Essential Oils For Colds

Essential Oils For Colds

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract that is incredibly contagious through the air from person to person. A number of different viruses can cause the infection of a cold, and there is no medical antiviral drug to kill off any of them to date.

While a cold itself is usually not a serious medical condition, it may not feel that way to you. Because it can take cold anywhere between 7 and 14 days to fully resolve, most people are left with bothersome and even painful symptoms to deal with in the meantime.

The long lifespan of the infection and the mild (medically considered) classification of the infection tend to allow it to easily spread from person to person because people do not feel it is serious enough to stay away from school or work for. 

Some people who may have weaker immune systems can develop more serious complications from the viral infection of a cold, like a bacterial pneumonia infection. Making efforts to reduce the symptoms of a cold can help you avoid spreading it as well as developing secondary infections.

A natural and non-toxic way to do this is to utilize the numerous unique properties of essential oils. 

 

Essential Oils For Colds

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
Cymbopogon flexuosus Being amongst the most popular and demanded oils on the market, Lemongrass is capable of catering to your every need. With refreshing citrusy and herbaceous aroma, the oil brings splendid benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
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
Tea Tree Oil (LARGE 4 OUNCE) Best Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
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1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential OilEucalyptus oil has long been used since the early 1800s for medicinal use to treat cold and flu symptoms. European settlers that made their way to Australia discovered the potent effects of Eucalyptus oil to help soothe symptoms of hay fever and flu illnesses.

Before modern-day sanitation methods were brought about, it was used to clean urinary catheters to prevent infections. Eucalyptus oil contains eucalyptol or 8-cineole which has a potent growth inhibiting effect on a broad range of illness and infection causing viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

It is also a powerful agent in helping to decrease inflammatory responses the body has as a result of a viral cold. 

 

How To Use Eucalyptus Oil For A Cold

Eucalyptus oil can be used as an external topical ointment or cream for fever reduction and body ache relief. It can also be used externally as a compress to relieve body pains and cool down the body. Eucalyptus oil can also be used aromatically in a diffuser or vapor form to help with sleeping and congestion. 

 

Directions For External Topical Rub Use

  •  Mix 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil
  • Apply rub directly to the skin on the temples 
  • This mixture can also be applied to the back of the neck 
  • The mixture can also be applied to the bottom of the feet 
  • Use as needed every 15 to 20 minutes

 

Directions For Cooling Body Compress Use

  • Gather several small wash towels 
  • Mix 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil with 2 cups of room temperature water 
  • Dip the small wash towels in the water-oil mixture 
  • Wring out excess water 
  • Place towels on arms and legs to help cool down the body and soothe body aches

 

Directions For Cool Forehead Compress Use

  • Mix 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil in one cup of cold water 
  • Dip a washcloth in the water-oil mixture 
  • Wring out excess water 
  • Place directly on the forehead to reduce fever and provide sinus headache relief

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil to the diffuser water reservoir 
  • Diffuse on high overnight to ease restlessness and clear congestion from respiratory channels

 

Directions For Vapor Use

  • Fill a large bowl with boiling water 
  • Add 10 drops to the boiling water and stir 
  • Breathe in vapors for 10 minutes to open up nasal passages

 

2. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential OilLemongrass oil has the unique property of being able to immediately help decrease pain and aches. It is what is called a health tonic, or an agent that manages nutrient absorption and detoxifying processes to remove harmful substances from the body.

It is known to be a powerful immune booster that helps the body naturally stop the growth of and fight off cold-causing viruses and other types of bacteria. One of the main components of Lemongrass oil is Myrcene, which operates as an effective analgesic or pain reliever.

It also contains a compound called Neral, which is an apoptotic helping to kill off cells that have been infected before they can reproduce and spread the virus to other cells. 

 

How To Use Lemongrass Oil For A Cold

Lemongrass oil can be used externally as a rub or ointment to alleviate joint pains and soothe an upset stomach. It can also be used externally with as a cold compress to help decrease body temperature. Lemongrass oil may also be used aromatically via a diffuser to help inhibit bacteria growth and help with sleep.

 

Directions For External Topical Rub Use

  • Mix 4 drops of Lemongrass oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil or unscented lotion 
  • Apply rub directly to the skin on the abdominal area to soothe upset digestive areas due to a cold 
  • This mixture can also be applied to the back of the neck 
  • The mixture can also be applied to the bottom of the feet 
  • Apply mixture to joints for relief from muscle aches and pains 
  • Use as needed every 15 to 20 minutes

 

Directions For Forehead Compress Use

  • Mix 3 drops of Lemongrass Oil in one cup of room temperature water 
  • Dip a small washcloth in the water-oil mixture 
  • Wring out excess water 
  • Place directly on the forehead and temples to help reduce fever

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 7 drops of Lemongrass oil to the diffuser water reservoir 
  • Diffuse on high overnight to break up mucus and congestion in the nose and airways and help with restful sleep 
  • Diffuse on low continuously to help disinfect the air and stop airborne bacteria growth 

 

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilOne of the main elements in Peppermint oil is menthol. Menthol has a unique property that allows it to chemically stimulate the TRPM8 receptors in the skin and muscles that are sensitive to cold. This is why it is effective in treating areas of inflammation and body aches.

