Nip those nasty cold and flu symptoms in the bud with eucalyptus, cinnamon, and clove.

It’s official: the dreaded cold and flu season is here. Although people can get sick with the flu any time of the year, fall and winter is when contamination typically revs up, and we find more individuals suffering from cold and flu symptoms. Fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, sneezing, aches, pains, runny noses, headaches—Nobody's got time for that, right?

Getting a flu shot is highly recommended by most medical doctors, but in addition to getting the vaccination, boosting your immune system by using aromatherapy oils will give you added protection.

The following are the top three aromatherapy oils used to strengthen the immune system and help prevent colds and flu. 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the eucalyptus tree found in Australia, China, India, Europe, and South Africa. Though colorless, it has a powerful, pungent smell that lingers long after your first whiff. Eucalyptus oil is often included in cough drops and body rubs and is great for helping to clear the respiratory system, stuffy heads, and chest and nose congestion. Found at your local health food store, the oil works well to fight germs because it has many antibacterial properties. You only need to use one or two drops in order to get relief.

The eucalyptus plant

The eucalyptus plant has been used for centuries to create essential, therapeutic oils because of its antibacterial properties.

Cinnamon

The smell is delightful and can warm the senses, especially in the winter months when it is added to hot chocolate, coffee, tea, oatmeal, pies, etc. Cinnamon is an antifungal and antioxidant, which helps boost the immune system. The oil is more potent and fragrant than the ground spice.

cinnamon sticks

The essential oil of cinnamon is a refreshing way to help fight colds and flu.

Clove

When you think of clove, you probably think of the spice that is added to hot apple cider to give it that extra punch. Clove oil also has a strong scent, and you only need one or two drops of it to add to your diffuser. It should be blended with a carrier oil such as grapefruit.

Cloves in an orange

The anti-inflammatory properties in clove essential oil helps clear nasal passages.

Do you use aromatherapy to help fight colds and flu? What essential oil works best for you? Tell us in the comments!

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