As our days of sunshine become less and we start to feel a little colder we realise that winter is really setting in. We naturally feel like slowing down and taking it a little easier and some people would happily hibernate for the entire winter if they had the opportunity!

Feeling tired can be a normal reaction at this time of the year but if you are feeling especially fatigued your body might be preparing you for a battle with the flu.

Only about 20 percent of all influenza-like illness that occurs every year is actually associated with influenza viruses because many types of respiratory illnesses with flu-like symptoms can be mistaken for influenza.  Most people will recover anywhere from three days to two weeks.

The first few days are the hardest dealing with all the body aches, pains and chills. Using essential oils all over the body can dramatically reduce the severity of the symptoms whilst also helping to boost your immune system. The calming and sedative properties of the oils also help us relax and sleep, which is one of the most healing things we can do to get us better.  

I RECENTLY EXPERIENCED A BOUT OF THE FLU

The flu is something which I very rarely have to deal with these days. Twenty five years ago when this happened it would always turn into a bronchial condition requiring a prescription of antibiotics but once I began using essential oils my health improved as my immune system responded to the benefit of the oils.  And I didn't need to use antibiotics to recover.

Aromatherapy essential oils can make a huge difference to your immune system and your recovery from the flu. It was healing for me to be able to soak in a bath with 2 capfuls of the essential oils and then go to bed for the day, waking only to apply the oils on my face and chest.  I felt calm and peaceful due to the antidepressant qualities of the oils and I was more than happy just to rest and allow my body to get better. The aches and pains became minimal and all the worriesome thoughts disappeared.

I learnt again to trust my body to repair itself naturally.

Cheryl Gilbert