10 Essential Oils for a Cold – Man Versus Oils Suffers

10 Essential Oils for a Cold – Man Versus Oils Suffers

February 12, 2019 21 By Paul

Hey guys, today I come to you from under a man-blankie, tissue box at the ready in case my nose even thinks about unblocking and eyes watering so heavy they make Niagara falls look like a tap dripping. Yep, I have a cold… And like the man-flu I wrote about a few months back, this is no ordinary cold. This is the worst type if cold, the type that only us men would understand… this is a man-cold.

Now, as usual I am trying to undertake some relief in a chemical free manner so once again I delve into the old essential oil kit to see what I can find. To be honest, this time I don’t really care whether they smell manly or not, I just wanted to find some that work. And find some I did find – here are 10 essential oils for a cold.

1. Eucalyptus

I am not sure about the rest of the world, but here in Australia, Eucalyptus is synonymous with cold relief. It is an Eucalyptus Plantingredient found in many chemist (drug store) remedies such as couch drops, chest rubs (think Vicks Vaporub) and decongestants. Eucalyptus oil studies have found it to be a natural antiseptic with anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. One of its main ingredients, an oxide called eucalyptol was also found to be very effective in loosening mucus secretions and opening the airways for easier breathing.

How to use for the man-cold:

Steam inhalation: This remedy is all about the steam – Add 5 -10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, stick your head over it and cover with a towel – Just like Grandma used to do. This is the best way to get the proven mucus loosening goodness right up the old snozz.

Alternatively, if your cold is heading into flu-like symptoms where muscle pain is also evident (which as we all know man-colds will do), drop 5 -10 drops in the bottom of a nice hot shower to steam and energise the whole body.

Note: I would not recommend bathing in this oil – it is too strong.

Chest rub: Is your cold a chesty one? Add 5 drops to 3 tablespoons of a good carrier oil (to start with, you can add more as you go if you want it stronger) and rub onto the chest. p.s. this one works better if you can convince your significant other to rub it in for you… just saying…

Diffuser: If you want to avoid the heat, simply add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply.

Starter Kit Alternative: No Eucalyptus in the house? You can always try R.C. blend (comes with the starter Kit) which is a blend of Black Spruce, Cypress, three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora), Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender and Peppermint. The Eucalyptus is quite strong in this one and with the added peppermint, it will certainly work in a jam.

Have I used this one? Yes, although I do not like steaming my head so I have used it in the shower and diffuser. I found it not so effective in the diffuser but the shower was very refreshing and did clear me up a little. I have also been sniffing the R.C. straight from the bottle and the results are not too bad at all.

2. Peppermint

Like Eucalyptus, Peppermint essential oil has been proven to contain antiviral and antibacterial properties with its obvious menthol properties which are also commonly used in off-the-shelf cold remedies and cough drops. It is also a natural expectorant which helps clear mucus as well. And if your cold has spread to a bit of a stomach complaint or nausea, peppermint is your go to oil for sure!

How to use for the man-cold:

Chest rub: This oil will work in similar fashion to Eucalyptus essential oil. Drop 5 drops of Peppermint onto a warm face washer and place on the chest.

Diffuser: Add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply.

Inhale: Inhale directly from the bottle to clear the nose.

Stomach rub: If you are feeling nauseous, rub 5 drops of peppermint to 1 tablespoon of Carrier oil onto your stomach.

Starter Kit Alternative: Peppermint is included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Have I used this one? I have used this one as well. As I tend to be a little lazy at times – especially when the old man-cold has kicked in – I tend to just sniff from the bottle. After a few sniffs it does start to give a little nasal relief. Be careful though, too much and it can burn a little. It will probably also make you sneeze after the first couple of sniffs which is probably not a bad thing if you are trying to clear the nose – Just have tissues handy!

3. Lavender

Lavender farmI mean really… Are you as sick of hearing about Lavender oil as I am writing about it!! I am sure even the other essential oils are sick of it… But alas, it just keeps on coming up with the goods. One of the biggest problems with the common cold is trying to sleep. Lavender is the best oil to assist with that. Like the previous two oils listed, it is also great for loosening phlegm and mucus and, since it is not as strong on the nose, can be a good alternative to Peppermint or Eucalyptus.

How to use for the man-cold:

On the head: Drop 5 drops of Lavender oil onto a warm face washer and place on the forehead for headache relief.

Diffuser: Add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply about 20 minutes before bed.

Inhale: Inhale directly from the bottle to clear the nose.

Consume: Not really an oil but I am told Lavender tea is quite effective for a cold too.

Starter Kit Alternative: Lavender is included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Have I used this one? This is a staple in our house so, to be honest, there is no real difference between cold and non-cold use. My wife drops a single drop on the top of our heads before bed and swears that I sleep more soundly – meaning more still – and our son has never slept better. I have to admit to not being awake as much with this cold as I normally am so maybe she in onto something.

