Fragrant healing - essential oils for colds and flu

It's that time of year again when colds and flu abound.  Colds and flu are caused by viruses so antibiotics will not help.  Rest, eat well and drink plenty.  If you have asthma or other chest related illness see your doctor.  Also see your doctor if you have a high temperature or severe headache.

The saying goes 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.  Many essential oils are immune stimulants which can reduce your risk of catching colds and flu.  Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, tea tree, rosemary, thyme and clove are antiviral and so help to kill the microbes which cause colds and flu.  You can use these in a diffuser to purify the air.  You could also make your own hand sanitizer by using 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lavender in 50ml (about 3 tbsp) aloe vera gel (which is also antibacterial).   

If you succumb to a cold  or flu essential oils can help.  One of the miseries of a cold is that the respiratory passages become inflamed.  I like to rub lavender on my chest and inhale the vapour to soothe an irritated throat and chest.  Lavender also eases congestion. (Please note that lavender is the only essential oil that can be used on the skin undiluted). Eucaalyptus has a similar effect. You can make your own vapour rub using 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of eucalyptus in 50ml coconut oil. 

Homemade vapour rub

Eucalyptus can also  be used in a steamer to help with congestion. Tea tree essential oil is antiseptic and antimicrobial - it can be used to help sore throats.  Use one drop in a large cup of warm water as a gargle.  Try not to swallow any but do not panic if you do swallow a little. Tea tree is also effective used in a steamer if your cold has affected your sinuses.

Please note - do not use essential oils if you are pregnant.  If you have skin allergies please do a patch test using diluted oil 24 hours before using. If in doubt consult an aromatherapist 

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