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.
10 Essential Oils for Colds and How to Use Them
Cinnamon Essential Oil
There are a lot of health benefits to cinnamon oil. It is a natural antiseptic that can help your body fight off the virus. It also boosts circulation and blood flow, as well as relieving indigestion and nausea.
Cinnamon oil is also used to decrease inflammation in the throat, so it relieves sore throats, sore lungs and suppresses coughing.
The best way to use cinnamon oil is to diffuse it into the air or add it to a steam inhalation.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
If you walked into your local drug store and looked at the cold remedies on the shelf, you will see a common ingredient, eucalyptus. There is a reason for this, eucalyptus has antimicrobial effects that fight against fungus, bacteria, and viruses. It is a natural cough suppressant and mucus expectorant.
Eucalyptus essential oil is a prime ingredient in chest balm and cold relief bath products. It is worth mentioning that eucalyptus is an external cold aid. You don’t want to ingest eucalyptus in any form, it is toxic to people.
Obviously, eucalyptus oil is most effective in a steam inhalation or diffused through the air. It also works well as a massage oil and a warm compress.
Frankincense Essential Oil
This earthy scent is known as a natural antiseptic and mucus expectorant. So not only does it disinfect the surfaces in your home but it helps loosen that annoying mucus that makes a cold so miserable.
Inhalation is the best approach to use Frankincense essential oil. A steam inhalation and warm compresses are soothing additions to your cold treatment and can help you breathe a little easier.
Ginger Essential Oil
Much like eucalyptus, ginger is a common ingredient in cold medicines. Especially if the medicine is “all natural.” Ginger is able to expel phlegm and mucus from your chest and lungs.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve sinus pain. Plus if you don’t have much of an appetite, the scent of ginger may help.
Diffuse ginger essential oil into the air to get the most benefit or add it to a steam inhalation.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is an overall great cold remedy. It is not only a natural fever reducer but it boosts your immune system. Lemongrass eases headaches, muscle pain, and congestion.
Lemongrass is ideal for massage oil and vaporizing treatments. It has a citrus note which energizes some people.