Did you know that flu season starts in October and goes all the way through May? I’ve never had it, but I’ve heard from enough people how miserable it is that I know that I don’t want it either.
You might also hear there are the side effects from the flu shot. This makes some people avoid taking it.
That's why today I will provide you with a natural solution that will help ward off the colds and help you to bounce back from the flu. You probably guessed it: essential oils. They are all the rage for natural healing, and I’m going to share with you all you need to know on how to use them to combat the flu.
A Quick Word Before We Begin
This article is meant to be an overview of essential oils that can help you when battling the flu or trying to prevent it. Even though essential oils are natural, it doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. It is important to do research on application processes and side effects before trying essential oils.
As well as, speaking with your doctor before using essential oils because each case may vary from person to person depending upon health conditions, etc. Use them at your own risk.
What Are Essential Oils?
We all know that long before formal medicine was introduced to our society, people had to make their own medicine.
So they usually began by using certain plants to heal certain ailments. This is essentially the idea behind essential oils. Whenever you smell a plant, you are smelling the essential oil.
Essential oils are what gives a plant its smell, it is what protects a plant, and they also partake in the role of pollination.
However, these oils can be distilled from the plant and then be used in many different forms such as healing ailments, beauty care, and even used in your food making processes. That way the benefits of the plants can be transferred easily through the oils.
Because of something called a volatile aromatic compound (which is what the oils are made of), the oils are able to travel quickly to the area they are needed and do the job you desire them to do. If you are curious what a volatile aromatic compound is, basically, it is a compound that can change from a liquid or solid state to a gas as soon as it hits room temperature.
This is important because that means you don’t have to heat an oil to a certain state to feel the effects of it. For instance, if you are feeling drained, peppermint essential oils are great at perking you up, but you don’t have to heat them in a tea to feel the effects.
Instead, just open the bottle and take a quick sniff to feel alert again. It is that easy and simple.
However, there are certain ways essential oils must be used for safety purposes. Though they are natural, they are powerful.
So without further ado, here are the essential oils you can use to combat the flu and also how you should use them properly.
25 Essential Oils to Combat the Colds:
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has many properties. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antiviral. Because it is antimicrobial, it is good for use to prevent the flu by boosting your immune system.
You should use this oil in an inhaler or in a bath. It helps with getting rid of congestion that is an obvious side effect of the flu. Plus, it helps to deal with other discomforts that are common with the flu.
2. Pine Essential Oil
When you get the flu it is very common to feel congested. This essential oil can be used to clear those congested nasal passages.
Also, often the flu will be accompanied by a sore throat. This essential oil will help to relieve that symptom as well.
3. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is an essential oil that I use around my house pretty regularly. The reason is that it is safe to be used on or around children.
However, I love it for its calming properties. I’ll place a little on a cotton ball in hidden places when I get done cleaning. The whole house will smell of lavender, and I can’t help but notice how calm my home becomes.
But for the flu, this essential oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. This means that it helps clean the air of impurities. This is a good oil to use in your home prior to and during flu season in order to boost your immune system and prevent the flu from festering in your house.
4. Peppermint Essential Oil
I’m still learning a lot about essential oils. It seems there is an endless wealth of knowledge available, but I do have a friend that has made her business essential oils. She highly recommended using peppermint essential oils to give you an instant energy boost.
So I was thrilled when I learned that peppermint essential oils is also great at battling the flu. It is also antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral so it is great for preventing the flu.
In order to use it properly, you can put it in a diffuser so it will fill the air and clean it. But do use caution with this essential oil as it shouldn’t be used around infants and small children.
5. Thyme Essential Oil
If you cook or grow herbs, then you’re probably familiar with thyme. It is a very potent herb that packs a lot of flavor to most dishes.
But I bet you weren’t aware of all of the goodness its essential oils could pack. They are antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. Which means they are great at preventing the flu.
However, this essential oil is recommended to be used in an inhaler or bath while being mixed with other essential oils such as tea tree oil, lemon oil, and eucalyptus.
6. Lemon Essential Oil
If you’ve ever smelled lemon essential oils, then you know they are strong. We actually use them in our bees a lot to support good health, and we use them in our swarm traps to in order to draw other bees.
So be advised that the scent is strong, but it is very useful in battling the flu. Lemon packs antimicrobial properties making it a good preventative.
But because of its high Vitamin C content, it is a good immune booster as well. It is also known for increasing your blood circulation which helps your body to fight off diseases such as the flu.
7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oils are a good preventative for the flu because of their antimicrobial properties. Plus, it is also a great immune booster. If you’ve ever smelled eucalyptus oil, then you probably noticed it wasn’t a strong scent. If you prefer that, then you might really enjoy using this oil.
So when using this oil, be sure to use it in an inhaler. This will help with clearing out stuffy noses, soothe any inflammation, and also fight bacteria. This oil is great to be used as a decongestant and also contains antiviral properties so it should work to help cleanse the air of the flu virus.
8. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is an essential oil that is great at boosting your immune system. That means it will help to end the flu virus faster and reboot your system after an illness too. It has antiseptic properties and antimicrobial properties too.
So if you decide to use this oil, it should be mixed with other blends of essential oils. Then you’ll want to massage it into your cheeks and on your nose in order to relieve congestion.
9. Thieves Essential Oil
Thieves is a very interesting essential oil. It's called thieves because that is who discovered this type of oil. Who would’ve ever thought this oil would do so much good?
But if you are down and out with the flu this essential oil can be used to purify the air and clear out the nasty flu virus. As well as help to soothe your sore throat too.
10. Peppermint and Frankincense Essential Oil
This combination of two essential oils is a great immune booster. This will help your system fight off the flu virus faster and if used prior to, could help you from ever getting the flu virus.
