As winter approaches, most fear the onset of a cold or flu. Changing some of your day-to-day habits might help prevent or delay either of these. But did you know that along with some simple changes, you can also use essential oils to prevent colds and flu? You don’t have to wait for the symptoms to start fighting them off. There are several of the essential oils that can prevent colds and flu and they work in a variety of ways. Some boost your immune system so your body can fight them off naturally others disinfect the air. Many oils also have anti-viral properties that can help kill the virus before it has time to attack your body. Here are some ways you can use essential oils to prevent colds and flu.
Ways to Use Oils for Preventing Colds and Flu
There are a few quick ways to use aromatherapy to help you stay as safe from colds and flu as possible. Essential oils have different properties and characteristics and some of them specifically have decongestant, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Please remember that aromatherapy and using essential oils doesn’t replace medical care and cannot replace your medications that are prescribed by a medical professional.
Diffusing Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils regularly, especially those with antibacterial and antiviral properties can help keep your immediate environment free of microbes that make you sick. If you do get sick, diffuse oils that are expectorants and decongestants to help clear out the respiratory and nasal congestion. If you do not have a diffuser or you are traveling and can’t take one along, try making a room mist by adding anti-viral and anti-microbial oils to a spray bottle with distilled water. Choose anti-viral essential oils like tea tree, lemon, cinnamon, and eucalyptus essential oils.
Make Your Own Cleaner
You can make your own natural cleaner that is anti-viral and antibacterial. All you’ll need are the EOs of your choice and some basic household items. It’s cheaper than commercial cleaners and safe from harmful chemicals. Here’s how to make it:
Stimulate the Immune System Using Essential Oils
The properties of essential oils make them excellent choices for preventing colds. But they do not necessarily help boost or stimulate the immune system. An immunostimulant affects the immune system. One herbal example is echinacea. This herb doesn’t have any antibacterial properties, but it does help boost the immune system, so it responds appropriately when exposed to viruses. There are a number of essential oils that are known to help boost and strengthen immunity. These include:
Safe Use of EOs
Here are a few tips to remember when you start using essential oils.
Other Actions to Take to Prevent Colds and Flu
Besides using essential oils to prevent a cold or the flu, there are some other things you can do in addition. Along with using antibacterial and antiviral EOs, here are some ways to protect your body.
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