Essential Oils for Colds: Natural Remedies to Boost Immunity

Essential oils for colds have been used for centuries as a natural remedy to alleviate symptoms and boost the immune system. I've personally found them to be a game-changer when it comes to fighting off those nasty bugs that leave you feeling miserable. But here's the thing - not all essential oils are created equal, and using them correctly is key to reaping their benefits.

Let's explore essential oils for colds and discover how these potent plant extracts can help you breathe easier, soothe that scratchy throat, and get you back on your feet faster. Trust me, once you experience the power of these natural remedies, you'll wonder how you ever managed without them.

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The Science Behind Essential Oils for Colds

You might be wondering, 'Do essential oils really work for colds, or is it just a bunch of hype?'Thankfully they do work and can be easily incorporated into yhour daily routine. A 2010 study found that certain essential oils have potent antiviral properties. They can actually help reduce viral particles by up to 90%, which is huge. 

Essential oils for colds can also help with symptom relief. They've been shown to have anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. These can help you breathe easier and feel more comfortable while your body fights off the infection.

Top Essential Oils for Colds

Now that we know essential oils for colds are backed by science, let's talk about which ones are the most effective for fighting colds. I've tried countless combinations over the years, and these are my top picks:

1. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is like the superhero of essential oils for colds. Its main component, 1,8-cineole, is a powerful decongestant and cough suppressant. I always reach for this one when I'm feeling stuffed up.

2. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil can help clear your sinuses, soothe sore throats, and relieve headaches. Plus, that cooling sensation is pure bliss when you're feeling feverish.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is nature's antiseptic. It's great for fighting off the bacteria that can lead to secondary infections when you have a cold.

4. Lavender Oil

Don't underestimate the power of rest when you're sick. Lavender oil can help you relax and get the sleep you need to recover faster.

5. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is packed with vitamin C and can help boost your immune system. It's also great for clearing out toxins and supporting your lymphatic system.

Lively Living have a extensive range of Organic Essential Oil blends that combine different oils to bring out the best properties in each other. 

Winter Rescue Remedy, Breathe, Sniffles and Chest, are all popular favourites and used by families Australia wide. 


Winter Welness Essential Oil trio

How to Use Essential Oils for Colds

Knowing which oils to use is only half the battle. Using them correctly is crucial for getting the most benefit and avoiding any potential side effects. Here are my favorite methods:


This is probably the easiest way to use essential oils for colds. Just add a few drops to your diffuser and let it work its magic. I like to use a blend of eucalyptus and peppermint when I'm congested. Lively Living have Australias best range of quality diffusers to suit your style, need and budget. 

Steam Inhalation

For quick relief, try steam inhalation.

Here's how:

  1. Boil a pot of water.
  2. Remove from heat and add 3-5 drops essential oil.
  3. Drape a towel over your head and the pot.
  4. Inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.

Be careful not to get too close to the steam to avoid burns.

Topical Application

Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, but always dilute them first with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil. A small 20ml bottle of Coconut oil and a roll on bottle, is included with our Choose any 5 Oils Set. 

Essential Oil Blends for Cold Relief

While single oils are great, I've found that blending different essential oils for colds can create a powerhouse of relief.


Here's one of my favorite recipes:

Eucalyptus Oil
3 drops
Peppermint Oil 2 drops
Lavender Oil 2 drops
Tea Tree Oil 1 drop


Mix these oils together and use them in your diffuser or for steam inhalation. It's like a natural cold and flu bomb.


Safety Precautions When Using Essential Oils for Colds

As amazing as essential oils are, they're also incredibly potent. It's crucial to use them safely. Here are some tips I always follow:

  1. Always dilute oils before applying them to the skin.
  2. Do a patch test before using a new oil.
  3. Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.
  4. Don't ingest essential oils unless under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist.
  5. Use caution with children and pregnant women - some oils aren't safe for these groups.

Beyond Essential Oils: Holistic Approaches to Cold Relief

While essential oils for colds are a fantastic tool, they work best as part of a holistic approach to health. Here are some other strategies I use to kick colds to the curb:

  1. Stay hydrated - water, herbal teas, and broths are your best friends.
  2. Get plenty of rest - your body needs energy to fight off the virus.
  3. Eat immune-boosting foods - think garlic, ginger, and citrus fruits.
  4. Use a humidifier - keeping the air moist can help ease congestion.
  5. Practice good hygiene - wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading the virus.

FAQs about essential oils for colds

What essential oils are good for colds?

The best essential oils for colds include eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and lemon. Each of these oils offers unique benefits, from decongestion to immune support.

What essential oils are good for a stuffy nose?

For a stuffy nose, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils are particularly effective. Their decongestant properties can help clear nasal passages and make breathing easier. Add a few drops to a diffuser at night. For babies and young children, our Rechareable Nasal Aspirator is a popular motorised device that removes nasal congestion in seconds. 

Does eucalyptus oil help colds?

Yes, eucalyptus oil is excellent for colds. It has strong decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve many cold symptoms, especially congestion and cough.

What essential oil blend is good for colds and a sore throat?

A blend of eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oils can be effective for colds and sore throats. You might also consider adding a drop of lemon oil for its immune-boosting properties.


Essential oils for colds are more than just a pleasant aroma - they're a powerful tool in your natural health arsenal. From fighting off viruses to easing symptoms and boosting your immune system, these potent plant extracts can make a real difference in how you experience and recover from colds.

Remember, while essential oils can be incredibly effective, they're not a substitute for medical care. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, always consult with a healthcare professional. But for those everyday sniffles and coughs? Essential oils might just be the secret weapon you've been looking for.

So next time you feel a cold coming on, don't just reach for the over-the-counter meds. Give essential oils a try. Your nose (and the rest of your body) will thank you.

Yours in good health.

Lively Living Team