Essential Oils and the Flu

The warnings are out there. It’s all over the news.  Spreading from person to person and some families are suffering with the loss of loved ones.  While the medical community is telling everyone to get a flu shot, there are other things you can do in addition to the flu vaccination that will help you this flu season.  Aromatherapy is a great tool to add to your flu season arsenal.Aromatherapy has many uses.  Check into it!  There’s a story of an aromatherapy blend that dates to the Bubonic plague that thieves used to rob the dead and dying while avoiding contracting the plague themselves.  When they were caught by the King of France, they exchanged their recipe for a more lenient sentence.   While the “Thieves” story in anecdotal and not scientific, there are scientific studies that prove their effectiveness.  Here is one that I found.The “Thieves” aromatherapy blend is available online, or you can make it yourself with 5 essential oils: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.  This blend is considered to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, supporting your immune system, and aiding with respiratory issues.Thyme, Geranium, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Oregano, and Cinnamon are believed to be Anti-bacterial oils.Common essential oils that are considered anti-viral are Lavender, Melissa, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus.There are several different ways that aromatherapy may be used.Diffusers: There are many different varieties of diffusers.  Some break down the essential oil and disperse it in the air, these are considered the best and can be expensive.  There are tea light diffusers where the oil is heated by the candle.  Even a few drops of oil on a tissue you can sniff is considered a diffuser.Topical: Add your aromatherapy to a carrier oil and rub into your skin.  Olive oil is the handiest; most people have some in their home.  Jojoba, almond, and coconut oil also work well.Bath: Some oils can easily be added to your bath water.  Enjoy the benefits while you relax in your tub.Ananda Apothecary offers a very informational website as well as a great selection of oils, guidebooks, and accessories.Essential oils are also available locally at health food stores and vitamin shops.I am not an aromatherapist.  It is important to conduct research and make sure you are using any essential oils properly.  Some may cause irritation or have other ill effects if not used in a manner that is appropriate.  Please consult a professional for specific questions.Is there anything you do to stay healthy during flu season?