“Boost Your Immunity” Diffuser Blend

Cold and flu season just keeps on going, and there’s no staying away at this point. We created this diffuser blend to help you boost your immunity against all the germs surrounding you. The properties of these oils are combined to not only fight off the germs but strengthen your body against them; and they smell great!

Check out our “Fight the Flu with Essential Oils” post to learn about more ways to use essential oils to fight off the flu! There’s a lot of information and steps to fight it effectively. Combine that information with this diffuser blend, and you’ll be staying healthy this season!

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Fight the Flu with Essential Oils

The worst flu season in over a decade continues—we’re just over halfway through the typical time frame. Why are we experiencing increased numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and even fatalities this year? Primarily because the H3N2 subtype of influenza A is predominant—and it’s a particularly virulent and mutable strain of the flu virus. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the flu vaccine is only about 36% effective against H3N2.

Anything you can do to stay healthy right now is worth trying, and essential oils can help protect and support you during this epidemic. Here’s how to use your best natural medicines against all strains of this ruthless virus.

Step 1: Strengthen Natural Immunity

To stimulate your immune system, use essential oils daily, or at least 3–4 times a week. Diffuse 3–4 drops during sleep, or apply 1–2 drops to the sole of each foot at bedtime. Try alternating between single oils and protective or immune-boosting blends every week—this helps avoid desensitization to any one oil.

Single oils: Use oregano, cinnamon, frankincense, or melaleuca. (For internal application of oregano and cinnamon, take a capsule of 1–3 drops diluted with carrier oil.)

Blends: Use a protective or immune blend, or make the one below.

Immune Booster
1 drop frankincense
1 drop melaleuca
1 drop rosemary
1 drop lemon
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange

Topical: Add oils to 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial. Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use this blend in a diffuser.

Step 2: Engage Antiviral Arsenal

The flu is highly contagious, spreading easily through sneezing, coughing, or direct contact. If you’re living around an infected person, continue diffusing and/or topically applying antiviral essential oils and blends. This may help the sick get well faster and keep others from getting infected.

Single oils: Use helichrysum, melaleuca, clove, melissa, lime, cinnamon, lemon, oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus, or thyme.

Blends: Use an antiviral respiratory blend, or make the one below.

Citrus Spice Defense
1 drop lemon
1 drop cinnamon
2 drops oregano
2 drops eucalyptus

Topical: Combine essential oils with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial.  Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use 1 drop each of the essential oils in a diffuser. (You can alternate this combination with our antiviral Cold Fighter Diffuser Blend.)

Step 3: Soothe Flu Symptoms

If you do get sick, essential oils can help reduce the severity of the flu and shorten its duration. Flu symptoms appear 1–4 days after the virus enters the body. A fever usually comes first, followed by low energy, body aches, headache, chills, and dizziness. Some people experience nausea and vomiting.

Body Aches Bath
Add 4 drops of thyme and 2 drops of eucalyptus to 1 cup (250 g) of epsom salt. Run warm bathwater over the mixture to disperse the essential oils throughout the tub. Soak for 15–20 minutes.

Headache Help
Apply 1 drop each lavender, peppermint, and frankincense to the base of the skull and forehead.

Nausea Nix
Inhale peppermint or ginger directly from the vial or after rubbing 1–2 drops into your palms.

After 2–3 days, cold-like symptoms may develop: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and sore throat. See our companion post, ‘Tis the Season for Sickness, for simple solutions to soothe these symptoms.

Stay Healthy This Winter Season!

Are you worried about your family catching a cold or the flu this winter? If so, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases reported for influenza-like illnesses for the 2014–2015 season has more than doubled the national average.

So, what can we do to keep ourselves and our family healthy? Many essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost the immune system to help the body fight illness. Modern Essentials lists the following oils as the primary recommendations for the following conditions:
Cold: Thyme, lemon, Protective Blend, and melaleuca. For children: Thyme, lemon, and cedarwood.
Congestion: Eucalyptus, peppermint, and Respiratory Blend.
Influenza: Respiratory Blend, melaleuca, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and Protective Blend. For children: Cypress and lemon.

Top 5 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter Season:

1. Get plenty of rest, and try to get as much sunshine as possible. If our bodies are well rested and have sufficient quantities of vitamin D, we can better fight the viruses that come.

2. Get a water bottle that you can use with essential oils, and keep a small bottle of lemon or Protective Blend in your purse or backpack. Add 1–2 drops of oil to your water, and drink it throughout the day to boost your immune system.
3. Use a diffuser to diffuse essential oil throughout your home or office. Have your kids take a Whispi™ Diffuser with them to inhale the oil throughout the day.

4. Wash hands often, especially before meals or after coming home from public places. If you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and water, consider carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you. Here is a recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer.

5. Act quickly if you feel something coming on. Some things you can do are gargling and swishing a drop of oregano or Protective Blend mixed with water, sleeping, and showering or bathing with essential oils. Below is a recipe for making shower disks with essential oils.

Some symptoms of influenza include a sudden onset of high fever, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and nasal congestion. If you are experiencing influenza-like symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. This information is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling.


Breathe Easy Shower Disks

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil


  1. Mix the baking soda and water together to form a paste. Add water, if needed, to reach the desired consistency.
  2. Prepare a muffin tin by adding cupcake liners. If you have a silicone muffin tin, you don’t need the cupcake liners.
  3. Pour the baking soda mixture into the cupcake liners (about 1/2 full).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15–20 minutes, or leave on the counter to dry overnight.
  5. Once baked, allow to cool completely before adding a couple drops of each of the essential oils on each disk. If you wish, you can add the oils right before you shower.
  6. To use, simply place a disk on the floor of the shower, and allow the steam to diffuse the oils as you take a shower.

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials “Personal Usage Guide” section by AromaTools. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools, LLC, are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools, LLC, shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm
Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition, pp. 228–229, 231, 233, and 263