Feel better - 3 essential oils to help you fight the flu
No matter how well we try to avoid it by eating healthy, washing our hands, and getting a yearly flu shot, the flu can sneak up unexpectedly on you and your family. While you may think that there’s not much that you can do for relief when you’re curled up in bed with a fever or awful aches and pains, using essential oils to ease your symptoms can be a huge help! Here are three of our favorite cold and flu-fighting essential oils that will get you back to feeling like yourself in no time.
Tea tree oil is a great cold and flu fighter since it naturally has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. As well as being great for fighting lung congestion and sore throats in the body, it can also be used for disinfecting surfaces and the air so that you can stop the spread of the virus to other members of your family.
To use as a disinfectant – Add 25 drops of tea tree oil to 16 oz. water in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe down any surfaces that are touched often such as doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.
You may think of eucalyptus as just food for koala bears, but it’s a great multipurpose essential oil for humans as well! Just like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil is useful in steam or vapor form to relieve congestion. If you’re suffering from a high fever, you can also use eucalyptus oil in a cold compress to relieve discomfort and to bring your body temperature down.
To use as a cold compress – Add 5-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl along with 1-2 cups of cold water. Immerse a washcloth in the mixture to saturate. Wring out the washcloth and enjoy the cool sensation on your forehead or chest.
Frankincense oil is another wonderful antiseptic that can be used for cleaning. It also has immune boosting properties that can prevent illness in the first place. One unique property of frankincense oil is that it is great for reducing stress and anxiety, which as we all know can be additional symptoms of an illness when you may be missing out on work, school, or family obligations.
Tu use as stress relief – Add 5-10 drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath. The warm water will soothe achy muscles and the steam from the bath will soothe your mind.
We hope that these tips help you and your family through flu season and beyond. Click here to purchase any of these healing essential oils so that you’re prepared when illness hits! Have a happy and HEALTHY month!