Essential Oils for Cold and Flu

Essential Oils for Cold and Flu– Demetria Clark
The following are some helpful essential oils and herbs for cold and flu season.
With winter swiftly approaching it is good to have some options at your fingertips.
My favorite essential oils (eo) are:
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)- Oregano essential oil is a long-time favorite when it comes to using an oil to combat bacterial issues. It is often helpful sinus and bacterial infections. In studies the bactericidal concentration of oregano EO irreversibly damaged E. coli O157:H7 cells within 1 min.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)– Is a favorite antibacterial and anti-inflammatory EO. This oil has been a favorite in cold and flu care and in America, and it has been part of a perennial favorite Vick’s Vapor Rub since 1894. Some of the ingredients have changed, but the main essential oils have stayed the same. It is also a favorite in vaporizers when little ones are sick, soothing inflamed tissues and promoting the flow of mucus and allowing its expulsion.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)- is reported to have anti-fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial activities, and a positive effect on eliminating oral bacteria.

Rosemary in bloom
Rosemary in bloom

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)– Is considered antimicrobial, and often used in cold and flu remedies. Rosemary is also helpful with alleviating headaches.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)– is considered a powerhouse antiviral essential oil, and has a long history in cold and flu care. Both are viruses.

These can be used in room mists, washes, vaporizers, diffusers and showers, to reduce germs and freshen the air in a room. Use essential oils as per the humidifiers instructions.

You can also add a few drops of water to a pot of hot water on the wood stove or kitchen stove, if you are looking to add humidity to a room.
A lot of books mention adding a few drops of essential oil to your shower. This can easily be done by placing a washcloth under the stream of water while you shower, at your feet, or you can spray the tub with eo and the hot water will activate it.

These essential oils can be added to bath oils, salves, massage oils and lotions for easy application. You can use them in washes to clean toilets, faucet and door handles and knobs, and other places that are germ collectors.
During cold and flu season I carry a little blend in my purse when I travel.


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Shapiro, S., A. Meier, and B. Guggenheim. “The Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils and Essential Oil Components towards Oral Bacteria.” Oral Microbiology and Immunology 9.4 (1994): 202-08. Print.

Caelli, M., J. Porteous, C.f Carson, R. Heller, and T.v Riley. “Tea Tree Oil as an Alternative Topical Decolonization Agent for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.” Journal of Hospital Infection 46.3 (2000): 236-37. Print.

Carson, C. F., K. A. Hammer, and T. V. Riley. “Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: A Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties.” Clinical Microbiology Reviews 19.1 (2006): 50-62. Print.

Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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