Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies

I decided it was time to research Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies while sitting at work today listening to everyone around me cough, hack, sneeze, snort, and blow their noses. To me there is nothing worse than having allergies and sitting in a cubicle with no air circulation and sickness all around you. It is like a ticking time bomb just waiting to happen. While most likely others are just like me and are suffering from the fall grass and tree pollen allergies germs are still germs. And when your immune system is under attack you are subject to catch a germ or virus that someone else has.

Many people that are sick with colds or flu usually claim they only have sinus allergies however, if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer then you know when the allergens are high and which allergens is making you feel bad i.e. ragweed, tree pollen, mold and mildew. True sinus allergies usually last only a few days while the allergen is present and then subsides shortly after the allergen has dissipated.

Normally it does not take long for the individual to bounce back to a wellness state. Personally, I’ve been sneezing and coughing in the morning and totally healthy by the afternoon, if the atmosphere moves the allergen away. However, with colds, flu, and or a severe sinusitis attack the symptoms will last longer, sometimes weeks at a time and 95 percent of the time fever is present. This is when it is time to become cautious and alert to the germs that may be lurking behind.

In the past I have politely sprayed Lysol to keep from catching something more severe from my coworkers.

I know how rude of me. However, everyone laughs because not only do I spray when they are sick, but for their consideration I spray myself if I’m the one who is ill. Of course, this is not too discrete and may have in the past hurt someone’s feelings. But, if you been in that office environment where colds and flu jump from one person to another then you are probably looking for an alternative solution.

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Things to Do to Ensure Your Protection

While simply washing your hands and exercising polite behavior when coughing and sneezing can prevent many problems; cold and flu bacteria still become airborne and slip in. Sometimes even with good hygiene you might catch the cold or the flu from a co-worker, family member, friend, or even a stranger. Many doctors say they have the answer --- Take a flu shot. But for many people, like me, that is not an option. I get sicker with flu shots than without them. As a matter of fact the only times I’ve had the flu was when I took flu shots. Most doctors will argue this point and say it is your imagination; however, personally they have not convinced me of this theory.

Other preventive measures consist of doing exercise, getting some sunshine every day, keeping stress levels down and getting enough sleep. Give your immune system a boost by implementing therapeutic essential oils that are antiseptics, decongestants, expectorants and disinfectants. One research study at Weber State University has found that when certain essential oils are diffused they have a 99% kill rate against airborne bacteria. There were several remarkable conclusions made on websites selling essential oils but until I can verify the studies I will reframe from stating them at this time.

However, in addition to spraying the Lysol this year; I felt it would be wise to learn how to use therapeutic essential oils for colds and flu this season. As I revealed in my Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing there are numerous essential oils that can assist in healing many diseases of the body. However, if you are like me until you have an opportunity to experiment with essential oils you don’t have a clue where to begin in accomplishing the healing you are seeking.

Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies

Boost and Strengthen the Immune System

As revealed previously, herb and plant oils can be traced by to ancient Greek and Roman days. As stated the hub called How to Use Essential Oils for Christmas, frankincense and myrrh were two of the precious gifts that the three wise men brought to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. For colds, flu, and sinus allergies, frankincense can be used to relieve inflammation, stimulate the immune system, and treat respiratory infections. The essential oil of myrrh is a powerful antioxidant, analgesic/anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral.

Because both the frankincense and myrrh can be quite costly you might want to plan ahead to work the two of them in your budget. I priced a therapeutic grade of the frankincense today at the whole foods market and it was $28.99 a half of an ounce (.5 fl oz.) and the myrrh was $11.00 for a half of an ounce. Please be sure to read my hub titled, Learn How to Buy Therapeutic Essential Oils to learn why it is so important to purchase therapeutic grade essential oils when you are seeking wellness and healing from dis-ease.

Fighting Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies

In the mean time there is good news, while I see frankincense and myrrh two “must have essential oils,” they are not the only two that can assist in fighting off and preventing viral sicknesses while assisting in healing from colds, flu, and sinus allergies.

Several plant oils can perform dual roles of being an antibacterial/anti-viral and an expectorant/decongestant.

I think these will perhaps be the most beneficial to begin with and they are: basil, eucalyptus, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tea tree, and thyme. In today’s economy anytime you can get a two for one deal in the area of healing is great. Here’s a quick overview of what these herb and plant oils can do to assist in fighting off viral infections. Taking on the role of being some of nature's natural antibiotics each has similar yet very unique qualities that can make one feel better:

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil is very helpful for treating a number of respiratory symptoms including asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough, nasal congestion, running nose, sinusitis, and sore throat. Again this oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti- inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, and decongestant by nature; in addition it can be used to reduce fever.

Laryngoscope published a study in 2004 that revealed the patients suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis had faster improvement when given medicines and or treatments containing eucalyptus oil. Try using the therapeutic grade to gargle a little of the plant oil mixed with warm water for treating a sore throat.

Basil -

Can be used to soothe ones cough that is usually associated with asthma, bronchitis and or sinus infections. This oil is also helpful in relieving cold, influenza and the fever that is usually associated with it. It has an anti-spasmodic nature that works well to assist in soothing bad coughs associated with some viral infections. Just imagine being able to diffuse an essential oil like this one and in a few minutes your cough is silent....And you can hear those silent crickets chirping like on TV. I have not tried the basil, however the clove bud does work just that fast.

