Since we changed our diet several years ago, we have jumped off the cold and flu hampster wheel. I am not saying that we don’t get sick every so often, but we no longer cycle through from one cold and flu virus to another. We no longer even get flu shots, even for my special needs son.
But, when my son did come down with a cold, and I scrambled for the usual remedies. However, nothing stopped it in its tracks like usual. It may have something to do with his “need” for Starbucks…
(For the typical cold and flu symptoms, I always recommend trying elderberry syrup first to stop it in its tracks, adding a zinc tablet if necessary to yogurt for an extra boost.)
But, this cold took over my son’s body a bit more and his congestion lingered. While I did scramble a bit for the over the counter decongestants and antihistamine, I found essential oils were quite helpful. Some of them I diffused into the air where my son rested during the day and at night. Others I gave to him orally (see Essential Oil Antihistamine).
I do personally prefer and sell the Young Living Oils, but other more frugal brands which are pharmaceutical quality are Plant Therapy and Edens Garden, which you can purchase at these links. These brands do work, and I have used them extensively. Pick and choose which essential oils you have on hand, based on your family’s needs (and budget!).
Here are some essential oils for cold and flu relief
For General Congestion and Discomfort:
Thieves (anitbacterial and antiviral)
Lemon (with honey for throat relief)
Rosemary (helps clear breathing passageways)
Peppermint (good for clearing congestion and can be rubbed on chest)
Eucalyptus (combine it with rosemary and peppermint to clear congestion and fight infection)
R.C. (An inexpensive essential oil combination made by Young Living which contains 3 different eucalyptus oils)
Respir-Aid (A Plant Therapy essential oil combination to break up mucous and open airways)
Myrtle (for flu)
Citrus (Any of these oils, including lemon, orange or grapefruit will help detox your body)
You can use any one or a combination of these by diffusing them into the air, or rubbing them on the feet, chest or back, or even the temples of the head or forehead.
For Fever Relief:
Peppermint (Provides a cooling sensation to help lower body temperature)
Lavender (Mixed with eucalyptus in equal parts helps to cool the body down)
Eucalyptus (An excellent cooling oil)
Rosemary (An antibacterial and cooling oil in one)
Tea tree oil or Melaluca (Antifungal and can be mixed with peppermint or eucalyptus)
These can be applied to the forehead, temples or back of the neck, or even the bottoms of the feet. You may also wet a towel or rag in water, mixed with these oils to apply to the neck and forehead to assist in cooling the body)
Peppermint (Opens up sinus passage ways and is a cousin to menthol)
Rosemary (Also very cooling)
Lavender (Added to one of the other cooling oils provides soothing tension relief, and may even put the body to sleep)
Deep Relief ( A cooling brand by Young Living)
You can apply these to the temples, forehead or back of the neck for relief.
You can also add any of these oils to a glass of water, and we add stevia for a healthy way to boost fluids during any illness.