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Thursday, December 12, 2013

"flu shot" antiviral essential oil blend

Flu Shot in a Bottle

The top brands of essential oils all sell some blend of essential oils, either pure or diluted in a carrier oil, for use as an antiviral agent. "Immune Strength", which you see above, is by Native American Nutritionals (Rocky Mountain Oils -- for some reason, the company seems to have two names but sells the same products -- anyone who knows why, please share below), and is a reliable pure antiviral blend. However, if you wish to make your own blend, perhaps because you might be intolerant to one of the oils in a premix, or because you wish to try your own, here is a reliable recipe I got from a friend that will get you started. You can adjust this as you need. Please also do your own research on the use and properties of essential oils.

10 lemon
10 melaleuca (tea tree)
15 oregano
15 combined orange, cinnamon or cinnamon cassia, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary

Lemon and oregano essential oils alone will give you a good strong punch of antiviral, antibacterial cleansing power. All these oils combined together produce a very powerful, very effective antiviral pop of neat oils which you can use in various ways.

One. Add 50 drops of the combined neat blend to a 10 ml roller ball, top up with fractionated coconut oil, and apply to soles of feet daily as an antiviral immune boost during cold and flu season. (This is a 10% dilution, for your information.)

Two. Add 5 drops of the combined neat blend to 1 oz bottle of water, or water and white vinegar, for a sanitizing spray. We use this spray on hands, car seats, grocery carts, in the air, on plane trays and restaurant high chairs and tables. I will even spray this on the outside of my son's sippy cups, wiping it off with a baby wipe or clean paper tissue before giving it to him to drink.

I don't personally recommend the use of essential oils internally, and bear in mind that eucalyptus and tea tree are both considered unsafe for consumption by most sources, but I do use this blend with confidence on little hands that I know end up going in mouths. Educate yourself and decide whether you want to simply leave out those two oils in favor of safer edibles for your family's security.

Three. Add 3 to 5 drops to an essential oil burner or diffuser, or even a humidifier, as an antiviral aid in the air.

We take off at the end of this month to spend Christmas and the New Year with my family in England. The "flu shot" roller ball dilution will be coming with me on the plane, as will a hand san spray. The neat blend will be coming with me in my checked baggage, for use at my parents' house. Even just getting a mild tummy bug or the sniffles is worse than no fun while traveling, and our bodies can sometimes be more susceptible to foreign viruses that we have not developed some natural immunity to while living in our regular communities. This provides a very easy, inexpensive, low-liquid and travel-friendly option for helping to keep us well and happy without becoming obsessively anti-germ while we enjoy the company of family overseas. It also smells fabulous and even masks the strong scent of white vinegar, which is worth considering! Since using this blend in hand san sprays, I have been complimented at restaurants, parks, grocery stores, churches, and some people even ask to try a spray on their own hands. I'm always happy to oblige.

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