How To Treat Common Cold Symptoms Naturally Using Essential Oils

So how can you use essential oils for the common cold naturally and effectively? As an Aromatherapist, the very best and most effective way is a simple Steam Inhalation with Essential Oils – simple to do at home and as often as required, until symptoms subside. It can thin catarrh, relieve congestion, soothe a dry itchy throat and cough and aid faster healing through boosting our overall immunity.

You can choose essential oils that have decongestant, antibacterial, antiviral and antispasmodic (for coughs) such as Thyme, Marjoram, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Benzoin. My top, personal choice is 1 drop of Thyme Oil + 1 drop Lemon Oil.

My Top Essential Oils for use for the common cold in Steam Inhalations:

Thyme – antibacterial, expectorant, antispasmodic, antifungal, health tonic

Marjoram – antiviral, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, immune-boosting

Lemon – antibacterial, anti-infection, cough relief, immune-boosting, cleansing

Lavender – antibacterial, heals wounds, relieves headaches & pain

Peppermint – antimicrobial, fever reducer, expectorant, cold/cough/sinusitis/asthma/bronchitis relief

Tea Tree – antiviral, antifungal, relief from cough, cold & congestion, immune-boosting

Eucalyptus – antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, aids in curing respiratory issues and relieving sinus infection

Benzoin – expectorant, disinfectant, aids in the removal of cough from the respiratory system, anti-inflammatory

How to Create a Common Cold Steam Inhalation with Essential Oils

  1. Heat up water up to the boiling point on a stove or in an electric kettle then remove from heat.
  2. Allow water to stand for one minute. Your water needs to be hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour water into a large and add 1-2 drops of chosen essential oil(s).
  4. Place the bowl on a steady surface & set timer/alarm to 5 minutes.
  5. Cover your head with a large bath towel and place your face above the bowl but not so close that the steam will burn your face.
  6. Inhale through your mouth and nose for 5 minutes.

SAFETY: Make sure you don’t burn yourself and keep children and pets away from the steaming bowl.
If you have a cold, a persistent cough or a sinus infection, steam inhalations can be done several times a day, until symptoms subside.

You may also be interested in our blog on using essential oils to treat hay fever.

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