With winter on your doorstep you know that flu and colds are standing right next to it. Poised to invade your home and attack you and your family’s will to live as soon as you open the door. Thankfully you can mastermind a defence plan and counter attack flu and cold viruses that attempt to lay claim on your health and well-being. The secret weapon – Essential Oils of course.

Essential Oils Are Antibacterial And Antiviral

Study after study continues to confirm the antibacterial and antiviral effects of essential oils. Essential oils can protect us from microbes in many different ways. From keeping the space around us naturally microbe-free, to readying our immune system for defense, to actually destroying the microbes once they’ve entered our bodies.

Several oils have considerable anti-viral activity, and will help to boost your immune system. For maximum effectiveness, it is important that you use them at the earliest signs of colds and flu or in some cases as a preventative to boost your immune system.

Essential Oils Useful For Colds And Flu

To Stop The Spread Of Airborne Viruses

Protect yourself from others by gargling daily with 1 drop each of the essential oils of tea tree and lemon in a glass of warm water; stir well before each mouthful. Do not swallow.

To Safeguard The Office And Home Against Colds And Flu

Mix the below in 500 ml water. Pour into a spray bottle and shake well for the oils to mix and spray the office or home frequently.

  • Cinnamon – 1 drop
  • Clove – 1 drop
  • Eucalyptus – 1 drop
  • Niaouli – 1 drop
  • Pine – 1 drop

Fighting Flu With An Essential Oil Bath

If you come down with the flu and have chills add 5 drops of tea tree, 2 drops lavender and 2 drops of thyme to a hot bath. This may help your immune system fight the viral infection and ease your symptoms.

Then massage your whole body with 2 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Spray or diffuse your bedroom with lavender and thyme.

Curb Common Colds With Essential Oils

Use the following oils in a hot bath:

  • Thyme – 2 drops
  • Tea tree – 2 drops
  • Eucalyptus – 1 drop
  • Lemon – 3 drops

Carry with you a tissue on which you have placed 1 drop of each, thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus and clove. Inhale deeply whenever possible. Massage around chest, neck and sinus area with 1 drop lemon, 2 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops rosemary diluted in 1tsp of carrier oil.

Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation therapy works by thinning the mucus in the sinuses, relieving congestion, and increasing circulation due to the hot moist steam. Essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, tea tree, niaouli and pine help to ease nasal congestion. Choose one to three of these oils and use them as inhalants or in steam inhalation treatments.

How To Prepare A Sinus Clearing Steam

Pour about 4-6 cups of boiling water into a large glass bowl. Quickly drop 4-5 drops of essential oil into the water. Hold your head over the bowl and place a towel over your head (as you do this, your eyes should be closed); and breathe in the steam slowly and deeply. Keep your head under the towel, over the hot water for about 15 minutes.

So here’s to a fragrant and germ free winter!

This information was brought to you by SOIL Essential Oils.



Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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