Herbs for Cold and Flu: Lemon Antiseptic Throat Spray

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A diluted lemon spray is one of the most effective tools to knock down a cold or flu. Other herbs to use in a throat spray are lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint. When sprayed through the air, terpene compounds in these oils combine with oxygen to increase the oil’s antiseptic properties.

  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  1. Combine the ingredients and pour the concoction into a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well, then gently spray into your throat throughout the day.

Kathi Keville is the author of eleven books, including Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (Crossing Press, 1995) and Herbs for Health and Healing (Rodale, 1996). She teaches herb and aromatherapy seminars throughout the United States and is director of the American Herb Association ( www.ahaherb.com ).

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