How Essential Oils Can Help Ease Flu Symptoms

With flu season among us, it’s time to start preparing to fight against any cold or flu symptom — especially this year as the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts to see “elevated influenza-like illness” related to COVID-19. As cold and flu season generally peaks from December to February, it is important to take preventative measures such as getting your vaccine and washing your hands.

However, if you still end up developing mild symptoms of the cold or flu, pairing certain essential oils with necessary rest and hydration can help ease those symptoms. Thankfully, FragranceX has put together this list of the best essential oils for flu relief:


The refreshing scent of peppermint essential oil is perfect for a chest rub (diluted of course) or used in a DIY room spray.

Benefits: Aids digestion, respiratory healing

Best for: Nausea, respiratory issues, sore throat, stuffy nose


Lavender essential oils are a universal favorite which is perfect for a warm bath or an at-home herbal facial steam.

Benefits: Stress relief

Best For: Headaches, stress


Frankincense oil is great to keep around for flu season as it can be diffused throughout your home or used in a DIY salve to be inhaled.

Benefits: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, respiratory healing

Best For: Coughs, respiratory issues, sore throat


Keep your sinuses at bay by using eucalyptus essential oil in a steam inhalation remedy.

Benefits: Antibacterial, antiseptic

Best For: Sinus issues


Chamomile is one of the most beneficial essential oils out there, so keep it diffusing in your home to spread health among your living space.

Benefit: Antibacterial, antioxidant, strengthens immune system

Best For: Germ fighting, staying healthy


If you find yourself feeling nauseous, ginger essential oil can be inhaled to help relieve those symptoms.

Benefit: Aids digestion, air purifier

Best For: Cleaning, nausea

For more essential oils and tips to stay healthy this season, check out the FragranceX post on the best essential oils for flu relief and until next time, be happy, healthy and beautiful!

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