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Essential Oils for Cold & Flu Season

How Do People Know They Have the Flu?

Flu symptoms are usually worse than those seen with a cold. Symptoms include:

  • sneezing, runny nose, and congestion (stuffed-up nose)
  • high fever
  • headache
  • chills
  • dry-sounding cough
  • muscle aches
  • abdominal * pain and poor appetite
  • tiredness

 Symptoms of the flu last for 7 to 14 days. The high fever and body aches usually disappear within a few days, but those symptoms may be quickly replaced by a sore throat, runny nose, and lingering cough. In some cases, fever may even return for a brief period. Feelings of tiredness and exhaustion can last several days or weeks in some people with the flu. Trying to return to a normal routine too quickly can cause symptoms, especially exhaustion, to reoccur.

How to prevent the flu?

 The key is prevention…….and how do we prevent? 

  • Get a flu vaccine (specially young children, pregnant women, those with asthma and those 65 or older) (Medicine.net) Most of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by annual influenza vaccination. The CDC's current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issued recommendations for everyone 6 months of age and older, who do not have any contraindications to vaccination, to receive a flu vaccine each year.
  • Hand washing as much as you can this is key, or hand sanitizer if good old soap and water are not available
  • Take everyday measures to stop the spread of the germs
  • Cove your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough o sneeze
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread faster that way
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you are sick with symptoms that resemble the flu the CDC is recommending that you stay home 24-48hr
  • Stay away from anyone you know is sick
  • Use Essential Oils to boost & keep your immune system healthy, below are some oils that will help you during the cold & flu season

 Essential Oils for Flu Season

Tea Tree

Frankincense

Sandalwood

Hyssop

Rosemary

Thyme

Sage

Eucalyptus

Peppermint

Lavender

Lemon

Pine

 

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated botanical extracts that have been distilled from trees, herbs, roots, flowers and grasses. They are located in leaves, stems, fruits, roots, flowers, and bark of different plants each with it's unique aroma. 

It is very easy to overlook the important fact that essential oils are some of the most powerful anti-microbials and anti-virals known today. They should be used in every home during cold and flu season since they are very important in fighting many types of infectious diseases. You can use essential oils around the house to boost your immune system.  I like to clean with my favorite bacteria busters as mentioned above. Here are some recipes you can begin with;

 

Spritzer recipes

2oz glass bottle with spritzer top

1 3/4oz-distilled water

10-20 drops of any of the essential oils mentioned above or a combination of them also

Mix in 2oz glass bottle and spray it all over your house. 

I have a mix that I make for my pillows and bed linens follow the same instructions above just use Eucalyptus Essential Oil rather than the one mentioned. I use it all the time, don’t wait till you are sick to get rid of all those germs. 

Eucalyptus essential oil is very useful when treating respiratory symptoms including nasal congestion, asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough, running nose, sinusitis, and sore throat. Eucalyptus oil is know for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti- inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and decongestant properties a must in every household.

 Essential Oils

This blend I call "Germ Buster" I always keep a bottle of this at home. My daughter always says "mom get your potions out we need them". 

 

  • 1 drop Tea Tree  essential oil
  • 1 drop Rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 drop Niaouli essential oil
  • 1 drop Pine essential oil

 Mix the above oils in a 250ml bottle and spray your house and office, specially play rooms and common areas. 

Here are some more blends I found in my file of goodies, enjoy!

Immune Boosting Recipes

Morning Immunity Bath

4 drops tea tree oil

3 drops rosemary oil

2 drops lemon oil

1 drop ginger oil

Add the essential oils to a tub of warm water and soak for fifteen 

to twenty minutes.

 

Evening Immunity Bath

4 drops tea tree oil

2 drops clary sage oil

2 drops sweet orange oil

2 drops rosewood oil

Add the essential oils to a tub of warm water and soak for fifteen 

to twenty minutes. 

Immune Boosting Massage Oil

04 ounces jojoba, olive or almond oil

10 drops geranium oil

10 drops tea tree oil

08 drops lemon oil

08 drops lavender oil

04 drops eucalyptus oil

Mix well.

 Please note: If you have any medical conditions contact your licensed medical practitioner. The remedies above are for information proposes only, and should not be taken or construed as medical advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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