There is nothing more frustrating than being laid up with a cold and not able to get some relief. Essential oils are a great addition to the classic treatments doctors suggest for cold symptoms. However, some essential oils for colds are better than others to help you cope.
It is important to remember that essential oils are never meant to be a cure for an illness. Always combine essential oils with doctor-approved treatments and see a doctor if you experience:
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- High fever
- A fever that lasts more than a week.
Let’s take a look at how to use essential oils for colds and the best ones to choose.
How to Use Essential Oils for Colds
There are five methods for applying an essential oil to your cold treatment.
- Massage oil – You should never apply undiluted essential oils to your skin as they are very potent and may irritate the skin. For topical application it is best to use a carrier oil like almond oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil with essential oils. This can then be used for massage.
- Diffusion – Here are a few different methods for diffusing essential oils but one of the most popular is by using one of the lovely essential oil diffusers on the market.
- Steam inhalation – Steam inhalation is when you place the essential oil in a steaming pan of water. You then cover your head (usually with a towel) over the steam to inhale it.
- Warm compress – Combine your essential oil with a small amount of liquid soap in a bowl of warm water and soak a towel in it to lay around your neck.
- The handkerchief method – Drop a few drops of essential oil on to a handkerchief and press it close to your mouth and nose to smell it when cold symptoms flare up.