You can use essential oils for flu prevention and to help relieve flu symptoms and speed the healing process if you become sick.
Prevention is the best cure for flu. Wash your hands frequently and stay generally healthy by eating nutritiously, exercising regularly, and avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and negative thinking.
As part of prevention, you can make your own disinfectant hand lotion:
Blend essential oils into the lotion and use as desired.
You can also diffuse essential oils regularly to help stop the spread of flu viruses.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy suggests using any of the following essential oils at the first sign of flu:
You can diffuse any of the oils. Or make a bath or massage blend by diluting a few drops of an essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil.
Use the following bath recipe to help support your immune system and prevent flu or to help relieve body aches if you have the flu:
Here's another flu-relief bath for adults:
Stir the essential oils into the salt or baking soda. Add to hot bath and soak until the water cools.
Source: Essential Oils Desk Reference
If you do come down with the flu, use the following blend (it's safe for kids) in an aromatherapy diffuser while you are resting:
Caution: Do not use if pregnant. Possible irritation to the mucus membranes.
Source: Sedona Aromatherapie
Healing With Aromatherapy recommends that at the first sign of flu in a child, have the child take a moderately hot bath with 3 to 6 drops of added tea tree essential oil. Then, tuck the child into a warm bed.
Aromatherapy for flu symptoms in children:
Gently massage the blend into the child's chest, moving from the center of the chest out to the armpits. You can also massage the blend into other areas of discomfort.
Here's another children's blend you can massage over their lungs (you can also use this blend for adults):
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