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Create your aromatherapy family flu kit

teacher avatar Deanna Russell, Clinical Aromatherapist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Intro to build your family flu care kit

    • 2. What makes an antiviral essential oil?

    • 3. Antiviral oils

    • 4. Kit assembly

    • 5. Antiviral oils part 1

    • 6. Antiviral oils part 2

    • 7. Antiviral oils part 3

    • 8. Howtoflukit

    • 9. Howtoflukit part2

    • 10. Face steam

    • 11. Body oil application

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About This Class

Be prepared! Learn which essential oils have high antiviral activity so you can build your own custom home care flu kit for you and your family. You will learn the best ways to use each of the oils we cover in the class. The class will show you strategies and recipes for success, and inspire you to try more at home.

This class is recommended for all levels, but especially beginner levels. It is designed to be a quick view class with easy to implement strategies. I wanted this information to be accessible for everyone, not just experienced essential oil users. 

Please view the essential oil safety class before starting this one.

Be sure to make use of the "taking notes" opportunity for this class. There are also some files attached.

Additional resources:

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Deanna Russell

Clinical Aromatherapist


Personal note:

In recent years I have been much more aware of how having and using certain skills is very, VERY useful. Knowing how to create my own things using sustainably sourced ingredients is empowering!

Things I enjoy doing for myself and my family include: growing our own vegetables and then canning and processing them for future use, making my own cold processed soap, making my own tea blends and making my own skin care items. These are very tangible ways to look after family and friends.

My class plans include bringing you more life skills so that you can have these useful skills, too.

Professional work:

Deanna Russell is a clinical aromatherapist, registered aromatherapist (RA®), and essential oil therapist (EOT®) She is also ... See full profile

