Aromatherapy for Flu/Colds

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the Flu vaccines become available, people start to get the flu? I will let you draw your own conclusions here. When we see those ads for the flu vaccine, we immediate start to increase our defenses. Probiotic Eleven, Proactazyme and Seasonal Defense or Elderberry D3fense.

Essential oils of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and pine help to ease nasal congestion. Choose one to three of these oils and use them as inhalants or in steam inhalation treatments. 

For chest congestion, a steam inhalation treatment made with Frankincense, pine, and/ or tea tree oil can help to clear mucus and ease breathing. Rubbing massage oil prepared with these oils over the chest may also be helpful.

An aromatherapy bath prepared with Eucalyptus, myrrh, pine, and/ or tea tree oil can help to soothe achy feeling all over your body that accompanies flu. Use a lukewarm bath for fever, a hot bath for chills.

To stop the spread of airborne viruses during the flu season:

Protect yourself from others by gargling daily with 1 drop each of the essential oils of Tea Tree oil and    Lemon oil  in a glass of warm water; stir well before each mouthful. Do not swallow. 

Mix a blend of essential oils to use in your diffuser or for use in steam inhalation.

Blend together:

Guardian – 3 parts
Eucalyptus oil – 1 part

Lemon oil – 1 part
Clove – 1 part
Lavender oil  – 1 part

Guardian and Eucalyptus oil have antiviral properties, while the other essential oils in the blend act as antiseptics while at the same time providing a wonderful aroma.

Diffuser Application:

Add about 10 drops of the above blend to your diffuser at a time.

Fumigate the house with oils to help prevent the spread of flu. Put 2-3 drops on a cotton-ball into a vent, to evaporate or add 10 drops of essential oils to a small plant spray filled with water. Spray the room frequently.

Steam Inhalation:

Add six to eight drops of the above blend to a bowl of just-boiled water. Place a towel over your head and inhale. Repeat this treatment two or three times a day, if necessary.

For chills:

Add 3 drops of rosemary essential oils to your bath.  Don’t use rosemary if you have high blood-pressure or seizures.

Mix 5 drops of Guardian and 15 drops of Eucalyptus in ½ ounce of carrier oil such as olive or almond. This makes an energizing massage oil blend.

Other Essential Oils Useful for Flu:


If you come down with the flu, add 10 to 20 drops of Tea Tree oil to hot water with a squirt of Sunshine Concentrate and take a hot bath. This may help your immune system fight the viral infection and ease your symptoms. Use a pure, unadulterated form of Tea Tree oil; adulterated forms can be irritating to the skin.

To help alleviate and disinfect dry air passages, add 10 drops of Tea Tree oil to a bowl of hot water or vaporizer and leave in bedroom overnight. A small handkerchief sprinkled with a few drops of the oil and left under the pillow may help as well. 

Caution: No need to overdo this. Prolonged inhalation of essential oils can be taxing in the body. Oils are powerful and do not require heavy application.

If you have a congested nose or chest, add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil, Frankincense,    Pine Needle or peppermint to a steam vaporizer. You can also put a combination of these oils in a roll-on bottle with carrier oil and rub on the chest.  For an unproductive cough take Marshmallow and Fenugreek every hour to break up and expel the mucous.