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Natural Remedies during Cold and Flu Season

by Carrie Raab on November 18, 2013

Natural Remedies during Cold and Flu Season

Young Living Essential Oils

At the beginning of the year, 2013, I went to California for a visit. A time for some rest and inner healing. It was an amazing trip. The only downside to the trip was that I got sick. It seemed like everywhere I went, someone was coughing right next to me. It didn’t matter if it was on this airplane or that one, in the tram to get my rental car, walking in the airport, waiting in line at a restroom, in the grocery store, at church, at the gas station. etc. I could not get away from it. I began to think, “Man, is everyone in California sick?”

After a few days of being there, I could tell I was catching ‘something’ as my lungs started to feel tight and I started that oh so familiar ‘cough’ that I heard from so many people for days prior to my own ill feeling. I knew my sickness was brought on by being in a state of ongoing stress as most illnesses are emotionally related. My immune system was at a weakened state due to stress. Many of your colds that are in the lungs, are tied to the emotion grief/anxiety. In the past few months, there have been many traumatic events that have occurred.  I knew it was time for me to tackle all this grief head on with the word of God, prayer, and anointing oils. I was actually shocked that I had not gotten sick prior to now.

I brought my Young Living Oils with me, however, I did not anticipate getting sick, so I did not have my normal supply. The following day, upon having the feeling in my lungs, I woke up feeling ‘achy’ all over.  I was either really hot or really cold and had chills all over. My cough was turning more into a spastic, dry, bronchial type cough. I  immediately began the following regimen.

Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

  • Thieves essential oil: Combats viruses and bacteria. I added a drop to my mouth every morning and evening. I did this for 4 days. I only had enough drops to do this amount. Otherwise, I would have taken a drop internally every few hours. I would have also applied the oil to the bottom of my feet. Thieves not only kills viruses and bacteria, but it also dissolves mucus.
  • Immupower essential oil:  I added a drop of Immupower oil to the bottoms of my feet every morning.
  • NingXia Red: I drank 2 oz. daily for 4 days to help boost my immune system. I love having the individual packets for traveling.
  • RC essential oil: I applied 1 drop of RC to my chest morning and night. I also used a Q-tip to swab the oil in my nostrils.
  • Oregano essential oil:  I applied 1 drop of oregano oil to the bottoms of my feet every morning and night for 4 days.
  • Frankincense essential oil:  I applied 1 drop to the crown of my head in the morning and at night. I rubbed a drop onto my chest 3-4 times a day. It really helps open my lungs and allows me to breathe. If you suffer from asthma, I highly recommend it.
  • Peppermint essential oil:  I used peppermint to help reduce my fever. Remember I was either hot or cold.  I applied 1 drop to my feet morning and night. I also added a drop to my morning cup of coffee. I periodically inhaled this oil during the day as it helps with energy and fatigue. It is also great for sinus congestion.
  • Lemon essential oil: I added a drop to my glass of water twice a day.

I also increased my Vitamin C intake. I use Young Living’s Super C capsules. Being that I did not plan to get sick, I only packed 1 for each day. It is important to increase your Vitamin C when you are sick. I took Emergen -C twice.  I went to the gas station on day 3 of this regimen and purchased Air-Borne. I took one  tablet in water morning and night. I did not have any empty capsules to put my oils in to take internally and I personally find great results in not only applying essential oils topically, but also taking them internally. I also did not have enough drops in any of my essential oil bottles to take internally as well as topically. Because of this, I ended up going to the health food store and purchased an herbal supplement called, Clear Lungs and Elderberry Syrup.

I did this regime for 4 days, as I was still in California, miles and miles away from home. I live on the other coast, Florida. Can I tell you that I felt REALLY bad, but because of my Young Living oils and other natural remedies, I was NOT stuck in the bed and was able to continue to enjoy my trip. I felt bad the first two days, but it did not hinder my ability to do anything. I no longer felt sick come day four. NOT BAD!! On day 3, I felt good except for my nose was like a dripping faucet and I sneezed I think 100 times that day. I continued with my oils and I do know that had I been home and really was able to utilize them to the fullest, I would have gotten over this illness even sooner.  While I was sneezing and my nose was running, I applied lavender oil to the bridge of my nose and along the base of my neck.

I will say that once I returned home, I eased up on my oils because I did not feel sick. I noticed my cough and other symptoms started to return a few days later. I want to remind you, I did NOT feel sick. I was back to my exercise routine, running and boot camp classes. But because of having congestion and hearing the wheezing sound in my lungs, I took Young Living’s Inner Defense capsules 2x a day for two days and returned to using Frankincense and RC essential oil. My cough became wet and productive and whatever was still in me that had not been healed, within a few days was.

I am thankful I had these natural products to take.


I am forever grateful for my Young Living oils.  I am forever grateful for herbs and natural supplements. I am forever grateful that God has given us what we need for health and wellness. I did not include in this list of eating healthy (raw whole foods, natural foods without additives and preservatives), and getting plenty of sleep. Every time I applied one of the oils, I prayed, as Scripture says to pray as you anoint with oil. I allowed the Lord to also go deep into my heart and I released my burdens/anxiety/grief onto Him.  I was carrying stress and burdens that are not mine to carry. Through meditating on His word, I gained heaven’s perspective and took my eyes off my current circumstances and set my gaze upon Him. He lovingly took the hurt in my heart away and the grief too. Subsequently, the congestion in my lungs became more productive and loose and in days, it soon thereafter, gone. I am thankful for natural alternatives and ways to strengthen our bodies without the harshness of other products and their side effects.

If this testimony spoke to you and you too want to begin using Young Living Essential Oils, I would love to coach you. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at

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*Sharing experiences with essential oils is an effective way of learning to utilize these powerful gifts from Nature.  With this knowledge we can take control of our personal health.  However, we are required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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