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It’s that time of year—cold and flu season! So today I thought I’d share some tips on using essential oils to combat fever, coughs, aches and pains.

Obviously, prevention is preferred so start by using essential oils in a diffuser. Diffusion will send the oil molecules floating through the air where they are able to destroy germs. Most essential oils are antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Here are some that are higher in these qualities and would be good for diffusion: clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary. You will find these oils in the Young Living blend “Thieves.” You can also add the Thieves oil to a spray bottle with water and mist doorknobs and other surfaces to prevent germs from spreading. (And it’s sold in a handy spray bottle and in some safe hand sanitizer, too!)

But if you have been struck with some nasty winter bugs, now what?

Fever? Try a few drops of peppermint rubbed on the bottom of your feet.

Sore throat? Add a drop of Thieves oil to a small cup of water and gargle. You can also rub some Thieves diluted in a carrier oil on the outside of your throat.

Headache? Massage a drop of peppermint or lavender on temples and back of neck. (Just be sure to avoid your eyes)

Achy muscles? Try massage with PanAway, peppermint, and basil added to a carrier oil like Jojoba.

Chest congestion? Try rubbing RC and Raven on the chest and back. RC stands for respiratory congestion and contains four types of eucalyptus, myrtle, pine, marjoram, lavender, cypress, tsuga, and peppermint. RC would also be beneficial in a diffuser to help with coughs, sore throat and chest congestion.

If you suspect that your virus has made you susceptible to a bacterial infection, here is a wonderful Essential Oil Antibiotic Regimen by Dr. Terry Friedmann, MD:

In a “OO” capsule put 12 drops of Thieves, 6 drops of Oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense. Ingest one capsule every 4 hours for 3 days, then every 8 hours for 4 more days.

(You can order the empty capsules from Young Living or most health food stores carry them as well.)

Don’t let the winter bugs get you down!

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