Are you achy, exhausted, coughing, sniffling and sneezing? Chances are it might not be a normal cold. The flu has reached epidemic proportions this year. Everywhere you go people are wearing masks, and you probably have wondered if you should Lysol every doorknob you touch. Because so many people have gotten it, it seems to be less a question of if you will get the flu, but WHEN you will get the flu.
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If you come down with the flu, you’re in for a hard time of it. The fever, pain, and frustration are going to be here for a few days. Clear your schedule, and prepare to spend lots of time in bed with a teacup and a box of tissues. While you’re taking your medication and hoping for the best, you can also use what you’ve learned about essential oils to help you during flu season. They really are good for every ailment you have. Pull out your diffusers and your carrier oils, here are the best essential oils to help you fight the flu:
Lemongrass – Lemongrass is a natural fungicide, it is great as an antiseptic, and it kills bacteria. When you’re fighting off the flu, you’ll also be happy to know that it has sedative properties, which you’ll need in order to get some rest.
Tea Tree – Tea Tree oil is the workhorse of the essential oils. It is antiviral and antimicrobial. Basically, bacteria flees at the sight of it.
Eucalyptus – Have you ever used vapor rub during a particularly nasty cold? Get ready for a similar effect, but it is all natural! Eucalyptus can help to open up your nasal passages, clearing the way for you to breathe more easily.
Lavender – Lavender oil is the best relaxation aid you’ll get while you’re trying to rest. Lavender helps you to sleep, reduces stress, and calms you down. If flu symptoms are giving you the blues, lavender can give you a gentle pick me up.
Frankincense – Frankincense is an anti-inflammatory, an expectorant, and it has antiseptic properties which make it perfect for all of your cold-related symptoms.
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Methods of application
While you’re using your essential oils to help you recover, you’ll want to use them in a few different ways, but a few of them are even better when you’re just feeling icky:
In the bath: add a few drops of your oil, and let the steam soothe you as you get relief for achy muscles and open your respiratory system up
Steam pot: For this, you’re going to need a large pot of water and a fresh towel. Get your water steaming hot, drop in your desired oils. Drape the towel over your head, and inhale the steam. Use a Eucalyptus oil for this, and you’ll find your sinuses clearing out, with a refreshing zing!
Having the flu is absolutely no fun, but as long as you can binge watch Netflix, cuddle up in a comfy blankie, and use your essential oils, you’re going to survive it. Take your meds, sip your hot toddy, and heal up.
Thank goodness, flu season will be gone soon.