Direct application – A therapeutic grade lavender oil can be your best friend this autumn and winter. By placing a few drops of the essential oil on the skin several times per day, the immune system is primed and ready to tackle cold bugs and flu viruses.
Antiseptic soap – Wash your hands frequently and enjoy one of the best practices for deterring illness. Even better, use a natural germicidal soap. In a mixing bottle, add 20 drops of lavender essential oil per 8 ounces neutral liquid soap (such as castile). Shake vigorously to combine. Transfer to a hand soap dispenser and use often.
Disinfectant – Utilizing lavender essential oil as a disinfectant spray will help keep your environment free of breeding pathogens. Add 40 drops of the oil to a medium spray bottle and fill with 2 cups water. Shake well before each use and generously spray countertops, toilet seats, handles and knobs along with the telephone and any other high traffic surfaces.
Air sanitation – This is a simple practice which minimizes infectious disease at home or in the office. Place several drops of lavender essential oil in a pot of simmering water or use a nebulizer. Diffuse for 30 minutes. With this method, the air is naturally disinfected and the immune system enhanced.
Additionally, the following is an adaptation of a blend said to have been used by grave robbers during the Black Death in the mid-14th century. It provides significant antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious properties. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, the oil will stimulate the immune, circulatory and respiratory systems and offers a powerful defense against sore throats, influenza, colds, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Combine the following in a dark glass bottle:
- 45 drops clove essential oil
- 35 drops lemon essential oil
- 25 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
For ultimate potency and safety, use only organic essential oils. The blend must be diluted before application – six to eight drops per ounce of carrier oil, such as almond, apricot kernel, olive or jojoba.
The diluted oil can be massaged into the feet and sore muscles or dabbed onto the skin several times per day for immune support and illness prevention.