With colder temperatures, indoor gatherings, and the stress of the holidays, it’s no wonder winter can be one of the most likely times to catch an unwanted bug. It’s that time of year when everyone around you seems to be sniffling, coughing, sneezing, or worse – yuck! Don’t wait until you get sick; start using essential oils as soon as possible to protect yourself from cold and flu season (and to treat common cold and flu symptoms if you’ve already caught something).


Peppermint essential oil has a long list of respiratory benefits, one of the most highly affected bodily systems during cold and flu season. Peppermint oil can relieve nasal congestion, sinus headaches, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and coughs.


Oregano essential oil is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, and anti-allergic substance, making it one of the best oils to use when sickness is in the air. The oil can loosen up and help eliminate build-up of mucus in the respiratory tracts and sinuses, and is a soothing balm for inflamed lungs and throat, which are often causes of coughs. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties help strengthen your immune system against colds and other viruses.


Eucalyptus oils are great for soothing respiratory issues and clearing congestion, making these oils ideal for coughs. They are antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory and is effective in treating colds, runny noses, sore throats, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis.

Lemon & Lemongrass

Most people are familiar with adding lemon to water or hot tea to soothe cold and flu symptoms; lemon essential oil acts as an immune stimulant that increases white blood cells, and lemongrass oil is antibacterial and great for respiratory and sinus problems. The strong lemon properties help with sore throats, breaking up mucus, and in small doses, upset stomachs. Even just the smell of lemon can help with nausea!

Cinnamon & Clove

Aside from their appealing scents and flavors, cinnamon and clove oils have many illness-fighting benefits. Clove is a powerful antioxidant and helps stimulate the immune system, while cinnamon acts as an antibacterial and antiviral. Both essential oils help relieve the symptoms of colds, flus, sore throats, and congestion.


Frankincense oil is considered a tonic, as it boosts overall health and benefits all the body’s systems, including the respiratory and digestive systems. It aids in the absorption of nutrients and strengthens the immune system, keeping you strong and protected against cold and flu season.


Chamomile has diverse health benefits and is commonly used in teas and oils to calm cold and flu symptoms. Chamomile soothes air passages, relieves congestion and runny noses, and helps fight bacteria and viruses that enter your system. Due to the gentle nature of chamomile tea, it is a great remedy for sick children.