Can I Use Essential Oils to Ward Off Cold and Flu Germs?

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Flu Season Is Upon Us

As I write this, flu season has just begun. Doctors are recommending that you get your flu shot as soon as possible, but some people (myself included) are nervous about the other ingredients that go into the flu shot besides the flu vaccine itself.

Have you ever wondered if there was a natural way to fight off the flu and other viruses? Maybe you’ve heard or read about how essential oils can improve your health.  But can essential oils really provide a way for you to protect yourself and your family from the cold and flu?

Essential Oils Provide a Natural Alternative to Traditional Flu Vaccines

The short answer? Yes.

Now, for the longer answer: Essential oils have powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

While some oils might have more of a germ-killing reputation than others, almost all essential oils contain powerful antioxidants that heal the body while warding off nasty things like mold, bacteria, and viruses.

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Which Essential Oils Are Best?

As noted above, certain essential oils are better than others when it comes to fighting germs.

Some of the best are:

  • Lemon oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Oregano oil

Using combinations of the abovementioned oils, you can make up your own essential oil blends for personal use to protect yourself all year long.

How Do I Use the Essential Oils?

Essential oils are typically either ingested, topically administered, or diffused into the air.

In the above list, some oils are perfectly safe to ingest (as long as you are buying high-quality, food grade oils). These include rosemary, lemon, thyme, and oregano. In fact, this is the best way to use these oils. They are also safe to use on your skin as long as you mix them with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. (You can also ingest them this way – virgin coconut oil is very good for the body, as well).

You can use eucalyptus on your skin sparingly (and you can also gargle with it), but you need to make sure you have diluted it in a carrier oil before trying either method. Just to stay on the safe side, I like to diffuse my eucalyptus oil.

Clove and cinnamon are really hot oils that should not be ingested, and they should only be used on the skin in a very, very diluted form. Even then, you should use extreme caution. I made a homemade perfume once  that had clove oil in it, and the skin on my neck broke out minutes after I put it on for the first time. It didn’t bother my wrists, though. I think my neck is just really, really sensitive. Still, skin irritation is definitely something to watch for with these oils. For safety’s sake, it’s probably much better to use these oils in a diffuser only.

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Where Should I Get Essential Oils?

As I mentioned before, quality is important when it comes to selecting essential oils, especially if you’re trying to use these oils to keep yourself healthy.

Some of the best oils on the market today come from the direct sales companies DoTERRA and Young Living. These oils can come with a hefty price, but they’re totally worth it. You get what you pay for, and this statement is even truer when you’re talking about essential oils.

Check out those two companies and see what they have to offer. You might just find that their oils are more affordable than you first thought.

But if you still can’t find a way to fit those into your budget, there are some other pretty acceptable alternatives, like my favorite online shopping club, Plant Therapy, and even Country Scents.

I buy my essential oils from a number of different sources. Sometimes I’ll prefer one company’s scent over another (you wouldn’t think lemon oil would smell different from one manufacturer to another, but it does). Or sometimes I’ll prefer the way a certain company’s oil reacts to my body over another’s. For sinus-clearing power, DoTERRA and Young Living can’t be beat. Honestly. This is one issue I face daily, and so I’ve learned that the quality of these oils over others is worth every bit of the price tag – and then some.

I’ve found that the best thing to do when it comes to selecting the essential oils you want to use on a daily basis is to try a variety of oils from a variety of different companies to find your favorites – and you WILL find your favorites.

It’s well worth the time and effort you will put into experimenting with essential oils, and it can even be fun!

But what’s most important is it’s absolutely one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. Don’t wait. Go buy some essential oils today!

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