Common Cold

Sick woman blowing her noseThere are many types of the common cold. Because there are hundreds of different types of viruses that can cause this infection. Each one has slightly different symptoms. The flu, which is like a cold has more severe symptoms. The common symptoms colds can include: cough, mild fever, runny nose, sore throat, or stuffy nose. Some symptoms can be confused with allergies. Allergies usually do not produce a fever and are usually triggered by an obvious source such as dust or pollen in the air.

Suggested Oils to Use

Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Oregano, Peppermint

Also consider:
antibacterial/viral: Clove, Marjoram, Melaleuca (tea tree), Thyme, Sandalwood;
mucus reduction: Basil, Cassia, Cinnamon, Cypress, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

For Antiviral Uses

A few oils that are antiviral include Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Oregano. The virus could be one of hundreds of types so using more than just one oil could be beneficial.

Rub 2 – 4 drops of one or more of the oils mentioned above on the feet, chest, and/or throat. If you plan on taking (Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Oregano) internally insure that the oils are rated for therapeutic use then gargle with water or take buy puting 2 – 4 drops of the oil in a capsule.

For Calming a Fever

Apply topically, Eucalyptus and/or Peppermint to the forehead, chest, and/or feet.

For Nasal Congestion

Use peppermint, lavender, and a citrus oil (lemon, orange, grapefruit) by putting the oils in a diffuser. Also consider putting 1 – 2 drops in a cup to inhale.

For Coughing and Chest Congestion

Apply topically to the chest Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lime, Melaleuca, or Peppermint.

For Sore Throat

Put one drop of peppermint on the top of your index finger then rub the oil on the bottom of your tongue. Apply every 40 mins until symptoms leave. Seek professional medical help if sore throat lasts several days or weeks.

General Cold Symptoms

Take 8 drops of oregano, 2 drops of peppermint, and 3 drops of frankincense in a capsule twice daily.

Twice daily, gargle with 1 drop Oregano and 2 drops Lemon in 1 or 2 tbsp of pure water. Swallow the mixture after gargling for 5-10 minutes.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.