13 Essential Oils to Use for Colds

Flu season has been especially brutal this year. Instead of loading up on antibiotics and over-the-counter meds, why not treat your body right and opt for an organic solution?

When it comes to essential oils, the benefits are endless! Essential oils have the power to prevent viral infections, plus heal and soothe common symptoms for children and adults alike. If you have a cold you’re trying to ease or want to be more proactive with preventative personal care, check out some of the essential oils you can use below.

Essential Oils to Diffuse for Colds

We’ve categorized the scents so you can easily find which aromas will work for you:

Sweet Aromas

Fir Needle 100% Pure Essential Oil - Fresh, Woody, Slightly Sweet
Great for respiratory support and easing sore throats, fatigue, and more. You can also Use as a first aid tool to prevent or heal infections. A great scent for Winter. 

Frankincense 100% Pure Essential Oil – Sweet and Woody
Known as the "holy grail" of Reduces pain & inflammation; boosts immunity.         

Warm Scents

Basil 100% Pure Essential Oil - Warm, Spicy, Fresh
Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing during sickness and boost immunity.

Orange, Cinnamon & Clove EO Blend – Warm and Homey
Includes antiviral benefits and is natural anti-inflammatory. Perfect scent for Fall. 

Clove 100% Pure Essential Oil - Warm, Spicy, Sweet
Helps ease fatigue, aches, & pains. Apply a few drops to a pillow or diffuse to reduce nausea. A great aroma for either Fall and/or Winter. 

Refreshing Aromas

Lime 100% Pure Essential Oil - Sweet, Refreshing, Tart
Prevents and fights viral infections and reduces muscle & joint pain.

Eucalyptus 100% Pure Essential Oil - Light, Airy, Refreshing
Great to diffuse for colds.

Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil - Minty, fresh, sweet
Diffuse during sickness to promote clear breathing. Lovely for Winter. 

Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil - Fresh, Sweet, Lemony
Diffuse to promote health and well being. Perfect to use in Summer. 

Spruce 100% Pure Essential Oil - Fresh, Woody, Sweet
Naturally antibacterial and relieves respiratory tract issues. Great to use in Winter. 

Sweet Birch 100% Pure Essential Oil - Clean, Sharp, Sweet
Eases respiratory issues and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Rich Scents

Oregano 100% Pure Essential Oil – Deliciously Earthy and Rich
This essential oil is a great immune system booster that also has disinfectant and antibacterial properties.

Thieves Protection Blend (Private Collection)
Kill off illness-causing airborne bacteria (especially good for winter wellness when coughs and colds are common).

Essential Oils for Symptoms

In case you’re less concerned about the actual aroma, and are looking for heightened results, you can use the power of multiple essential oils to reap their combined benefits.


  • Peppermint + Frankincense + Cedarwood
  • Oregano + Rosemary + Eucalyptus
  • Cedarwood + Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree + Eucalyptus 


  • Peppermint + Lavender
  • Rosemary + Eucalyptus

Sore Throat

  • Peppermint + Lemon + Tea Tree
  • Thyme + Tea Tree
  • Lavender + Lemon
  • Oregano + Thyme
  • Thyme + Clove


  • Cedarwood + Tea Tree
  • Lavender + Peppermint + Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense + Peppermint + Eucalyptus
  • Lemon + Lavender + Lime


Which essential oils do you depend on during cold and flu season? Drop your comments below!


*Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. DisaLino personnel are not medical practitioners and do not diagnose, treat or prescribe in any shape, manner of form. Always discuss with your medical practitioner before using any alternative medicines. Do not ingest any essential oil unless instructed by a doctor. All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site are for reference purposes and are not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician or other licensed health-care professional. Keep essential oils in a secure place away from children and pets. Never leave oils unattended while burning. Be careful on furniture and fabric, Oil may stain. Results may vary.


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