How to use essential oils for colds and flu

How to use essential oils for colds and flu
How to use essential oils for colds and flu

During the autumn-winter season we suffer more often from colds and flu. Timely consultation with a doctor is extremely important so that we can control our condition at the very beginning. In addition to what is prescribed, there are some essential oils that we can add to recover faster and reduce discomfort. Check out some of them.

Caution, consult a specialist before use

Throat and chest massage

This is an aromatic way to relieve pain and heaviness in these areas. It is very important when applying essential oils to your skin, no matter what their purpose, that they are "diluted" with another carrier oil such as olive, almond, coconut, cocoaThis way you reduce the risk of skin irritations. But you could also do a sort of test by applying a drop of the oil to the inside of your wrist. If you do not feel irritation within a few minutes, you can use it added to some of these base oils.

For example, to a few drops of coconut oil, add 2-3 drops of cedar wood oil and frankincense. They are often used in combination as a cough and sore throat reliever. Other oils such as cypress, peppermint and helichrysum further help to open the airways

Apply the combination of oils with massaging movements on the chest and from the base of the ears to the neck, especially in the front, to relieve a sore throat.

For sinus massage - peppermint essential oil

Clogging of the sinuses, feeling of heaviness, pain, headache, are some of the most common and unpleasant ailments during colds and flu. Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender are cited as some of the best for relieving stuffy noses and inflamed sinuses.

You need 1-2 drops of some of these, you can also use them in combination to add to a base oil, such as coconut, cocoa. Gently massage the sinuses and forehead. Their aroma also works against stress. If you do inhalations, you can add some of these oils to the water.


Deep breaths, deep breaths… You may have noticed that when you have a cold and take a warm shower or bath, your nose becomes unblocked. Well, inhalation is also a great way to inhale steam with aromatic oils for quick recovery.

For runny nose, sore throat and sinus headache:

Combine 3-12 drops of lemon, lavender, or lime oil in a bowl or pot of water that you have previously boiled. You can use 1 type of oil or several in combination. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for a few minutes.

If you have a cough, you can add 3 - 12 drops of marjoram, lavender, cedar and mint oil to the water for inhalation.

Relax bath

If you have a bathtub, you can add the following essential oils to relieve symptoms such as fatigue, nasal congestion, sore throat. After filling the tub and adding an appropriate soap, shower gel, add 8-10 drops of some of these oils, and you can combine them - essential oils of lemon, tea tree, geranium, chamomile, thyme, lavender. After you have added the oils, use your hand to spread it nicely in the water and then you can dive in.

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