Cold and flu season is upon us and I’ve been hearing about people getting some nasty sicknesses already. (Thankful not my family!) There are actually several Young Living essential oils that are now registered as Natural Health Products in Canada that can help reduce the symptoms of a cold and cough. Here are just 18 essential oils for cough and cold (there are more!) that you can use by inhaling, diffusing, or applying topically (make sure you dilute!) to help you and your family feel better.
1 – CLOVE
Clove essential oil is steam distilled from dried clove buds in Madagascar, and is an important ingredient in Young Living’s Thieves® oil blend (one of my most frequently used oils!). Clove oil has a sweet, spicy fragrance that reminds me of Christmas. Clove can also be used to help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis.
2 – CLARY SAGE
Clary Sage has an soothing aroma that is uplifting and relaxing. I got to be in a field of Clary Sage at Young Living’s farm in Utah! Lovely flowers! It is a very versatile oil that can also be used to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, bruises & burns, and help relieve headaches.
3 – CYPRESS
Cypress essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous, slightly evergreen aroma. It is steam distilled from freshly cut branches of cypress trees in Spain. It refreshes, restores and promotes a sense of security and grounding. It is also useful to help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis.
4 – EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS
Eucalyptus Globulus has an earthy, fresh aroma and is used in many skincare products for its cleansing properties. It can be applied topically to soothe muscles after exercise. I love diffusing this one at night as it can help relieve headaches as well as reducing symptoms of a cold.
5 – JADE LEMON
Jade Lemon oil is released only after the fruit is picked, giving it a richer and more fragrant aroma. It has a unique lemon-lime scent that invigorates and uplifts the senses. I LOVE diffusing this one during the day for a pick-me-up!
6 – LAURUS NOBILIS
Laurus Nobilis has a spicy scent that is uplifting. Ancient Greeks used leaves of the laurel tree to crown their victors and scholars. This oil can also help relieve headaches and acts as a nervine and calmative which enhances relaxation.
7 – LAVENDER
Steam distilled from the flowering plants grown at the Young Living farms in Simiane-la-Rotonde, France, and Mona, Utah, lavender is the most versatile essential oil. Its refreshing, relaxing scent has balancing properties that also bring a sense of calm. This is one oil that I make sure we always have on hand because it can be used for so many things. I diffuse it every night in my daughter’s bedroom and mix it into roll-ons for many purposes, including relaxation, relieving headaches, as well as helping with cough symptoms.
8 – LEMON
Cold pressed from the fresh fruit peel of lemons grown in Argentina and the United States, lemon oil has refreshing and cooling properties. Its fresh, citrus scent is an instant pick-me-up. Such a refreshing and amazing oil!
9 – LIME
Lime is sought after for its invigorating and energizing citrus aroma. It can be used to freshen the home and chase away unwanted odors. I was surprised to find out about its use for reducing acne in addition to its ability to reduce cough and cold symptoms.
10 – MARJORAM
Marjoram has a woody, spicy aroma that has a warm, calming effect. It is a relaxing oil that is great to use for massaging after physical activity. This is another really versatile oil that smells great diffused, as well as helps with headaches and skin irritation when applied topically.
11 – MYRRH
Myrrh has a long history of use in skin care for its moisturizing properties to cleanse dry skin. It was highly regarded in biblical times and has an aroma that brings a deeper sense of spirituality. There was a good reason the wise men brought it to baby Jesus! It can also help relieve skin irritation and eczema in addition to helping with cough and cold symptoms.
12 – PEPPERMINT
Peppermint has an invigorating and energizing scent and I love the cool tingly feeling it provides. Not only is it extremely refreshing for cough and cold symptoms, it can also act as a carminative and antispasmodic when experiencing digestive discomfort! This is another oil I am never without!
13 – PINE
Pine essential oil has a refreshing aroma and is soothing for muscles and joints when used in massage. It shares many of the same properties as Eucalyptus globulus, and the action of both oils is enhanced when they are blended. So diffuse the 2 together when you have a cold, and make a roll-on with both to give yourself some great relief!
14 – ROSEMARY
Rosemary has a fresh, herbaceous and sweet aroma. An energizing oil, it is also a popular ingredient in skin and hair care products. I use it frequently in my DIY hair care products as well as diffuse it for relief of cold symptoms.
15 – SACRED FRANKINCENSE
Sacred frankincense essential oil comes from Boswellia sacra tree resin that is wild harvested and steam distilled at the Young Living farm in Salalah, Oman. Its aroma helps me feel more grounded and relaxed, and it is also great for relieving skin irritation.
16 – SPEARMINT
Spearmint has a minty, invigorating scent that I absolutely love – softer than peppermint. It may help open and release emotional blocks leading to a sense of balance and well-being. It’s fantastic for helping to relieve headaches as well as reducing cough and cold symptoms – I diffuse it often for relaxation as well.
17 – TEA TREE
Previously known as Melaleuca Alternifolia oil, Tea Tree oil is steam distilled from the leaves in Australia. It has a wide range of uses and is especially beneficial to the skin. It is another one that gives a tingly sensation for helping with cold symptoms.
18 – THYME
Steam distilled from the flowering plants in Spain, thyme has a spicy, warm, herbaceous aroma that is both powerful and penetrating. Thyme can also help relieve joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to reducing cough and cold symptoms.
For more information on how essential oils can be used, check out the Natural Remedies Guide from Young Living Canada. If you want to get your hands on these oils for 24% off the retail price, read this!
What essential oils do you use for coughs and colds?
(Note: These specific Young Living Essential Oils have been confirmed to reduce the symptoms of cough or cold according to Health Canada. All the essential oils described in this post from Young Living have been approved in Canada as Natural Health Products. For those in the USA, please refer to guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration.)