Essential Oils for Cold/Flu Intervention

While our goal is not to get sick there are times when we feel a little something coming on. Using various elements we have been able to avoid a full blown cold or flu. Our symptoms only last a day or two and then it’s business as usual.

First up is a blend my husband created, Germ Warrior. This is the same blend used by the thieves during the black plaque.  Germ Warrior is perfect when someone in the home has brought in the cold or flu bug. It is excellent in a diffuser, but if you don’t have one you may be interested in the Germ Warrior Spray.  The great thing about the spray is that you can spray your car, your space at work, furniture, bedding and more.

  •  Eucalyptus/Lemon (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
  •  Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis verbenone)

The essential oils are either organic or wildcrafted.  Their therapeutic benefits consist of the following.

  • Anti-fungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Various antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antimicrobial

To learn more about the individual oils in this blend visit our blog post.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is another oil in our arsenal for defeating the symptoms of the cold or flu we may experience. While the Germ Warrior is not one you would apply anywhere on the body, peppermint applied to various areas of the body can aid with various ailments associated with the cold and flu. Always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin to avoid irritations. For diluting instructions follow this link.

The following are various ways to use peppermint for the many symptoms connected with the cold and flu, for more uses visit our blog post.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Analgesic – Relieves pain
  • Antiseptic – Prevents the growth of disease causing microorganisms
  • Antispasmodic – Used to reduce muscle spasms
  • Astringent – Causes the contraction of body tissues usually the skin
  • Decongestant –  Relieves nasal congestion
  • Expectorant – Helps to bring up mucus from the lungs
  • Febrifuge –  Fever reducer
  • Nervine –  Calms nerves
  • Sudorific –  Induces sweating

Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Inhaling

  • Use in a diffuser following the product instructions
  • Put a drop on each palm, rub together, place over nose and mouth, and breathe normally
  • Inhale directly from the bottle
  • Put a few drops on the collar of the shirt and inhale as needed
  • Put a few drops on a piece of cloth inhale as needed
  • Put a few drops in a pot of hot water, place a towel over the head and pot to create a tent

Topical

Remember to always dilute essential oils before using them on your skin. All of our nerves end on the bottom of our foot, ears and palms. Because the pores on the feet are the largest essential oils can be applied to various areas of the foot, this is known as reflexology. A chart is available on the blog post or an image can be obtained via Google.

 Various Ailments

  • Congestion – Diffuse throughout the room, inhale directly from the bottle, or rub a drop of diluted oil onto the chest area
  • Cooling –  Rub or massage the diluted oil on back of the neck, wrists, behind the knees, and even apply onto the tailbone
  • Diarrhea –  Rub a drop of diluted oil on the abdomen using a clockwise motion
  • Fever – Rub or massage a single drop of diluted oil onto the bottoms of both feet, on the back of the neck, and even on the tailbone
  • Headaches – Rub or massage 1 drop of diluted oil onto each temple, avoid the eyes due to irritation
  • Muscle Aches – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil directly on the problem area
  • Nausea – Any method of inhalation will work
  • Throat Infection – Rub 1 drop of diluted oil on the throat and chest area – at the same time gargle with 1 cup of warm water that contains ½ tsp of sea salt and 1 drop of oil use several times throughout the day, or diffuse throughout the room

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can be used as Peppermint either inhaling, using it in a diffuser, or using topically. Use the guidelines above for using Lavender.

Therapeutic Properties

  • Anti-fungal – Destroys or prevents the growth of fungus
  • Antimicrobial – Kills microbial infections
  • Antitoxic – The ability to neutralize toxins
  • Sedative – Reduces anxiety and irritability

Various Elements

  • Calming – Use an aromatic option
  • Appetite – Use an aromatic option to increase a lost appetite
  • Fever – Apply diluted oil to the bottom of both feet, back of the neck, and behind both ears
  • Pain – Massage diluted oil into the area of concern
  • Cold Sores – Apply to area of concern as needed
  • Dry Lips – Apply diluted oil to the lips as needed

 

 

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your health care professional or an aromatherapist before using essential oils. Those taking medications, under the age of 7, the elderly, pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant should proceed with more caution and consult a professional.

Warning: Always store essential in a cool dark place and keep out of reach of furry friends and children.

 

Please share, what is your go to essential oil during cold and flu season?

1 Comment

  1. Mandy Farmer says:

    Lavendar is my go to oil at this point. It helps with chronic pain and sleeplessness

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