The 11 Best Essential Oils To Stockpile For Cold & Flu Season


It’s the time of year when the winter season bestows upon us its magical charms and beauty. Crystalized, winter landscapes lend to frosted-over ponds ripened for ice skating. Ice-capped mountains call upon the adventurous skier. And the snow-covered trees of the forest sound out for the hunters of the season.

For many homesteaders, spending time in the outdoors during winter is a way of life. Unfortunately, so is coming down with colds, and maybe even worse, the flu.

We all know the feeling ─ fatigue, the chills, bodily aches and pains, headache, congestion, sneezing and coughing ─ it’s a cold, or maybe worse yet, the onset of the flu. Before you reach for over the counter, synthetic cold medicines with many side effects, why not try a natural remedy instead? Using essential oils for colds and flu relief is a potent and effective, all-natural treatment and an excellent way of alleviating your symptoms. Furthermore, you can use essential oils to prevent cold and flu viruses from settling in by eliminating the viruses in your home, office, and car, and by strengthening your immune system with an all-natural boost.

That means it’s time to stockpile essential oils for the cold and flu season. Did you know that there are more than 200 types of viruses that cause the common cold?

With proper preventive measures, and with the right combinations of essential oils, you can stop cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

If you do end up coming down with a bug, essential oils have powerful healing properties.

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Cold And Flu Prevention, Fighting And Prevention Properties Of Essential Oils

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antimicrobial
  • Astringent
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Disinfectant
  • Warming
  • Aid in Circulation
  • Expectorant
  • Pain-Relieving
  • Natural Immune System Support

Methods Of Using Essential Oils

There are several methods of using essential oils for prevention of colds and flu relief. They are:

  • Diffuser/humidifier aromatherapy
  • Spray bottle disinfecting blends
  • Massage aromatherapy
  • Bath aromatherapy
  • Steam inhalation
  • Hot and cold compresses

I will go over the methods as I come to the remedy sections for each essential oil.

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11 Essential Oils You Should Stockpile

1. Oregano essential oil

Oregano can immediately relieve your cold and flu symptoms. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive and anti-allergenic properties.


I never recommend taking essential oils internally, but oil of oregano can be bought as an ingestible form. Make sure you stockpile with ingestible oil of oregano and as soon as you feel the symptoms of a cold coming on, place several drops under your tongue and let it sit for about 30 seconds before swallowing. This method of sublingual administration is a powerful way to absorb oregano essential oil quickly into your system.

Or, try this massage or diffuser blend:

  • 3 drops oregano essential oil.
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil.
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil.
  • 1 drop peppermint essential

Use the blend in your diffuser or humidifier to help relieve your symptoms. Or, add four teaspoons of a carrier oil and massage the blend onto your chest area or where you have inflammation or body aches or pains.

2. Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil comprises about 72% eucalyptol making it an effective remedy for chesty coughs and to ease breathing.

*Do not take eucalyptus essential oil orally, as it can be toxic.


To Relieve a Stuffed Up Nose: Use several drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser, with steam inhalation, a hot bath, or even in a vaporizer.


  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drop peppermint essential oil

To Prevent Airborn Infection From Spreading: Diffuse or vaporize ─

  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil

To Calm Chesty Coughs: Try this essential oil chest rub ─

  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil
  • Massage the blend into the chest, morning and evening

For an Aching Body: Use this combination in a hot bath, with a hot or cold compress, or with a carrier oil as a body massage blend ─

  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil for massage blend

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3. Cinnamon leaf essential oil

There are two types of cinnamon essential oils: bark and leaf. Both types of the oil come from the same tree, one from the bark and one from the leaves, and both have similar properties. However, we recommend cinnamon leaf essential oil for use in aromatherapy as it has milder results.

*Cinnamon leaf essential oil can still be a mild sensitizer, so be sure to complete a patch test before using it topically.

Cinnamon trees are not only famous for their spice and flavoring but also for their medicinal properties which have been used for centuries to help digestive, circulatory and immune-deficiency problems.

Cinnamon Leaf essential oil has anesthetic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties making it an ideal essential oil for colds and flu relief.


