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Essential Oils, allies against the flu?

Épidémie de grippe : les huiles essentielles à la rescousse

Flu epidemic: Essential Oils to the rescue

Winter, the month of February in particular, is a particularly favorable time for flu epidemics. If vaccines are effective means of prevention, in the event of a declared illness, synthetic chemistry has little to offer. Paracetamol to reduce fever, painkillers, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), good basic advice such as sufficient hydration and a balanced, vitamin-rich diet. Faced with this poor therapeutic arsenal, certain abuses sometimes occur. And this, even if they are unfounded, such as prescribing antibiotics “just in case”. In this context, certain essential oils can provide real added value.

Natural solutions

In homeopathy, Oscillococcinum has become essential to the general public. Oligotherapy recommends copper with success. Phytotherapy combines the power of echinacea on immunity with vitamin C contained in acerola. While apitherapy recommends propolis thanks to its benefits on our natural defenses. Propolis which, combined with essential oils, multiplies the active ingredients.

In the field of natural therapies, aromatherapy is an exception. Its active compounds act for the most part according to the same logic as allopathic solutions. That is to say directly on the pathogen but also on the symptoms of the condition. Better yet, each Essential Oil represents in itself a wide range of aromatic molecules. These combine in active synergies to obtain formidable efficiency .

Prevention with Essential Oils

It is always useful to remember the importance of basic hygiene concepts. Wash your hands several times a day, avoid physical contact with potentially infected people, and pay particular attention to the quality of your sleep and diet.

At the same time, prevention operates mainly on 2 fronts:

Clean the air

By diffusing Ravintsara and/or Eucalyptus Essential Oils with a cold diffuser or the Strength and Vitality diffuser blend.

Stimulate the individual's natural defenses:

Opt for the Nose-Throat Capsules or the Bronchial Capsules depending on your sensitivity area, at a rate of 1 to 2 capsules before the morning and evening meal.

For skin application, apply the Natural Defense Solution with local friction. 3 to 5 drops on the wrists, chest or back, 2 to 3 times a day. This synergy can also be diffused into the air to purify it.


Be careful to scrupulously respect the distribution rules.

For children (6 to 12 years old), be sure to dilute the essential oil mixture applied in the same quantity of vegetable oil.

To support the natural defenses of little ones (from 3 months to 36 months), Pranarôm has specially created the PranaBB Natural Defenses solution . Apply 2 to 3 drops of the mixture to each arch of the foot, twice a day. For a child aged 3 to 6 years, this dose can be doubled.

Our additional tips for preventing the flu

Personal hygiene is important to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coming into contact with sick people or touching contaminated objects;
  • Avoid close contact with sick people;
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes;
  • Wear a face mask in public places.

Additionally, strengthening your immune system can help prevent the flu:

  • Eat healthy foods rich in essential nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc and iron: fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals;
  • Exercise regularly to boost the immune system;
  • Get enough sleep to allow the body to recover and restore its energy;
  • Avoid factors that can weaken the immune system, such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

By following these simple tips, you can significantly reduce your risk of becoming infected with the virus and spreading the disease to other people.

It is important to remember that prevention is key to maintaining good health throughout the year, especially during the winter months when infection rates are typically higher.


Huiles Essentielles

Ravintsara - Bio

10 ml - Bio

Huile Essentielle de Ravintsara BIO, 100% pure, intégrale et chémotypée. Reconnue pour être l'alliée de l'hiver.

Sale price12,10 €
Huiles Essentielles

Eucalyptus radiata

10 ml

100% pure, intégrale et chémotypée. Idéale pour le confort respiratoire.

Sale price5,75 €


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