Best essential oils for winter

best essential oils for cough cold sore flu

I love aromatherapy and using essential oils! It’s one of the quickest and best ways to make you feel good about yourself, especially during winter when many people don’t feel so great.

If you normally suffer from colds and flu, congestion or cold sores during winter, think about investing in an essential oil diffuser and using a few different blends created especially for winter. You can also buy humidifiers that you can add essential oil to.

We’ve also written a guide to the best humidifier for winter.

Not sure which are the best essential oils to use during winter? Here’s a list of some of the best recipes for essential oils in the winter months. Have these oils handy for whenever you’re not feeling the best.

Essential oils are not only great mood boosters, but they’re also a great way to cure some common health problems such as coughs, colds, allergies, joint pain and asthma symptoms.

Best essential oil for winter: for coughs, colds, flu, cold sores and arthritis


best essential oils for cough cold sore flu

Best essential oils to diffuse for colds

Everyone suffers from a cold at some stage, and there are so many things you can do to reduce the symptoms and help you recover faster.

Diffusing a special blend of oils will help you overcome your cold faster. Here are the best essential oils to diffuse for colds:

Thieves Oil

Thieves Oil is a blend of oils that helps reduce the life of a cold. It features lemon, cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, and clove. It can either be diffused in your essential oil diffuser, or you can rub it on the soles of your feet. Think of it as an all-in-one blend!

Homemade Cough Syrup

Mixing 1 drop lemon, 1 drop orange, 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop peppermint into 1 teaspoon of honey makes an effective and natural cough syrup great for fighting colds.

Other essential oil blends to diffuse for colds:

3 drops lavender, 2 drops geranium, 1 drop rosemary and 1 drop Melaleuca
3 drops Balsam Fir, 2 drops Melaleuca A, 1 drop orange and 1 drop lemon
3 drops Thieves oil, 2 drops lemon

Best essential oils to diffuse for chest, head and nasal congestion

We’ve already listed some great essential oil blends for colds, but if you need something to help with chest, head or nasal congestion, then the following are the best essential oils to diffuse for congestion.

3 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop lemon
3 drops peppermint, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop eucalyptus, 1 drop wild orange
2 drops oregano, 2 drops tea tree, 3 drops lemon, peppermint

Best essential oils for joint pain

Cold weather means you’re more likely to have joint pain and inflammation. There are some great essential oil blends that you can apply topically to help you deal with joint pain.

5 drops peppermint, 4 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops of Chamomile blue- add to 30ml of sweet almond oil
5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops birch, 3 drops peppermint, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops rosemary- add to your choice of carrier oil
4 drops black pepper, 4 drops Roman Chamomile, 4 drops marjoram, 2 drops lavender- add to 1 ounce of coconut oil

Best essential oils for babies with a cold

Aromatherapy is a natural way to help babies with a cold, and there are recipes that are safe to use on babies.

1 drop lavender with 1 drop of carrier oil- massage a small amount on the baby’s chest or back
2 drops lemon, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops melaleuca- add to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and apply to the baby’s back

Best essential oils for cold sore

Cold sores are unpleasant, and thankfully there are essential oils that can help heal them fast.

1 drop geranium oil onto a cotton bud, and dab it onto the cold sore
6 drops lemon oil, 4 drops lavender, 5 drops eucalyptus- add to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as coconut oil). Apply to the cold sore directly.

Using essential oils during winter will help you relieve some common health problems as well as leave your home smelling wonderful. This helps you feel more positive and uplifted at a time when the cold weather might be making you feel miserable.

Use the different essential oil blends in your diffuser and change them regularly. Make sure you regularly clean your essential oil diffuser to prevent build up and bacterial growth.


Are there any essential oil blends that you like to use during winter? Let us know in the comments!

By Christine Carlisle

Christine is a freelance senior writer for Home Health Living and has been writing for us for 4 years. She's a health copywriter with over 10 years experience as a writer. Christine lives alone in a cabin in Maine and was once a hand model while living in New York City. She's a dog person.