I wanted to share with you some interesting essential oils and herbs that can help you build your immune system, fight infection, depress a cough, and fight a fever. I am not a doctor and I am not prescribing anything here. This is for learning purposes and also my experiences with these plant medicines.

  1. Garlic, crushed and exposed to air creates an ingredient called allicin.  This is a number one essential oil and herb to be effective in fighting pneumonia and infection.
  2. Elderberries- you can make a syrup with these berries. They boost immune and help stop a cough. It’s a great herb to feed to your chickens along with seaweed granules or seaweed powder.
  3. Mix Eucalyptus and bergamot essential oils to fight fever and respiratory issues.

Here is a recipe for Elderberry syrup.

1 cup dried elderberries

1 cup apple juice

2 cups water

½ crushed black pepper

9 grams Licorice root 

2 tablespoons rose hips

1 Tablespoon Rosemary dried

Honey to taste

Directions: put in saucepan elderberries, apple juice, water, black pepper, rose hips and licorice root. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Stir and turn off the flame. Add Rosemary and stir. Cover pot for 30 mins and then strain with a cheesecloth.

Add honey to taste. You must refrigerate this recipe. It should last two weeks.

It is best to take from 1 tablespoon two times a day or if you’re really sick you can take up to 4 to 6 tablespoons a day for a short time. Meaning four days in a row. Taking a lot long term is not advised by a herbalist. 

Garlic can be very strong, especially the essential oil. I have to put the EO in an outdoor place like a refrigerator because the smell is so strong. Yet it fights infection and this oil is like gold when it comes to health. Animals when very sick will self select this.

If you are going to use this essential oil with an animal please let them self select it.

If it is not accepted then do not use it on the animal.

Eucalyptus radiata is an essential oil that can be used for respiratory issues, you can also use Eucalyptus globulus. It also helps fight fever. If you add Bergamot and Eucalyptus together you have a powerful synergy to aid both issues.

Recommended blending details. 

You can use water and aloe gel liquid in a 2 ounce spray bottle.

Add five drops of Eucalyptus and five drops of bergamot.

Shake and spray in the air. 

Caution: most animals do not like the smell of Eucalyptus so make sure you have a place the animal can leave the room while using the sprayer.

You can also boil water and inhale the steam with essential oils.


Directions of use for inhalation only.

Add 10 drops in total of any of the above essential oils that are resourced and documented to be antiviral fighters. 

1 cup steamy water.

Stay safe everyone.

Joan Sorita

Certified Aromatherapist for animals and humans

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