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Essential oils to ease that pesky cold

Updated on September 27, 2015
Woe is the unlucky cold victim
Woe is the unlucky cold victim

The dreaded cold

Nothing can make you want to run away faster than standing in an elevator with someone sneezing and sniffling. Pay no attention to the fact that they are trying to not spread the joy by sneezing into their elbow and actually using a tissue for their sniffles. Despite the gallon of hand sanitizer you deploy to combat any germs, you notice that slight tickle in the back of your throat. Within hours you feel the ache behind your eyes, your mind is sluggish and your eyes water with each sneeze. Don't panic just yet, there are several ways to feel better naturally.

The holistic approach

These days, people are often looking for a way to avoid over the counter medications and Aromatherapy can be used to approach health issues by utilizing essential oils. Essential oils are the pure essence of plants extracted from roots, leaves and blossoms. They can ease the symptoms of many common cold complaints and elevate your spirits at the same time.

Tea tree plant
Tea tree plant

A drop or two

Tea tree oil is well known to ease the aches of a cold while Eucalyptus essential oil can ease congestion of even the most stubborn colds. Always remember to read warnings on bottles carefully.


Herbal steam and tea tree oil

  1. Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to boiling water and let the aroma fill the room. If the vapor temperature is 110 degrees or higher, you will notice you are able to breathe a little easier and it will also kill cold germs on contact or you can;
  2. Add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot bath (102-104 degrees) and soak for 15 minutes. Don't forget to take a few deep breathes.
  3. Tea tree oil can be used in a diffuser and can also be worn like a perfume, a couple of whiffs can do amazing things
Cast your vote for Herbal Steam

The beauty of sleep

As with many colds, sleep can be elusive. A lot of rest always makes for a better mind, soul and body. Try adding 3 drops of Lavender essential oil to 3 tablespoons of Jojoba carrier oil to a diffuser. Diffuse into an area for about 30 minutes and sweet dreams.

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    • Bren Holmes profile image

      Bren Holmes 24 months ago

      I tried the eucalyptus oil drop in my bath water and my sinus' totally opened up, thank you :)

      I must say, I have noticed this more and more . . . people who use hand sanitizer tend to get more sickness than those who do not. It's almost like you need to expose your body to some level of germs to build antibodies against the minor ones.