FLU

ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea Tree and Manuka. Help with congestion and respiratory tract infections.104

Lemon. A natural disinfectant that can fight bacteria and viruses in the home and on the body.

Thyme. Shown to drain congestion and help with infections in the chest andthroat.105

Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Expectorants that help to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms.

Research
A 2009 study reported that tea tree oil showed anti-viral activity against influenza virus subtype H1N1; the anti-viral activity is principally attributed to terpinen-4-ol, the main active component. They concluded that tea tree is a promising treatment for influenza.

Home Remedy
Steam Bath. Make a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, and then mix 10 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

Background
The flu is a common viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose and throat. The flu is similar to the common cold, but generally the symptoms are more severe. It is incredibly common, with more than 10 percent of the U.S. population affected each year. Symptoms include a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, cough or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Young children, adults, pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk. Essential oils can provide immune support and may ease some of the flu’s most bothersome symptoms.

Suggested Supplements

» Elderberry. Helps with immune system function; boosts white blood cells.

» Echinacea. Helps your body fight off infections; best taken at the first sign of illness (1,000 milligrams, two to three times daily).