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  • Essential oils for cold & flu season

    Flu season is upon us, and it’s no joke.

    When I’m sick, my diffuser is my best friend.


    We all know the feeling ... fatigue, the chills, body aches and pains, headache, congestion, sneezing, and coughing. Did you know that you can actually eliminate symptoms by using essential oils? Not only are they great for boosting your mood, but many oils can be applied to the bottom of your feet, or added to body wash, lotions or moisturizers. Some oils may even have antiviral benefits to help treat infections and reduce fever.

    The following is a list of some of the top essential oils for the common cold and influenza:


    Thieves essential oil is great for colds and flu symptoms because of its anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is known to aid in eliminating symptoms from colds and flu quickly. It works wonders in combating chest congestion, stuffy noses, sore throats, and reducing fever. Diffuse, or put a few drops in a capsule or in a glass of water and drink for fast-acting support in healing.


    Peppermint essential oil is effective for soothing headaches, chest congestion and reducing fever. Apply a small amount on your temples to combat head pain and to the bottoms of your feet to reduce your fever. Rub on your chest for soothing relief of chest congestion. Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil as this essential oil is strong.


    Lemon essential oil is an amazing decongestant and is known to be an effective antiviral agent. Its fresh, uplifting scent can bring your spirits up when your down and out. Add a few drops to your diffuser to purify the air to help you breathe better and enhance your well being while you’re feeling sick.


    Oil of Oregano is a popular essential oil for colds. This powerful essential oil is known to be as effective as antibiotics. Studies show its properties are antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic. Add to a diffuser, vaporizer or personal inhaler to decrease the effects of a sore throat and combat virus and infections.


    Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It works great as a neck and shoulder rub to relax tense muscles and ease headaches. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and place under your pillow to help you get some much-needed rest. Add a carrier oil and create a decongestant rub.


    Inhalation is the most beneficial way to use essential oils for the flu. You can inhale the oils by sniffing the bottle directly or adding a few drops to a cotton ball. This method helps clear your nasal passages so you can breathe better, which helps you to sleep better.


    You can also add a few drops essential oils to:

    • a diffuser 
    • dilute in a carrier oil and add to bathwater
    • a carrier oil, for massaging the head, neck or feet
    • a large bowl of hot water, for steam inhalation
    • hot or cold compresses


    I hope everyone stays clear of the flu this season, but if it interrupts your household, get plenty of rest, drink a ton of water, and remember, essential oils can definitely help. 


    All the best,

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