Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Relief
You can combine two fantastic essential oils in a single bottle and use them for direct inhalation. While some people may sniff the bottle directly, it’s always wiser to put the drops on a tissue before you inhale it. The ideal common cold combo is six drops of rosemary oil combined with four drops of helichrysum. It’s one of the most effective combinations for relieving congestion. Just make sure that you give your bottle a shake before using it.
Preventing the Cold and Flu
Eight drops of Norway pine and five drops of sandalwood and honey myrtle is all you need here. Add this blend to an ounce or so of lotion (unscented) and use it as a vapor rub for your chest.
Cold & Flu Blend – this recipe is designed specifically for use in a diffuser and it’s simple. All you need is 15 total drops of three essential oils, that’s just five drops of each – cypress, lavender, and juniper berry.
This is probably one of the most famous essential oils because it is so versatile. It’s great at fighting viral infections, the cold and flu, as well as sinusitis. It’s often used to chase away mosquitoes and fight acne. However, one of its greatest (and most overlooked) powers is its ability to trigger white blood cell production.
When you have a cold you likely reach for eucalyptus lozenges. Well, it makes sense. Eucalyptus oil is an effective decongestant and expectorant. It will not only relieve congestion and provide your respiratory tract with soothing relief, it is great at fighting the cold and flu.
if you want to improve your breathing, fight the cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, and rhinitis, then rosemary is the way to do it.
Rosemary oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and expectorant in nature.
In addition to fighting cold and flu viruses and bacterial, rosemary oil will reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is the immune system over-reacting, which slowly wears down the body's ability to fight infections such as cold and flu germs, when they become present. So if you reduce inflammation, you can help your body regain immune response and arm yourself against cold and flu.
An expectorant helps the body expel mucous, which helps get rid of colds faster. Rosemary oil can therefore help you get over a cold more quickly if used as a method of cold relief.
A blend of rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus oils can massaged into the facial sinus areas, including bridge of the nose, cheekbones, temples to relieve sinus congestion and speed healing from a cold virus.
Clove is an antioxidant, which means it has a variety of benefits. One of the biggest ones is that it’s ideal for gargling. It can help you fight the cold and flu due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. It’s also a bit of a painkiller, so if you have a sore throat it can help numb the pain. For gargling, start with a small cup of warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt and two drops of essential clove oil. Now, gargle. It’s also a great expectorant.
In addition to clove (as a spice) being one of the healing ingredients that you can add to a homemade chai blend use to prepare the body to do battle against cold germs, you can also use clove essential oil in aromatherapy and skin applications.
Oregano oil is high in both thymol and carvacrol, which makes it antibiotic. It’s great for fighting stomach flu and other stomach ailments. One of the most popular methods of use is diluting your essential oregano oil in coconut oil and then rubbing this on the bottoms of your feet (then put some socks on). This is something we often do with vapor rubs, so the next time you’re fighting a cold try it with oregano oil instead.
For a stomach problem, you can add a few drops of food grade oregano oil with coconut oil in a vegetable capsule. You can take it up to three times a day. The only problem with this is that essential oregano oil also kills good bacteria, so you need to also take a probiotic to protect this.
Thyme is another essential oil that has a wide variety of properties. One of the biggest ones, though, is its ability to kill bacteria. It’s often used to treat colds, coughs, and help battle chest infections. It also happens to be great at relieving gas and healing wounds.
Thyme oil is possibly the most powerful of the essential oils known to fight germs, colds and flu. In fact, the ingredient "Thymol" which appears in environmentally friendly cleaning products is a chemical derivative of thyme oil.
Not only is ginger a popular ingredient in herbal teas that are formulated to relieve cold symptoms, expectorate mucous, and speed healing, but you can use ginger essential oil in a variety of applications that will also fortify your body against cold and flu germs.
Diffuse ginger oil in the air, inhale it, massage it into your chest and feet or take it orally to fight colds and flu. Diffusing it in the air will help remove the germs and you will be inhaling the decongestant, expectorant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Massaging it into your chest and feet will warm your body to help fight off the illness. It is also very comforting when the weather gets cold, like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket.