• Karen Duncan

Treating Symptoms of the Flu and Common Colds with Essential Oils

We all know there is no cure for the viruses that cause colds and the flu, but did you know

you can use essential oils as to help relieve the symptoms? Essential oils contain many healing properties such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. In the case of viruses, inhalation of essential oils is the most effective treatment. This is most commonly done with the use of a diffuser, but you can also mix essential oils with a carrier oil to apply to the skin. A cost effective carrier oil that I like to use is coconut oil. Please never use essential oils on the skin without diluting them properly.


PREMADE BLENDS FOR FLU AND COLDS


There are several option on the market for premade essential oil blends that can make diffusing or creating a topical application simple.


To diffuse, simply add 5 or 6 drops to your diffuser with water and place nearby.


To make a topical application, add 12 drops of essential oil for every 1 ounce of carrier oil. A great carrier oil to use is coconut oil. Simply rub the diluted oil on your chest for congestion and cough relief, stomach for nausea relief, temples for headache relief and the bottom of feet for aches and pains.


For Adults:

Headache Relief

Congestion Relief

Nausea Relief

Aches and Pains

Immunity Booster

IMPORTANT: Please do not use adult oil blends for children. Plant Therapy offers a whole line of kid safe blends and oils that are considered safe for use for the little ones.


ALSO: Use care when diffusing essential oils around pets. Some oils are not safe for them to inhale. If you have pets, you may want to consider using the topical application method.


DIY ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES FOR FLU AND COLDS


Do you have multiple oils on hand or would you like to make your own blend? Here are some DIY diffuser recipes to get you started. These recipes are for adult use only. Please use kid safe premade blends for children.


Congestion

· 4 drops eucalyptus

· 2 drops peppermint

· 5 drops frankincense


Nausea

· 2 drops spearmint

· 2 drop ginger

· 1 drop cardamom

· 1 drop lavender


Cough

· 3 drops cedarwood

· 3 drops frankincense

· 2 drops star anise


Air Purifying

· 1 drop thyme

· 3 drops eucalyptus

· 6 drops lemon


Immunity Boosting

· 4 drops lemon

· 4 drops grapefruit

· 2 drops oregano


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