Influenza or flu is a respiratory disease that results from a viral infection and is extremely infectious and spreads by droplets of respiration. While talking or by physical contact, such as shaking hands, a person may pass it on.



High fever

Runny nose

Sore throat

Muscle and joint pain



Feeling exhausted

Usually, these symptoms begin two days after virus exposure and last less than a week for the most part.
However, the cough can last for over two weeks. There may be diarrhea and vomiting in infants, but these are not normal in adults. In gastroenteritis, which is an unrelated illness often referred to as “stomach flu” or the “24-hour flu” diarrhea and vomiting occur more frequently. Viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and the worsening of prior health conditions such as asthma or heart failure can be complications of influenza.

Treat the Flu with essential oils

Treatment needs to be quick and aimed at raising immunity levels, as well as combating the virus. In the Basic blend there are several oils that have a profound effect on such viral infections. Using essential oils may lessen the symptoms of the viral attack.

If you are shivery and cold, take a warm bath to which the following essential oils have been added after being diluted in a small amount of carrier oil:

Basic blend – bath

Tea tree 5 drops
Lavender 2 drops
Thyme linalol2 drops

Then massage your whole body with the following essential oils, diluted in 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil. And then go to bed.

Basic blend – massage

Tea tree 2 drops
Eucalyptus radiata3 drops
Thyme linalol1 drop

Try to drink plenty of plain water or fruit juice. Use a diffuser method to circulate the essential oils throughout your living area, using them singly or in combinations of your choice, or trying the blend below:

Alternative blend to diffuse throughout the home

Cinnamon leaf 2 drops
Clove bud 2 drops
Ravensara 5 drops
Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops
Oregano 5 drops

See other sections in this book for more specific advice on how to treat the symptoms. However, bear in mind that flu-like symptoms accompany many conditions, and awareness and vigilance should be maintained.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: chamomile roman, eucalyptus radiata, *oregano (Origanum vulgare), *cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), *ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), *ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. cineole), *niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), cajuput (Melaleuca cajuputi), *clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum), *hyssop decumbens (Hyssopus officinalis var. decumbens)


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