Cold reason is right around the corner! While we all love to see the exciting first flurry of snow, it can come with a sniffle, sneeze, and a knock to our immune system. Read on for 11 essential oils for colds.

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Essential Oils for Colds


Eucalyptus is especially good with digestion and concentration. As an expectorant, Eucalyptus essential oil will break up mucous and get things moving in your body. The oil is also an antibacterial, so it helps fight off bugs and flush bad bacteria out by stimulating circulation and detoxification.

Foggy mind making it hard to concentrate? Eucalyptus works wonders for concentration, balancing energy, and cooling off the body, even helping with headaches!


Not only is Ginger supportive to the immune system, but it gives strength to the mind, as well! This can be especially helpful on those early cold mornings when the sun hasn’t quite risen yet and you’re struggling to get moving. Ginger is said to promote will, clarity, and strength of mind.

Ginger can also help regulate digestive and respiratory systems, relieving constipation, vomiting, and drug-induced nausea. The antibacterial properties of Ginger make it effective on reducing fevers, sore throats and breaking up congestion.

Is there anything Ginger can’t do??


Frankincense is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and astringent– all helpful tools when we are sick with the sniffles. Frankincense is also often used for anxiety, which can help with the stress of being sick and still having to meet all the expectations of the day!


To start, Peppermint’s cooling properties make it extremely appealing when you’re feeling feverish! What you may not realize is that it’s also stimulating to the digestive and respiratory systems, increasing blood flow to help with recovery.

This increase in blood flow is caused by the menthol in Peppermint oil, which also reduced inflammation to help relieve pain.

This oil can also be soothing to the stomach when you begin to feel nauseous. But don’t ever ingest these oils! Use the inhalation method, a diffuser, or rub a diluted amount topically on your skin.

Tea Tree

The antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-microbial properties of this oil make it extremely effective for anything that could use disinfecting!

When applied topically to cold sores, bug bites, cuts, just about anything, Tea Tree oil works as a disinfectant, it will reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system.

When inhaled, the antibiotic and antispasmodic properties of Tea Tree oil will help with breaking up congestion and soothing sore throats.


Oregano can be especially relieving for symptoms of coughs and sore throats. It’s naturally an antiviral and anti-microbial, keeping you clear and safe from any more viruses while you’re recovering!

Sweet Fennel

While essential oils won’t be your cure to the flu, they can help with the symptoms and making things more comfortable.

Sweet Fennel essential oil seems to have all the relief needed when you’re sick with the flu or bronchitis. With anti-inflammatory properties, this oil can help with flushing the bug or any impurities, constipation, reducing abdominal pain, and getting things moving in the gastrointestinal area.

Essential oils can be a less harmful, more natural alternative to over the counter drugs.


Aside from it’s happy-go-lucky scent that will throw a pep I’m your step after one whiff, Lemongrass has many uses for when you’re feeling ill. This uplifting scent will energize you when the fogginess of congestion has a hold of you and relieve your headache and simulate your immune system, as well.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s used to reduce fever and induce sweating to help the ill individual in fighting off the bug.

When you’re achy from head to toe, Lemongrass can give you relief for this, too! It reduces muscle aches and pains.


Rosemary has a light minty scent you won’t mind inhaling no matter how sick you feel. This delicate scent has many different benefits for when you’re under the weather. Aside from being uplifting and energizing your mood, it will help keep you focused.

Rosemary is antibacterial oil that will break up mucous and congestion in the lungs, sinuses, or circulatory system. It also helps fight off infections.


Unlike Peppermint essential oil’s energizing effect, Cedarwood will help break congestion in a calming way. It won’t boost circulation, because it’s a calming oil. Instead it will loosen phlegm and act as a sedative, reducing watery eyes, coughing, and a runny nose.

As a diuretic, Cedarwood is great for detoxing. It will flush out bacteria, waste, and toxins, helping you to heal faster!

The calming, woodsy smell of Cedarwood is very neutral, helping you sleep when you’re fighting a cold.


Lavender is another good oil for helping you get your sleep when your not feeling your best. Lavender is widely known for relaxing and helping to get a good night’s sleep, but this oil can also break up congestion and phlegm.

Try These 11 Essential Oils for Colds

Fighting a cold or flu is not exactly comfortable. Find comfort from your symptoms, fight off the bugs, boost your immune system, and get your sleep with the help of essential oils. These essential oils for colds could be the comfort you’ve been searching for!

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