We are in the midst of the cold and flu season and while some people sign up for the flu shot, I like to use natural immune boosting approaches to keep myself healthy. One of those approaches include the use of essential oils. There are many powerful essential oils to help with immune system support and there are others that simply are so powerful, they can knock out a virus or bacterial infection without the use of antibiotics.
While this may sound too good to be true, consider that essential oils are completely natural compounds and are the extracts from plants. A natural occurring compound with no synthetic chemical constituents can be a powerful complementary agent that works in conjunction with the human body and its own natural chemical makeup. In other words, when using essential oils in the human body we have the concept of nature working with nature. Makes sense doesn't it?
Influenza virus, a.k.a. “the flu,” is a highly contagious virus that typically occurs during the fall and winter months. It mainly affects the respiratory system and is accompanied by high fever, chills, achiness, sore throat, dry cough, fatigue, and nasal congestion.
Because the flu affects so many body systems and has a variety of symptoms, there are several essential oils that can be used to alleviate the symptoms and even attack the virus itself. The four top essential oils to use against the flu virus are: Melaleuca, Peppermint, Rosemary and Eucalyptus.
Melaleuca, a.k.a. “tea tree oil” is a powerful antiviral essential oil. It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties among many others. It can work as a decongestant and expectorant as well as affect the respiratory and immune system. When aromatically diffused, it cleanses and purifies the air of harmful contaminants. This oil can be applied topically on the body as well.
Peppermint is notorious for use to calm digestive issues and flare ups and can help reduce fevers because of its cooling properties. When diffused aromatically, it is purifying and stimulating to the mind and body. It has historically been used to treat bronchitis and other respiratory issues that accompany the flu. When using this oil topically, the use of a fractionated coconut oil is helpful to dilute it for young or sensitive skin.
Rosemary is an analgesic (pain reliever) and has powerful antibacterial and anti-infectious properties. It was historically used to protect against the plague and respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and the flu. This essential oil is a must for use against the flu virus because it is effective with pulmonary issues and infections. It can be diffused into the air and applied topically to the body at reflex points on the bottom of the feet. NOTE: it should not be used during pregnancy, people with epilepsy or those having high blood pressure.
Eucalyptus is a powerful essential oil for use with the respiratory system. It helps with cough, congestion, bronchitis, ear inflammation, the flu, and even shingles and herpes virus. It can be applied topically or diffused into the air. One drop of carrier oil should be used when using on young or sensitive skin.
All these oils are powerful natural elements that are effective when dealing with common flu and other viruses. Caution should be used with sensitive skin and dilution with a carrier oil before application. Diffusing the oils or blending them together is another option.