Essential oils can actually attack invading viruses or they can address the circumstances that lead to a depressed immune system. Essential oils minimize symptoms of a cold, can prevent secondary infections, and in general, support the body’s ability to prevent infectious disease. Unlike the use of antibiotics, applying essential oils before, during, or after an infection, leaves the body in an improved state of health with increased ability to fight off future afflictions. Begin using a few drops every day.
To treat an upper respiratory cold – Boil two cups of water, pour into a ceramic bowl, and add 1 drop Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), 1 drop of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), and 1 drop of Peppermint (Mentha x piperita). Cover your head and bowl with a towel, breathing deeply for 5 minutes. If it hurts, you know the oils are attacking infected cells.