The Holidays have come and gone, and phone calls and emails are pouring in again. A question that keeps being raised is “what essences/protocols can I use for the flu?”
First of all, I feel I must address how I feel about the issue of “flu shots.” I have never had a flu shot, and never will. I think they are invasive, potentially harmful, and can cause the very thing they are supposed to protect us from…yes, I think some people get the flu from the shot! My husband and I were approached at a Walgreens the other day by a nurse who was staffing their “flu shot station.” We told her flatly that we did not get flu shots and did not believe they were in our best interest. She looked over her shoulder and around the immediate area, and then whispered conspiratorially to us, “I feel the same way. I don’t get them either!”
Second, I am at the tail end of a very bad head cold (that traveled around to my ears, throat, stomach and chest before it returned to my head, where it all started). Sounds like a LOT of that is going around. So, while I don’t believe it was the flu, I will share with you what I did, and will add some thoughts at the end about what can be included if it is a flu and not a cold.
My “go to” essences included: Eucalyptus Blue Mallee (I used the cryptone type; we also carry cineole); Ravensara, Myrtle ( I used the Linalool type; we also carry cineole and Lemon), Eucalyptus Gully Gum, Laurel Leaf (for very, very swollen glands — they were flat in a day and a half, and had felt like grapes under my skin before); Fir Balsam; and True Sage for my throat, which switched between sore and raw feeling. I used Rosemary verbenone off and on, as well as White Pine. Basically, any of the eucalyptuses and conifers would be helpful. I applied them topically (behind the ears and down around under the chin; also on the forehead, temples (carefully!!) and chest), and also used them (about 5-7 drops of each) in an inhalation (where you put them in a cup of boiling water, drape a towel over your head and the cup, making a tent which traps the steam, and then inhale as often as you can).
For the nausea, I used Basil (Sweet) and Cardamon Seed (Green) on my stomach. I used Oregano on the soles of my feet, in case there was a viral component. I also took Black Cumin orally for its immune support and anti-viral effectiveness; twice my regular dose of 25-30 drops a day for the first couple of days, and then back to my regular regimen since then.
For the flu, you need to focus a little more on the anti-viral component, and the recovery component (the flu usually leaves you depleted for some time after you are “technically over it”). In addition to the Black Cumin and Oregano, which are highly anti-viral, you can use Frankincense (which is also great for the aches that usually accompany the flu), Savory (Mt.) (on the soles of the feet), and Lemon (also on the soles of the feet). Cardamon Seed or Ginger are great for getting you back in the swing of things once you are well on your way to recovery. I put them on the stomach and/or the soles of the feet. Another great one is is Wild Tansy. Amazing over the heart or on crown chakra to help you forget the aches and the mental fuzziness that accompanies prolonged illness.
Hope these tips help!! If you have any questions about where/how to apply the essences, or want to order some of the ones mentioned, please do not hesitate to drop me an email. Have a healthy and happy (and conscious!) 2012.
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy & Partner, Wisdom of the Earth
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