Flu is similar to a head and chest cold, but the symptoms are far more severe. Those unlucky enough to catch the flu suffer from exhaustion, headaches, overall muscle soreness, and back aches. Stomach flu can also cause vomiting nausea, and diarrhea. Most people recover from the flu and are eventually as good as new, but it is a miserable experience and can leave you feeling terrible for a few weeks.
Some people choose to avoid contracting the flu by having a vaccination, but many do not consider this an option. In most cases a strong immune system will prevent a person from contracting flu, so if you are otherwise healthy, you are better off foregoing the vaccination. Not to mention there are side effects associated with the vaccine and there are no guarantees it will prevent flu. Like head colds, there are different strains of the flu. And like all vaccines, the flu vaccine is a small dose of the actual illness, so you run the risk of getting ill because of the vaccine.
If you are interested in combating flu naturally, you can use essential oils. Oils with antibacterial and antiviral properties are excellent for helping you avoid the flu virus. Not only will they eliminate the germs from your environment, they will boost your body’s natural immunity.
Essential oils can also be used to treat the flu if you do fall victim. The oils can lessen the severity of symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. They are also helpful for preventing those around you from contracting the highly contagious flu virus.
Oils that are helpful for preventing and treating flu include eucalyptus, tea tree, chamomile, oregano, thyme, lemon, and evening primrose. Some of these can be taken orally in tea or with honey, while others are ideal for topical applications or baths. You can also sanitize your home with these oils to cut down on the risk of contracting the flu.