4. Oregano

I don’t think that I have discussed Oregano essential oil at all on this site. We don’t actually own it so I am going purely on my research here. The reason that I have included it though is that it is heavily feted as a super powerful antiviral and antimicrobial essential oil. It has also been found in studies to dramatically reduce symptoms of upper respiratory ailments such as coughs and sore throats and has been used to treat these ailments since ancient times. It is also another good oil for easing the nausea type symptoms of a cold.

Note: In all the research I have undertaken on this oil, a common thread to assist with colds and nausea is the fact that it is ingested. Even though this is also often discussed in the use of other oils (such as peppermint and lime) I have never offered ingestion as a method of using essential oils as I am still not really convinced of their use in this manner. However, as this was one of the methods of use in the study I have referred to above, I am going to add it to this oil on this occasion but will ask that you consider your options before doing so. And always check with the manufacturer on whether their oregano oil is considered safe for consumption (often referred to as food grade).

How to use for the man-cold:

In the mouth: Add 2 to 3 in a tablespoon of water; swish it around your mouth and under your tongue for 20 to 30 seconds, then swallow.

On the chest: Add 5 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil and rub onto the chest to aid decongestion.

Starter Kit Alternative: Oregano is not part of the starter kit. Use Lavender or Peppermint oil on the chest instead.

Have I used this one? This is one I have not used but from all accounts is quite effective in the fight against the pure evil that is a man-cold. If you have it, you could do worse than giving it a shot.

5. Frankincense

Another oil that I regularly discuss in these posts due to its versatility and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good calming oil and, like Lavender, will loosen the nasal blockages without the strong odours of Peppermint or Eucalyptus.

How to use for the man-cold:

On the head: Drop 5 drops of Frankincense oil onto a warm face washer and place on the forehead for headache relief.

Diffuser: Add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply about 20 minutes before bed.

Inhale: Inhale directly from the bottle to clear the nose.

Starter Kit Alternative: Frankincense is included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Have I used this one? This is another commonly used oil in our house. If we are all a bit stressed or feeling a little off (such as with a cold) into the diffuser it goes. Like Lavender, it is often dropped onto our heads to calm us and assist us to sleep. I tend to sniff the peppermint if I am a little stuffy but this one does seem to do the trick as well if you want a slightly less mentholly hit to the nasal passages.

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6. Lemongrass

As with Oregano, this is one that I have not really discussed in great detail either and have only included it here due to the fact that it has some scientific proof behind its benefits. Lemongrass is useful when providing relief to some of the other ailments of the dreaded man-cold such as fevers and muscle aches due to its antipyretic properties. It is often used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce fevers and induce sweating and is a natural analgesic. Other studies have also found it effective in providing relief to the paid caused by headaches.

How to use for the man-cold:

Diffuser: Add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply about 20 minutes when headache symptoms appear or before bed to provide an uplifting feeling and aroma.

Massage: Lemongrass is considered a mild irritant so is not recommended for individual use on the skin (unless tested with minute amounts first) so in this case I have included a recipe for its use in a massage oil:

  • 2 drops lemongrass
  • 4 drops ginger
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 4 tsp carrier oil

Massage into any muscles that are aching prior to bed.

Starter Kit Alternative: Lemongrass is not included in the Premium Starter Kit. I would recommend using Copaiba instead if muscle cramps are your problem and any of the others listed for nasal congestion.

Have I used this one? No, we do have it but I have not used it for this purpose ( I use Wintergreen, Panaway or Copaiba for muscle aches). We do use it in our diffuser, usually mixed with other oils for the sake of its aroma.

7. Ginger

Wow, another one I have not really discussed to date but one I have used a little in the past. Ginger is another oil Gingerwith good antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a stimulant. In its natural state, ginger has been used for centuries in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold. This is due to its main compound Gingerol which is responsible for much of its medicinal properties. Gingerol is also a component of Ginger essential oil.

Its unique warming effect also helps fight off viral infections and flush out toxins due to the slight raise in the body’s temperature. As with many of the others listed here, it has expectorant effects which assist in loosening mucus and soothing lung tissue.

Note: As with Oregano, many remedies involving Ginger essential oil centre on consumption. I have taken the same approach here as with Oregano. I am only listing these as they have been undertaken is scientific studies.

How to use for the man-cold:

Drink: Add 1 drop to a nice green tea two times a day

On the Chest: Add 5 drops to a good carrier oil and rub on the chest (do NOT add directly to the skin). This one can also be used to soothe aching muscles

Starter Kit Alternative: Ginger is not included in the Premium Starter Kit. Good old Frankincense is your go to here (except for the drinking bit) for the chest or Copaiba for the muscles.

Have I used this one? No, I have not, but I have read a lot about this oil for many reasons so watch this space for a post specifically aimed at this oil – delivery pending.

