Get help from aromatherapy for the cold and flu season. The following items are to help boost your immune system and ease symptoms associated with the common cold or influenza.
Of course, prevention is the best. Because many essential oils have strong antimicrobial properties, they can be diffused to prevent the spread of air-borne bacterial and viruses. Antiviral essential oils (such as Revensara, Hyssop, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Clove, Oregano and Thyme) and blends (such as Four Thieves, Purify and Respiratory Blend) are very effective as preventative aids in avoiding colds as well as in helping the body defenses fight colds, once an infection has started. Immune Blend is a powerful immune stimulant that can also increase infection resistance.
First Recommendation for Colds: Ravensara, Respiratory Blend, So Thieves or Four Thieves (the more economical version), Immune Blend.
Other Single Oils: Peppermint, Thyme, Laurel Leaf, Oregano, Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Rosemary.
Other Blends: TeaRose, Purify.
First Recomendation for Congestive Cough: Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Respiratory Blend.
Other Single Oils: Eucalyptus radiata, Niaouli, Spruce, Ravensara, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Hyssop, Douglas Fir.
Other Blends: So Thieves, Four Thieves, TeaRose, Peaceful.
First Recommendation for Head Cold/Sinus Congestion: Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Respiratory Blend.
Other Single Oils: Frankincense, Pine, Douglas Fir, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ravensara, Wintergreen, Lemon.
Other Blends: TeaRose, Holiday Spice.
First Recommendation for Excess Mucus: Eucalyptus globulus, Rosemary, Respiratory Blend.
Other Single Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Cypress, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Pine, Thyme.
Other Blends: Digestive Blend, Purify.
First Recommendation for Influenza (Flu): Ravensara, Immune Blend.
Other Single Oils: Oregano, Eucalyptus radiata, Peppermint, Clove, Tea Tree.
Other Blends: Digestive Blend, So Thieves.
** The Recommendations above are as listed with the help of the Essential Oil Pocket Reference , 2007 compiled by Essential Science Publishing. This is for educational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any condition of the body. The information here should not be substituted for medical counseling with a health professional. We do not accept responsibility for such use.