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Essential Oils for Flu Relief

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Before we get started, let me just remind you. I am not a medical doctor. If you have the flu, please go see your physician. Influenza complications are no joke.

Winter time increases the likelihood of getting sick. Everyone is stuck indoors. Shopping centers and indoor play-spaces are crowded beyond belief. Germs are spreading like wild fires! Cold and flu season is upon us.

Don't Catch the Flu - Be Prepared

Don't break out the lysol and hand-sanitizer just yet though. There are natural ways to prevent getting sick using essential oils. Carrying a spray bottle of DIY hand-sanitizer is a great starting point. Here are some more oils that work with your immune system to fight of flu germs:

  • Clove Bud fights contagious diseases acting as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.
  • Eucalyptus strengthens the immune system.
  • Lavender is gentle enough for young children to use and still a powerful antibiacterial oil.
  • Lemon oil stimulates the production of white blood cells.
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) is the powerhouse of antiseptic and disinfecting oils.
  • Oregano is a powerful antimicrobial.
  • Lemongrass kills bacteria. The scientific term is bacteriocidal.
  • Grapefruit does a good job of disinfecting.
  • Clary Sage is both antiseptic and bacteriocidal.

How to Choose the Right Essential Oil

You might be saying, "That is a long list, and a lot of the oils have the same jobs." You're right. Quite a few of the oils share the same properties. Having more than one oil for a purpose is important. After about a week of steady use, the body builds a tolerance to that particular oil. Rotating the oils prevents a lapse in protection and allows the body to be more reactive.

For children, the safest essential oils for flu prevention are lavender and melalueca. What oil is safe depends greatly on the age of the child. An infant under 3 months old can safely use lavender essential oil but not oregano or lemon. Click here for a list of safe essential oils by age.

Using Essential Oils as Prevention

Aromatherapy is a great way to benefit from essential oils, but when it comes to the flu we'd like a more direct approach. Making a hand-sanitizer spray is the easiest way to get the defensive benefits where it counts. 

Flu Symptom Relief Using Essential Oils

No flu prevention has a 100% track record. The flu vaccine is usually only 10% effective. Yikes! That's not encouraging. However all is not lost. If you have a few of these oils hanging around the house, relief is just around the corner.
  • Eucalyptus is rich in the menthol. If you've ever used store bought vapor rub you know what menthol is. It will help alleviate muscle aches and chest coughs.
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) breaks up deep bronchial congestion and soothes sore throats.
  • Lemon is an anti-inflammatory oil for sore swollen throats. 
  • Lavender is a good all-around oil. Respiratory ailments such as sinus congestion, coughs, and lung congestion are relieved with the use of lavender.
  • Lemongrass helps to break a fever. It is also good for stomach upset and headaches.
  • Peppermint fights both fevers and fatigue.
  • Clove Bud alleviates indegestion, cough, headaches, and muscle fatigue.
  • Sandalwood is an expectorant. It help to remove excess phlem from the body.
  • Basil soothes indigestion and nausea.
  • Thyme breaks through sinus congestion. 
  • Ginger is well known for its anti-nausea effects.

Tips on Using Essential Oils to Relieve Flu Symptoms

Having the flu is awful. You're tired, achy, feverish, and often very nauseous. The easiest way to get relief from your symptoms is with aromatherapy. Adding a few drops of ginger and lavender oil to your diffuser help to quiet a queasy stomach so that you can sleep it off. 

A fever is the body's way of fighting of the infection. The body raises the temperature in an effort to stop the invader from breeding and spreading. However, a fever that rises to high is dangerous. Fill a spray bottle with cool water and several drops of peppermint oil. Give the bottle a good shake and spray the back of your neck and along your spine as best as you can.

Taming the Nausea & Vomiting

With the stomach flu comes the dynamic duo, nausea and vomiting.  Fortunately, or rather unfortunately, we stumbled upon a pre-made essential oil spray that kicks nausea's hind-end. I looked at it, examined the ingredients, and said maybe later. A few days later and I was miserable. Maverick stopped into the health food store and grabbed it. Skeptical but hopeful describes my thoughts just before my first spray. Shake and spray 3 times in mouth. After that the nausea disappeared like magic. Needless to say, Not Now Nausea works!

Don't forget to pin this lovely inforgraphic so you can find which oils you need in a hurry. 😉

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If you're suffering from the flu right now, I'm so sorry and hope you feel better soon. Lots of rest and fluids. Stay healthy.

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About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.

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