Here is a look at what can be done before you report to the doctor, in the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms. (If symptoms persist in intensity beyond 48 hours, it is advisable to consult a mainstream, conventional or Allopathic doctor)

ESSENTIAL OIL MIX THAT MAY BE USED DURING THE TREATMENT*:

• Option A:
Carrier oil - 2 ounces of safflower oil
Top note oil – 1 drop of Bergamot oil (caution--not to be used on sensitive skin. Not to use neat on skin--always dilute. Not to be used before sunbathing)
Middle note oil – 2 drops of geranium oil (caution--not to be used on sensitive skin. Not to be used during pregnancy)
Base note oil – 1 drop of ginger oil (caution--not to be used on sensitive skin)

• Option B:

Carrier oil - 2 ounces of safflower oil
Top note oil – 2 drops of Clary sage oil (caution--not to be used during pregnancy. Not to be used before driving or if alcohol consumption is expected)
Middle note oil – 2 drops of lavender oil (caution--not to be used by low blood pressure patients. To be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. Not recommended in people with psoriasis)
Base note oil – 2 drops of sandalwood oil

• Option C:

2 drops of eucalyptus oil in 2 ounces of lemongrass oil or fennel oil

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