Eucalyptus is considered one of the best essential oils for congestion and acts as an antibacterial, anti-allergen, and pain reliever.
Cinnamon has two types of essential oils: bark and leaf. Both types have similar properties, but cinnamon leaf is a more moderate oil for aromatherapy. Cinnamon’s anesthetic, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties make it ideal for cold and flu relief.
Rosemary offers antibacterial and pain-relieving qualities and can help clear away congestion in the nose or throat. Add it to a diffuser, bath, or directly inhale after putting a drop on a cotton ball.
Basil is known to help fatigued or sore muscles and joints by relieving swelling and pain. It is also used to treat indigestion and nausea.
Pine oil is antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, antiseptic, and energizing essential oil. The needed properties to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Cypress is an excellent oil for cold and flu relief because of its ability to ward off toxins. It is also antispasmodic and a natural anti-inflammatory.
Thyme is antiviral, fights fatigue, and is a common stress reliever and antidepressant. Thyme can lower your congestion while keeping your energy levels up throughout the duration of your illness.
Grapefruit oil is known to ease nervousness, relieve indigestion, and improve mental clarity. It is a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, lymphatic, and antiseptic.
Peppermint is a potent antiviral with a high concentration of methanol, which can help treat sinus headaches, congestion, and coughs.
Lavender is an analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory that may suppress cough symptoms and help eliminate sinus congestion.
11. Tea Tree
Tea tree oil may be effective for cold and flu symptoms because of its powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Lemon essential oil is an effective cough and congestion remedy because of it’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
Thieves can aid in flu symptom relief due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. Thieves oil is a blend of lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and clove oil.
Oregano is a potent antibacterial and expectorant properties that may help cure dry and irritated throats.
Frankincense acts as an antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant to help naturally fight the cold.
What do these words mean?
Anesthetic – a substance that causes insensitivity to pain.
Astringent – causing the contraction of body tissues.
Analgesic – acting to relieve pain.
Antiseptic – effective against the growth of disease-causing microorganisms.
Anti-Inflammatory – effective against inflammation.
Antiviral – effective against viruses.
Antibacterial – effective against bacteria.
Antifungal – effective against fungal growth.
Anti-Allergen – intended to prevent or minimize an allergic reaction.