Essential Oils that Fight off the Flu

Stay Well: A small band of spice traders turned thieves were captured in Marseilles, France, and charged with robbing the dead and dying bubonic plague victims. Although this “Black Death” was highly contagious, not one of the Spice Traders ever contacted the disease. Related to a lineage of apothecaries, they were familiar with a combination of specific plant oils that, when rubbed over their bodies, protected them from contracting this rare and deadly disease.

These spice oils were in the combination they used. English Royalty protected themselves from the great plague in Europe in 1413 by rubbing a concoction of oils that included clove, cinnamon and rosemary on their hands, feet and temples. This formulation is found in the Royal English Archives.

Lemon: Lemon oil can be very beneficial to the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, reducing blood pressure and helping with nosebleeds. It can help bring down fever, helps relieve throat infections, bronchitis, asthma and flu.

It boosts the immune system and cleanses the body, improves the functions of the digestive system, and it is helpful with constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite.

Lemon oil soothes and relieves headaches and migraines and is helpful for rheumatism and arthritis. It is also used for clearing acne, cleaning greasy skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells, easing painful cold sores, mouth ulcers, herpes and insect bites.

Peppermint: The primary constituent of peppermint oil is menthol, which causes a physical reaction when inhaled or applied to the skin. Menthol produces an immediate, pronounced sensation of coolness, which the body reacts to quite strongly, producing its own warming effect as blood flows into the area of application. This physical sensation impresses the senses as a medicinal effect and is partially responsible for peppermint essential oil’s long history of use as medicine.

What to do for:
Sore Throat: Add Stay Well and lemon to green tea with honey or put a drop of stay well on your tongue and rub it on the roof of your mouth and swallow.

Stopped up ears: Rub peppermint around the outside of the ear. Place a drop of peppermint and Stay Well on a cotton ball and place inside the ear overnight.

Stuffed up nose: Diffuse Peppermint and/or Stay Well into the room in a diffuser. Add a couple drops of Stay Well to coconut oil and use as a rub on chest, neck and back. Breathe in oils by placing a couple drops of each (peppermint and Stay Well) into a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam (if you put a towel over your head and bowl while leaning over it works better).

Fever: Place a few drops of Peppermint oil in a bowl of cold water. Sponge off head, back, legs and arms. Add one to two drops of Lemon to your water or tea.