Time to Beat Those Cold 'N Flu Blues!

September 20, 2015

Are you growing weary of your runny nose and persistent cough? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Let us help! In an attempt to make your cold and flu season a bit more manageable, we've compiled a list of five fabulous Galiano Island Soapworks products that can help soothe your drips, aches, fevers and pains. All of these products contain popular ingredients known to relieve pain, congestion and inflammation. One of these amazing ingredients is menthol.

Extracted from the leaves of various mint plants, menthol works quickly and effectively to treat respiratory conditions because of its ability to dilate the bronchioles. Menthol has the unique power to trigger our cold-sensitive receptors; this helps to reduce inflammation and numb body pains. (This is also what causes that oh-so-wonderful cooling sensation felt after applying mentholated products to your skin!) Smearing a healthy dose of Chest Rub on your chest will help clear your sinuses and lessen your body aches, allowing for a more restful sleep. Some believe that applying mentholated product to the soles of your feet before bedtime can help ease a stubborn cough.......well in that case, our Mentholated Foot Salve loaded with menthol crystals and mint leaves should definitely do the trick! Apply generously to your feet and cover with light cotton socks. One thing's for sure: you'll wake up to some super soft and sweet-smelling tootsies!

Another important component found in many cold and flu products is eucalyptus. Native to Australia, this plant is a refreshing and powerfully stimulating aromatherapy experience with antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits. Eucalyptus has been known to be effective in the treatment of respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, colds, asthma and sinusitis. When inhaled, it helps loosen phlegm and eases congestion. Not only that, eucalyptus has analgesic (pain relieving) properties, is fantastic for calming fevers andhelps to decrease mental sluggishness and exhaustion. To soothe your congestion, you'll adore our Eucalyptus Chest Rub which also contains camphor, vitamin E and peppermint oil. Another great product to try is our Eucalyptus Muscle Rub, jam-packed with arnica oil to treat those achy muscles and help stimulate mental activity.

One of our newest products is quickly becoming one of the most popular for those suffering from joint stiffness, muscle pain and inflammation due to arthritis or fractures: Green Muscle Cream. This is truly a dream cream! Along with menthol crystals and arnica oil we've added ashwagandha, an ayurvedic herb known to treat insomnia and reduce fevers and inflammation as well as cayenne, devil's claw and turmeric. This cream will heat, tingle and lull you to sleep while easing your body aches and pains and increasing blood circulation. 

Please be aware that eucalyptus and menthol products are not usually recommended for children under 2 years old. (Unless they are specially formulated for babies) Also, as wonderful and fabulous as these products are, they should not replace the direction and/or advice of your doctor. We make amazing products but sadly we are not doctors, so when in doubt always consult your healthcare provider!

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