All of the below-listed remedies can be used as a massage oil with the added 4 tsp carrier oil, or eliminate the carrier oil to use in a diffuser, or use in a hot bath by cutting the recipes in half ─

To Boost Circulation, Blood Flow, and Warmth:

  • 2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 4 drops ginger essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil as a massage blend

To Relieve Indigestion and Nausea:

  • 2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 2 drops coriander seed essential oil
  • 4 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil as a massage blend

To Ease the Mind and Reduce Stress:

    • 4 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

6 drops orange essential oil

  • 4 tsp carrier oil for as a massage blend

To Relief Fatigue:

  • 4 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil as a massage blend

4. Lemon essential oil


Lemon is considered a cure-all fruit. It’s a natural healer and antiseptic, is great for reducing fevers, is a natural diuretic, and can fight off fatigue.

The great thing about lemon essential oil is that it is found right in the peel of the fruit. Therefore, you can boil lemon peels in a pot of water, let it cool, and drink it. The powerful, lemon-infused water will act as a natural diuretic, fight off fatigue, lower your fever, while at the same time, heal your body.

For an additional bonus, as the lemon peels boil, they also release essential oils into the air, which purifies your home.

Virus-fighting blend. Diffuse:

  • 5 drops lemon essential oil.
  • 3 drops lavender essential
  • 3 drops turmeric essential oil.
  • Or, 4 tsp carrier oil for massage blends.

5. Lavender essential oil

I’m sure you have heard of the powerful and wonderful healing powers of lavender essential oil. Lavender not only heals your body, aids in insomnia and takes away aches and pains, but it is also an anxiety-reducer.


Hot bath blend to relieve aches and pains and reduce anxiety:

  • 3 drops lavender essential oil.
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil.
  • 2 drops black pepper essential oil.

Sleep aid and decongestant:

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil.
  • 3 drops chamomile essential oil.
  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil.
  • Or, add 4 tsp carrier oil to create massage blends.

 6. Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil can help to progress concentration and battle fatigue. It’s perfect for soothing an upset stomach and relieving nausea.

Because of its potent concentration of menthol, using peppermint essential oil for cold and flu relief is ideal because menthol is valuable for relieving symptoms such as congestion and stuffed-up noses.

Furthermore, peppermint essential oil has a mild, warming effect, which is perfect for making sore and tense muscles feel better.


To ease an upset stomach and stop nausea:

  • Inhale peppermint oil from a tissue

A warming massage blend for aches and pains:

  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • 3 drops nutmeg essential oil.
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil.
  • 4 tsp carrier oil for a massage blend.

Steam inhalation blend to relieve congestion, clogged airways, and headaches:

  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil.
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil.
  • For a headache, add 2 drops lavender essential oil.
  • Boil hot water and pour into a bowl. Drape a towel over your head. Lean over the bowl and wrap the towel around the bowl while it is still draped over your head. This will contain the steam. Inhale deeply until the oils have dispersed from the water.

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7. Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary is cultivated all over the world as a cooking herb and for its medicinal uses due to its high camphor content. The ancient Greeks burned branches of rosemary as incense as its high content of essential oil makes a superbly fragrant smoke.

Rosemary essential oil is good for relieving cold and flu symptoms because of it is a warming oil, reduces aches and pains, aids in circulation, and relieves nausea.

*Avoid rosemary essential oil if you have epilepsy as its high camphor content can cause seizures. Also, do not use this oil during pregnancy.


To Fight Fatigue: Vaporize or add a carrier oil for a massage blend ─

  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Revitalize and Warm Aching Muscles:

  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Ease Backache: Take a hot bath with this blend ─

  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

To Relieve Nausea: Inhale or vaporize this blend ─

  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Add eucalyptus essential oil to aid in decongestion

8. Frankincense essential oil and

Frankincense essential oil has remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties. It has natural cold-fighting properties, such as antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties which make it an ideal essential oil for treating a cold or the flu. Frankincense is also useful for reducing anxiety which can help with worrying about missing work or important events when you get sick.


Hot Bath: The steam will act as a decongestant, and the blend will help to reduce aches and pains ─  

  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
  • Mix the oils in the bath water

Steam Inhalation: This will help relieve congestion and stuffed up airways ─ 

  • Add several drops of frankincense essential oil to a bowl of hot, steaming water, or add a blend of the oils mentioned above in the bath blend recipe.
  • Place a towel over your head, lean over the bowl and inhale the steam until all the oils have dissipated.
  • Repeat several times per day as needed for congestion and headache relief.

Hot or Cold Compress: For congestion and headache relief ─ 

  • Microwave a dampened washcloth and then add several drops of frankincense essential oil to it.
  • As a decongestant, add a drop of eucalyptus essential oil, as well.
  • For headache relief, add several drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Place the washcloth on your forehead or chest for fast relief.

