Top 12 Essential Oils for Colds and Flu Season

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We’re in the midst of cold and flu season, and if my friends and family are any indication, this year’s germs are especially resilient. As we battle the latest bug to make its way into our house, I can’t help but wonder where they’re all coming from. Regardless of their origins (I blame the kids), I’ve developed trust in some natural remedies over the years aimed at easing the experience of colds and flu. As soon as someone starts to feel sick, I reach for certain essential oils that I know will help. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to help boost our wellness and there’s no better time than now to get going if you’re not using them already.

There are three ways to use therapeutic grade essential oils; aromatically (breathing in), topically (on the skin) and internally (ingesting). The one caveat I will stress is to BEG you to please, please, please check the quality of the essential oils you choose and ensure that they are therapeutic grade and safe for the method in which you’d like to use them. These days there are many budget essential oils available which just aren’t high quality and that’s not always obvious. One telling sign is the price…if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

I can recommend doTERRA essentials oils as I have used this as my brand of choice for many years and now have chosen to become a wellness advocate with them. You can read more about doTERRA and why I choose their products on my Getting Started with Essential Oils page or feel free to email me directly at and we can look at your needs.

Top 12 Essential Oils for Colds and Flu Season

Peppermint – When the scent of peppermint is in the air, folks know it! It helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and headache and promotes healthy respiratory function.

Lavender – Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep.

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways. Eucalyptus has purifying properties so diffuse in the air or wipe surfaces with it during cold/flu season.

Melaleuca – Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats or when taken internally, it promotes healthy immune function.

Frankincense – As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function and supports lung functions.

Lemon – Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day.

Clove – Clove has powerful antioxidant properties which can assist with throat irritations.

Ginger – Ginger is best known as a digestive aid and for helping to ease occasional indigestion and nausea.

Thyme – Thyme has specific chemistry that supports a healthy immune system.

Oregano – Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. Oregano can be taken frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further support the immune system.

dōTERRA On Guard® – doTERRA On Guard is a proprietary essential oil blend. It provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support. doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system

dōTERRA Breathe® – doTERRA Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara. doTERRA Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats



Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these ideas are not to be taken as medical advice– they are simply what works for us. Products, information, and descriptions presented here are for educational purposes of the traditional uses of essential oils only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counselling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses or complications should consult a qualified health care professional.


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  1. says

    Great post! I’m an acupuncturist and herbalist and use doTERRA in my clinic all the time! I have yet to try the Breathe blend, I don’t know why but I’m going to now!!

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