Essential Oils For A Cold

Essential Oils For A Cold

Runny nose? Itchy throat? Cough?

Sure sounds like you have the common cold. Don’t reach for the cold medicine just yet. Chances are your essential oils can do the same job if not better and possibly shorten your illness too.

While the common cold is a virus, complications can occur, so you want essential oils that can pull double or triple weight and place you on the road to recovery fast. 

Antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, antitussive, sedative, and analgesic can all assist you through your illness and tackle your symptoms too.

 

Essential Oils for Common Cold Symptoms

  • Frankincense
  • Tea tree 
  • Oregano 
  • Lemon 
  • Rosemary 
  • Peppermint 
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove 
  • Pine 
  • Juniper berry
  • Thieves Oil Blends

 

Essential Oils For A Cold

Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00
Tea Tree Oil (Large 4 Ounce) Best Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
GET BETTER RESULTS WITH SUN ESSENTIAL OILS - With what we believe to be superior sourced and harvested ingredients, we think you will agree that our oils are by far the most effective on the market - a wonderful smell that can't be beat!
$9.99
Origanum vulgare A zesty and invigorating oil, oregano can promote a positive outlook. It is also loaded with purifying characteristics that can be used in many ways. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$32.00
Citrus Limon Being amongst the top-selling essential oils on the market, lemon has quite a few amazing benefits and uses. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Rosmarinus Officinalis Being amongst the most aromatic essential oils on the market, Rosemary is a constant participant in almost all sorts of aromatherapy sessions. It also brings a lot of other benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$18.67
Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$27.33
Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily gathered from Australian eucalyptus trees, so perhaps it is appropriate that it is most widely used to promote relaxation!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical  
$18.67
Eugenia caryophyllata Clove essential oil has many antioxidant and antibacterial qualities to boost internal health.* It also can promote healthy teeth and gums for a beautiful smile. It’s warm, spicy flavor is great for adding to numerous culinary creations. Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal    
$18.67
Artizen Pine Essential Oil (100% PURE & NATURAL - UNDILUTED) Therapeutic Grade - Huge 1oz Bottle - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Relaxation, Skin Therapy & More!
Pine Essential Oil
GUARANTEED HIGHEST QUALITY, MOST POTENT PINE OIL - What sets Artizen Essential Oils apart are their unparalleled purity and concentration. Natural, with no adulterants or dilution, their oils provide the maximum benefit possible and are uncompromising.
$9.99
 Juniperus Communis With advantages ranging from natural air purification to healthy functioning of your urinary tract and many others, juniper berry essential oil is truly helpful. It comes from the coniferous tree and it brings a lot on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$25.33

 

1. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilBest use: diffuse and topical

How to use:

  • Add 15-20 drops or use as part of a blend in an ultrasonic diffuser; you can also add 10 drops to a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes
  • Put 10 drops in your bath water
  • Place 3 drops on a cloth and inhale
  • Blend 3 drops frankincense with 2-3 drops carrier oil. Rub into your chest.

Frankincense might open airways and help you sleep better at night during your cold. It could calm cough too. (1)


Cautions:

  • Don’t take or use if you currently take blood thinners

Healing properties: antianxiety, immune-booster, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory

 

2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Best use: topical and diffuse

How to use:

  • Add 15-20 drops or use as part of a blend in an ultrasonic diffuser
  • You can also add 10 drops to a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes
  • Put 10 drops in your bath water
  • Place 3 drops on a cloth and inhale
  • Blend 3 drops with 3 drops carrier oil. Rub into your chest.

Tea tree’s strong scent can open airways fast when inhaled. It can also assist you in knocking out your cough.(2)

Cautions:

  • Do not ingest.

Healing properties: antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antibiotic

 

3. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential OilBest use: topical, internal (if USDA organic), or diffuse

How to use:

  • Dilute 2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your chest and neck. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 15-20 drops to your diffuser
  • Put 10 drops in a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes
  • In an 8oz glass of warm water, tea, or broth, add 3 drops once per day. Repeat for 10 days.

The carvacrol present is oregano oil shows promise at combating the common cold and other viruses in vitro studies. (3)

Cautions:

  • Don’t take oregano oil for more than 10 days at a time. Be sure to stop for 10 days before taking it again.
  • Don’t use while pregnant without your doctor’s permission

Healing properties: antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, antioxidant, and antifungal

 

4. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential OilBest use: topical, diffuse, internal (if USDA organic), and inhalation

How to use:

  • Dilute 2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your cold sores, chest, and neck. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 15-20 drops to your diffuser
  • Put 10 drops in a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes
  • Gargle a mixture of 3 drops lemon and 8oz of warm water for sore throat
  • Add 1-2 drops to a cup of warm water or tea and sip

Lemon oil has a pleasant fragrance, but it also packs powerful antioxidants and compounds to ease cold symptoms.(4)

Cautions:

  • Avoid exposing the application area to sunlight due to possible photosensitivity

Healing properties: antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, astringent, and mood lifting

 

5. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential OilBest use: inhalation, topical, and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale directly from the bottle as needed to clear sinuses
  • Dilute 2 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your upper lip, chest, and neck. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 15-20 drops to your diffuser
  • Put 10 drops in a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes

Rosemary contains compounds that clears the airways and can calm coughs. It can also boost your immune system so that it can fight your cold virus.(1)

Cautions:

  • Don’t ingest without a doctor’s supervision as it can cause vomiting and abdominal spasms in small doses
  • Don’t use while pregnant or nursing as ingesting it can cause miscarriage; doctors will generally advise pregnant women and those trying to conceive to not use any form of rosemary oil.

