Virtually all essential oils have some antimicrobial properties, but winter is the season of the virus—which is particularly difficult to combat.
While there is no research to show that EOs can stop the flu in its tracks, there are several wonderful things essential oils CAN do to help us during the cold and flu season!
Citrus oils are known to get rid of airborne germs (Valnet, 1982) and can support the immune system and immune response. Several other essential oils are known for their affinity for the respiratory system and their ability to ease some of the symptoms of cold and flu.
Two of these essential oils are peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and eucalyptus (usuallyE. globulus). Note that these oils can overwhelm some respiratory systems, especially those of young children, so opt for an alternative if needed.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) can be used instead of peppermint, and a gentler species of eucalyptus is E. radiata. Eucalyptus in any form needs to be used with caution, in low concentration and kept away from the faces of young children.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is another wonderfully appropriate choice that’s packed with antimicrobial properties!
This is a time of year, appropriately, that conifer essential oils really shine. Rosalina(Melaleuca ericifolia), black spruce (Picea mariana), and inula (Inula graveolens) are especially wonderful for winter wellness as each of these oils are high in respiratory-supporting constituents.
When pulling out the diffuser this season, choose one of these oils which will not only fill your home with fresh, seasonal aromas but will also help support your family during cold and flu season!