Chicken soup and bundling up were the common remedies for fighting a cold. Colder temperatures were usually to blame for cold and flu virus activation, but many who live in warmer climates can attest that these germs do their dirty work in more temperate climates as well. Drastic temperature changes, allergies, and stress all weigh down your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. Certain essential oils are excellent natural ways to protect yourself from getting sick and to recuperate in case the bug gets you anyway.
Eucalyptus oil is a powerful respiratory aid. Eucalyptus increases oxygen’s presence in cell tissues and boosts blood circulation, making red blood more effective at cleansing and repair. Eucalyptus can be used as an inhalant and can be diffused. Eucalyptus is recognized by many as a good expectorant and cough suppressant, helping to clean out mucus, and eases nasal inflammation and congestion. Eucalyptus is a great fever reducer and works well in compresses.
Peppermint oil’s anti-inflammatory and cooling properties alleviate headaches. Inhaling peppermint oil, via a diffuser can dispel nausea and motion sickness, simply because of its relaxing and soothing effects. Menthol, a component of peppermint oil, is used in a number of rubs and balms to ease nasal and respiratory trouble. Peppermint oil is an effective expectorant and can provide temporary relief for sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion, cold, and cough. Peppermint oil is also said to be antispasmodic (preventing spasms), which can calm coughing fits and help the lungs and respiratory muscles relax.
Rosemary oil’s aroma has been shown to relieve throat congestion. Rosemary oil effectively helps with respiratory infections by means of its antiseptic qualities and is also antispasmodic. Inhaling rosemary oil can clear out the respiratory tract, and using it for massages can relieve headaches.
Grapefruit oil is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant known to boost the immune system. Grapefruit oil’s diuretic properties stimulate waste removal of the body, essential to recovering from illness. Grapefruit oil fuels the healthy function of the lymphatic system, a major component of the immune system.
Tea Tree Oil
Antiviral: Viral infections are very hazardous and are frequently recurring, since viruses can survive under very harsh conditions. They can bear heat, cold and even poison, because they develop a protective shell called a “Cyst” around them. Some viruses are intelligent enough to develop a new cyst each time they are activated, like the Common Cold Virus, in order to trick our immune system. They never die naturally and can live dormant for hundreds or even thousands of years. They can be killed only if their cyst is ruptured using a particular compound or if they are subjected to extreme heat which is beyond their tolerance. Tea Tree Oil helps attack viruses, like cold and flu viruses. Tea Tree oil is an excellent expectorant, especially useful when suffering from cough, congestion, bronchitis and other cold-related issues. Tea Tree oil has a stimulating effect on blood circulation and the immune system. Tea Tree oil has chemical properties that work as an anti-inflammatory and stimulants, encouraging blood flow and thus speeding up the healing process.
Lavender oil is known as a major stress reliever. Lavender oil limits the presence of cortisol, a stress hormone, which taxes our immune systems. Lavender oil is also known to help with sore muscles, nausea, vomiting, asthma, colds, coughs, and respiratory infections. Lavender oil can be used in diffusers and massage oils to help relieve tension headaches, coughs, respiratory infections, muscle aches, and chest congestion.
Cold and flu season may extend much longer than an actual “season”, depending on where you live and how stressful your lifestyle may be. All of these essential oils (and more) can be found in the Deluxe Cold and Flu Aromatherapy Kit.
Information found in this blog is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with your health care provider. It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. The information contained on this blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.