Aromatherapy isn’t just about moods. There are quite a few powerful oils that when diffused, kill bacteria, fungi and viruses in the air. It also helps to alleviate symptoms of colds as well as the flu.
There is not one single recipe that is the best because there are so many oils that can help, depending on what brings your home the most comfort. Lavender is universally good for moods as well as health. I like to mix 4 drops of lemon essential oil and two drops of lavender in my diffuser and let it run for cleaner, lighter air during any time of the year.
But when fall rolls around and into winter, I will use a mixture of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cinnamon bark regularly to boost immune systems and keep the air cleaner in the home. This recipe is similar to Young Living’s Four Thieves, which is wonderful. If applying it topically, dilute it in a carrier oil. Be sure to use only therapeutic grade essential oils in this recipe. When someone is sick in the house, I diffuse this mixture almost constantly. I have experienced it, and it does work!
Clear the Air – Makes 2 milliliters
- 20 drops Clove Oil
- 18 drops Lemon Oil
- 10 drops Cinnamon Bark
- 8 drops Eucalyptus
- 5 drops Rosemary
Combine all oils together in a dark amber glass container of your choice. Shake well. This is your diffuser blend.
You can also use it to spray linens, mattresses, pillows, curtains, closets, doorknobs and any other surfaces around the house. In this case, mix 20 drops in a 12oz spray bottle with witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar. Shake well each time you use it.
To make a blend that you can apply to ears, chest, lower back and feet, use 3 drops of carrier oil to one drop of blend. I would not apply to pets, and add more carrier oil if I were to put this on small children or babies. If you want a thicker consistency, like Vapor Rub, use 3 drops per tablespoon of raw Coconut oil. Mix it well. It is warm and soothing on the chest and feet. If you get cold feet in the winter you will love applying this to the bottoms of your feet and putting on your socks.
This blend kills viruses, is anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, relieves congestion, relieves sinus headaches, boosts immune response, and smells really, really good.
I don’t recommend taking this mixture internally.
Disclaimer: This has not been evaluated by the FDA. Be sure to consult with your doctor as you normally would for severe colds and flu. I am not a doctor and I’ve never played one on TV.
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