Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Using Essential Oils For Cold & Flu Relief

We're not too far away from the cold and flu season. I have been asked if there are essential oils with antiviral properties? Which are the most beneficial?

When you feel like your coming down with an illness, many people will probably reach for the vitamin C, and maybe some other health supplements. But it may be worthwhile using some antiviral essential oils as well. Some essential oils can help reduce the ability of viruses to reproduce, as well as lifting you emotionally in order to help the healing process.

There are a few essential oils that are much better at staving off viruses than others. Start as soon as your symptoms begin...though using essential oils as a preventative is probably the best course to take.

Any self-treatment should work together with your doctor's care. If symptoms persist, it's important to seek medical advice.

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I'm particularly fond of these essential oils for the prevention of a common cold:

Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Neroil, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Anise, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Thyme.

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For strengthening and boosting the immune system in order to help resist most common viruses, I suggest:

Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme and Eucalyptus. Other immune system builders that I has seen recommended include Lemon, Melissa, Rose.

All of these essential oils are best applied as an aromatherapy massage, in a bath, diffused in a room or steam inhaled.

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During a cold or the flu, these essential oils should provide some comfort of symptoms:

Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Marjoram, Ginger, Peppermint, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Frankincense.

These essential oils are best applied as a rub, in a bath, as hot or cold compresses, diffused in a room or steam inhaled.

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You may treat a mild fever with essential oils, though medical advice should be sought:

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Chamomile and Rosemary.

These essential oils are best applied as a cold compress, a rub, diffused in a room or steam inhaled. NOTE: it is NOT recommended to use body massage when there is a fever involved.

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Cold sores are usually a part of respiratory illness. These essential oils have been known to be effective at reducing or helping to stop an outbreak of cold sores, as well as herpes virus:

Melissa (very beneficial for herpes virus...may be found under the name 'Lemon Balm'), Peppermint, Spearmint, Tea Tree and Bergamot

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Here are a few recipes:

For the bath, blend the following essential oils in a small cup of whole milk and then pour in a warm bath:

10 drops Bergamot, 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops of Juniper

Soak for at least 15 minutes. If there's a particular essential oil that you're fond of, by all means use it as well.

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For aromatherapy massage, blend up to 10 drops of antiviral oils in 25 ml of carrier oil (I prefer Sweet Almond Oil):

Lavender, Thyme and Eucalyptus mixed in the carrier oil should be quite comforting.

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I mix about 5 drops of antiviral essential oil (usually Peppermint and Lavender) in a cup of water. I pour the mix into a fine spray bottle and go through all the rooms, spraying as needed.

You can do the same in a diffuser...just add a few drops of water with the essential oil.

For steam inhalation, simply pour hot water into a bowl and add 3 drops of your chosen essential oil (or combination of oils). Place your head about 15 in. above the bowl and cover your head with a towel, forming a 'tent'. Keep your eyes shut and breathe deeply through your nose for about 5 minutes. NOTE: if you suffer from asthma, DO NOT use this method.

Get a 'head start' on the cold and flu season. Lon