So all you’ll need to do is rub the mixture on the bottoms of your feet and on your neck to help give your immune system a solid boost.
11. Clove Essential Oil
If you’ve ever had a toothache then people have probably told you to put a piece of clove on it. Well, there is a reason for that. Clove is known for protecting your body against infection.
But clove oil also has antimicrobial properties as well. This means that it can help you bounce back from the flu much faster than your immune system would probably do on its own.
12. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is another super strong scented essential oil. It is another one we use with our bees for their health and for attracting bees to our swarm trap.
However, it does have antimicrobial properties. Which makes it great for preventing diseases, including the flu. It is also great for relieving colds, headaches, stomach ailments and pains, lower fevers, and calm your nerves.
But be careful because of how strong this essential oil is. It can irritate your skin so don’t use it in the sun and don’t use anymore than 2 drops in a bath because it can irritate your skin.
13. Cinnamon Essential Oil
Do you love the smell of cinnamon? Then you will probably love using this essential oil as it comes from cinnamon.
So you would use this because of its antimicrobial properties as well. This makes it a great flu preventative.
14. Grapefruit Essential Oil
I love grapefruit essential oils. I use it when I’m cleaning sometimes. I use to use a steam mop on my kitchen floors. I would put a couple of drops of grapefruit essential oils in it because of how fresh my house would smell.
But it is also great for preventing illness because of its antimicrobial properties. It also has antiseptic qualities and is great for detoxing your body.
So if you enjoy oils that will help keep you from illness and also pack a fresh scent, then you might enjoy this essential oil.
15. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood may sound funny as an essential oil name, but it is supposed to be very good for you. It has antimicrobial properties that are great for preventing illness.
But it is also an immune booster which means it can not only help you prevent the flu, but also help you bounce back a little quicker too.
Plus, this essential oil has antiviral qualities, antiseptic qualities, and is also supposed to be great for its anti-inflammatory qualities too.
16. Sage Essential Oil
If you’re familiar with herbs then you know how yummy sage can be, but also what a powerful punch it can pack to your senses.
So it shouldn’t surprise you that sage is a great preventative oil. It has antimicrobial properties that help to keep you well.
17. Cajuput Essential Oil
Are you looking for a natural immune booster? Well, then you’ll want to check into this essential oil. The reason is that it is known to give your immune system the kick it needs to either help you recover faster from illness, or if used regularly, to hopefully prevent your system from ever becoming ill.
If you ask me, the best way to make it through flu season is to boost your immune system and never battle the illness to begin with. If you agree, then you might be interested in trying out this essential oil.
18. Cypress Essential Oil
When you fall ill your system can easily become depleted trying to battle an illness. This is when it is important to use essential oils that can help your system reboot quickly.
So if you are looking for an essential oil that will help you bounce back with a vengeance, then you might want to consider using cypress essential oils.
Plus, this essential oil has a way of detoxifying your body. Therefore, it is good at battling the flu and cleaning it out of your system.
19. Ginger Essential Oil
I’ve been trying to be a little healthier with the new year. After reading about all of the benefits of ginger, I’ve been making more effort to include it in my diet.
But it is used for more than cooking. If you use ginger essential oils, be sure to use it with the flu in mind. The reason is that it is another essential oil that is great for rebooting your immune system after illness.
Plus, it makes it hard for viruses to survive in your body. The reason is that ginger essential oils will slightly raise your body temperature so the virus can’t survive.
20. Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano is one of our favorite herbs to grow. We cook with it a lot and my husband likes to eat it right off of the plant.
So naturally, it is an essential oil our family became very interested in, but I was amazed at how great it could be with helping with the flu. If your flu symptoms include a sore throat and cough, then you might want to reach for the oregano essential oils as they are handy for alleviating these symptoms.
21. Basil Essential Oil
Basil is another wonderful herb that should not surprise us with its essential oils abilities. If you love the smell of basil and how fresh and aromatic it can be, then it shouldn’t surprise you that it is great as a decongestant.
So if you are battling the flu and full of congestion, then pull out the basil essential oils. It should help to lessen your congestion naturally.
22. Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Juniper berry is an essential oil that sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But apparently, it is a strong essential oil that should be used with caution.
So if you need an essential oil that has antiseptic qualities, then this could be your essential oil of choice. But be careful when using and do not use it if you are pregnant.
23. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage is another essential oil that apparently is powerful against flu as well. Again, if you are looking for an essential oil that has antiseptic qualities then you might really enjoy this essential oil.
However, be sure to use with great caution and do not use if you are pregnant, there is a possibility you are pregnant, or if you are trying to become pregnant.
24. Ravintsara Essential Oil
Ravintsara is often recognized for its clean scent. It is an antiviral oil that can be used to fight the flu virus.
However, this is a powerful essential oil that should be used with caution. Do not use when pregnant, think you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant just for caution’s sake. Be sure to dilute in a carrier oil as well before you use it.
25. Bay Laurel Essential Oil
Bay Laurel is an essential oil that is great for battling colds and congestion. It should be diluted in a carrier oil before use, though. The reason is that some of the oils are so potent that if not diluted with a carrier oil first, they will cause irritation which obviously brings about more harm than good.
Once the oils are diluted in a carrier oil, you should rub them into your lymph glands to battle the cold and congestion that often accompanies the flu. Be sure not to use this oil for extended periods of time and do not use when pregnant, think you’re pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, again, for safety’s sake.
Now you know of 25 essential oils that can help you with your battle with the flu this flu season. If essential oils are of interest to you, here is a great resource to learn more about using them safely and properly.
But I want to hear from you. What essential oils do you use to battle the flu? How do you use them?