Since essential oils are a plant’s own defense against disease, they do the same for us when we apply them singularly or in combination. Using essential oils properly is key in protecting your family and self from the flu or other infection(s).
Common mistakes are using the same oils habitually, not using them regularly or using incorrect ones. Here are a few tips that can make all the difference this coming winter and all year long.
Steps to Using Essential Oils Correctly
- Do not use the same oil or combination of oils for longer than 7-10 days. The body will build a tolerance to it, thereby weakening the effects of the oils. To avoid immunity to the essential oils, alternate single oils and combination/blend formulations such as Defender or Wise Thieves every other week.
- Do not think a few applications of essential oils will boost your immune system for months to come. Maintain a step ahead and use essential oils regularly, which means daily or 3-4x a week. The best way to use them is by applying undiluted to the soles of the feet at bedtime and, in a diffuser to kill airborne viruses and bacteria.
- Do not shower for at least seven hours after applying essential oils.
- Do not assume that all essential oils fight viruses. All oils are antibacterial, but only a few possess true anti-viral properties, they are Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Pine, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Lavender and Clove.
- Use half the recommended amount for children.
So that you are best prepared for flu season, keep a few single oils and a blend or two such as Defender or Wise Thieves on hand. In addition to keeping your family healthy, you can use your oils to freshen the air, clean your home and keep your environment smelling wonderful, fresh and crisp. Visit our website for a variety of amazing and easy do it yourself recipes!