10 Essential Oils to Fight Cold & Flu Season This 2020

Most cases, having the flu means increasing self-care as you wait for the infection to run its course. One effective method of self-care is using essential oils as a topical rub or for aromatherapy. These strongly scented oils can help alleviate your flu symptoms, mostly by clearing your nasal passage and reducing headaches. Some oils may even have antiviral benefits to help treat infections and reduce fever. Keep reading to learn how to use these oils and which ones to use for the flu.

How to use essential oils for the flu

Inhalation is the most beneficial way to use essential oils for the flu. You can inhale essential oils by sniffing the bottle directly or adding a few drops of oil to a cotton ball or handkerchief. This method helps clear your nasal passages so you can breathe better. The oils may also help you sleep better and destress.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to:

  • a diffuser, to clean the air
  • dilute in a carrier oil and add to steamy bathwater
  • a carrier oil, for massaging the head, neck, or feet
  • a large bowl of hot water, for steam inhalation
  • hot or cold compresses

Benefits

Benefits depend on the application and type of oil. For example, the menthol and cooling effects of peppermint oil may work better in a chest rub than in a diffuser. With topical applications, be sure to dilute the oil before applying it to your skin. You can use an ounce of carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for every few drops of essential oil.

Oil Benefits

lemon clears your nasal passages and allows for steady breathing

lavender relieves stress, fatigue, depression, and headaches

peppermint reduces coughs, sinusitis, and throat infections

thyme has an antibacterial activity to help fight respiratory infections

eucalyptus reduces fevers and fights viruses

tea tree oil inhibits bacteria and fights infections

chamomile relieves cold and flu symptoms

clove (eugenol) has antiviral and antifungal properties to clean surfaces or air

cinnamon can clean surfaces or air

rosemary is a nontoxic way to clean surfaces or air

Uplifting and Motivating: doTERRA Cheer®, doTERRA Motivate®, and Neroli Touch

Any oil in the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ System can be used to help alleviate negative emotions that arise during the winter, but two oils, in particular, can help bolster your mood when you are unhappy or discouraged. doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend combines citrus and spice oils to provide a boost when you need cheering up. doTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend utilizes the calming and uplifting benefits of citrus and mint oils to energize you, give you the courage to face pessimism and doubts, and help create feelings of self-assurance. 

Another excellent oil for relieving occasional anxious or unsettled feelings is doTERRA Neroli Touch. Apply Neroli Touch to your palms and cup your hands over your nose, breathing deeply, to feel more relaxed and at peace. Use Neroli Touch, doTERRA Cheer, or doTERRA Motivate (or combinations of the three) on your wrists or the back of your neck to help lift your spirits and bring a little sunshine back into your day. 

Smooth Skin: Rose Touch and Lavender

Cold, dry, and windy weather leave skin dry and irritated. Rose oil is known to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and has a calming and bright aroma.* Use Lavender oil, and doTERRA Rose Touch oil with your moisturizer to soothe, moisturize, and ease occasional irritation and dryness, bringing back a balance of moisture to your skin.* Together these oils can be especially useful for soothing chapped knuckles, elbows and knees.

Well-being and Clear Breathing: doTERRA On Guard®, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint

The changing seasons bring an onslaught of environmental threats. To help protect against seasonal threats and support healthy immune function, diffuse doTERRA On Guard in your home.* There are many great doTERRA On Guard products to aid in supporting healthy immune function.*

A few oils to use to help promote clear breathing include Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil. Apply over the chest, add to steamy bathwater, or diffuse at night to aid in promoting feelings of open airways. Be careful to dilute both Eucalyptus and Peppermint for skin sensitivity. (For young or particularly sensitive essential oil users, consider using Melaleuca and Spearmint oil in place of Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Both are gentler oils that can assist in feelings of clear breathing.)

Digestion and Appetite: DigestZen® and Slim & Sassy®

Whether you have a New Year’s resolution to eat smarter, you are recovering from poor holiday eating, or you just want to give extra care to your digestive system, these two oils can help alleviate discomfort and support healthy digestive function. 

10 Essential Oils to Fight  Cold & Flu Season This 2020

Fennel, Peppermint, and Ginger are just a few of the oils starring in DigestZen, the “tummy tamer” blend. Put a few drops of DigestZen in your water or rub on your stomach or the bottom of your feet to help relieve occasional stomach discomfort.*

Slim & Sassy blend not only helps to curb cravings and manage your appetite but also helps support a healthy metabolism when taken internally.* The aromas of Grapefruit and Cinnamon, along with Lemon, Peppermint, and Ginger, are also uplifting and comforting. A few drops of Slim & Sassy in a glass of cold water can help you manage cravings and ease discomfort.*

Which oils help you get through the most challenging parts of winter? Let us know in the comments!

Photos by Sachin Ghataaura

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