Using Essential Oils to Minimize the Risk of Contracting the Flu
The H1N1 virus, originally referred to as the Swine Flu, was causing a great deal of fear amongst all groups of our population at the time that I originally wrote this article. This article has been updated and the tips still remain relevant.
Can Essential Oils Prevent Me from Contracting the Flu or Help Me Recover if I Get It?
Proper and safe use of anti-viral essential oils can potentially help you lessen your exposure to the flu, but there is absolutely no guarantee that your use of essential oils will prevent you from contracting the flu. If you do contract the flu, the proper use of essential oils may help to ease your symptoms.
AromaWeb's Reducing the Risk of Contracting Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy article offers practical details and tips that may be benficial to you if you catch a cold or the flu.
General Steps to Help Reduce Risks of Contacting the Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a reputable source for the most up to date news regarding learning simple ways to minimize your risk in contacting the the flu.
Below is a list that contains common sense suggestions and suggestions inspired by the H1N1 Epidemic and the CDC:
- When you are out in public, try to minimize the surfaces that you touch, and wash your hands often. If you are shopping and spot someone nearby that is ill and not taking considerate measures to cover their mouth/nose when they cough/sneeze, leave the store or vicinity until they've departed. Shoppers will still be at risk by touching the items that shopper may have touched, but by simply taking the initiative to steer clear of visibly sick individuals, you will reduce your risk.
- Make it an absolute habit to never touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face anytime you are out and about. Wash your hands the moment you get back home.
- If you can't wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer. An easy recipe for a natural hand sanitizer can be found within AromaWeb's Aromatherapy to Help Combat Colds and Flus article.
- Stress and anxiety can strain your immune system and reduce your ability to fight off viruses like H1N1. Utilize aromatherapy as one method of helping to combat stress and anxiety.
- Minimize sugar intake. Sugars and glucose, including the natural sugars found in fruits can burden the immune system and make it harder to fight off disease.
- Nourish your body with healthy foods. Ensure that you drink plenty of water and eat nourishing whole foods to help you help your body stay healthy.
Be Considerate of Others When You're Ill
- If you are ill with any type of cold/flu virus, show common courtesy by waiting to dine out, run errands and do other non-essential public matters until you have recovered. Parents, also show courtesy by keeping sick children home. I can't count the times I've seen parents let sick children cough and sneeze on food items in the grocery store.
- If ill with any cold/flu virus and applicable in your situation, talk to your employer about your illness and see if you can stay home or offers for you to work from home while you recover.
- If you must cough or sneeze while around others, cover your mouth, ideally by coughing or sneezing into your shoulder and elbow. This prevents you from transferring your germs onto your hands and then onto the surfaces that you touch. And for everyone's sake, wash your hands often.
AromaWeb's Reducing the Risk of Contracting Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy article describes how you can use essential oils to help stay as cold and flu-free as possible and make recovery a little easier when you do become ill.
Aromatherapy is not a substitute for proper medical care and cannot replace your doctor/medical professional/medications when needed.