How To Combat Freshers’ Flu Naturally
For many students October means one thing – freshers’ flu. Even if you’ve been at university for a few years, it can feel as though there’s no protection against this highly contagious, unbelievably common illness.
Of course, freshers’ flu is not really flu, it is a collection of illnesses usually contracted by new students during the first few weeks at university, and more like a severe cold. Up to 90% of students can suffer from symptoms such as sore throats, fever, severe headaches, coughs and sneezing. And it’s not just limited to students either!
While you might want to lock yourself up in a room and limit contact with others in a bid to avoid catching freshers’ flu, this approach really isn’t practical. What’s needed are effective, natural means of prevention and, when necessary, treatments to reduce the symptoms.
To limit the chance of catching freshers’ flu you need to find ways to boost the immune system so it has the strength to fight back and do its job properly. There are several ways to do this. Firstly, it means eating the right foods to ensure the body has access to vitamins, minerals and all the other important stuff that helps it stay healthy.
Getting plenty of fresh air is also advised, as germs are more likely to spread in warm, closed up rooms. Plus, getting outdoors is often a welcome relief from being cooped up all day in class.
For a more proactive approach though, try using essential oils to support your immune system. Tea tree, lemon and cajuput essential oils are great choices to help give the immune system a boost. Bergamot essential oil is also a refreshing, uplifting antiseptic that is commonly used as an antiviral agent. Simply add a few drops of any of these essential oils to a vaporiser or burner before you go to bed.
Meanwhile, ylang ylang essential oil produces a soothing and calming effect that helps the body to relax and rejuvenate. Add eight drops to a warm bath, disperse the droplets by agitating the water, and have a nice long soak in the tub.
Alternatively, try Quinessence Immune Optimise from our Synergy range. This blend contains essential oils of geranium, tea tree, lemon and cajuput – all known immuno-stimulants – to help revitalize and strengthen the immune system. Immune Optimise Synergy is extremely versatile and can be used in a nice warm bath, a diffuser or burner, or even diluted with a carrier oil as part of a body massage.
If you’re one of the unlucky ones who contracts freshers’ flu, there are natural ways to treat the problem. As with the prevention strategy, eating the right diet is key since you need the foods that give you the strength to fight off the invading viruses.
However, essential oils really come into their own when it comes to treating viral infections such freshers’ flu. Some of the best oils for the job include black pepper, eucalyptus, ravensara, tea tree, niaouli, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, fir silver, frankincense, peppermint, pine and lemon.
Choose your essential oil and either add eight drops to a bath and agitate the water, or add three to four drops to a large bowl of water and inhale whilst holding a towel over your head to direct the vapours. Other methods include putting a few drops of the essential oil onto a handkerchief and inhaling, or diluting four to five drops with 10ml of carrier and massaging the blend onto the chest.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2014. Written by Geoff Lyth