How to Fight Colds and Flu Naturally
If you have been hit by the dreaded flu, the first thing to do is stay in bed and rest. Don’t forget to drink lots of fluid and eat only light, small meals. If you develop a fever, take a warm bath with a few drops of eucalyptus. To release the heat, you can put on a wet/damp pair of socks and over them a pair of dry socks. The wet pair will dry and draw out your body heat at the same time.
To relieve blocked sinuses, steam inhalation works wonders. Put near-boiling water into a basin, add 3-4 drops of eucalyptus and/or peppermint (Mentha piperita) and cover your head. Eucalyptus is another of the great Australian essential oils. It has potent antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and cleansing properties. A spray containing two per cent eucalyptus kills off approximately 70 per cent of airborne staphylococci. Peppermint is a wonder cooling oil, with antispasmodic, antiseptic and expectorant qualities making it a valuable remedy for treating all sorts of respiratory complaints, fevers, flu, colds. (Don’t use when pregnant.)
By Anna Dall, Wellbeing Magazine.