Cold and Flu Remedies with Aromatherapy

The common cold and the Flu is one of the most common infections to hit us this time of year especially after indulging in sweets, sugars, dairy, and wheat after the Christmas run and we can sometimes feel our immune system may become weaker because if this. In most cases, having the flu means increasing self-care as you wait for the infection to run its course. One of the many effective methods of self-healing is the use of essential oils as a topical rub or for aromatherapy. These strongly scented oils can help alleviate your common cold or flu symptoms, especially by clearing your nasal passage and reducing headaches. Some oils may even have antiviral benefits to help treat infections and reduce fever. Inhalation is the most beneficial way to use essential oils for the flu. You can inhale essential oils by sniffing the bottle directly or adding a few drops of oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief. This method helps clear your nasal passages so you can breathe better. The oils may also help you sleep better and distress.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to:

  1. dilute in a carrier oil and add to steamy bathwater
  2. a carrier oil, for massaging the head, neck, or feet
  3. a large bowl of hot water, for steam inhalation
  4. hot or cold compresses
  5. a diffuser to clear the air

Most common oils used today for the Common Cold and the Flu are

  • Cinnamon-bring heat to the body
  • Thyme-acts as an antibacterial oil to fight respiratory infections
  • Eucalyptus- reduces fever and fights a virus and open the airways
  • Tea tree –kills inhibiting bacteria
  • Lemon- Clear nasal passages for breathing
  • Lavender- Aids sleep, headaches and stress
  • Clove- for mouth ulcers and antifungal properties
  • Peppermint- reduces coughs, sinusitis and throat infections