The CDC says you should get a flu shot by the end of October, as it takes about two weeks after the vaccination for you to be protected through the coming flu season. However, it only protects against the 3 or 4 strains in the current vaccine. You may still be exposed to other flu strains or viruses that could result in you suffering from respiratory issues. For those of us with asthma, COPD, etc, who have weakened immune systems, additional effort has to be made to protect ourselves, as the flu can result in hospitalization or worse.
Essential Oil “Flu Shot”
- 15 drops Thrive essential oil blend (On Guard or Thieves can be substituted)
- 15 drops Lemon essential oil
- 15 drops Oregano essential oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 1 to 2 tsp Fractionated coconut oil
Combine oils in a glass roller bottle and roll a small amount onto the bottom of the feet daily. I like to roll a little on the middle of my chest for the additional aromatherapy benefit. If you are sick, apply this blend every 2 hrs.
Update: There are several sources that say the soles of feet are an ineffective application point for essential oils. Besides the center of the chest area, applying oils on the back of the neck, behind the ears and inside wrist areas are much better locations for topical application.