ESSENTIAL OILS FOR COLD & FLU
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
This is the time when colds & flu start to make the rounds – especially if your little ones are at school! Fortunately, many plants produce natural, powerful antiviral essential oils that can prevent the spread of airborne viruses. Here’s a great essential oil blend to put in your Nebulizing Diffuser (most effective way to disperse the oils into your environment) or steam inhalation:
•Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) 5 drops
•Melissa (Melissa officinalis) 5 drops
•Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct cineol) 4 drops
•Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool) 3 drops
•Pine (Pinus sylvestris) 3 drops
•Lavender ‘True’ (Lavandula angustifolia) 6 drops
You can also add a few drops to your bath, or massage the soles of your feet or sternum bone (dilute to 3%-5% in a carrier oil for massage).
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan