Essential Oils for Flu Season


Sore throat? Congested? Sneezy? Achy? Fever? Say hello to flu season. While the common cold may seem more of an nuisance than a serious health threat, consider this; 1 billion Americans will catch the cold this year, 20 million will develop the flu and 22 million school days will be lost. Still not convinced? Let us continue, by the time the average person reaches 75 years of age they will incurred over 200 colds, thats 2 years of sneezing! It's safe to say that flu season awareness and prevention is imperative to keeping you and your loved ones healthy this winter season. While this may not be your first flu season rodeo, we challenge you to resist the urge to run out and purchase any over-the-counter medications. Instead, we are asking you to entertain a healthier, natural, plant-based approach, your body will thank you for later.  We have some fresh insight on how to prevent and cure the cold and flu the natural way by diffusing essential oils in your home, car, office, bath, or any where you see fit.  Curious to see what we have up our sleeve? Let us explain...

First, let's start with what happens to your body once you catch the cold and possibly the flu:

Essential oils for flu relief

WebMDs.com explains; "A cold begins when a virus attaches to the lining of your nose or throat. Your immune system -- the body's defense against germs -- sends out white blood cells to attack this invader. Unless you've had a run-in with that exact strain of the virus before, the initial attack fails and your body sends in reinforcements. Your nose and throat get inflamed and make a lot of mucus. With so much of your energy directed at fighting the cold virus, you're left feeling tired and miserable."

Now it is important to note that the influenza virus is almost identical to the cold virus,  as they share many of the same symptoms making it almost impossible to tell the difference between them. One of the main differences is that the flu virus is usually much more severe and will attach itself to the body's airway cells and inevitably can spread into the lungs. The cold will likely be restricted to the nose and throat areas. In either case your immune system goes into the offense and uses every bit of the body's energy to attack to virus.

Why you should be cautious when using over-the-counter cold and flu medicines...

essential oil for cold relief

While there are many ways to treat the cold and flu ailments, most health professionals can agree on fundamental basic treatment; plenty of rest, staying hydrated, vitamin C and consuming warm liquids. Alternatively, a large majority of Americans will run to the pharmacy as soon as cold symptoms arise (according to the NIH, 81% of Americans use OTC (over-the-counter) medications as a first response to ailments). While OTC medications can be effective when taken carefully and accurately, these quick fix medications can also be particularly harmful when unknowingly overdosing or accidently combining them with other medications (i.e. sleeping tablets, pain relievers, cough medications, etc.). You should be aware and consider the possible health risks and side effects of continuously taking OTC medications. 

Over the counter cough syrups and cold pills are hard on your body and any prolonged use can lead to severe liver damage. AARP's website reports, that each year 78,000 people end up in the emergency room from  over-the-counter acetaminophen toxicity (TYLENOL®, NyQuil®, and Robitussin®). Acetaminophen is one of the most common active ingredients in OTC medications, used to reduce fever and pain. Acetaminophen can be found in over 600 medications, so the possibility of unintentional overdosing can be high when mixing medications. For example, at noon you take two tablets of DayQuil for your cold symptoms and a couple hours later you take extra strength Tylenol for a headache. You have now almost maxed out your intake of acetaminophen within a few seconds. Combining and overdosing on acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage and even failure. These medication are also known to dry out and thicken mucus in the lungs causing phlegm, making it more difficult to breathe and clear out your lungs. 

When it comes to anti-inflammatories, AARP also reports, that heavy use of anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen (commonly used for fever and body aches) can cause peptic ulcers and kidney damage.  Heart attack and stroke may become more likely with the use of Ibuprofen as well.  Even decongestants, such as Dimetapp cold drops, should be monitored as they cause blood pressure to spike, as the medicine works to constrict the blood vessels in the nose to reduce swelling and ease breathing.

Besides the above more severe side effects, OTC cold and flu medications include the following more common, unpleasant side effects; dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, nausea, constipation, difficultly sleeping, dry mouth, anxious feelings. 

Now let's take a look at what alternatives there are for cold and flue prevention and treatment.  

A brighter, healthier future awaits...

Essential oils for flu season

Prevention is key when combating any ailment. Turning simple daily tasks into habits can be the difference between catching the flu bug or not. Some helpful tips for preventing illness include; washing your hands as often as possible, refrain from touching face/hair, supporting your immune system with vitamin C and keeping your home germ free with the use of essential oils and oil diffusers. 