8. Lemon

Lemon is another ingredient often used in off-the-shelf cold medicines due to its ability to boost the immune system and prevent illness. And although I cannot find direct evidence of this, Lemon essential oil (and a few others) are commonly described as good for stimulating the production of white blood cells making it a good immunity lifter and germ fighter. If nothing else, diffusion can lift the mood leading to improved mental clarity and wakefulness which is good if you need to battle through your man-cold to keep up your manly duties of keeping the world ticking along.

How to use for the man-cold:

On the head: Mix 5 drops with 1 tablespoon of a good carrier oil and dab onto the temples and behind the ears to help clear any cold induced pressure on your ears – also good to keep in mind if you fly a lot and have trouble clearing your ears when the plane lands.

Lemon in water

Diffuser: Add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply to invigorate. This can be a bit strong – we mix it with Peppermint or Frankincense which is quite pleasant I must say.

Starter Kit Alternative: Lemon is included in the Premium Starter Kit.

Have I used this one? Yep, we use it a lot mixed with Peppermint or Frankincense as outlined above. I have to admit that I haven’t really used it to fight a cold but I really can account for its uplifting effects when added to the diffuser.

Note 1: Lemon, like most citrus oils, is phototoxic so pretend you are a vampire and avoid the sunlight if you have used it on the skin.

Note 2: A couple of pages I have read discuss its use in hot water or herbal tea with honey which is a well-known cold and sore throat remedy. If I am being honest, forget the oil and just use a real lemon!

9. Clove

Clove essential oil has antimicrobial, anti fungal, antiseptic, antiviral and stimulating properties. It has a strong aroma and well-known numbing effects leading to its traditional uses in relieving tooth and gum ailments. Its use as a cold reliever is again aimed at aching muscles to reduce pain and inflammation.

How to use for the man-cold:

On the chest or on aching muscles: Add 2 drops of clove oil and 4 drops of myrtle or lavender oil to a carrier oil and rub onto the chest.

Starter Kit Alternative: Clove is not included in the Premium Starter Kit. Alternative oils include Panaway and Copaiba for muscle aches and Peppermint for the chest.

Have I used this one? I have used it for attempting to kill weeds – which was a massive failure. I have not used this in any bodily type function purely because I do not like the smell of cloves. Ever since I ate my grandmother’s fruit cake with whole cloves in it as a kid I have not been able to deal with them. I have included it in this list however due to its prescribed benefits in the cold relieving arena.

10. Tea Tree

Tea Tree makes the list much in the same vein as Clove above. It is a proven antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and works in in a similar capacity to Eucalyptus. Its uses are also the same as Eucalyptus so if you prefer the aroma of tea tree, go for this one.

Note: Tea tree essential oil is often sold in Australia as Melaleuca Alternifolia by some manufacturers but as Tea Tree by others and in some other countries.

How to use for the man-cold:

Steam inhalation: As with Eucalyptus, add 5 -10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, stick your head over it and cover with a towel.

Alternatively, drop 5 – 10 drops in the bottom of a nice hot shower to steam and energise the whole body.

Diffuser: Simply add 10 drops to the diffuser and breath deeply.

Starter Kit Alternative: Tea Tree is not part of the starter kit. R.C. is your alternative again here.

Have I used this one? Yes, but not as a cold remedy. I diffuse it on its own sometimes for sentimental reasons as it reminds me of childhood holidays on the Mornington Peninsula at my grandmother’s beach house. Tea tree grows like weeds down there. Oh and NEVER EVER drink it… If you have ever tasted water from a tank that has been tainted with tea tree you will know why I say this.

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Diffuser recipes for a cold

And to finish up today I have come across some fairly good diffuser recipes for a cold. Looking for a deeper form of help, then try these beauties:

Nose clearer:

  • 2 drops oregano
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops eucalyptus

Smells like a cough drop on steroids – just like you think a nose clearing recipe would smell!

Sleep and clear:

  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Eucalyptus for the nose, lavender for the sleep – make sense

The Stimulator:

  • 1 drop thyme
  • 3 drops eucalyptus
  • 6 drops lemon

This’ll wake you up and get you going – man cold or not!

Immunity Challenge

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lime
  • 1 drop clove

All of the immunity boosting oils in one spot. With a man-cold this bad I am not sure you will have the energy to build this one – better ask someone to do it for you!

What else can help?

In addition to the above, make sure you:Man drinking water

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water or sugar free juice. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated soft drinks (sodas), which can make dehydration worse.
  • Rest – its Netflix time!

And, if you have a sore throat, try the following

  • A saltwater gargle — 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water and gargle… Lemon and Honey in hot water is also good for this.

Conclusion

There you have it my cold relieved friends. I know I have listed a few here. Just have a look through, choose one that you think will suit and give it a try. After all, that is all I do. As always, have a play around and let me know what you think and if anything you have found worked, or not worked so I can keep my info fresh.

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Have fun

Paul

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