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1. Intro to build your family flu care kit: it's flu season, and many of you are worried or concerned or nervous about catching the flu or something worse. It's tricky enough to get through flu season by itself, but now we have the added burden of the growing A virus that we have to worry about. I just thought it would be valuable information to put out there that there are some ways that you can use essential oils to fight viral infections. Essential oils are one resource, but they are an excellent resource to have on hand. Essential oils could be helpful, especially if you know which ones have high antiviral activity. I want this class to be meaningful to you. So what I'm going to do is share with you tips on what I would do if it was me. But first things first. Prevention is key. Take the necessary steps to reduce your risk of getting ill in the first place. It's important that you get enough sleep and rest so that your body can make repairs while you are resting. Your immune system is your best defense. Another important thing you can do is stay hydrated. Water and herbal teas are excellent choices be sure to contain your coughs and sneezes. Also, keep a distance from other people who are sneezing and coughing etcetera. Be sure and wash your hands with soap and warm water, often throughout the day. In this class, I also want to recommend what to put into your home flu care kit. The main focus of this class is to show you which essential oils are highly antiviral and ways that you can use them. Do not rely on the information in this class as an alternative to medical advice to your health care providers. If you have any questions about any medical concerns, you should consult your medical doctor. The information presented in this class is provided as is and should not be taken as medical advice. If you need medical attention, seek it. The materials in this class may also not be exhaustive or complete. 2. What makes an antiviral essential oil?: before we go any farther, I want to stop and just talk about a couple of important definitions and terms. First of all, the medical definition of a viral infection is an infection caused by the presence of a virus in the body, depending on the virus and the person. State of health. Various viruses can infect almost any type of body tissue from the brain to the skin. The definition of antiviral is an agent that acts against viruses. Antibiotics are not effective in treating viral infections. In fact, they can even complicate the virus. Essential oils have the unique ability to seek out and destroy unhealthy cells, but leave the healthy ones alone. This information changes everything. What makes any central oil and effective tool to fight viruses? I'm glad you asked. Essential oils have three levels of activity. The 1st 1 is called non selective activity. There is a key difference between antibiotics and essential oils. Antibiotics are model targeted, which means they have one job. Sometimes bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, and they aren't always effective. Because of that, essential oils have non selective activity, making it extremely difficult for the virus to build resistance essential oils are chemically complex and they're well rounded. Nous is their superpower. Let's get nerdy about this for just a second. Essential oils have what's known as Lipa Filic Model Turpin's low molecular density thes air present in most essential oils. What this means, practically, is that Lippo Filic monitor peons have antibacterial and antiviral activity. The second level of activity for essential oils is called selective or specific activity. The essential oils that have this ability are more complex. The third level of activity of essential oils is known as non selective and selective. Combined. These activities are influenced by the multi dimensions of a plant. Essential oils are very, very complex. They're made up chemically of many, many different parts, and they're studied using something called GCMS. During distillation of an essential oil. You can measure each of the chemical compounds that are in that oil, and they do that using gas chromatography and mass spectrometer analysis. Lemonade occurs naturally in lavender and many other essential oils. Scientists have found a way to separate out the compound, lie meaning and re created synthetically in the lab so that people can put it into their shampoos and other self care products. You cannot recreate therapeutic benefits of an essential oil by pasting and copying. Together, it's separate chemical components. You need the entire plant. Please make sure that your essential oils are not synthetically created. They are not the same as the whole plant, so I apologize for the little chemistry lesson there. But you need to understand that the chemical components of essential oils are key to how they function. 