9. Tea Tree essential oil

Tea tree essential oil contains antiseptic, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Using this essential oil for colds is excellent for diminishing coughs, bronchial congestion, and sore throats. Tea tree essential oil is also an excellent, natural disinfectant, so you can use it to kill germs on surfaces and in the air.

*Tea tree essential oil can be a mild sensitizer, so be sure to perform a patch test before using it for the first time.


As a Cough Remedy: Administer 8 – 12 drops of tea tree essential oil on your sinuses and neck areas.

Or, in your diffuser or Vaporizer ─

  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

As a Disinfectant: Add 25 drops of tea tree essential oil to a 16 oz spray bottle filled with water. Spray and wipe all surfaces in your home, especially those that have been in contact with sick individuals. Furthermore, spray doorknobs, light switches, remotes, keyboards, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and any other object that is often touched and shared amongst family members.

It’s also good to mop hardwood floors with this blend, and you can add lemon or pine essential oils for scent.

As a Massage Bend: To fight viral infections ─

  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil
  • Massage into your chest and the soles of your feet

Diffuser Blend: To disinfect the air in your home ─ 

  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

10. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to help to lower fevers and calm the nervous system. Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends lemongrass essential oil to ease stomach pains and also to relieve headaches, colds, the fl, and rheumatism.

Lemongrass essential oil has analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, diuretic, fungicidal, and sedative properties which make it a perfect essential oil for colds and flu relief.

*Note that lemongrass essential oil is a moderate irritant so make sure to do a skin patch test to be sure it won’t agitate your skin. Lemongrass is phototoxic, as well, so avoid use in the sunlight. Furthermore, it is best only to use 2 drops in your bath water as it can sting.


To Help Lift the “Foggy” Feeling: Inhale lemongrass essential oil straight from the bottle or place a few drops on a tissue or your pillowcase.

To Help Bad Dreams and Insomnia: Vaporize ─

  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

To Ease Bodily Aches and Pains: Massage Blend ─

  • 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops ginger essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Soothe an Upset Stomach: Use the mixture in a diffuser or as a massage blend ─

  • 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil as a massage blend

11. Clove bud essential oil

The clove tree is an intensely aromatic, evergreen tree from Indonesia, producing the clove “nails” that are so well-known as a spice. For centuries, dried cloves have been chewed on to release their essential oils which have a strong numbing effect on toothache and gum discomfort and is still used as an antiseptic, pain relieving remedy today. The essential oil from ripe cloves is too strong to use in aromatherapy, but the unripe buds of the flowers produce an oil that is gentler, yet still wonderfully fresh, warming and spicy.

Clove bud essential oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral and stimulating properties. Clove oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, coughs, headache, aching muscles, stress, blood impurities and asthma.

*Clove essential oil can be mildly irritating, so perform a patch test before use and only use a couple of drops in bathwater if you have sensitive skin.


Use each blend as a massage oil with an added carrier oil or in a diffuser without the carrier oil. Recipes can always be used in a hot bath by reducing the ingredients in half ─

To Improve Blood Flow and Aching Muscles:

  • 2 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 6 drops mandarin essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Boost the Immune System:

  • 2 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 4 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Strengthen Mental Weakness:

  • 3 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 3 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

To Relieve Chesty Coughs:

  • 2 drops clove bud essential oil
  • 4 drops myrtle essential oil
  • 4tsp carrier oil

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please first consult with a qualified health professional.

  • If you are not sure how to use essential oils for cold and flu relief, ask for the advice of your doctor or a licensed natural health practitioner.
  • If you are pregnant, suffer from hypertension or have epilepsy, you should avoid rosemary and clove bud essential oils. Again, ask your doctor of any questions.
  • Remember that essential oils with a citrus note are sensitizing and phototoxic, so use these oils sparingly, especially if you are going outdoors.
  • Although reactions are rare with proper use, always perform a patch test before using a new essential oil to ensure you will not have an allergic response to it.

In conclusion, we hope that these essential oils for colds and flu relief will help to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings of nausea, aches, pains and discomfort, congestion, fatigue, and anxiety that you experience when you are feeling ill.

And, if you found this information useful, please “Like it” and share it with your friends so that they can learn how essential oils for colds and flu relief can help them, as well.

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