Keep air moisturized. Moisturizing your home's air is an essential factor in relieving cough, sore throats and congestion. As well, cold winter air dries the inner lining of the nose, leaving you vulnerable without the vital mucus needed in the nose to trap viruses, sinus infections, colds and flus. An oil diffuser (which can also be used as a humidifier) will help to provide relief from coughs, congestion, and can disinfect your home. A recent study by coldandflucenteral.com suggests that maintaining an indoor humidity level between 40-60% can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. Essential oil diffusers double as a humidifier and essential oil dispenser, giving you double the health impact. Not only do essential oil diffusers humidify the air, but they also release powerful essential oils which contain germ-killing, antiviral, antibacterial properties into the air and onto your home's surfaces.

 (**Fun fact: Not only does diffusing essential oils in your diffuser have many health benefits, but it also acts as a money saver! Moisturized air holds heat much more than dry air, which means the less you need to heat your home this winter. Watch your winter heating bills go down the use of a diffuser.)

 

Essential Oils for Immunity

Essential oils to build your immune system

Essential oils are the volatile extracted essence of a plant.  The oil carries the specific plant's own defense against disease, which can be widely beneficial for us, as humans. Gearing your immune system up for flu season with oils can profoundly improve your body's overall health this winter. Here are some oils you'll need to give that immune system an extra boost:

Clove Bud - combats contagious diseases, antiviral, anti-fungal & antibacterial properties 

Eucalyptus - reduce fevers, fights viruses, strengthens immunes system, antiviral, anti-fungal & antibacterial respiratory properties 

Lavender - natural sleep aid, relieves headaches, fatigue, depression

Lemon - clears nasal passages and allows for clean, unobstructed breathing

Pine - good for body aches, fatigue

Tea Tree - fights infections, strong antibacterial properties, builds immune system

 

(**Note- To correctly build your immune system; change your essential oil type every 7-10 days to avoid your body building a tolerance, continuously use essential oils 3-4 times a week to build your immune system and use caution when using around children (we recommend using your specially blended "Just for the Kids" essential oil blend, specially made for children. )

 

Essential Oils for Healing 

Essential Oils for healing

 Already head deep in the flu? Let's get you on the right tracked to get you cured the natural way. There are a plethora of amazing cold and flu fighting properties Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Anti-inflammatory, Disinfectant, Warming, Pain-Relieving, Immune Support

 

SUPPORT FOR EVERY COLD & FLU SYMPTOM:

(We suggest adding 2-3 drops of each oil into your diffuser reap maximum benefits. ) 

 

Flu Fighting:

Lemon Essential Oil 

Tea tree Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil 

 

Reduce body fatigue:

Pine Essential Oil (blends well with orange essential oil & peppermint essential oil)

Cypress Essential Oil (blends well with grapefruit essential oil & juniper berry essential oil)

Rosemary (blends well with peppermint essential oil & eucalyptus essential oil)

Cinnamon Essential Oil

 

Sore Throat:

Oregano Essential Oil 

Frankincense Essential Oil 

 

Stuffy Nose:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil 

Peppermint Essential Oil 

Frankincense Essential Oil 

 

Overall body wellness:

Ginger Essential Oil (blends well with cardamon essential oil & lavender essential oil)

 

Uplift Mood:

Clary Sage Essential Oil (blends well with tangerine essential oil)

Sandalwood Essential Oil

 

Disinfectant (for your home):

Lemon Essential Oil 

Tea Tree Essential Oil 

 

Airborn Germ Preventative:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil 

 

Sleep Aid:

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lemongrass Essential Oil 

 

Decongestant:

Thyme Essential Oil  (blends well with peppermint essential oil)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil  (blends well with basil essential Oil )

Sandalwood Essential Oil 

Frankincense Essential Oil 

 

Relieve Cough:

Clove Bud Essential Oil (blends well with myrtle essential oil)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil 

 

Detoxify:

Grapefruit Essential Oil (blends well with juniper berry essential oil)

 

Note that not all people are created the same. How each person reacts to particular oils is unique, so we suggest playing around with the amount of drops you put in your diffuser to see what best suits your needs.  

Take care of yourself this flu season and don't forget the power of preventative care. Bundle up, get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and avoid unhealthy foods.

 

Happy diffusing to all!

 

XO

 

 

 

 

Precautions:

  • All our essential oil suggestions are for diffusing oils only, if you would like to apply oils to skin you must add a carrier oil. 
  • If you are not sure how to use essential oils for cold and flu relief, ask for the advice of your doctor or a licensed natural health practitioner.
  • If you are pregnant or using essential oils with children, ask your doctor or healthcare provider before use. 

 

 


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