September 8, 2013
In our house, when someone has cold or flu symptoms, we have a certain protocol we follow. Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor; I’m just a mom who has explored more natural options for caring for my family for years now, and it has served me well. God has been so gracious. Right at Creation, when He spoke into existence all the plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, roots, and herbs, He gave us wonderful tools for caring for ourselves and our families.
Here I’ve listed the most important oils to have on hand before cold and flu season hits, but be sure to read further where I share our family’s normal cold and flu protocol. And don’t forget to keep Thieves diffusing in your home throughout the day to keep the air oxygenated and clean.
Diffusing Thieves throughout the day,
Keeps the germs from coughs at bay.
Must-Have Oils and Supplements
for Cold and Flu Season:
- Super C
- NingXia Red
McDonald Family Cold and Flu Protocol (You’ll need to come up with your own, but here are a few ideas to get you started)
- Go off all dairy – This is so hard for me! I love all things milky! But, dairy is mucous producing, so it’s not a good idea to have any dairy (butter, cheese, milk, yogurt, cream etc.) while our bodies are fighting off a cold or flu.
- Avoid sugar, meat, and anything difficult to digest – and get plenty of rest! When sick, it is important to allow all of our body’s energy to go toward healing.
- Make plenty of homemade broth and put it in mason jars in the refrigerator or freezer. That way, it’s easy to whip up quickly when your sick person is ready to eat. (My recipe is HERE) – Rich, organic, homemade chicken broth is one of the best things you can give someone who is sick. We try to serve it in varying ways, so the sick person doesn’t get “sick” of soup.The first meal, we may season it with Mexican flavors (cilantro, cumin, chili powder, rice etc.). The next day we may turn it into a Thai soup (cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, rice noodles). By the second or third day, the sick person may be ready for a little shredded chicken, carrots, onion, green beans, and celery in his soup. Take it slow, depending upon how sick your loved one has been. And try not to eat all his soup while he’s sleeping!
- Boost Immune System – Inner Defense each day and 2 oz. NingXia Red every 3-4 hours. Take plenty of vitamin C. Drink lots of water (you can put a drop of peppermint in your water for added benefit).
- Chest Congestion – In our home, RC is the first choice for chest congestion. We rub it on the chest, bottoms of the feet, and on the back neat (undiluted), and we diffuse Raven. Eucalyptus, peppermint, Frankincense, and Thieves are also oils we frequently use.
- Little Guys – If it’s a little one I’m dealing with, I may dilute RC with a carrier oil, put it on their chest and feet, and diffuse it in the room where they sleep for a few hours. Eucalyptus is also a good one to diffuse. If they have trouble sleeping, I put Peace and Calming on their feet.
- Breathe in the Oils – When a cold hits a household, if often goes through the entire family. That’s why it’s important to keep the air clean! The antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils are well known; so, we diffuse Thieves or Immupower throughout the house during the day for the sake of those who are well, as well as those who are ill.
- Heavy Hitter - I give my older ones a capsule with 2 drops Thieves, 2 drops peppermint, 1 drop Frankincense, and sometimes I add a few drops of olive, grape seed, or flax seed oil. I do this 3-4 times per day.
- Fever – Remember, a fever is a sign that your body is doing what it’s designed to do – fight off illness! But, sometimes a fever goes beyond my comfort level. To bring down a high fever, I place a few drops of peppermint in a bowl of cool water and give them an old fashioned sponge bath on their head, back, legs, and arms. This has always worked quickly (and so much more comfortable than an unhealthy, shocking plunge in a cold bath!).
- Clogged Nasal Passages - I put a drop of peppermint on the roof of the mouth or between the teeth and gum line, diffuse Raven, and sometimes rub (diluted) peppermint on their cheekbones (Note: The fumes may burn the eyes a little, and don’t get any in the eyes!).* You can also place a drop or two of Eucalyptus on a tissue to inhale now and then.
- Stopped Ears – Peppermint rubbed around the outside of the ears. Also, one drop on a cotton ball and placed inside the ear overnight.
- Earaches – A few drops of slightly warmed garlic oil in the ear canal is my first step (never put essential oils in the ear canal). I apply Palo Santo, Melrose, Lavender, Immupower, Thieves (diluted), or Grapefruit around the ear often throughout the day. I may also put a drop on a cotton ball and place it in the ear.
- Sore Throat – A tablespoon of warm honey with a drop of lemon or Thieves essential oil. I also use the Thieves lozenges or my own homemade sore throat suckers (recipe soon to come) or sore throat spray.
*If you ever get essential oils in your eyes, rinse out with milk or cream. Do not use water.
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By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.