First person: How I Overcame The Flu Using Essential Oils
It’s flu season again and I need you guys to stay healthy and safe. I caught a terrible cold last August and I’ll tell you how I got over it naturally with the help of essential oils.
I took a trip to Florida to visit my aunt and when I got home I started having mild flu symptoms. I was scared for my life because I thought I had contracted COVID while on vacation, but a PCR test proved differently and brought me great relief.
I experienced symptoms which included muscle aches, fever, chills, dehydration, fatigue, loss of appetite, head congestion, and nasal congestion. Some of these were suppressed with the help of Advil every couple of hours and I consumed lots of fluids to rehydrate myself.
One of the hardest things to deal with was the loss of appetite. However I was able to stomach crackers and ginger beer – literally all I had for a week straight. If I got a whiff of anything else I would immediately feel nauseated.
The Black community has relied on this combo for years and I always found it hilarious because I thought it made no sense, however it really helped me during my down time.
I also suffered from extreme dizziness and loss of energy. I absolutely hated this because I’m naturally a busy body and I just did not have the strength or energy to move around half as much as I would have liked to.
The first few days were torturous because I was so congested, I felt like someone was kneeling on my chest whenever I sneezed, coughed, or blew my nose. Thank God my Mom recognized my struggle and blessed my life with some relief when she brought me a diffuser and a few essential oils.
This has been my holy grail ever since, and I’ll tell you how I used them to get back to my regularly scheduled programming.
My nose was stuffy and I could barely breathe, especially at night when I tried to sleep. My congested sinuses caused an intense and ongoing headache that I could not shake. I tried using Vick’s but sticking that thick substance in my nostrils only made the situation worse.
I’ve always loved essential oils and I would use them on my skin and scalp, but I’d never tried them in a diffuser before. I added a small amount of water to the diffuser then added a few drops of peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil. After about 20 mins my entire room smelled like an aromatherapy treatment room, and guess what? With every deep breath, I felt my sinuses clearing and it became easier for me to breathe.
Best of all, I had the best sleep ever!
By the next morning, I realized that the terrible headache was gone and I had no trouble breathing. I continued using the diffuser and combination of oils, even throughout the day. My respiratory symptoms were being reduced rapidly and I noticed that inhaling the oils also made me feel less nauseated and possibly contributed to my appetite being restored.
After just 4 days of using the diffuser, I had almost no symptoms of the flu, and I was able to walk to an UrgentCare near my home for a PCR test which came back negative. Thank God!
How Do Essential Oils Work? (If You’re New To This)
Essential oils can enter the body through inhalation or topical application (through the skin). You may be curious as to whether essential oils can be ingested or not and here’s the answer.
In some cultures they are ingested, but that method is not recommended for the general public because it requires extensive knowledge and expertise to consume orally without complications.
P.S. (Please don’t try adding any essential oils to flavor your foods or beverages, we don’t want any strange chemical reactions occurring in your stomachs.)
Skin application of essential oils is effective because our skin is permeable and whatever enters our skin, is also absorbed into our bloodstream. When the essential oils are transported via the bloodstream, they are able to benefit our body’s systems and organs.
Heat and massage increase the absorption of essential oils in the areas applied. Heat allows better absorption of the molecules in the oil, while massage increases circulation in the stimulated area(s).
When inhaling essential oils through the nose or mouth, the airborne molecules of the oil interact with the respiratory system via the lungs, they also interact with the olfactory organs, which can cause an immediate response in the brain.
One way essential oils can be very effective is through interaction with the emotional brain or limbic system, which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, memory, breathing, hormone balance and stress levels – which is why a smell can trigger such a powerful emotional response in us.
It’s also why inhaling certain essential oils can make us feel calmer or more alert almost instantly – and why we often associate certain smells with particular memories in a way that doesn’t occur with our other senses. In many cases essential oils will enter the body both via absorption through the skin and via inhalation; this can have a compounded positive effect.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils can be used in:
- Facial Steams
Benefits of Essential Oils
Studies have shown that essential oils may help to:
- Boost mood
- Improve job performance through reduced stress and increased attentiveness
- Improve sleep
- Kill bacteria, funguses, and viruses
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce pain
- Reduce Inflammation
- Relieve nausea
- Relieves headaches
Must Have Essential Oils
- Peppermint Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Calendula Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Orange Oil
- Cassia Oil
- Clove Oil
- Chamomile Oil
If you haven’t yet got on the essential oil train, I urge you to try it today. It’s great for everyday use, but especially beneficial when you have a cold or flu.