Healing properties: immune-booster, antispasmodic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory

 

6. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilBest use: inhalation, internal (if USDA organic), diffuse, and topical

How to use:

  • Dilute 3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your temples, chest, and back of your neck. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 15-20 drops to your diffuser
  • Put 10 drops in a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes
  • Gargle a mixture of 3 drops lemon and 8oz of warm water for sore throat
  • Add 1-2 drops to a cup of warm water or tea and sip

If you have the classic symptoms of the common cold, peppermint might be the only solution you need. It might be able to clear your nasal congestion, calm your coughs, make your coughs for productive, and soothe your sore throat. (6)

Cautions:

  • Don’t apply topically to children (under six) 
  • Prolonged inhalation can cause dizziness, headache, and upset stomach 
  • Ingesting can cause heartburn
  • Might interfere with some medications; consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Healing properties: expectorant, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antispasmodic

 

7. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential OilBest use: topical and diffuse

How to use:

  • DIY vapor rub: Mix 20 drops peppermint and 20 drops eucalyptus with ¼-cup olive or jojoba oil, ½-cup coconut oil, and ¼-cup beeswax or carnauba wax (vegan); melt oils and beeswax in water bath, add essential oils, and pour into a container. Apply to your chest at night.
  • Dilute 3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your temples, back, and chest. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 5 drops to your diffuser
  • Put 2-4 drops in a large bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for 10-15 minutes

Cineole in eucalyptus oil is chiefly responsible for many of its cold busting benefits. In one study, it shortened the duration of a cough. In a second study, participants saw a large reduction in the severity of their symptoms when they used a throat spray blend containing rosemary, eucalyptus, oregano, and peppermint essential oils.(7,8)

Cautions:

  • Do not ingest
  • Don’t apply to children who can accidently ingest the oil

Healing properties: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and stimulates your immune system, 

 

8. Clove Essential Oil

Clove Essential OilBest use: topical and diffuse

How to use:

  • Dilute 3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your temples, back, and chest. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser
  • Combine 2-3 drops with an unscented, natural hand cream or carrier oil. Rub into your hands to protect yourself from the cold virus and sickness.

Clove oil might be best when you combine it with others. However, it can also help stop the common cold from spreading in your office or household. 

Cautions:

  • Don’t use if you take blood thinners
  • Don’t ingest for more than two consecutive weeks
  • Not for children under two
  • Don’t ingest if pregnant or nursing without you doctor’s consent

Healing properties: antioxidant, immune-booster, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial

 

9. Pine Essential Oil

Best use: inhalation, diffuse, and topical

How to use:

  • Inhale directly from the bottle for easing sinus headaches
  • Use in a homemade vapor rub: Combine 10 drops peppermint, 10 drops pine, and 20 drops eucalyptus with ¼-cup olive or jojoba oil, ½-cup coconut oil, and ¼-cup beeswax or carnauba wax (vegan); melt coconut and olive oils and beeswax in a hot water bath, add essential oils, and pour into a container. Apply to your chest at night.
  • Dilute 3 drops with a carrier oil and apply to your temples, back, and chest. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 10-20 drops to your diffuser

Pine oil has similarities to eucalyptus, but where it truly shines is its ability to help alleviate sinus headaches commonly associated with the common cold. It can also ease body aches and elevate your mood.

Cautions:

  • Avoid eyes, nose, and mouth

Healing properties: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal

 

10. Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper Berry Essential OilBest use: topical or diffuse

How to use:

  • Dilute 1 drops with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to your temples, back, and chest. Use a 1:2 or 1:3 dilution for sensitive skin.
  • Add 10-20 drops to your diffuser
  • Use as part of any cold or antiviral blend for nighttime use

Juniper Berry can heal chapped and chaffed skin, which commonly occur as a side effect from over blowing your nose. It can assist you in falling asleep and staying asleep, so it might be useful blended with other cold fighting essential oils for nighttime use.

Cautions:

  • None, but you should consider an allergy test if you have sensitive skin

Healing properties: antibacterial, sleep aid, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antioxidant

 

Final Thoughts on Essential Oils for a Cold

The common cold is no picnic no matter how many times you’ve “caught” it. However, most over-the-counter remedies mask symptoms. Some even leave you tired and with your head in the clouds. 

Essential oils don’t. Furthermore, they address the cause of the sickness with their healing properties. This allows you to treat symptoms and the root without dosing yourself (or your family) up with pharmaceuticals or taking unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office.

Remember, get plenty of rest and fluids, and let nature have a try first