Top Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, Immunity & Seasonal Allergies
Each year, as winter sets in and our immune systems are more subject to overwhelm, many folks succumb to colds, flu, viruses and other respiratory ailments.
If you go to a Doctor, he/she will most likely prescribe you antibiotics, which of course will only suppress the symptoms and this will ultimately create immune-resistance in your body.
Instead, you can embrace plants in the form of pure essential oils.
Along with plant wholefoods, plant oils are one of mother earth's gifts for helping us to maintain strong immunity and heal.
Used correctly, they help address the cause of discomfort and are a common-sense, safe alternative to prescription drugs which all too often lead to a host of toxic side-effects!
Brief History & Uses
Essential oils are the nerve intelligence fluids of plants - complex, potent extracts containing plant hormones, nutrients and thousands of other phytonutrients and biochemicals that benefit the human body.
For thousands of years, cultures have revered plants for their medicinal powers. The ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate plant oils for health purposes, followed by the Greeks (including the legendary physician, Hippocrates, who believed in holistic and therapeutic benefits of pure plant oils).
Versatile, with a wide range of healing properties and uses, Essential Oils can be used Aromatically, Topically or even Ingested (in certain cases), making them a must if you're looking for a natural, holistic approach to yours and your family's Self Care.
Depending on the ailments or discomforts you're experiencing, here are some recommendations and suggested uses that we've cherry-picked from the many essentials oils that you'll find on the market today.
Colds, Flu & Respiratory Congestion
Typically most people will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
The following essential oils are great for helping to clear your airways, unblock your nose and boost your respiratory system:
This tree’s leaves were used by the aborigines of Australia to help heal wounds and to make a tea. The common name comes from the European colonists who loved the tea. Captain Cook used the tea to overcome scurvy in his men. Tea tree has a lemony scent. Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. It's particularly beneficial for its head-clearing effects, as well as assisting with respiratory issues and clearing up bacterial infections.
The purifying qualities of lemon are well known and have been documented for thousands of years. They include treating colds and sore throats, cleansing the body and purifying the air. Thanks to its high limonene and vitamin C content Lemon Pure Essential Oil supports healthy respiratory function and when taken internally assists with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
The eucalypt is a tall evergreen dubbed the fever tree. It has a strong, balsamic odour that increases the healthfulness of the air and environment. This is particularly true around dank, swampy, marshy illness-riddled districts because its roots helped to dry out waterlogged soils. The main chemical components of Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote ease of breathing and clear airways.
This versatile and potent essential oil comes from a menthaceous herb whose stock and stems are perfectly square. The leaves from the peppermint plant are cultivated, harvested and extracted to obtain the aromatic neuro-cerebral pungent oil. Not only is it cooling, refreshing and stimulating, Peppermint Pure Essential Oil also offers mild topical pain relief, memory enhancement, as well as nasal, lung, and head-clearing qualities when inhaled.
One of the world’s ancient spices, Cardamom Pure Essential Oil comes from a ginger-like plant. The Egyptians chewed cardamom seeds as a tooth cleaner, and the Greeks and Romans used it as a perfume. Apart from its cleansing and fragrant uses this helpful oil also promotes clear breathing and respiratory health thanks to its ability to ease the flow of mucus and clear congestion as a result of its high1,8-cineole and limonene content.
Similar to Cardamom this amazing essential oil is also high in 1.8-cineole content in addition to containing limonene and a host of other biochemicals that give it powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Originating from Madagascar traditionally it’s been used as an infection-fighting elixir for thousands of years.
Easy Air is a potent and handy blend of the above essential oils plus Laurel Leaf and Ravintsara. This respiratory system targeting mix helps you to maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimising the effects of seasonal threats.
How to use:
- All of the essential oils above can be diffused, inhaled directly from palms, or rubbed on the chest or feet
- Lemon, peppermint and cardamon can also be safely taken internally either diluted in water or swallowed in veggie caps providing they are 'pure' food or therapeutic grade. We only use, recommend and sell dōTERRA Pure Essential Oils for this reason
Coughs, Viruses & Infections
Thyme was grown in monastery gardens in southern France, Spain and Italy during the Middle Ages for use as a cough remedy, digestive aid, and even as a treatment for intestinal parasites. It’s also well-known for its anti-bacterial and fungal properties. Its main constituent Thymol has a therapeutic effect on the lungs. Ingesting or inhaling the oil helps to loosen phlegm and relax the muscles in the respiratory tract. Thanks to its thymol and paracymene content, Thyme Pure Essential Oil provides powerful antioxidants to fight infections as well as support a healthy immune system.
