Retreat Massage and Wellness Gold Coast practices a holistic approach to promoting health, fitness, and wellness.  Our blogs are full of helpful hints to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  We also feature the latest health scare that the world is facing so our readers are kept informed. 

Some important information on Coronavirus

The latest global flu virus threat, coronavirus (COVID-19), first started in 2019 in Wuhan, China.    WHO describes coronaviruses as a large family of viruses found in animals.  In rare cases they are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans.   Other examples of deadly infectious coronaviruses include MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

To help you better understand these viruses, we have used a report from NBC News published on 5 March 2020.

How COVID-19 compares to past epidemics

Cases: 2,499
Deaths: 861    
Cases: 8,437
Deaths: 813
COVID-19 (As at 5.3.20)
Cases: 94,718
Deaths: 3,278

COVID-19 makes people sick.  Symptoms range from a mild cold to deadly pneumonia.   Older adults and patients with existing respiratory or heart conditions appear to be the most at risk from this virus.   

Australia’s Department of Health recommends that individuals practice good hygiene to protect against infections.  This includes regular handwashing with soap and water, using a tissue to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoiding close contact like touching, hugging and kissing.  If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask.   

If you fall ill and suspect you may have the virus, seek medical attention immediately.  The government also advises self-quarantine for people who have recently visited affected countries. 

For more information on coronavirus, you can download the Department of Health’s Fact Sheet here.   To read updates on coronavirus in Queensland, visit

Essential oils can relieve flu symptoms

According to, essential oil is a natural remedy for the common cold and flu.  It is important to note that to prevent getting sick from the cold or flu, you will still need to get a flu vaccine, eat healthily, practice good hygiene and go to a doctor if you are unwell.

Essential oils are known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve cough, cold and flu symptoms.  

Here are some healing benefits of essential oils:

1. Reliefs flu and cold-related ailments

Essential oils are good for flu and cold-related ailments like headaches, and general aches and pains.   

Essential oils that can relieve headaches and aches and pains include:

  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

2. Improves sleep

When you are unwell, you need plenty of rest.  Sleep is rejuvenating.  Some essential oils can help you fall asleep

Essential oils that promote relaxation and sleep include:

  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood

3. Lessen coughs

Popsugar recommends using essential oils as a natural remedy to lessen coughs.   Essential oils have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the throat, fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.

Essential oils that relieve coughs include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Tea Tree

4. Clears blocked nose

Essential oils are natural decongestants. They clear sinuses and blocked nose to help you breathe better.   Essential oils open up the airways and ease congestion to give you better relief when you have a cold or flu.

Essential oils that clear blocked nose include:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

How to use essential oils to combat cold, cough, and flu

To treat cold and flu symptoms, essential oils in aromatherapy can be rubbed onto the skin, poured onto a cloth and used as a compress, inhaled with steam or diffused into the air.  Essential oils like lavender and lemon added to steam soothe and clear blocked nasal passages.  Inhaling menthol clears congestion and prevents infection.  Rosemary, thyme and tea tree relief cold-related headaches and general aches and pains. 

Essential oils and massage

Aromatherapy massage is a holistic and natural alternative to treating cold and flu symptoms.  It promotes general wellbeing, reduces stress, and alleviates symptoms to speed recovery.  Essential oils used during massage make their way into the bloodstream through the lungs or skin.  Once inside, they work their magic to rejuvenate cells.  The immune system is restored to optimum thereby allowing the body to heal and recover.

Feeling the effects of a cold or flu?  Try aromatherapy massage at Retreat Wellness.  You will feel a whole lot better after a session.  

Beyond a fancy spa and a massage therapy centre, Retreat Massage and Wellness is a one-of-a-kind experience.  We practise a wholesome all-encompassing theme that explores the elements of healing and well-being.  We offer an extensive menu of therapeutic massages to help you feel like your best self in no time.

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