Menthol also is a powerful analgesic, or pain reliever because it activates the receptors of the k-opioid variation and it blocks some sodium channels that are responsible for sending pain signals.

Additionally, peppermint oil contains a rich source of terpenoids that aid in the metabolic processes that occur in the body and facilitate the repair and healing of damaged cells.

 

How to Use Peppermint Oil For A Cold

Peppermint essential oil can be used externally as an ointment and as a bath enhancement to help soothe body aches and clear up respiratory pathways. It can also be used externally as a cold compress to clear up sinuses, and aromatically with a diffuser to help stomach upset and sleep. 

 

Directions For External Topical Ointment Use

  • Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or coconut oil or unscented lotion 
  • Apply rub directly to the skin on the temples for fever reduction and headache relief 
  • This mixture can also be applied to the back of the neck 
  • The mixture can also be applied to the bottom of the feet 
  • Apply mixture to joints for relief from body aches and pains 
  • Use as needed every 15 to 20 minutes

 

Directions For External Bath Enhancement Use

  • Fill your bathtub halfway with lukewarm water 
  • Add 10 drops of Peppermint Oil to the bath water with a dropper 
  • Soak in bath for at least 10 minutes and gently wash with Peppermint Oil bath water thoroughly to help soothe body aches 
    Bath soak can also help open congested respiratory passages up 
  • Bath soak may also reduce fever

 

Directions For External Cold Compress Use

  • Measure out a cup of cold water 
  • Mix 3 drops of Peppermint oil to the cup of cold water 
  • Dip a wash towel in the water-oil mixture for 2 minutes 
  • Wring out excess water 
  • Place the cold compress on the forehead or the neck to help with fever reduction and clearing of the sinuses

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 5 drops of Peppermint oil to the diffuser water reservoir 
  • Diffuse on high overnight to break up mucus and congestion in the nose and airways and help with restful sleep 
  • Diffuse on low to help soothe an upset stomach related to a cold

 

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree oil is a highly effective expectorant, which means it stimulates the pushing out of mucus and phlegm by the respiratory passages and mucous membranes.

Tea tree oil contains a substance called 8-cieole, which permeates the membranes of bacteria allowing for other components made naturally by the body to enter and compromise the bacteria and inhibit its growth.

Tea Tree oil has also been shown to be able to permeate enveloped and not enveloped viruses to inhibit their growth. Tea tree oil is also effective at relieving pain and inflammation because the element terpinen-4-ol reduces the dilation of the blood vessels that allow for histamines from the immune system to permeate the vessels and respond to the affected area.

This reduces pain and swelling that occurs with sore throats, cough, and chest congestion in colds. 

 

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For A Cold

Tea Tree oil can be used externally as a topical hand sanitizer or lotion to help inhibit the growth of cold-causing viruses and other bacteria. It can also be used to enhance a bath to relax muscles and as a warm compress to soothe an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil is ideal for aromatic use to sanitize the air and break up mucus build up in the sinuses and respiratory channels. 

 

Directions For External Hand Sanitizer Use

  • Find a small container with an easily removable lid 
  • Mix 2 drops of Tea Tree oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel to the tea tree coconut oil mixture 
  • Add 3 drops of medical grade rubbing alcohol to the mixture 
  • Stir or shake thoroughly until fully blended 
  • Use a penny sized amount of mixture throughout the day to sanitize hands 

 

Directions For External Bath Enhancement Use

  • Fill your bathtub halfway with lukewarm water 
  • Add 8 drops of Tea Tree Oil to the bath water with a dropper 
  • Soak in bath for at least 10 minutes and gently wash with the Tea Tree Oil bath water thoroughly to help relax body muscles 
  • Bath soak can also help loosen the mucus in congested respiratory passages

 

Directions For Warm Compress Use

  • Gather several a medium size wash towel 
  • Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree oil with 2 cups of lukewarm water 
  • Dip the wash towel in the water-oil mixture 
  • Wring out excess water 
  • Place the towel on the abdominal and stomach area to help reduce pain associated with muscle spasms and inflammation of the digestive tract from a cold 
  • The compress can also be applied to the chest and neck area to help soothe a sore throat 

 

Directions For Aromatic Diffuser Use

  • Fill an essential oil water diffuser with water according to manufacturers instructions 
  • Add 7 drops of Tea Tree oil to the diffuser water reservoir 
  • Diffuse on high overnight to break up mucus and congestion in the lungs and nasal airways and soothe a sore throat 
  • Diffuse on low throughout the day to help sanitize the air and inhibit the growth of airborne viruses and bacteria

 

There is no doubt that having a common cold will put a real damper on your week (or two weeks). While there are thousands of over the counter medications and remedies for the symptoms of a common cold available, they have harsh side effects and some people are unable to use them.

In addition, some over the counter cold remedies can really punch a hole in your wallet for their medical brand name. If you want to give something else a try that is natural and non-toxic that can be used for all ages, essential oils could help you.

Because there are no adverse effects from using natural essential oils to alleviate symptoms and facilitate healing, you have nothing to lose by giving them a go, so you do not have to suffer through the discomfort of an average 10-day illness