3. Antiviral oils: in this section, I'm going to explain to you the protocol that you should take when you're fighting off a viral infection, especially if it's respiratory protocol. Number one. Use a variety of essential oils. The reason for this is that some will be more effective, a different things than others, and you want to make sure that you're covering as many bases as possible. Protocol number two Use repeated and frequent topical applications. What do I mean by frequently? This means hourly topical application. While you're awake, you would apply. Europe lends topic Lee onto the torso, which means you are chest area and the back Protocol number three. Start using essential oils as soon as you feel ill, Don't wait for it to take root. If you wait too long, it'll be harder for the essential oils. Toe work once the lungs air infected. Number four. Use essential oils all the way through your illness, not just at the very worst, and not just at the very beginning the whole time. Essential oils can be used to help prevent illness. Using essential oils can also short in your recovery time and reduce your symptoms being prepared ahead of time gives you a huge advantage, and that's why you're here now let's look at which essential oils are highly antiviral and many different ways that you can use thumb. 4. Kit assembly: The idea of this class is to show you how you can assemble your own self care kit. If you come down with the flu or something else, your kit will contain different items based on your family's current needs and your budget . For example, do you have small Children at home or are they teenagers? And what is the general state of health in your family's home? Do you already have some essential oils? Are they still good? If not, you may have to replace them. How much money do you want to invest in this? Ideally, your kid will have about 10 different essential oils. Some will be best applied topically. Others will be best with inhalation. During this class, you're going to make a selection of essential oils. You'll make a list of the best ones for your situation. As we continue the class, you will also need some carrier oils. I recommend having a few different ones. Apricot kernel oil is one. Castor oil is another, but you could always use coconut oil and possibly shea butter. If you want to make different SAB's, you'll also probably need an essential oil dropper bottle. This will be to store your master mix blends I finally having a small mixing dish available for immediate topical applications To be very handy, you'll also need various measuring devices, such as teaspoons measuring cups etcetera. If you do not want to make your own essential oil blends, at least you will know what to look for in a blend. By the time you're finished this class, we're going to look at different ways that you can use essential oils during a viral illness. One of the first things that I recommend doing is making yourself a master mix of oils and storing them in a dropper bottle for use so that you can use them in different ways. The first method of application is topical application. This is where you add essential oils to a carrier oil for use on the body. If you have a diffuser, this could be a very valuable tool during flu thymus. Well, you would add your essential oils to your diffuser. For inhalation. Making a room spray might be a nice idea, especially if you need to wipe down surfaces that are harboring nasty little germs. Another effectively to use essential oils is with a hydro application. This means that you would add essential oils to assault or carrier oil for use in the bath . If you don't like to take a bath, you can still have a seem application by adding essential oils to your shower and having a steam shower that way before you continue this class. If you have any medical conditions, please go back and view the class on essential oil safety. This includes pregnancy. When you have contract ID a viral infection. Your goal is two fold number one, reducing the viral infection and to strengthening your immunity. The essential oils that I've selected for this class I have chosen for the following reasons there are antiviral, immune, stimulating or anti infectious and or promote the recovery after your illness. As we go through, I'm going to provide you with examples and recipes so that you know where to start. 5. Antiviral oils part 1: Now we're ready to get seriously into the oils individually. This is part one of several parts, so get yourself something to drink in a little sec and let's begin. You might be wondering by now how exactly do essential oils work in the body? The body understands that essential oils are a foreign substance and will seek to get rid of them. It's through the body trying to rid itself of this foreign matter that he sent oils have their effect. This is especially true for topical application. Let's take a look at a broad selection of antiviral oils. In no particular order, Palma Rosa is an essential oil that has strongly antiviral activities. It is also anti bacterial. You can use amorosa very effectively in a diffuser topical application in the bath, if you wish, or in a steam shower, just a couple of safety notes here. If you have sensitive skin, use palm Arosa with caution and be sure you dilute your oil very well, and it is a good choice for kids. Bay Laurel is another antiviral agent as well. It is decongestant. You can use bay laurel in your diffuser blend. You can use it topically in the bath or especially nice in the shower. A laurel is not suitable for use during pregnancy. I would also not use it if you have sensitive skin. Now, Uli is another essential oil that is very anti infectious and anti bacterial. If you have this oil, you can use it in the bath shower diffuser. Topic Lee and even in a spree, if you wish. Since there have not been extensive studies done using this oil during pregnancy, I would just recommend using it cautiously during pregnancy. There are a number of essential oils belonging to the eucalyptus family. In this class, I'd like to focus on one particular one. Eucalyptus radio tha It's antiviral and expectorant. This particular eucalyptus is especially suited for