Of all the natural cold and flu remedies out there, therapeutic essential oils are the best in my mind. Over the years I've tried a lot of natural cold and flu remedies, but I've found nothing as helpful as essential oils.
Whether using essential oils as a natural cold remedy or a natural flu remedy, my initial approach is the same.
The first thing we do at the initial sign of a scratchy throat or watery eyes is to apply what's called a “Thieves jumpstart.”
Thieves blend is a powerful support to the immune system, containing clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
The way we use Thieves to jumpstart the immune system is as follows. . .
We put one drop of Thieves on the inside of the cheek once every minute for 10 minutes. Then, put a drop in the same area once every ten minutes for an hour. After that, Thieves is applied once an hour for the rest of the day.
That's it. Simple, but powerful – and we've found it to be extremely effective, bringing noticeable improvement almost immediately.
In many cases this approach alone has demonstrated why essential oils are tops in my mind among natural cold and flu remedies.
(NOTE: Because the clove and cinnamon in Thieves gives a spicy hot sensation, children may not like it. In that case, I put a drop in a glass of water or rub Thieves on the bottom of the feet. Children typically have no trouble with this.)
Here are a few other applications we use to help the body against a cold or flu.
Apply the blends R.C. and Raven, one on the chest and the other on the bottom of the feet. Repeat the applications of these oils often, each time reversing the location of the oils.
Diffuse Thieves during the day in an essential oil diffuser, and add some RC to use while sleeping at night.
Take a capsule – twice daily – with oregano, Thieves, and thyme, filling the rest of the capsule with vegetable oil.
For a sore throat, we've found by applying 1 drop lemon, 1 drop frankincense, and 1 drop cypress to the neck (throat area) to be very soothing. After applying the oils it helps to lay a very warm moist washcloth over the area as well.
In cases where a virus has really taken hold, there are a few other applications that make essential oils a worthwhile choice when it comes to natural cold and flu remedies.
For fevers, I apply peppermint (or wintergreen) to the bottom of the feet.
For congestion, I steam with an essential oil like eucalyptus or a blend such as R.C or Raven.
For the most persistent bugs, I like to rub a variety of oils (e.g., Thieves, eucalyptus, oregano, R.C, Raven, or copaiba) on the spine followed by warm moist towels.
The Raindrop Technique can also be a great support to the body in the face of persistent bugs.
There are all kinds of remedies for dealing with colds and flu, and many of them can contribute to you feeling better... but I find the kind of support that essential oils provide us when we are under the stress of illness to be superior.