Essential Oils for Colds & Flu

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Best Essential Oils for Colds & Flu

There are so many over the counter drugs you can buy for colds & flu, but who knows what’s actually in them & if it really works ?

Now as I was growing up I always remember some of my elders saying ” a cold takes 3 days to come & 3 days to go “. That means we usually only suffer the worst of a cold for 2 to 3 days maximum. Seeing we don’t seem to have a cure for a cold or flu, we can only alleviate the symptoms.

Over the past few years I have researched and tested on myself & the wife, the effects of essential oils on colds & flu.

Let’s start with the symptoms of a cold or flu.

  • Headaches
  • Blocked Nose
  • Body Aches & Pains
  • Runny Nose
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Times 10 for men ! lol

Now as normal I will be doing my top 3 essential oils. I could list a lot more, but I try and keep it simple, Otherwise you will all end up with bottles of essential oils all over your homes ! Just like me. I have added a few more on this list, for blending together to give better results. So without further a do, here we go.

Top 3 Essential Oils for Colds & Flu

EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Antibacterial & Anti-inflammatory. Plenty of things here to help with colds & flu. Antiseptic & Antibacterial will help kill the bugs, Decongestant helps clear the nasal passages & Anti-inflammatory will help with the sore throat.

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Stimulant. Antiseptic as above. Antiviral will also kill the bugs & Stimulant will give you a uplifting feeling.

LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Disinfectant, Anti-infection. Disinfectant & Anti-infection will prevent the bug spreading around. Lemon is used in a lot of the cold remedies bought in chemists.

These are my top 3 but I must list another 7. Any mixed with the above will help relieve cold symptoms.

LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antidepressant, Antibacterial, Antiseptic. All good for relieving colds, but the Antidepressant will help you relax. This is still my favourite essential oil !

ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Anti-inflammatory, relieves muscle & aches & pains, as well as improving memory.

FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL :  Properties include, Antiseptic, Sedative, Tonic, Disinfectant. The sedative will help you sleep.

CITRONELLA ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antibacterial. All good for helping you with a colds & flu.

CAMPHOR ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antiseptic, Decongestant, Anti-inflammatory, Disinfectant. Another fantastic essential oil to help with colds & flu

GARLIC ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Antifungal, Antiviral, Calming, Decongestant, Disinfectant, Analgesic, Tonic, Stimulant. We all know that garlics good for you ? It has so many properties, all that will help relieve cold symptoms.

PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL : Properties include, Menthol, It is a good calming oil & will help aching sore muscles.

My top 3 essential oils will mix together, or with any of the other 7 listed.

Receipt for Burner or Diffuser 

This is for per 100ml.



2 Drops TEA TREE


1 Drop LEMON

All these oil have all the ANTIs in them to help relive the nose, chest, muscles, give a feeling of wellbeing & even kill the bugs around your home.

Boiling Water & Towel Therapy



2 Drops GARLIC

1 Drop LEMON

Place essential oils in the bowl add boiling water, place a towel over your head and the bowl & breath in the vapours from the boiling water.

Essential Oils in Your Bath

10 Drops LAVENDER : On it’s own just as a relaxer & calmer.

Or 4 Drops TEA TREE



Just add the essential oils as you are running the bath.

Use on a Hand Towel

Another way is to place a few drops on a hand towel or handkerchief. I always avoid putting them on bedding or clothing. EUCALYPTUS & PEPPERMINT are good for this method, helping clear the nose for a better nights sleep.


These essential oils can already be found in some over the counter medicines, EUCALYPTUS can be found in OLBAS OILS. LEMON in LEMSIPS, I could list a lot more, just check for yourself the next time you look at buying any cold remedy  products. But from my tests they do not work any better then the essential oils. I would even say the essential oils work better, with been able to increase or decrease the amount of essential oil you use. Plus the oils work out cheaper in the long run. How many products have you seen that you can use in a burner or diffuser to help with colds & flu ? I have seen none !

If you would like more information on the diffuser or essential oil book. click on the images.

Thank you for spending the time to read my post

If you have any suggestions or receipts for me to try.

Leave a comment below.









  1. I’m so excited to try out some of these recipes!! I do have several of the oils mentioned, but if there is a recipe you give and I don’t have one, is it okay to just leave it out or do I screw up the point?

    1. Hi
      I find it interesting to try different mixes of essential oils. That’s how i found some of my best recipes & some of my worse !!! lol
      You could always buy a book of recipes ? You can find links through out my website.
      Thanks for the interesting comment

  2. I consume raw garlic as a preventative measure and to fights colds and flu but I had no idea that there was such a thing as garlic essential oil. It must really smell super strong! Can you also take it straight up as I know that some essential oils are not safe?

    1. Hi Vanessa
      I would never advice anyone to take any essential oils orally. It’s like me telling you to take medication, when I don’t know anything about you past health history. Saying that you are braver then me for eating raw garlic ! You should never be troubled by vampires ? lol
      Thanks for your comment
      stay fit & healthy

  3. You list some of the essential oils that I was raised on. I was raised by my grandmother and she is old school. So everytime I get sick, no meds for me…essential oils only. Guess what they actually works. I think that now that we are older, we tend to forget about the effectiveness of these remedies. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Kay
      Thanks for the comment.
      You are so right, grandmothers the world over had to use what was available to them & they would have had the receipts passed down from there mothers & grandmothers. I think slowly we are all going back to nature ? We are more informed what are in the medication we take today & starting to not like the look of them.
      Thank you again
      Stay fit & healthy

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