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The Best Essential Oils For Colds

Getting sick and is never something any of us look forward to. And while the common cold may seem benign, this viral infection never feels harmless. From the stuffed nose and snot, chest congestion, feelings of weakness, headaches, and red and itchy eyes it’s important for us to prepare our immune system for the long winter fight against illness.

But it doesn’t have to be such an uphill battle, strengthening our immune systems can be as easy as a simple as adding a little routine to your day. Essential oils are a great option when it comes to preventing sickness and promoting health, and have been used throughout history as a cold remedy!

What Are Essential Oils?

the best essential oils for coldsOils are actually herbs which have been distilled down into a potent liquid form. You can use essential oils in various ways, from inhalation, direct contact with the skin, ingestion, or through salves and other products.

The constituents of essential oils have been shown to be very powerful with potent medicinal attributes. More recently, scientists have found oils to be antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, reduce stress and anxiety, lower depression, stop pain, reduce the number of headaches, enhance sleep and more. The list goes on and on, and when it comes to strengthening your immune system and preventing colds, oils are some of the best medicinals to use.

Don’t be scared of cold season anymore, prepare yourself and your body for anything. Not only are they easy to use, but they smell amazing. Below are my top 5 essential oils for colds.

Best Essential Oils For Colds

PictureType of Essential OilHealth BenefitsWhy We Like ThemBuy
  1. Plant Therapy Germ Fighter Synergy Oil Blend

best essential oils for coldsPlant Therapy’s Germ Fighter blend is an incredibly popular oil which promises to prevent colds and clean your home. This versatile blend has a variety of germ fighting ingredients including, lemon, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and rosemary. Don’t be afraid to use it in your oil diffuser and clean your house with it at the same time! Dilute the oil with white vinegar in a spray bottle for an all-natural house cleaning solution. If you’re looking to use while sick, don’t hesitate. For those suffering from breathing issues, make sure to diffuse in your home, or dilute with a carrier oil and place on the bottom of your feet. With an average rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon, I’d say this blend is something everyone should have in their medicine cabinet.

2. Edens Garden Cold & Flu Essential Oil Kit

best essential oils for colds I personally love kits, as they are the most simple and self-explanatory method to learn essential oils for all their uses. Each kit is designed to give you the best options for whatever you are trying to treat, and the cold and flu kit is no exception. Every single oil and blend in this box are made to help you feel better and recover while feeling sick. It includes digest ease, eucalyptus, fighting five, immunity, respiratory ease, and sleep ease, all formulated to help you recover from the dreaded winter cold. Each one is worth buying separately, but together, it’s a no-brainer. This is a MUST for anyone who usually gets sick during the winter season (or any season for that matter).

3. Living Pure Respiratory & Sinus Relief Blend

best essential oils for colds

This blend is able to open sinuses, relieve congestion, and is effective for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds, and more. I really like this blend because it smells AMAZING, and it really helped my mom overcome her seasonal allergies. The painful pressure that usually builds up around the face is dissipated, and when used as a chest rub it helps open your chest so you can breathe easier. I like to use this blend by placing a few drops on my chest, inhaling it, or using it in a diffuser.

4. Prime Natural Breathe Blend

best essential oils for coldsWith ingredients such as eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, lavender, cardamom, and bay, this clean smelling blend immediately opens your airways and allows you to take a deep breath in. Inhale directly from the palms of your hand, rub on your chest, use in a diffuser, place on your pillows, or even place a few drops on the bottom of your feet. This blend works for fast recovery from colds, coughs, and any type of chest congestion. This brand sells high-quality oils for a great price and can be comparable to Do Terra. I’ve known many people to use this blend after having trouble breathing, and relief was just a short time away.

5. Aviano Botanicals Breathe Again Blend

best essential oils for coldsAnother gem when it comes to essential oils, Aviano’s take on a cold blend includes peppermint, spearmint, lavender, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus. This works great for sinus infections, helping you breathe again and releasing a lot of the tension associated with sinus infections. If you suffer from a lot of these infections, this blend will help shorten the amount of time you spend suffering. When it comes to getting a cold, sore throat, or runny nose this blend will help you sleep better through the night and let you wake up feeling healed and fresh again. I diffused this in my room plenty of nights when feeling sick and it has completely saved me from endless nights of a gross, stuffed nose.


Being sick doesn’t mean you have to give up days or weeks of your life in order to recover and feel better. Using essential oils is a great way to strengthen your immune system, so you don’t get sick in the first place, shorten the days you feel gross, and clear up any type of congestion in your chest. You’ll be able to breathe easier, sleep better, and stay healthier longer. Don’t be afraid of touching your co-workers again, or shaking hands with that snotty stranger. If you have these oils on your side, you’re going to be just fine!





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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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