There is an increasing number of people who are turning to essential oils to help them combat and prevent illnesses like cough and colds. Most use essential oils to help them relax and fall asleep faster.

Essential oils are not only all-natural, but they’re highly effective because of the potency of their concentration. They do a great job at reducing the symptom of any illness by strengthening your immune system, and can also get rid of any harmful virus and bacteria in your environment!

They’re filled with a wide range of benefits like aiding circulation, antibacterial, antiviral, disinfectant, warming, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and act as a natural immune system support.

They can be utilized in different ways too, from oil diffusers, aromatherapy, steam inhalation, and blending it into your bath! In this post, we’re going to discuss the best essential oils for colds and the flu.

Peppermint Oil

It acts as an expectorant, which means it can get rid of mucus. When it comes to headaches that come with colds and the flu, you can expect peppermint oil not just to get rid of this, but also to reduce the chills and fevers you experience when you’re sick.

It’s personally one of our favorites for its menthol scent and cooling aroma, with just a hint of sweetness! Peppermint can revive energy and promote positivity, encouraging better concentration.

It also works wonders on sore, tired muscles, and stomach cramps. When used with a diffuser, it gets rid of airborne bacteria, decreasing the chances that you’ll get sick in the same environment again!

Oregano Oil

If you’re looking for a foolproof way to get rid of any upper respiratory sickness like coughs, oregano works as a powerful antibiotic! Research has also shown that oregano has incredible antioxidant properties, as well as antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antiviral functions. It also has analgesic effects, which makes it a powerful relief against sore throat, body pain, and other flu symptoms.

Eucalyptus Oil

This is probably one of the best weapons you’ll have against respiratory ailments! Put a few drops into an oil diffuser and let it work wonders for you. Eucalyptus oil works wonders to support your breathing, especially when you have mucus buildup or a stuffy nose.

We all have a difficult time getting quality sleep when we’re sick – often we wake up because our noses get too stuffy, or your chest feels heavy and congested. Eucalyptus provides antioxidant protection to the immune system.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil is a natural antiseptic and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. You can directly apply it onto your skin by rubbing it on your chest to reduce the feeling of congestion. In fact, tea tree oil is commonly applied topically to acne in order to reduce bacteria and inflammation. Moreover, it’s useful for helping you get rid of congestion, coughs, and sore throat.

You can also use tea tree oil to prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place. It keeps any sort of virus at bay by purifying the air around you, and you can also add a few drops to your palm and let it serve as your hand sanitizer!

Lemon Oil

Now, this one is pretty much the essential oil that can cure all. It can treat the flu, banish fever, alleviate fatigue, act as a decongestant, treat body pains, and of course, reduce cough and colds.

It has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that keep the virus at bay and fight them as needed. The best thing about this is that you don’t even have to purchase a bottle of lemon essential oil at the market, you can make your own.

Don’t toss away the rind or the peel – you can simply put them at the corner of every room to absorb bacteria in the air, toss them into your fireplace to release its oils, or boil them and let the steam engulf the air around you.

Clove Bud Oil

There’s a lot to be said about this one, so buckle up. It’s more popular as a spice (like cinnamon), and has been used in traditional medicine as something that was chewed on in order for people to get to the oils. When this was done, clove buds had a numbing effect on the mouth, particularly the teeth and gums.

Clove bud essential oils probably tick of all the items on the list – they stimulate your immune system to work better, they’re antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial! They help you manage pain, indigestion, coughs, colds, and the flu, even tired muscles and asthma.

Juniper Oil

First off, did you know that juniper berries are used to make Gin? If that’s not already a reason to like this essential oil, then here are a few more that can convince you – it’s a powerful diuretic, which means you’ll be able to quickly and more effectively flush out any virus or bacteria from your system.

Oils derived from juniper berry have astringent, antispasmodic, and antiseptic properties. They also stimulate the immune system, help with stomach aches, and can even be applied topically to areas of the body that suffer from arthritis, since it has an antirheumatic effect.

Marjoram Oil

It’s not only for respiratory illness, but it’s great at combating a whole bunch of other skin and health conditions. Did you know that when you take it in its tea form, marjoram can help alleviate the symptoms of food poisoning?

They also help you fight against skin infections because its antiseptic property prevents both internal and external wounds from becoming even more infected. You don’t need to worry about skin infections since marjoram oil is great at killing bacteria.

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