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Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend for Colds and Flu

by Andrea Butje on December 29, 2014

I have a great Aromatherapy diffuser blend for colds and flu!

I love this diffuser blend (this one is for adults). It’s got rich coniferous notes and when you breathe in, you can just feel the camphoraceous Ravintsara and bright Lemon opening up your sinuses.

You can drop these essential oils right into an electric Aromatherapy diffuser:

  • 5 drops Siberian Fir (Abies siberica)
  • 3 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)
  • 4 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)

This Aromatherapy diffuser blend for colds and flu is helpful, because Siberian Fir and Ravintsara have airborne antimicrobial properties. They can help take out viruses before the viruses get into your system!

If you have young children, you can either be sure this blend is diffused away from their faces (we don't want to diffuse oils high in 1,8 cineole too close to their faces), or replace the Ravintsara with Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana and Cedrus atlantica are both great).

The chemical components bornyl acetate (in Siberian Fir), limonene (in Lemon), and 1,8 cineole (in Ravintsara) may give this essential oil diffuser blend immune-supportive properties, especially for respiratory issues where congestion is present. So while they’re cleansing your air, they can boost your body’s defenses. They can help you overcome a respiratory infection quickly if you do happen to come down with something.

The recipe above is enough for one use in an electric diffuser or on Aroma Spheres (10–12 drops is just right). If you like it, you can use the recipe below and make a “stock blend,” which you can use multiple times.

I suggest making your stock blend in a 5 ml orifice reducer bottle. That will hold about 125 drops, so this 72-drop blend won't quite fill it, but is still plenty of essential oil:

  • aromatherapy diffuser blend for colds and flu30 drops Siberian Fir
  • 18 drops Ravintsara
  • 24 drops Lemon

This should give you about six uses in an electric diffuser or with clay Aroma-Spheres, which absorb the oil and slowly release it into the air. (A student sent in this picture of Aroma-Spheres displayed in her bathroom! Aren't they pretty?) In a candle diffuser, where a tea light burns water and drops of oil in a little bowl, use about five drops.

Use the Aromatherapy diffuser blend for colds and flu several times a day to cleanse your air. It’s great for offices, too—as long as your co-workers are okay with you diffusing essential oils into the shared space.

Want to learn more about making natural essential oil products for colds and flu? 

Join me for a 3-hour online webinar class!

I'll share 8 simple + effective Aromatherapy blends to help you prevent colds and flu. The cost is just $50 and the class is full of information you can put to use right away, and revisit as often as you like over the years. Learn more here!

Protect Your Family From Colds and Flus Using Essential Oils

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: cold and flu, diffusers, blends, Essential Oils

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