topical application during flu. Eucalyptus global ease is a stronger eucalyptus, and it's better suited for use in a diffuser blend in the shower or in a room spray. Eucalyptus radio is a good choice for kids, and it's okay to use during pregnancy. Ginger has an important place in your tool kit. You can use it as an expectorant as well. If you are throwing up in vomiting, you can use it as an anti nausea. Ginger is often included in your essential oil blends for a diffuser as well as topical application. When you want to use ginger as a topical application, make sure that you deluded enough because it may irritate sensitive skin. I include rosemary on your list of essential oils. Because rosemary is antiviral, it's good for muscle aches and pains, as well as respiratory infections of all kinds. Rosemary is really versatile in that you can apply it in many ways. You can make sprays with it. Diffuser blends use it topically were in the shower. If you have a medical condition, please consult the safety section of another class before you use rosemary. It's also not suitable for pregnancy and not for kids under the age of 10. 6. Antiviral oils part 2: in this section, we're going to cover six more antiviral essential oils, geranium time, spike lavender, clove, tea tree and cardamom. I selected uranium for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that it has strong backed anti bacterial effects as well as it being sedative. I like to mix geranium as part of a blend for a diffuser and bath, but where it really stands out is topical applications, especially for sore throats, and you just put it on the outside of the throat. Some safety notes are avoid during early pregnancy as you would with any essential oil. And if you have sensitive skin, use it cautiously. Time is a powerhouse when it comes to antiviral essential oils. Time is strongly anti viral, its antibacterial as well as a disinfectant. There are two main categories of time. One of them is chemo type of Lin Aloul, which that's what the SETI stands for. This would be a good one to use topically, and also it was gentle enough to use on kids. The vulgaris chemo type for time is a much more strong and powerful oil, and it is best suited for use in the diffuser or a spray and definitely not for kids. It's important that you know which kind of time you have and are using, so that you can determine the application that you want as well as safety. It's a bit harder to find spike lavender. It is different botanically from true lavender, but it's definitely worth having at home in your care kit. If you can't find spike lavender, you can substitute it with love and in which is actually a hybrid between true lavender and spike lavender. You would choose bike lavender in a flu situation because it is much, much higher in camp for so this is helpful with muscle pain and fatigue. It's an expectorant, and it's also highly antiviral. You can use it everywhere. You can use it topically in your diffuser. It's part of a spray as well as bath and shower applications. Because Spike lavender is higher and camp for you would not use this oil during pregnancy. You would not use it if you have high blood pressure, and also it's not for small kids. Clove Bud is another essential oil with high antiviral activity. It's also an expectorant as well as an immune stimulant It's a nice addition to a diffuser blend for use in the shower, even a spray. But I would use caution when applying it topically because clothes but is no. One as a hot oil, I would not use it on damaged or sensitive skin, and for sure, do not use it in the bath. If you only get one essential oil, I would actually suggest tea tree. It's a powerhouse, its anti infectious antiviral. It also relieves diarrhea that's caused by pathogens. Tea Tree also has a wide applications. You can use it topically in a diffuser hydro like bath and shower, as well as in room sprays. Teacher is generally very safe to use. I wouldn't use oxidized oil oil that's old because it could cause skin irritation. I just love the smell of cardamom. It's so sweet, but it has other benefits to its in expectorant and a decongestant as well as it can help. If you have an upset stomach due to vomiting and diarrhea, you can use cardamom in the bath in the diffuser and topically. It is recommended that you don't use cardamom in large amounts, and it may irritate your skin if it's sensitive. So now I would like you to take notes on which oils are best for your situation. And as we keep going, notice ways that you're likely to use these essential oils and write that down as well. 7. Antiviral oils part 3: Let's just take a minute and check in a little bit. So far, you have learned protocols for viral illness prevention. You have learned how essential oils behave in the body and why they work against viral infections. You are also discovering many different ways that you can use essential oils during a viral illness, and there is more information and recipes coming on this to recap we've already looked at Palm Rosa Bay, Laurel Meoli, eucalyptus radio Tha Ginger Root, rosemary, geranium, two kinds of time spike lavender clothes, bud tea, Tree and cardamom. We're going to cover two more antiviral essential oils, plus the best essential oils for respiratory issues. I'm also including a list on the best essential oils that you can have on hand for post illness recovery. An important reason to get your essential oils from a reputable supplier is because you need to know whether your oil is distilled from the leaf or the bark or whatever part