The 9 Best Essential Oils To Stockpile For Cold & Flu Season by: Robin Marri Miller for Off the Grid News
It’s the time of year when the winter season bestows upon us its magical charms and beauty. Crystalized, winter landscapes lend to frosted-over ponds ripened for ice skating. Ice-capped mountains call upon the adventurous skier. And the snow-covered trees of the forest sound out for the hunters of the season.
For many homesteaders, spending time in the outdoors during winter is a way of life. Unfortunately, so is coming down with colds, and maybe even worse, the flu.
That means it’s time to stockpile essential oils for the cold and flu season. Did you know that there are more than 200 types of viruses that cause the common cold?
Essential oils have many antimicrobial, antiviral, astringent, disinfectant and antiseptic properties that can kill the cold and flu viruses before they even have a chance to set in. But with proper preventive measures, and with the right combinations of essential oils, you can stop cold and flu viruses in their tracks.
If you do end up coming down with a bug, essential oils have powerful healing properties.
Methods Of Using Essential Oils
There are several methods of using essential oils for prevention of colds and flu relief. They are:
- Diffuser/humidifier aromatherapy
- Spray bottle disinfecting blends
- Massage aromatherapy
- Bath aromatherapy
- Steam inhalation
- Hot and cold compresses
I will go over the methods as I come to the remedy sections for each essential oil.
9 Essential Oils You Should Stockpile
1. Oregano essential oil
Oregano can immediately relieve your cold and flu symptoms. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive and anti-allergenic properties.
I never recommend taking essential oils internally, but oil of oregano can be bought as an ingestible form. Make sure you stockpile with ingestible oil of oregano and as soon as you feel the symptoms of a cold coming on, place several drops under your tongue and let it sit for about 30 seconds before swallowing. This method of sublingual administration is a powerful way to absorb oregano essential oil quickly into your system.