How to use essential oils for viruses

Inhalation is the most beneficial way to use essential oils for a flu. You can inhale essential oils by sniffing the bottle directly or adding a few drops of oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief. This method helps clear your nasal passages so you can breathe better. The oils may also help you sleep better and de-stress.

You can also add a few drops essential oils to:

A diffuser, to clean the air
Dilute in a carrier oil and add to steamy bathwater
A carrier oil, for massaging the head, neck, or feet
A large bowl of hot water, for steam inhalation
Hot or cold compresses

Benefits

Benefits depend on the application and type of oil. For example, the menthol and cooling effects of peppermint oil may work better in a chest rub than in a diffuser. With topical applications, be sure to dilute the oil before applying it to your skin. You can use an ounce of carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for every few drops of essential oil.

Oil Benefits

lemon clears your nasal passages and allows for steady breathing
lavender relieves stress, fatigue, depression, and headaches
peppermint reduces coughs, sinusitis, and throat infections
thyme has antibacterial activity to help fight respiratory infections
eucalyptus reduces fevers and fights viruses
tea tree oil inhibits bacteria and fights infections
chamomile relieves cold and flu symptoms
clove (eugenol) has antiviral and antifungal properties to clean surfaces or air
cinnamon can clean surfaces or air
rosemary is a nontoxic way to clean surfaces or air