[:en]How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms[:]


Vital energy is necessary for taking action, maintaining good physical shape, and overall physical, mental, and emotional balance. This energy is stored and accumulated in our physical body. It supports all its functions, including the immune system.

Everyone has different amount of vital energy at a given point in time. Some people are born with an abundant access to physical energy. Of course, they might have a different issue – how and where to direct this excessive energy flow. Without proper direction, it can be erratic and even destructive.

In numerology, there are two numbers that can indicate the state of one’s physical health and overall energy level. These are numbers 4 and 2. People who don’t have 2’s and 4’s in their birth date can experience a deficit of vital energy that is often compensated using alcohol, drugs, coffee, sex, or something else. For these people, using preventative measures and paying extra attention to their health is crucial.

[clickToTweet tweet=”Essential oils are great for balancing our vital energy,” quote=”Essential oils are great for balancing our vital energy,” theme=”style3″] supporting it at times of peace, and restoring it at times of acute stress, such as cold or flu. Two weeks ago, I visited Chicago and caught a cold. When I returned home, I decided to go over my notes from Aromatherapy for Natural Living Course I took at the Aromahead Institute and Foundations of Aromatherapy I took at the School for Aromatic Studies. In this blog post, I have collected a list of resources for fighting clod and flu symptoms using essential oils that could be helpful to all of you.

10 Essential Oils to Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms

  1. Eucaliptus Globulus Oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune regulating properties. It is recommended for respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and infections, laryngitis. It clears the head especially when used with rosemary and peppermint, nasal congestion, coughs, cold, flu, pertussis.
  2. Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, aroma-906137_1280antifungal, antiviral, immune enhancing. It is used to remedy colds, flu, bronchitis, sinus infections or congestion, coughs, sore throat, tonsillitis, ear infections, lowered immunity, and lymph congestion.
  3. Peppermint Oil exhibits antimicrobial, antioxidant, pain-relieving activity, and stimulating properties. It helps with bronchitis, halitosis, spasmodic cough, common cold, congestion, sinusitis, flu.
  4. Cedarwood Oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and general health tonic properties. It efficiently eliminates coughs and removes phlegm from the respiratory tracts and lungs. A small amount of this oil can also help you relieve congestion and get a good night’s sleep when suffering from cough and cold.
  5. Lemon Oil has uplifting, cleansing, detoxing properties. It helps to release toxins, clears lymphatic congestion, and relieves anxiety.
  6. Rosemary Oil has Mild analgesic,antibacterial, antifungal effects. It has a direct relationship with the respiratory and pulmonary systems of the body. Its expectorant, excellent mucolytic properties make it a great respiratory decongestant. It also stimulates and increases the flow of energy within the body, clears the mind, and helps to improve short term memory.
  7. Frankincense Oil has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. It’s an all-around healer that exhibits strong immune-stimulating activity and supports lymph and respiratory systems.
  8. Lavender Oil balances and relaxes the nervous system and has analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory properties.
  9. Clary Sage Oil exhibits anti-inflammatory, moderate analgesic, and antidepressant activity. It’s a feminine hormone balancer, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, and wonderful nervous system relaxant.
  10. Black Pepper Oil has antibacterial, antispasmodic, and antioxidant properties.


5 Essential Oils Recipes to Relieve Congestion

Using these ten essential oils, File_000(9)I have made 5 natural remedies for cold and flu symptoms. My focus was on relieving congestion and strengthening the immune system in general. Of course, these remedies are also excellent as preventative measures. As with any other recipes, you can experiment with them and substitute one oil for the other.

It takes minutes to prepare each remedy. Except the tea, all of them can be used for days or even weeks. Once you have made your room spray, oil blend for the chest rub, bath soak and inhaler, you can keep enjoying them while they last.

  1. Antibacterial Room SprayFile_000(5)

 Lemon essential oil – 10 drops

Tea tree essential oil – 10 drops

Rosemary essential oil – 10 drops

2 oz (60 ml) distilled water

The room spray is ready in seconds. You can use it before going to bed and during the day. I also carry it with me when I travel, and use to refresh the air in a hotel room I’m staying at.

