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Essential Oils That Will Help You Fight the Flu

Jan 8, 2018Live Well

The flu is everywhere these days.  Between January and May, it’s “flu season”, and at schools and workplaces everywhere are falling victim.  It’s hard to avoid the germs that cause this uncomfortable illness, and Americans spend a ton of money each year treating it.  That doesn’t account for the time lost from school or work, or the misery of flu symptoms.

So what can you do?

Start by Increasing Immunity

Our own bodies have pretty amazing immune systems.  Essential oils can help our bodies stay strong and create more superpowered antibodies and other flu-fighters.

Lavender

Lavender is probably the most well-known and popular essential oil – with good reason!  This powerhouse oil is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s also great for helping you relax and easing muscle aches.  It’s also one of the safest essential oils you can find.  This is my daily go-to.  It’s great for diffusing, or in a bath.

Lemon

Lemon’s bright scent will make you feel happy while it increases your immune system with its high vitamin c content.  It helps boost your immunity and supports your body’s ability to make white blood cells.   It also helps stimulate circulation.  This is useful for diffusing and for cleaning the house (and destroying those bugs before they can attack you).

Oregano

Oregano is a “hot” oil, so it’s very important to dilute it property!  However, it’s got antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  Add a drop or two to water or juice and drink to decrease the effects of a sore throat and combat virus and infections.  Mixed with other oils, it packs a powerful punch that helps to knock out illness. It’s even known to be as effective as antibiotics!  

 

Here are some of my favorite immunity fighting blends:

 

 

 

If You Feel Crummy

If you’re already feeling the effects of the flu, there are essential oils that can help you fight back and heal more quickly.

 

Eucalyptus

This essential oil is best known for its congestion-clearing properties. It, like lavender, has antiviral properties that help you fight back.  Whether diffused in the room, vaporized in a hot bath or shower and inhaled, or blended with a carrier and rubbed on the bottom of the feet, eucalyptus opens blocked nasal passages, soothes inflammation and fights bacteria.

Rosemary

This is a great essential oil, especially when blended with eucalyptus and lemon, to massage the nose, cheekbones and temples (where your sinuses are) to help soothe congestion.  Rosemary has antiseptic and an antimicrobial properties.  

Chamomile

You may recognize chamomile from its popular tea counterpart.  Chamomile helps to ease tension and pain from headaches and muscle aches and pains.  Add it to a carrier oil and rub it on the muscles that hurt, or put it on a warm compress on the back of your neck. This essential oil will help ease your cold and flu symptoms.

 

Here are some of my favorite blends to fight congestion & feel better:

 

 

 

Great Blends

Fighting Five

Thieves is probably the most famous remedy for cold and flu season, but if you don’t want to purchase from Young Living, there are other companies that make comparable blends. One of my favorites is Edens Garden Fighting Five.   Fighting Five is awesome for protecting your body. It contains five powerful essential oils: Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Moroccan Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Radiata.

Immunity

Immunity is another blend by Edens Garden that is packed with essential oils that can boost the immune system while clearing congestion, coughs and fevers. Immunity is a blend of Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Rosemary, Sweet Orange and Tea Tree.

 

How Do You Know It Works?

Although there isn’t a lot of scientific research done around essential oils, but there are at least two studies that show how efficacious they can be:

  • A 2010 study looked at a commercial essential oil blend of clove, wild orange, and cinnamon. Its application reduced in vitro viral particles by 90 percent. The oil blend also decreased infection.
  • A 2014 review of essential oils recognized the health benefits of essential oils. They also noted antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and other properties that may have applications for human medicine.

(Thanks to Healthline for this info)

 

Try a Natural Solution First

Everyone is different, and everyone has a slightly different reaction to essential oils. If you are really sick, and oils aren’t helping, there is a time and place for “traditional” medicine.  Our family starts with a natural approach, and after that we go see our doctors. We are blessed that our children have a holistic doctor who uses a combination of herbal remedies and modern medicines.  Use your best judgement, but remember that there are options to try, and getting the flu isn’t an inevitability.

 

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