When you come down with a cold, all you want to do is relieve the symptoms and get back on your feet. Essential oils are extracted from the outer glands of leaves and plants, making them extremely concentrated sources of natural nutrients. They have a long history of remedying common cold and flu symptoms like coughs, headaches, and fatigue. They can be used as a booster to your doctor-recommended medicine or even on their own as a natural, herbal alternative. The following are the best oils to use for multi-symptom relief.
As one of the oldest known essential oils, frankincense has incredible antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties—all of which can drastically shorten your cold or flu.
“Our ancestors didn’t know anything about bacteria or viruses, but they recognized the healing and calming properties of frankincense very early on,” said Anahit Markosian, head of Research and Development at Nairian Cosmetics,
Frankincense is great for reducing stubborn coughs or respiratory issues, and it also has a naturally calming scent that can help you relax and heal.
“If you want a great formula for shortening the flu and alleviating symptoms, take 2 teaspoons of honey and drop a bit of frankincense into it to dilute it first, then add that mixture to any tea or just a pot of hot water,” she said.
Herbal teas have a dual benefit for fighting colds; the ingestion of the tea aids in respiratory issues while the steam that comes from the hot water helps clear your sinuses, according to Markosian.