  1. Morning Chest RubFile_000(3)

 1 oz (30 ml) Vitamin E oil (or any other base oil)

Eucalyptus globulus essential oil – 5 drops

Peppermint essential oil – 5 drops

Black Pepper essential oil – 5 drops

This is a warming chest rub that also helps you breathe better.


  1. Healing Lemon-Rosemary Tea

Rosemary essential oil – 2 drops

Peppermint essential oil – 1 drop

Frankincense essential oil – 1 drop

Lemon essential oil – 3 drops

Your favorite tea – 1 cup

This was the greatest gem I discovered from my cold-fighting research experiment. I highly recommend this tea for you, regardless of your health condition. It is very refreshing, soothing, and energizing at the same time. Rosemary and lemon help to clear the mind and focus. Frankincense and peppermint uplift your mood. I added organic essential oils to my favorite blend of white tea from Tea Spot – Meditative Mind. It was a match made in heaven. In fact, I’m going to make another cup for myself right now!

  1. Cold Relief InhalerFile_000(1)

Cedarwood essential oil – 5 drops

Eucaliptus globulus essential oil – 5 drops

Tea tree essential oil – 5 drops

I used an empty inhaler and a label from the kit I purchased from Rivetree Life. It helped me to clear the congestion in minutes.


  1. Immune Support Bath Soak

Clary Sage essential oil – 6 drops

Frankincense essential oil – 6 drops

Lavender essential oil – 6 drops

Lemon essential oil – 6 drops

Tea tree essential oil – 6 drops

6 oz of Himalayan salt

1 tsp of jojoba oil (or almond oil)

This amount will be sufficient for about 6 baths. Immune Support Bath Soak with hot Healing Lemon-Rosemary Tea will help you to relax after a day at work and give you a boost of strength and vitality.

A Note about the Ingredients: Always use the best organic essential oils, such as the ones at Aromatics International and Lunaroma. This is what I learned from taking aromatherapy classes. Many commercial essential oils producers compromise the quality of essential oils for lower prices. Pure essential oils is produced from the specified botanical source and has not been modified in any way. Essential oils that has been altered may lose their therapeutic qualities and have reduced psychological effects.

If you liked this post, check also my blog post on Two Essential Oils Self-Care Recipes with sweet orange essential oil. These are also great for winter.

About the author

life_purpose_coachingTanya Ince, Ph.D, is a spiritual life coach, writer, numerologist, and trainer of Spiritual Technology methods of Zivorad Slavinski.  On her blog, Tanya writes about practical spirituality, natural living, numerology, spiritual growth, and personal development. You can connect with Tanya on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @TanyaCoaching.




Terry Green

Very interesting Tanya. I’ve heard so much about the benefits of essential oils, but have never tried them. I might have to give them a try … maybe on a small scale at first, to see if I notice any benefit. Thanks for sharing your “recipes” for different uses.


    Tanya Ince

    Thanks, Terry! It’s a form of expressing creativity for me. Room sprays are my favorite so far, because they are so easy to make and very helpful for creating a relaxing or energizing atmosphere in a room. Another very easy way to start using oils is simply putting a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil on the floor before taking a shower. Very energizing!


Anastasia Golovko

Tanya, I hope you will start selling these products soon. I know you make them for yourself, family and a few friends. I am lucky to use the antibacterial pillow-spray, that I just spray on my face ))) skip the intermediary. And it really has all the properties that are ‘advertised’. The Frankenstein oil (Frankincense Oil ) caught my attention ))) never heard of it.


    Tanya Ince

    Thanks for your encouragement! LOL…Frankenstein oil 🙂 is actually one of my favorites. It helps with meditation, clearing your mind of extra thoughts, and just uplifting your mood and increasing the vibration, in general. You might like it just by itself in a diffuser.


Jo Guerra

Love the antibacterial room spray idea and was just about to make some more, so thanks for the ideas. And although I am new to essential oils, I really like everything you can do with them.


    Tanya Ince

    You are very welcome, Jo! I’m glad you like the room spray idea. I love working with essential oils too.



Very good information to have on hand during cold and flu season…thank you! I can’t wait to try the Lemon Rosemary Tea with some honey that my friend’s honeybees made just for me!


    Tanya Ince

    Becky, you are very welcome! You’re going to love the tea, especially with some honey. Enjoy it!

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