Cold and Flu Remedies
Considering all of the major recalls that have been conducted this past year on our children’s over the counter medicines along with the rising concern of antibiotic resistant bacteria, I feel it is time to introduce you to a safer alternative. For the past two years, I have been using doTERRA essential oils on my family when illness has hit our home instead of cough syrups, fever reducers, & pain relievers. Guess what? My natural remedies really work! I no longer have to worry about the harmful side effects that can come from using synthetic products. I would like to share with you my favorite home remedies for colds and flu.
The first step to take with ANY illness is to give your family OnGuard Oil immediately. This can be done by simply dropping 3 drops of OnGuard under the tongue (it is a hot oil, you may need to add coconut oil for small children) or have them take 4 drops of OnGuard & Lemon in a empty gel capsule.
*OnGuard Oil is a blend of cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and wild orange and has several studies showings its effectiveness in fighting off viral infections. A recently published study in the US National Library of medicine shows that OnGuard oil is effective against H1N1 virus.
Cold and Flu-(The BOMB recipe) – Take 4 drops OnGuard, 3 drops each of Oregano, Lemon and Thyme or Clove. Drop oils into a capsule and take up to every three hours at the onset or during the process of the cold or flu. (Don’t forget to continue taking the capsules a day or two after symptoms disappear (just like you would a antibiotic).
For children - Reduce the drops to 2-3 each. If child is unable to swallow a capsule, apply to the bottoms of the feet. Make sure to use a carrier oil on if applied on the skin because Oregano and OnGuard are hot oils that can burn the skin.
Coughs- I apply 3 drops of Breathe Oil, Rosemary, or Myrrh Oil to the chest and feet. I diffuse the room with Breathe Oil at night. The OnGuard Throat Drops are great to use during the day while at school or work.
* A diffuser is a like a humidifier, but made for essential oils. Essential oils can eat through the plastic of humidifiers. A diffuser will fill your home with a wonderful aroma of your choice while killing airborne pathogens. Your candle can’t do that!
Runny Nose- I rub a small amount of Lavender Oil under each nostrils and also on the bottom of the feet. Lavender Oil is a natural antihistamine. If your child is old enough to swallow a capsule, give them 3 drops of Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint in a capsule daily.
Sore Throat- I drop 3 drops of Lemon Oil on the tongue and swish it around or place 2 drops of Lemon oil & 2 drops of Melaleuca Oil in a small amount of warm water and gargle it.
Fever- remember that fevers are the body’s way of fighting off the cold/flu naturally. We tend to treat a fever as the enemy when it is actually a friend, unless it spikes too high. Peppermint Oil rubbed on the feet every two hours will naturally bring down a fever. I also rub it behind the neck. Use coconut oil on small children with sensitive skin.
Aches- When a family member complains of aches, I will do the spinal technique on them. Most bacteria and viruses tend to camp out in your spine, by doing this technique, you will be drawing attention to the problem and taking care of it. This is great to do with any illness and everybody loves a back rub!
- apply coconut oil down the spine
- follow with 4 drops of Oregano Oil
- add 4 drops of AromaTouch Oil
- end with 4 drops of Peppermint Oil
- hot compress with a rice or bean pad for 10 minutes
Stomach Issues- Digestzen Oil will be your best friend! Apply 2-3 drops on your abdomen or take 4 drops in an empty gel capsule 3 times daily.
Earaches- Rub 1-2 drops of Basil Oil, Lavender Oil, and Melaleuca Oil around the ear. Place drops on a cotton ball and place in ear. Never drop oils directly in the ear canal. All studies prove that antibiotics are not effective for most ear infections.
Sinus Infection- Take 4 drops of Oregano Oil, OnGuard Oil, & Lemon Oil in a capsule 3 times daily. Rub Breathe Oil over sinus area topically.(be careful not to get it too close to your eyes, it will burn)
The key to success is to start using essential oils as soon as you feel the first sign of a cold or flu coming on. My family and I use essential oils daily which has greatly reduced that amount of illness in our home. If my kids have friends that are sick, I have them drop the OnGuard Oil under their tongue as a preventative. It has worked wonderfully so far this year!
Take a look at the Family Physician Kit. It has completely replaced my medicine cabinet.