Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu Season

Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Natural Remedies and DIYs


Oh yes, it’s fully that time of year. In our house, we’ve already battled a few rounds of illness {do any other mamas go a little nutty with how many colds the kiddos bring home from school?!}. Since discovering & playing around with essential oils, I’ve come up with some routines for the cold & flu season; both in preventative ways and soothing symptoms.

I’ve teamed up with Shauna to give you a glimpse at how we each use essential oils for this time of year! We’re each mamas, and we all understand the challenges with keeping healthy, keeping our homes germ-free, and loved ones comforted through illness. Don’t miss out on our FREE downloadable recipes at the end of this post to help do just that!

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Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Natural Remedies and DIYs

When we decided to collaborate on this post, the ONE oil that came to each of our minds, was Thieves, a unique essential oil blend from Young Living. It combines Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary oils into a spicy blend. It is definitely the primary oil we each use for coughs, colds, & immunity building! Hopefully you get some ideas to try out in your own home:

Thieves in the Diffuser

  • Purification and Tea Tree (when I’m really serious about getting rid of germs in the air
  • Orange/Citrus Fresh/Tangerine (cozy, fresh and energizing)
  • On a fairly regular basis, Purification with Thieves {4-5 drops each}, to help cleanse the air
  • My favourite nightly blend for the bedroom, 4 drops Rosemary, 4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Thieves
  • To help with congestion, 4 drops Thieves, 3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata, 2 drops Raven


Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Natural Remedies and DIYs

Other Ways to Use Thieves

  • Disinfecting tooth brushes (2 drops in a mug of boiled water, let sit for 5 min)
  • Immunity Boosting Bath: 2 drops Thieves, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Peppermint with a cup of Epsom salts (I actually make up a larger mason jar of this & keep it in my bathroom for seasons of illness)
  • Adults: Thieves tea (1 drop Thieves, 1 drop Lemon, 1 tsp of honey in hot water) and Thieves/Oregano/Copiaba capsule
  • Thieves Roller: 15 drops of Thieves & fractionated coconut oil for feet & spines before bed (for the whole family)
  • Applied regularly to bottom of feet before bed, Winter Wellness roll-on {find the recipe below}
  • Adults take daily, *veggie capsule with 2 drops each Thieves & Oregano and diluted with coconut oil
  • Applied to bottom of feet, when you’re the only one not sick, undiluted Thieves

Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Natural Remedies and DIYs

Other Helpful Oils

  • Early bedtimes…with humidifiers and diffusers with R.C./Eucalyptus (*cold type illness) or Thieves/Purification (*flu type illness) *never putting essential oils directly into the humidifier, but using them in correlation with each other
  • Baths & showers with Eucalyptus and R.C. oil (1 drop of each for little people), the steamier the better
  • A diffuser blend to help with congestion in our son’s room, 4 drops Eucalyptus Radiata, 3 drops Lavender
  • Serious stuffy noses, in a warm bath, 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • For serious coughs & congestion for our son: dilute 1 drop R.C. with coconut oil & apply to bottom of feet
  • For serious coughs & congestion in adults: dilute 1 drop R.C. with coconut oil & apply to chest
  • For kid’s fever {used in conjunction with Tylenol}: dilute 1 drop each Peppermint & Lavender with coconut oil & apply to bottom of feet
  • In a warm bath to help with congestion, Breathe Easy bath salts {Find the recipe below}.

Living With Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Natural Remedies and DIYs

Breathe Easy Bath Salts

{for colds & congestion}

  • 1 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp mustard powder {fine dry mustard}
  • 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil
  • 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Add essential oils. Stir well. Place in bag or jar. Done.


Annnnd lastly, TWO awesome recipe downloads for you to keep handy this winter!

Enjoy & stay healthy, friends!


DIY Chest Rub ~ Download

Living With Essential Oils: November Picks ~ Cedarwood & Rosemary Young Living DIY Chest Rub


Winter Wellness Roll-On ~ Download

Living with Essential Oils: Cold & Flu ~ Oils for winter health, including free downloadable recipes

*Ingest essential oils at your own risk.*

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