When you have a cold it’s not funny!
According to experts, the flu may hit its peak this year! We all know that when temperatures plummet in Australia during the winter, cold and flu germs spike mercilessly and launch themselves upon us all! Sure, the snuffles are all part of the chilly months, but there’s no reason why we can’t add aromatherapy to our regimen as well. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that requires pure essential oils a natural method for combating seasonal ailments.
Each individual oil has its very own chemistry, such as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, digestive and nourishment for skin, so that when it comes to attacking symptoms of cold and flu, their natural healing properties can help to heal and even prevent cold symptoms.
Dear flu, please go away!
To ease symptoms of cold and flu, essential oils can be diffused into the air, inhaled with steam, rubbed into the body or compressed. Our favourite method is the lastest Aromatherapy Essential Oil Aroma Diffuser device that vibrates ultrasonically whilst diffusing micro-particles into the air. Using just water and 100% therapeutic essential oil, it creates a cool mist and moisture that will fragrance the home. When these particles are inhaled, it can relieve coughs, colds, sore throats and congestion.
7 of our favourite Essential Oils for Colds and Flu!
Eucalyptus Essential Oil –
You’ll often see that eucalyptus is found in cough drops and ointments. With its antiseptic and antibacterial chemistry, eucalyptus can stimulate the immune system and combat inflammation in the lungs. As an expectorant, eucalyptus can also break up mucus. Ideal to use for inhalation to heal sinus infections.
Lemongrass Essential Oil –
Many refer to lemongrass as “fever grass” due to its antipyretic chemistry and is used in medicine to induce sweating and reduce fever. An excellent way to stimulate the immune system and can also diminish headaches with it’s gorgeous citrusy aroma.
Oregano Essential Oil –
Oregano is a herbal treatment for respiratory problems and also used as an expectorant to soothe sore throat and bronchitis. Also famous for its antiviral and antioxidant properties to treat bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu and sore throats.
Thyme Essential Oil –
Herbalists use thyme oil to relieve coughs, colds, bronchitis and respiratory disorders. This humble herb is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and will fight that spasmodic cough. In fact, thyme oil was one of the original ingredients for a well known antiseptic, namely Listerine!
Frankincense Essential Oil –
Frankincense oil works well for respiratory infection and helps provide relief from coughing. A natural remedy for lungs, it can act as an inflammatory in nasal passages to make breathing easy and help eliminate phlegm in the lungs. Also assists with asthma and allergies.
Peppermint Essential Oil –
Peppermint Oil is known to reduce fevers for flu but you can still get the shivers with a cold too. It is a natural nasal decongestant and also can relieve stomach aches that come with flu and cold.
Hyssop Essential Oil –
Hyssop oil is great support for the lungs and helps with respiratory infections, such as bronchitis. If you have that annoying pesky cough that will not go away, try this! It’s also used for sore throat and asthma.
For the best selection of high grade essential oils check out our Essential Oils Page.