of the plant. Perfect example of this is that we're talking about the cinnamon leaf oil. It's antiviral, and it helps with coughs. You can use cinnamon leaf topic Lee, as well as part of a diffuser blend. Now, if you have cinnamon bark or don't know what kind of cinnamon you have, I would suggest saving that for use in a diffuser or in a spray and not applying it topically. Avoid using cinnamon during pregnancy as well. Don't apply it to small Children. Raven Sarah isn't oil that maybe isn't as well known to you, but it's an important, essential oil. It's different from another oil called Ravens Sarah Ravens. Sarah is strongly anti viral. It's an expectorant, and it's also an immune stimulant. So very important oil. I would use Raven's Sarah topically. You can use it in the shower or in the bath as well as in the diffuser Ravens. Sarah is generally safe and well tolerated on the skin. However, there haven't been a lot of studies done for use during pregnancy, so just be cautious with that. Now we're going to have a look at the best essential oils for respiratory concerns as well as recovery of illness. The best oils for this include frankincense, myrtle, rosemary, thyme, little will and lavender. I recommend these essential oils for when you're recovering camomile, lavender, geranium, frankincense, mandarin or other Citrus. Here's your action step. I would like you to please make a list of the essential oils that you feel would apply in your situation and would benefit you. The most things to consider include your skin sensitivity, pregnancy or other health concerns. And if you want to use an oil for general use or a specific use. 8. Howtoflukit: Okay, now it's action time. We're going to get ready to do some stuff. If you want to make a basic kit, here are the oils. I would include Spike Lavender, tea Tree, Rosemary, Geranium and Mama Rosa. If you want to focus on making a kid's kit, I would include tea tree, eucalyptus, right IATA, ginger or cardamom palm Rosa and time with chemo. Type Little If you want the super boost kit, I would put in their clothes, but Cinnamon Bay, Laurel, tea tree, Ravens, Sarah and frankincense. If you're in expecting mama, I would suggest putting in oils like geranium, ginger root, Palma, Rosa, eucalyptus, ready Atta and lemon. Your action step right now is to customize your essential oils list. The very base of your kit component is going to be your essential oil. Pre made blends thes air Going to be your master mixes. Having two or three pre made master mixes gives you options. You could make one for preventative measures, one that's kid friendly or mom friendly and one that's full power ahead. If you have these ready to go and prepared ahead of time, you can easily make any and all of the care items that we've already talked about. Now we're going to break down the actual kit components of your flu care kit. The first item in here will be your room spray. Bruce Praise Air Really easy to make the general directions for this is you. Add the essential oils by the drop into your empty spray bottle. Then you would add the witch hazel next, shake it to disperse and add the remaining distilled water. It's better to use which hazel that contains alcohol because it acts as a dispersing agent . This recipe makes a small bottle a two ounce bottle, and you can see here that for that amount of liquid, you would use 13 drops of essential oils in total for your recipe. The second formula makes the larger four ounce bottle, and again you could just scale it up, double everything to make it work for what size of container you have. Here's a sample formula that would be adding up to 26 drops of total for your blend. Six drops of rosemary, eight drops of tea tree, six drops of lavender and six drops of cinnamon. The next component for your kit is the 10 mill roller ball. I'm sure you've seen these around, and they're quite handy and portable. The general directions are this. You would drop the essential oils into your empty bottle one at a time until you reach the total amount that you need for that recipe. Next, you would add your carrier oil of choice into the roller ball and fill it to the fill level . These are some examples of carrier oils that you might want to use fractionated, coconut oil, sunflower oil or a grape seed oil. It's important that you understand calculation and delusion rates before making your roller ball blend. You can review this using the essential oil safety class in a ruler ball application. 2% is suitable for ages 1 to 5 and expectant moms. This is a sample formula of what this could look like in your 10 mil roller ball. You would put one drop of eucalyptus, two drops of palm Rosa and one drop of tea tree in a roller ball application. 