Oil of oregano is a powerful filth cleaner and considered one of the most potent, harmful bacteria removers of all the essential oils. Carvacrol and thymol, the two active ingredients in oregano, are phenols, meaning they are agents that kill microscopic bacteria. For centuries in Far Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, oregano oil has been used to treat respiratory infections, chronic inflammation, urinary tract infections, dysentery and jaundice. Medicinal oregano grows wild in mountainous areas of Greece and Turkey and is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron and manganese. Thanks to these important minerals Oregano Pure Essential Oil has exceptional healing value as a natural remedy. Oregano oil has become popular in recent years as an alternative to prescription antibiotics.
My specially formulated Internal House Cleanse Throat Spray combines ingestible food-grade Colloidal Silver, Fulvic Acid, plus three of the powerful Pure Essential Oils mentioned above of Tea Tree, Oregano and a hint of Peppermint. This potent blend containing broad-spectrum microbial agents is extremely effective in soothing the throat and clearing out bacterial, viral or fungal overwhelm that causes discomfort attributable to colds, flus, internal infections and inflammation.
Immunity Boost & Seasonal Allergies
Prevention is always better than cure.
So boosting your immunity and priming your respiratory system to avoid or minimise allergic reactions to seasonal threats is where Essential Oils are also such effective, natural tools.
Use them to strengthen your defences and minimise any discomfort.
Cloves have powerful cleansing, disinfecting and anti-parasitic properties used since ancient times for everything from oral hygiene to getting rid of intestinal worms. Clove Pure Essential Oil contains powerful antioxidant properties that fight off oxidative damage and free radicals which can help to support cardiovascular health and immunity when taken internally. Eugenol and other components of clove, including betacaryophyllene, combine to also make clove a mild anaesthetic as well as an antibacterial agent.
Mentioned as one of the sacred anointments in the Bible, Cinnamon Bark Pure Essential Oil is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and proanthocyanidins. It also provides us with good amounts of manganese, calcium, fibre and iron which helps maintain a healthy immune system
Better known for its culinary uses this plant’s herbaceous Rosemary Pure Essential Oil supports healthy respiratory function thanks to its expectorant properties that not only help to fight and protect against colds and flu but can also assist with preventing and overcoming sinusitis, allergies, rhinitis and bronchitis.
A wide variety of phytonutrient compounds have been associated with the healing properties of oranges during recent studies.
These phytonutrients include anthocyanins, citrus flavanones, which are types of flavonoids that include the molecules hesperetin and naringenin, hydroxycinnamic acids and various polyphenols. The important healing properties of this fruit are understandable when these phytonutrients are studied in combination with oranges’ Vitamin C.
On Guard is a powerful immune-boosting and protective Pure Essential Oil blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower protects against environmental and seasonal threats with these oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested.
Widely regarded as 'The King of Oils' for its all-round benefit and versatility, Frankincense is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, renowned for thousands of years for its health and healing powers.
Frankincense Pure Essential Oil strengthens the immune system by proliferating white blood cells and reducing inflammation which is known to be a primary risk factor for chronic disease. As a bonus it’s also rich in a chemical, alpha-pinene, that has been known to reduce allergic symptoms brought on by ailments such as hay fever.
How to use:
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in a diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 200ml of liquid OR add two to three drops in a veggie capsule and swallow
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil such as olive, sweet almond or grapeseed to minimise any skin sensitivity.
So as you can see you've now got the basis to set yourself up with quite an amazing and effective natural at-home medicine cabinet with these brilliant essential oils!
Don't have any of them yet? Then get started and save a ton with the dōTERRA Home Essentials Kit - 10 of the most popular Pure Essential Oils including 8 of the most versatile above, plus you'll also get a free Petal Diffuser so that you can enjoy the aromatherapy benefits anywhere you choose!
In addition to these wonderful natural remedies, there are also foods you can include in your diet to help you overcome many respiratory problems.