Your body aches. You’re tired, but you can’t sleep. You’re surrounded by tissues, tea, and fever reliever. By now, you’ve probably realized that you have the flu. It has been a hard flu season for all of us, the CDC has even estimated that the flu has reached epidemic proportions this year. Because of that, you’re more likely to catch the flu, despite your best efforts to prevents it. Like every other condition that you suffer from, many of the symptoms of the flu can be relieved with the use of essential oils. They are so helpful to us in all areas of life. Although no oil is going to completely relieve you of the flu, you’re definitely going to feel a little better if you can incorporate them into your recovery plan. It certainly will smell better than that ghastly vapor rub, in any event.
The flu will take its toll on your muscles, leaving you sore and aching. For that body ache, you’ll want something to relieve the pain and inflammation. Clary sage has analgesic properties that can help to reduce the pain and inflammation and help you feel like moving around a bit more.
The amount of mucus produced during a spell of flu could drive anyone to desperation. The clogged feeling can lead you to sniffle and struggle to breathe. To help get things flowing, diffuse some eucalyptus, or add a few drops to a pot of steam. The heat from the steam along with the oils will help to loosen up the mucus and get you breathing again.
When you are feeling feverish, it is really important for you to keep a close eye on it. Fevers during the flu can rise to dangerous levels. While you are working on bringing it down, add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cool compress to help your body to relax and come back down to a regular temperature.
Though you won’t be ingesting the oils, essential oils can also help you to soothe a sore throat. When you are feeling scratchy, add some drops of lemon oil to a cotton ball, and inhale. Be careful when using this method not to touch the skin. This is also another symptom that can be greatly improved upon by adding your essential oils to a steamy bath or pot so you can inhale the vapors, and soothe your tired muscles while you’re at it.
All of these terrible symptoms are coming together to steal your rest, and they are succeeding in doing so. The aches, the fever, the sore throat, all of them are beating up on you and all you want is some sleep. When you need to get some rest, there are great essential oils to help you get there. Grab the heavy hitters: lavender, jasmine, and chamomile are old standbys for a reason: they help to relax you and allow you to get some sleep so you can begin to heal from this terrible flu.
Having the flu will kick your butt, and you have to fight back. Take the time to find which method of application works best for you. Essential oils can be mixed with carrier oils, applied in compresses, added to a warm bath, or steamed in a pot just to name a few. Get those oils, and get started feeling relief at last from this awful flu.