Best Essential Oils for Colds & Flu
There are so many over the counter drugs you can buy for colds & flu, but who knows what’s actually in them & if it really works ?
Now as I was growing up I always remember some of my elders saying ” a cold takes 3 days to come & 3 days to go “. That means we usually only suffer the worst of a cold for 2 to 3 days maximum. Seeing we don’t seem to have a cure for a cold or flu, we can only alleviate the symptoms.
Over the past few years I have researched and tested on myself & the wife, the effects of essential oils on colds & flu.
Let’s start with the symptoms of a cold or flu.
- Blocked Nose
- Body Aches & Pains
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Times 10 for men ! lol
Now as normal I will be doing my top 3 essential oils. I could list a lot more, but I try and keep it simple, Otherwise you will all end up with bottles of essential oils all over your homes ! Just like me. I have added a few more on this list, for blending together to give better results. So without further a do, here we go.
Top 3 Essential Oils for Colds & Flu
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Antibacterial & Anti-inflammatory. Plenty of things here to help with colds & flu. Antiseptic & Antibacterial will help kill the bugs, Decongestant helps clear the nasal passages & Anti-inflammatory will help with the sore throat.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Stimulant. Antiseptic as above. Antiviral will also kill the bugs & Stimulant will give you a uplifting feeling.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Disinfectant, Anti-infection. Disinfectant & Anti-infection will prevent the bug spreading around. Lemon is used in a lot of the cold remedies bought in chemists.
These are my top 3 but I must list another 7. Any mixed with the above will help relieve cold symptoms.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antidepressant, Antibacterial, Antiseptic. All good for relieving colds, but the Antidepressant will help you relax. This is still my favourite essential oil !
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Anti-inflammatory, relieves muscle & aches & pains, as well as improving memory.
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antiseptic, Sedative, Tonic, Disinfectant. The sedative will help you sleep.
CITRONELLA ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antibacterial. All good for helping you with a colds & flu.
CAMPHOR ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antiseptic, Decongestant, Anti-inflammatory, Disinfectant. Another fantastic essential oil to help with colds & flu
GARLIC ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antiviral, Calming, Decongestant, Disinfectant, Analgesic, Tonic, Stimulant. We all know that garlics good for you ? It has so many properties, all that will help relieve cold symptoms.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Menthol, It is a good calming oil & will help aching sore muscles.
My top 3 essential oils will mix together, or with any of the other 7 listed.
Receipt for Burner or Diffuser
This is for per 100ml.
3 Drops PEPPERMINT
2 Drops TEA TREE
2 Drops EUCALYPTUS
1 Drop LEMON
All these oil have all the ANTIs in them to help relive the nose, chest, muscles, give a feeling of wellbeing & even kill the bugs around your home.
Boiling Water & Towel Therapy
5 Drops FRANKINCENSE
2 Drops LAVENDER
2 Drops GARLIC
1 Drop LEMON
Place essential oils in the bowl add boiling water, place a towel over your head and the bowl & breath in the vapours from the boiling water.
Essential Oils in Your Bath
10 Drops LAVENDER : On it’s own just as a relaxer & calmer.
Or 4 Drops TEA TREE
4 Drops ROSEMARY
2 Drops EUCALYPTUS
Just add the essential oils as you are running the bath.
Use on a Hand Towel
Another way is to place a few drops on a hand towel or handkerchief. I always avoid putting them on bedding or clothing. EUCALYPTUS & PEPPERMINT are good for this method, helping clear the nose for a better nights sleep.
These essential oils can already be found in some over the counter medicines, EUCALYPTUS can be found in OLBAS OILS. LEMON in LEMSIPS, I could list a lot more, just check for yourself the next time you look at buying any cold remedy products. But from my tests they do not work any better then the essential oils. I would even say the essential oils work better, with been able to increase or decrease the amount of essential oil you use. Plus the oils work out cheaper in the long run. How many products have you seen that you can use in a burner or diffuser to help with colds & flu ? I have seen none !
If you would like more information on the diffuser or essential oil book. click on the images.
If you have any suggestions or receipts for me to try.
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