Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Colds and Flus

April 08, 2017

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Colds and Flus

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils for Colds and Flus

Getting to experience the majesty of the change of seasons is nothing short of a blessing – but the flu and cold season that comes with it is just no fun. Luckily, there are several essential oils that are perfect for helping ward off symptoms of the flu and cold.

Breathing in essential oils can be very beneficial to the body, as they stimulate nerves when they enter the body through both the nose and lungs. Wearing a diffuser pendant is a great way to make sure you are inhaling essential oil vapors often. You can also try absorbing the benefits of essential oils through a steam inhaler, which can be particularly helpful if you are congested.

Of course, aromatherapy should be practiced in conjunction with your standard healthcare – it is unwise to eschew a doctor-recommended solution for an ailment in favor of solely using essential oils. Essential oils cannot provide cures to an ailment, so if symptoms of the cold or flu persist, it’s best to consult a doctor. It is also a good idea to talk to an aromatherapy practitioner about the best essential oils for you to use, especially if this is your first experience with them.

With that being said, there are certainly essential oils that are beneficial to your health during cold and flu season. Stay healthy this season with this list of recommended essential oils.


Eucalyptus essential oil has properties of both a decongestant and an antiviral, making it great for soothing symptoms of the cold. To help unblock clogged nasal passages, use eucalyptus oil with a steam inhaler. If you don’t have a steam inhaler, adding a few drops of the essential oil to a boiling pot of water is a good option; be sure to cover your face and head with a towel when you lean over to inhale.


Lavender essential oil is known to be an effective sedative, but did you know that it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties? It is also mild enough to be safe for the whole family to use.


We all know that citrus fruits are good to eat plenty of during cold and flu season, thanks to their abundance of vitamin C. Lemon essential oil is another great way to give your body the benefit of those ample vitamins and help boost your immune system to combat the cold and flu before you contract either of them. Lemon also helps improve circulation.


Its smell is at once soothing and festive, but there’s even more to peppermint than that. Peppermint essential oil contains both anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Be careful not to use it around children; it is best used through a steam inhaler.


While it may conjure images of a synthetic car air freshener, natural, pure pine essential oil is very healthy on its own. It’s great for soothing sore throats and can also help clear nasal passages. Try using a steam inhaler, or enjoy some peppermint tea.


Rosemary essential oil is yet another essential oil that acts as an antiseptic and antimicrobial. Try blending it with lemon and eucalyptus oils if you’re feeling particularly congested; massage the mixture on the temple, cheekbones and nose in order to appreciate the full effect.

Tea Tree Oil

Like lavender, tea tree oil is one of the only essential oils that is safe to apply directly onto the skin without first diluting it in a carrier oil. It is also antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral. Add a few drops to hot running bath water or use it through an inhaler; it is very helpful to relieve symptoms and discomfort caused by the cold and/or flu.


This essential oil blend of lemon, close, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark, and rosemary only soundsmalicious. In fact, it is named for the thieves who created it during the 15th century plague. Purify and freshen the air in your home by using it in a diffuser, or carry the scents with you in a wearable diffuser pendant. You can also use it to soothe sore throats by adding it to water in a spray bottle to create a DIY throat spray.


Last on our list is thyme essential oil, yet another anti-bacterial and antiseptic choice. Consider blending it with lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils to use in either an inhaler or to really jazz up a bath. It should be avoided if you have high blood pressure.

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