5% dilution rate would be appropriate for kids ages 6 to 11 or if you're elderly or frail. An example of this would be three drops of tea tree, two drops of geranium, two drops of nearly two drops of bay laurel. A 10% dilution rate would be appropriate for anyone over the age of 12. Through two adults, you can see that we're now up to 20 drops of essential oil, five drops of spike lavender, five drops of bay laurel, five drops of rosemary and five drugs of time. When a little your action steps now are to make a room spray and also to make a ruler ball blend of your choice. Don't forget toe. Label your creations and have fun. 9. Howtoflukit part2: in this lecture, we're going to be talking about different types of hydro applications that you can use while you're ill with the flu. The first thing we're going to cover is the bath salt blend. This is my basic salt mix. One cup of sea salt one cup of Epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda 8 to 12 drops essential oils total and optional A carrier oil of your choice. Here's a tip half your dry ingredients mixed and ready to use without the essential oils. This way you can make larger batches, and then you can customize them for each person who needs it. When the time comes for kids, you would use about half of a cup of the mixed plus the appropriate number of essential oil drops. Four adults. They can use half of a batch up to a whole batch for each treatment. I personally like to add the essential oils to a carrier oil before I blend it with my salt mix. Adding the essential oils to her carrier before you add it to your bath helps to lessen the chance of skin irritation. And plus, it's really nice toe have on dry skin. Another effective hydro application is the facial steam. Facial steams could be very useful, especially if you have clogged Sinuses. For one facial steam treatment, I would use up to five drops in total of essential oil, and I would only do this with adults or big kids. I would not do this with small kids. The nice thing about this is that you can repeat this steam application several times a day while you're ill. Here is a really simple Formula one drop of tea tree, one drop of eucalyptus and one drop of lavender. This is the one that I use if I have Sinus congestion, two drops of cedarwood atlas, one drop of marjoram, one drop of rosemary and one drop of peppermint. Here's another effective respiratory blend, one drop of pine, one drop of nearly one drop of Ravens Sarah, one drop of myrtle and one drop of lavender. I'm going to include details on how exactly to do a facial steam in the next lecture. Next, we're going to discuss the steam shower application. To do this, you would add a few drops to the side of the wall of the shower where the water doesn't go . Have a shower using warm water. The heat from the shower will activate the aromatic oils, and then you'll get a lovely steam shower. Then there's something called a washcloth method. You could add 1 to 2 drops of essential oils to a wet washcloth, and then, when you get into the shower, you would vigorously rub the wash cloth over your torso and thighs. Avoid this method. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to use essential oils that are well tolerated by the skin. Essential oils that you can try in the shower include bay laurel, cardamom, geranium, newly Myrdal and lavender. And here's another option. You can apply a body oil to yourself and then have your warm shower. The water will drive the oils into your skin even deeper. Your action steps for right now is to make a bath salt blend 10. Face steam: We're gonna show you how to do official steam right now. I have a college here who's going to help me. So here's what you need. You need a ball. I have just boil this water. So we're going to sail up, are full with water. Your carefully. Okay. You're gonna need a towel and probably a face cloths, Rob. So I've just talked to Sarah for a couple of minutes, and we've decided on three different essential oils that we're gonna put into this. So we're gonna have to drops of lavender, two drops of petty green, one drop of geranium. Now you'll notice that she's got her hair tied back. That's always a good plan. And she'll appreciate it. And just a second here. So, Sarah, you're gonna get out of the put your Yeah, I accept that. Okay. So you want to keep your face 12 inches away approximately 10 to 12 inches of weeks. The reason for that is safety. You don't want to burn, scald your face. So you're make a tent. Just wonder going in there for you to see me. Yeah. So she's created her self esteem tent, and Sarah is gonna enjoy that lovely seeing tent for between 5 to 10 minutes. So we're gonna come back. You 5 to 10 minutes. All right, So I'm gonna help you out here. Take it off. Now, you're probably gonna want to make use of the face class. Just pat. So right now, what has happened is that her pores have opened very nicely, and she's not ready to proceed with the next step of official. The other thing you could do with a facial is you can treat acne you can treat if you come cold or chest cold and flu. Whatever's going around. Whatever oils you put in there, you could breathe it to your lungs. And it can help you with that as well. So it was more than just for beauty. Thank you, sir, for helping me. I really appreciate that. Thank you for having me 11. Body oil application: the last thing we're going to take a look out for your kit is making a body oil blend. Before you begin blending, you should decide who it's for and also, if you're going to be using it in a roller ball application for target areas or overall body application, you should also take into consideration any essential oil safety issues, as well as keeping track of your essential oils that you should not use. And for what reason, All over body oil blends should be made with lesser amounts of essential oils. You can apply your oil blend to your torso, thighs, back and chest. You can also apply your oil blend to the back of your neck, armpits, inner thigh area as well as the bottoms of feet you can formulate For different areas of concern. Toe help lessen related issues. For example, sleep aid, muscle fatigue and pain. Your action steps include making yourself a body oil blend. If you haven't already, be sure to download your to resource PDF files that are included with this class and take care and stay well