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Essential Oil “Flu Shot in a Bottle”

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.

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Please remember that I am not a health care professional and that I am only sharing how I use essential oils for my personal use.

Update: I have had  several comments regarding using essential oils on children. Here is an excellent post with the information: Essential Oils and Children

I made this blend up last fall and used it when needed for additional immunity support. I still developed colds and respiratory issues even after having a flu shot, but nothing serious enough to have to be hospitalized.

I have included links to the essential oils and supplies I use at the end of this post so that you can see exactly what I use. There is additional information about each of the oils on that link, too.

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 might be better locations for topical application. 

Germ Prevention

It’s imperative during the cold and flu season to make sure to wash hands several times a day and avoid touching the face. Wipe shopping cart handles with sanitized wipes. Eat healthy foods rich in vitamins and get plenty of rest! Supplementing with Vitamin C and D are helpful, too.

I also diffuse different combinations of the oils that I talked about in this post.


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While looking up the link for the proper bottles to show you, I ran across this little set of assorted bottles. Perfect for those brand new to essential oils and wanting to play around with recipes and blends, and it would make a wonderful gift! I wish I had seen them when I first started!

Here’s more essential oil posts you might like; Homemade DIY Peace & Calming Blend,  Diffuser Blends for Immunity Support and  Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Colds & Flu

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Stay Healthy, My Friends!



38 thoughts on “Essential Oil “Flu Shot in a Bottle”

  1. How much of each do you put in the bottle? I mean, you could start up putting 10 drops of each in the bottle, but that could take forever to fill up the bottle. Also, do you use just the straight essential oil or do you use the essential oils that are already cut with caster oil or coconut oil?


  2. Thank you for visiting Catrina! It does take a bit of time to add all of the drops to the bottle, but it’s well worth it, and it will last for quite awhile. I use straight essential oils, then dilute with a carrier oil. The recipe is 15 drops of Thrive (or substitute On Guard or Thieves), 15 drops Lemon EO, 15 drops Oregano EO, 10 drops Tea Tree EO, plus 1 to 2 tsp Fractionated coconut oil. (Or substitute almond, grapeseed or Jojoba oil for the coconut oil) You could also just use half of the drops of each essential oil with 1 teaspoon of the carrier oil to make half of a bottle. I hope this helps. 🙂


    1. I use essential oils everyday and am a distributor. Please use compliant language when talking about them. It’s articles/blogs like this that confuse and anger people and get companies in trouble. I know they are great, but unfortunately there are rules we need to follow.


  3. I’ve been putting oil on the bottoms of our feet for years. I put thieves on the bottom of our big toe everyday. I honestly believe this has helped my son’s severier allergies tremendously.

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  4. Your “headline” is clickbait and irresponsible. You might smell good, but the real reason you will stay healthy is because of the hand washing and other conscious efforts to squash spreading germs.


    1. The Gurunanda oils come in 15 ml bottles. I generally make my blends in 10 ml bottles that previous had other oils in them. My pictures were pretty large. I haven’t needed any new blends since I ordered the set like the one I gave away in November and it has a few different sizes. Sorry for the confusion.


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