1. Tea Tree Oil – this is probably one of the most famous essential oils because it is so versatile. It’s great at fighting viral infections, the cold and flu, as well as sinusitis. It’s often used to chase away mosquitoes and fight acne. However, one of its greatest (and most overlooked) powers is its ability to trigger white blood cell production.
2. Geranium – this essential oil can prevent hemorrhaging, relieve bloating, boost your mood, increase circulation, help to balance your energy, and assist in white blood cell activity.
3. Peppermint – it might not be considered as versatile as tea tree oil is, but it does have a reputation for being able to tackle a variety of problems. Peppermint oil soothes bowel problems such as bloating, constipation, gas, and indigestion. It’s also great for fighting nausea, soothing migraines, headaches, dry coughs, asthma, sinus congestion, and bronchitis.
4. Lemon – because lemon oil is a detoxifying agent it’s an excellent choice to provide your immune system with a boost. It can also relieve sinusitis, asthma, flu, and bronchitis. In addition, it can relieve the pain associated with sore throats or full-on throat infections. It can also increase white blood cell production.
5. Helichrysum – an anti-inflammatory essential oil, helichrysum, also known as immortelle, is great for relieving congestion, fighting sinus infections, and soothing bronchitis.
6. Bergamot – you may be more familiar with this being used in perfumes and aftershaves, but this essential oil also happens to be an expectorant, which is something often used to treat coughs. It’s also helpful in relieving depression and stress. It’s great for healing and boosting the spirits.
7. Grapefruit – cleansing, detoxifying, and packed with vitamin C, grapefruit oil can help boost your mood, relieve stress, and improve immunity.
8. Lavender – we usually think of stress relief when we discuss lavender. That’s true, however, lavender also serves your immune system. It’s antiseptic and it’s anti-inflammatory. Lavender supports white blood cell activity, thus bolstering the immune system. OF course, it’s also known for supporting sleep, which improves your body’s ability to heal.
9. Eucalyptus – when you have a cold you likely reach for eucalyptus lozenges. Well, it makes sense. Eucalyptus oil is an effective decongestant and expectorant. It will not only relieve congestion and provide your respiratory tract with soothing relief, it is great at fighting the cold and flu.
10. Frankincense – made famous by a trio of wise men, this oil has been used for healing for thousands of years. It is antimicrobial, thus boosting the immune system, and can help relieve anxiety. It’s also known for its ability to sharpen clarity and focus.
11. Myrrh – another of the ancient famous oils, myrrh is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic. Which could explain why research is looking into its ability to assist in the treatment of cancer. A study from Al-Azhar University, has suggested it can protect the liver from damage, too (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15125513).
12. Rosemary – if you want to improve your breathing, fight the cold, sinusitis, bronchitis, and rhinitis, then rosemary is the way to do it.
13. Sandalwood – what can sandalwood do for you? Well, not only does it increase white blood cell activity, it’s also great for reducing bad cholesterol, treating urinary tract infections, providing the immune system with a boost, and promoting overall healing.
14. Scots Pine – if you want to open your lungs and invite anti-microbial, anti-viral, decongestant and expectorant properties… Scots Pine is your friend!
15. Cinnamon Bark – this anti-viral, anti-bacterial essential oil is one of the most powerful options available to you. It’s great for using in your home cleaners and in a diffuser. While you can combine it with other essential oils, it’s just fine on its own. It’s great at keeping germs at bay. So, if you are always dealing with colds and allergies in your home, adding twenty drops of cinnamon bark to water in a spray bottle makes it the ideal way to tackle just about everything. Just let it rest for around five minutes before you wipe it down.
16. Clove – clove is an antioxidant, which means it has a variety of benefits. One of the biggest ones is that it’s ideal for gargling. It can help you fight the cold and flu due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. It’s also a bit of a painkiller, so if you have a sore throat it can help numb the pain. For gargling, start with a small cup of warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt and two drops of essential clove oil. Now, gargle. It’s also a great expectorant.
17. Oregano – oregano oil is high in both thymol and carvacrol, which makes it antibiotic. It’s great for fighting stomach flu and other stomach ailments. One of the most popular methods of use is diluting your essential oregano oil in coconut oil and then rubbing this on the bottoms of your feet (then put some socks on). This is something we often do with vapor rubs, so the next time you’re fighting a cold try it with oregano oil instead. For a stomach problem, you can add a few drops of food grade oregano oil with coconut oil in a vegetable capsule. You can take it up to three times a day. The only problem with this is that essential oregano oil also kills good bacteria, so you need to also take a probiotic to protect this.
18. Vetiver – vetiver is probably most famous for its effectiveness as a sedative. However, it’s also an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. It can speed up the healing process, improve the immune system, and help soothe inflammation.
19. Hyssop – the health properties of hyssop appear to be never-ending. Not only is this stimulant an antiseptic, diuretic, digestive, it’s also an anti-spasmodic tonic. Hyssop essential oil is great for relieving bloating and relieving the tightening of muscles. It also promotes digestion and helps decrease coughs. In addition to all of these benefits, it’s also been found to reduce fevers. It can do pretty much everything.
20. Thyme – thyme is another essential oil that has a wide variety of properties. One of the biggest ones, though, is its ability to kill bacteria. It’s often used to treat colds, coughs, and help battle chest infections. It also happens to be great at relieving gas and healing wounds.
21. Ginger – we generally think of ginger for its ability to settle the stomach. Ginger can relieve nausea, pain, and it may also curb the growth of bacteria. Either way, it’s a great tool to settle the stomach or to encourage your body to sweat toxins out.
22. Thieves – this is a ready-made blend for anyone who isn’t feeling confident about tackling recipes just yet. It includes rosemary, cloves, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and lemon. It’s a great way to fight germs and bacteria. It’s antibacterial and ideal for diffusing, using as a room spray or even keeping a small spray bottle in your bag to wipe down dirty surfaces on the go. If you can’t find it for sale, you can always try to create it yourself!
23. Valor – this blend is really great at improving sleep, which is great all of the time. However, if you are fighting an illness, you need sleep even more, so you may find valor comes in handy for those times. It smells fantastic, too. In fact, it smells so great you could use it as a perfume if you wanted. Valor combines spruce, sweet almond, frankincense, rosewood, balsam fir, and tansy essential oils.

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