As flu season nears, it’s time to start preparing to fight against any cold or flu symptoms — especially this year. Due to COVID-19, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts “elevated influenza-like illness” so it’s especially important to stay safe and healthy by taking CDC-recommended preventative measures.
You can start your flu prevention off by getting your flu vaccination, washing your hands and seeking treatment of antiviral medications if you become ill. In addition to those steps, there are a number of essential oils that contain antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help purify and cleanse your home of any bad germs.
Check out this list of the best essential oils for flu relief to help keep you and your loved ones healthy this season.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antioxidant, strengthens immune system
Chamomile essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils out there, as it helps soothe depression symptoms and ease sleep issues. This oil also contains antibacterial properties that assist in fighting germs that cause the common cold and flu.
Try: Diffusing this oil in all common areas of your home to help keep the air clean and germ free.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral
Oregano essential oil is great to have on hand during cold and flu season due to its highly microbial benefits which help fight infection. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral properties which will help keep your space clean and germ-free!
Try: Diffusing this oil in your bedroom to promote good health as you sleep.
Benefits: Antiviral, stress relief
Bergamot essential oil not only contains a refreshing and fruity scent, but the ability to fight off infections that cause the cold and flu. The antiviral properties in this oil helps put up a fight against any viruses in the air.
Try: Making a DIY home spray to keep your home clean and smelling fresh.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antiseptic
Eucalyptus essential oil is commonly found in over-the-counter medicine like ointments and cough drops, so it’s no surprise that it makes a great oil to have around during flu season. According to the National Institute of Health, eucalyptus helps combat inflammation and stimulate the immune system so keep this in mind as you stock up on flu prevention essentials.
Try: Creating your own steam inhalation remedy to help ease any sinus issues.
Benefits: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, respiratory healing
Frankincense essential oil is another flu prevention essential as it contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties — great for fighting germs. It also helps ease respiratory issues like a mild cough or sore throat which are common symptoms of a moderate cold.
Try: Diffusing this oil throughout your home during the holidays or making a DIY salve for when you feel a tickle in your throat.
Whether you diffuse these oils, make a DIY home spray or steam inhalation remedy, try incorporating these oils into your flu prevention techniques this year. For more essential oils and tips to stay healthy this season, check out FragranceX’s infographic below!
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