Cold & Flu Season Essential Oil Remedies

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Essential oils can help detoxify the body and boost your immune system. They also fight infections, bacteria, parasites and micro-orgranisms. Regular use of essential oils is said to reduce the body’s susceptibility to outside sources and harmful toxins. Which means the more use them, the less you’ll need them to fight certain illnesses because they’ll already be working to protect you from them.

However, it would be unrealistic to think that no one would ever get sick. So, here are a few essential oil remedies and recipes I keep on hand for cold and flu season.

Essential Oil Cough Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 drop of lemon oil – Thins mucus, immune system booster
1 drop of orange oil – Stimulates relaxation and adds to the taste
1 drop of frankincense oil – Anti-inflammatory, immune system booster and great for respiratory support
1 drop of peppermint oil – Anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory support
1 teaspoon of honey

Directions:
Add the oils to the teaspoonful of honey and swallow.

Frequency:
2-3 times a day

Fever Reducer

*Over the counter fever reducer causes Spencer to vomit so this all natural remedy has been nothing short of a blessing.*
Ingredients:
2-3 drops of peppermint oil - Anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory support
1-2 drops of lavender oil - Calming, cleansing, anti-inflammatory
Teaspoon of coconut oil – Used as a carrier oil

Directions:
Warm the oils in the palms of your hands and apply to the back of the neck, along the spine and the bottom of the feet. Place socks on the feet after applying oil.

Frequency:
3-5 times a day, as necessary

DIY Vapor Rub (modified kids version included)

Supplies:
Measuring spoons or 1 tablespoon
Small pot or microwave
Glass measuring cup
Small glass jar with a lid

Ingredients:
8 tablespoons of coconut oil – Used as a carrier oil
10 drops of eucalyptus oil – Cleansing, great for respiratory support
5 drops of lavender oil - Calming, cleansing, anti-inflammatory
10 drops of peppermint oil – Anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory support

Modified Ingredients for Kids:
3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 drops of each oil.

Directions:
Fill the small pot with enough water to reach the glass measuring cup. Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Place the coconut oil in the measuring cup and place the cup into the small pot. The coconut oil should melt fairly quickly. Once melted, remove the pot from the heat or turn the stove off. Add the essential oils and use a metal spoon to stir the mixture. Pour the blend into the glass jar and let it cool.

Earache/Clogged Ear Blend

Ingredients:
2-3 drops of melaleuca or tea tree oil – Natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory (I love tea tree oil because it’s a “neat” oil. Which means it can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted by a carrier oil.)
2-3 drops of lavender oil – Calming, cleansing, anti-inflammatory

Directions:
Apply the oils to a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball on the part of the skin where your face and ear meet, down and all the way around the back of your ear (not your earlobe). You can either place the cotton ball in your ear or toss it out.

Frequency:
3-5 times a day

Allergy Bomb

*I know I’m not the only one that suffers from year-round allergies. So, you’re welcome!*
Ingredients:
2-3 drops of lavender oil - Calming, cleansing, anti-inflammatory
2-3 drops of lemon oil - Thins mucus, immune system booster
2-3 drops of peppermint oil - Anti-inflammatory and great for respiratory support

Directions:
The most common way to use this oil blend is with a diffuser, which works great. I also place 2 drops of each oil, along with a small amount of coconut oil, in my hands and apply them to my feet before bed.

I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert when it comes to essential oils. I have had positive personal  experiences with all of the oils, recipes, blends and diffuser blends I mentioned in this post. However, what works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. Please, by all means, do your own research. There’s a ton of information on oils and a wide variety of different blends you can try. If you’re not sure where to begin your search, try Pinterest. It’s my go-to for essential oil recipes and blends.

Love you, mean it.
-Alicia