Monday, October 20, 2008

Aromatherapy for Influenza

All 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils are beneficial for influenza. They offer antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, decongestant, expectorant and antiseptic properties, just to name a few. Essential oils can revive cells and provide vital energy to keep immunity strong. A study conducted tested tears in individuals who just watched a sad movie and those cutting an onion. The immune system in those watching the sad movie was suppressed by more than 54% versus those cutting the onion.

There are many ways to use aromatherapy when combating cold and flu symptoms. Add some essential oils to Epsom salt and add to a warm bath, include in a massage oil or lotion and massage into muscles and joints, spray around the room to disinfect the and purify the air or add to a hot or cold towel and use as a compress on a specific area.

Tea tree essential oil is one of the most recognized and researched essential oils. It is commonly used for mold and fungal infections. It offers antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and immune stimulant properties. Tea tree has been shown to assist the body during cold and flu, nail fungus, sinus infections, cold sores, warts and muscle and body aches. Emotionally it helps combat low self-esteem.

Eucalyptus essential oil was used in the late 1800’s to treat coughs and respiratory concerns. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, decongestant, analgesic, expectorant and febrifuge properties allow eucalyptus to be an air purifier, aid with sinus infections, muscle/body aches, improve circulation and combat fatigue. Emotionally it helps with feelings of being overwhelmed. Caution is recommended for those with epilepsy.

Pine essential oil was recommended by Hippocrates for pulmonary problems and throat infections. Its properties include antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, disinfectant, expectorant and deodorant. It is helpful for cold and flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, coughs, fatigue and muscle and body aches. Emotionally it helps with mental fatigue and exhaustion. Caution is recommended for those with prostate problems.

Guardian essential oil is a Nature’s Sunshine combination blend or lavender, chamomile, tea tree and ravensara. Ravensara is a strong antiviral essential oil and is a great remedy for any lung issue, cough, flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. This blend offers antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant and disinfectant properties while being used as a hand sanitizer, to relieve shingles, MS, chronic fatigue, skin issues and to purify the air. Emotionally it helps with grief and to promote feelings of safety.

Use any of these essential oils singly or in a combination as a chest rub for coughs and bronchitis or as a room spray to disinfect the air. Happy blending!

Scentful regards,
Jennifer Hochell
JennScents, Inc. / Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa
702 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711
352.243.3588 or 352.243.9627 /

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