Shingles affects one in three Americans every single year. This frustrating virus is a risk for most people and can be difficult to manage for those that end up developing it. While there are many medical ways to fight off this virus that work, finding ways to cope with the symptoms is also extremely important. One natural treatment option is using essential oils. In this article, we discuss the 5...
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s so important to build our immune systems and protect our health, especially with the cold season approaching. Essential oils are a safe and easy way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the common cold, if you educate yourself and use them responsibly. It’s also important to remember to eat more fruits and vegetables, and go outside and get some sunlight as much as you can. Essential oils are a great tool to use, but if you’re going to avoid getting sick you must first listen to and take care of your body. That being said, here are some of the best essential oils for colds.
It is very important to mention the potency and potential harm essential oils may cause. If used incorrectly, or at too high of a dosage, or if certain essential oils are not diluted enough, it may cause harm to your body. It is best to dilute your essential oil with something close to the oils your skin produces, or something very safe for your skin like coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.
If you use these magical plants with intention and thoughtfulness, you can receive the benefits they have to offer. It is also worth mentioning that using essential oils in your routine is a long game- you may not always see immediate results, but you sure will see them.
The essential oils I’m going to talk about have been clinically proven to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal and improve people’s immunity response. There are countless essential oils for colds.
Don’t underestimate the power of nature!
One study done by MicrobiologyOpen tests the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of 3 essential oil blends, of which 4 essential oils were used.
These 5 oils proved to stop the growth of all the bacterias, viruses, and funguses they tested:
1. Cinnamon bark oil- Cinnamomum zeylanicum
2. Carrot seed oil- Daucus carota
3. Eucalyptus oil- Eucalyptus globulus
4. Rosemary oil- Rosmarinus officinalis
5. Clove oil- Syzygium aromaticum
One blend in the study consisted of “Cinnamomum zeylanicum CT cinnamaldehyde (bark), Syzygium aromaticum CT eugenol (Synonymous: Eugenia caryophyllus Sprengel, cloves), and Origanum vulgare CT carvacrol (aerial parts), 1.04% of Daucus carota CT carotol (seed), and 88.35% of Camelina sativa oil (seed)”. Another consisted of “equal parts (3.53% each) of Cinnamomum zeylanicum CT cinnamaldehyde (bark), Syzygium aromaticum CT eugenol (Synonymous: Eugenia caryophyllus Sprengel, cloves), and Origanum vulgare CT carvacrol (aerial parts), 1.04% of Daucus carota CT carotol (seed), and 88.35% of Camelina sativa oil (seed)” (MicrobiologyOpen).
Basically, both blends used in the study had cinnamon, clove, oregano, and carrot seed, all in a career oil of camelina sativa oil.
The essential oil blend used in this study reminds me of a really powerful and effective blend called Thieves oil, which is one of the best essential oils for colds. Thieves oil is a blend of Clove oil, Lemon oil, Cinnamon oil, Eucalyptus oil, and Rosemary oil. This was used in ancient times to actually protect people from the Bubonic Plague. I recommend researching the story behind the name.
Another way to use essential oils for colds is to enhance and aid your body’s immune system response.
One way to do this is to target inflammation. Inflammation is what causes common cold symptoms like headache, ear pain, and body aches. I would go further to say anti-inflammatory medicines could help relieve a cough or sore throat symptoms as well, as reducing the swelling of the throat and lungs could reduce pain, redness, and sensitivity. So, certain essential oils can help target inflammation, which would make your body’s immune system’s response to the cold virus, or any virus, much more effective and speedy. Here are some essential oils for colds that help with inflammation:
6. Thyme oil
Thyme has a lot of carvacrol, which is the chemical that was tested in the study previously mentioned. For relieving cough symptoms, some people recommend blending thyme oil with eucalyptus oil and putting the mix into a carrier oil, like almond, coconut, or jojoba oil, then rubbing the blend onto your chest (Well+Good). Because of it’s high potency of carvacrol, it’s a great essential oil for colds.
7. Ginger oil
Ginger is known to improve the immune system, stimulate circulation, ease digest tract discomfort, ease nausea, and is great to have around when you’re sick in general (speaking from personal experience). I recommend ginger tea with honey, this does good with sore throats and nausea, and always soothes my body and helps me sleep. Ginger is very highly recommended as one of the best essential oils for colds.
8. Fennel oil
Fennel has been known to clear mucus, detoxify the body, regulate blood sugar and digestion, and is a natural pain reliever for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel is amazing for people who suffer from IBS or other digestive tract issues, and is best paired with ginger, peppermint, anise, or chamomile (Dr. Axe). Because of its overall beneficial properties for our bodies, fennel is a great essential oil for colds.
9. Roman chamomile oil
According to Well+Good, roman chamomile oil is one of the best essential oils for reducing inflammation and irritation. Specifically, roman chamomile oil is good for upper respiratory infections, muscle aches, and digestive issues. This is a highly recommended essential oil for colds.
10. Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil is a great one to carry with you if you have a stuffy nose or a productive cough. It can instantly clear your nasal passage, and kill the germs living in your lungs. Be careful with this one, however. It’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties are very strong, and there are many bacterias that we need to stay healthy. I recommend inhaling this one as needed. Tea tree oil can be a very helpful essential oil for colds.