Oregano

You might as well call this one “Anti;” because it performs just about all of such protection qualities. This essential oil is anti-viral which means it will strengthen your immune system against viruses. Anti- bacterial because it protects you from bacterial infection; anti-fungal which means you are protected from fungi that is responsible for some of the most dreaded and fatal infections. Anti-oxidant to protect you from the damages the body endures from free radicals. Oregano essential oil is anti-allergenic, which means that since it is sedative by nature, it calms down hyper-sensitivity and provides relief from allergies.

Lemongrass -

I purchased this one yesterday and feel it should be a part of this list. The health benefits of lemongrass essential oil have great properties of: analgesic meaning it has a property that will reduces pain and inflammation. Anti-microbial means that microbial and bacterial growth in the body will be inhibited when this essential oil is used. Anti-pyretic has properties that will bring down very high fevers. The added punch of this essential oil acts as a diuretic by increasing urination in frequency and quantity to assist any allergen or virus to be flushed out of one’s system faster.

Conclusion

This concludes Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies I hope found this hub informative and packed with ways to help you stay well during the season. For more detailed info on I have already discussed eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree on Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing (just follow the link in the first section). And rosemary can be found on Therapeutic Essential Oils and Healing Naturally. As you probably can see there are an awesome number of essential oils that can offer combined and or unique ingredients to help keep your family safe from the plagues of having colds, flu, and sinus allergies continuously this winter season.

Namaste'

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.  Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician. If your doctor does not believe in alternative medicines and you would like to give them a try then find a reputable doctor, TCM specialist, certified herbalist or naturopathist familiar with alternative medicines that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

It is timely that I read your hub. Season is changing here and for sure lots of people will catch the flu. I might purchase some of these essential oils to help my family fight the colds, cough and flu.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Lol on your Lysol defense. Did it work? As usual, your hub is full of great information and I have to agree with you on lemongrass. I use it a lot in my cooking and i particularly love the smell. Rated useful.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I enjoyed learning the different aspects of a cold vs flu. The Lavendar essential oils for prevention when flying is awesome! I am always concerned about the recycling of air and with that air comes everything that's in it. Great hub!

K9


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

I should start using some therapeutic essential oils when I get a cold.

I usually try to 'sweat out' my colds by way of running or excessive exercise. It's an odd habit and crazy! Essential oils is probably the way to go!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I gotta say MG yer hubs are always like a lil scripted masterpiece, an awesome from BC ; ) x


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Chin chin – Hi, Just be sure to purchase the therapeutic grade essential oils to assure that you are getting a good grade of pure oils without fillers. Thanks for the read.

@anglnwu – LOL, it works anglnwu. My teammates passed colds back and forth to each other every week throughout the winter months. And I only got one cold and I think it is because a lady came in with the flu. Excited to see what happens now that I’ve discovered the essential oils.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@K9keystrokes – Hi K9, I got excited when I watched that video as well. My thoughts are that not only can you do that during flying, but you can do that in closed door meeting rooms, or small office spaces and keep yourself protected from those co-worker that have colds and viruses. :)

@drej2522 – I’m not a doctor, however, I think the essential oils would be an enhancement to what you are presently doing. I bet you would bounce back to health twice as fast. :)

@TattoGuy – Hey teacher, thanks for checking in on me. Great to hear from you moi friend. :)

Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

MG - just like you I will not take a flu shot. Excellent information as always. You are absolutely the master of essential oils. And when I want to know ANYTHING about oils it is you I turn you! Love your layout too ;)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@wavegirl - Hey wavegirl, great to see ya. Thanks for those kind words, I am glad that you found the info useful as we both continue to learn about essential oils. :)


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almasi 6 years ago

Informative hub, wonderful layout, voted up and useful.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for the kind comments :)


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Did not know the lavender could work like the video explained...do use it otherwise. Also good to learn that oregano oil is 'sedative'. I have not used that one so much, but certainly shall. You have given some dramatically important information with detailed explanations. Thank you!


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thx frogyfish for stopping by for a read and commenting. :) Sounds like you share my enthusiasm with the great therapeutic properties of essential oils can do.:)


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Marilynn Dawson 2 years ago

This is great information! I am looking for ways to replace my allergic asthma medications. Because moisture can collect in my lungs rather quickly, running tea-light diffusers almost "killed" me last winter as I tried to keep my lungs open. I have eucalyptus oil that I've been putting into these tea-light diffusers, but thought tonight about the potential for reed diffusers instead. Thanks to your reed diffuser hub, I've now read two ways of making my own diffuser, and I'm seriously considering it! My only issue is keeping it out of reach of the cat! I have one spot where he never goes in the main living area, just have to figure out where in the bedroom.

The only question I haven't found yet, is when to know the reeds are no longer wicking the oil. I have never used a reed diffuser before, so being told to change it when it stops working is a bit nebulous. Because I'm stuffed up half the time due to the allergies that kick off my asthma, telling me to wait till I don't smell anything won't work either. Is there another way to tell when to replace the reeds? Once I have that detail down, I'm doing my eucalyptus reed diffuser in short order.

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