TOP 10 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR COLDS AND FLU

1. Oregano

Antiviral and antibacterial, oregano essential oil helps boost the immune system and is perfect for combating infections. You can even use it to make a natural hand sanitizer.

2. Thyme

If your immune system needs a boost (or your liver needs a detox), turn to thyme oil, one of the original ingredients in Listerine! This oil also has antiseptic properties, and can be used to stimulate circulation in those with sports injuries, pains and strains.

3. Eucalyptus

This antiseptic and antibacterial oil is often found in cough drops and ointments (if you’ve ever used VapoRub, you’ve smelled it). Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the immune system and combats inflammation in the lungs. Use it to make your own steam inhalation remedy, great for healing sinus infections.

4. Lime

Like its cousin orange oil, lime oil has tons of uses. It’s antiseptic, antibacterial and  antiviral, meaning it will help your immune system fight off germs left and right. It can also be added to natural household cleaners, and is great at removing sticker residue and gum from surfaces.

5. Frankincense

Great for coughs, frankincense oil is said to be a natural remedy for the lungs. Use it in this DIY antiseptic spray, too, in order to protect wounds.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil just smells healthy! Not only is it great for digestion, it’s beneficial to the respiratory system. And you can make your own toothpaste with it!

7. Hyssop

Hyssop helps with respiratory infections (like bronchitis) and supports the lungs. If you get chronic bronchitis or just have a pesky cough that won’t go away, try this one out. It’s also said to help with water retention and bruises.

8. Lemon

When earaches or swelling in your lymph nodes has you feeling icky, rub a little lemon oil (with carrier oil) around your ears and/or lymph nodes to allow them to drain. Lemon oil also helps energize, making it perfect for a DIY air freshener.

9. Clove

Known for its toothache-remedying powers, clove oil is also anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-bacterial. It’s often mixed with cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary in a blend called Thieves Oil. \

10. Ginger

If nausea is what’s getting you down (that darn flu!), opt for ginger essential oil, which can also soothe flu-related aches and pains.


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