Essential Oils: Part 11: Illness

Over the past few days I have been fighting a cold (or virus). I haven’t used any medicine, but instead I have been carrying my oils with me wherever I go, as well as diffusing all day and I figured what better time than now to share about what oils to use when you have allergies, a cold, a cough, congestion, the flu, or respiratory or sinus problems.

What I love about oils is how versatile they are. You will notice that there are several options of oils you can choose from when you get sick and you can use most of these oils interchangeably. While diffusing is always a great option I always make a point to apply them topically. Especially to my sinuses, my chest, my temples, and the bottom of my feet.


  • Diffuse or apply 1-2 drops onto sinuses or under feet.
  • Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint


  • Diffuse or apply 1-2 drops to throat, temples, forehead, back of neck, sinus area, chest, or feet.
  • Tea Tree, Lemon, Thieves, Raven, RC


  • Diffuse or apply to throat and chest area.
  • RC, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree


  • Diffuse or apply to check, neck, back, feet, throat, or lungs area.
  • Eucalyptus, RC, Digize, Breath Again


  • Diffuse or apply to chest, back, neck, sinuses, or under feet.
  • RC, Raven, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Thieves, Eucalyptus

Respiratory (Bronchitis/Pneumonia):

  • Diffuse, inhale directly, or apply to chest, sinuses, neck, or bottom of feet.
  • RC, Raven, Eucalyptus, Thieves


  • Diffuse, inhale directly, or apply on sides of nose or on forehead
  • Eucalyptus, Breathe Again, Peppermint, RC

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Essential Oils for Illness

I am not a medical doctor. The opinions expressed reflect my personal experiences and my personal opinions. The information and statements on this website are intended for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please seek the advice of a qualified health care provider if you have a serious health concern.

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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:31h, 04 March Reply

    You are reminding me of all the oils I need to refill up on!
    I need some lemon to make a cleaner for home

  • Lily @ Beauty With Lily
    Posted at 11:01h, 04 March Reply

    I have been interested in getting into oils here lately, I remember using peppermint once for a headache, it worked.

  • jennyblaisdell
    Posted at 11:48h, 04 March Reply

    I’m so interested in trying out some oils!

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Heather Dawn
    Posted at 11:51h, 04 March Reply

    I need to start using essential oils! It sounds so wonderful, especially since I don’t like taking medication!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 15:13h, 04 March Reply

    I walked into a patient’s room this week at the hospital and they were diffusing some oils. It was so wonderful and relaxing. There is certainly power in them.

  • Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci)
    Posted at 15:27h, 04 March Reply

    I’m kinda new to essential oils and I am definitely hooked !! Love these tips thx !!

  • Biana @ BLoved Boston
    Posted at 15:43h, 04 March Reply

    When I was in the airport in india I went into a little store and they were selling these (or maybe similar) types of oils!! Definitely work – I’ve tried the lavender! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Ashleigh
    Posted at 19:41h, 04 March Reply

    This is great! I’m just starting to work more with essential oils, especially when keeping my kids healthy! Thank you for sharing!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    Posted at 22:44h, 04 March Reply

    Frankincense is such an amazing oil! And I love peppermint and eucalyptus oils too!

  • theveganistafoodie
    Posted at 00:08h, 05 March Reply

    I love essential oils. I wasn’t aware of some of these uses. Thanks for the great list.

  • TheWordofANerd
    Posted at 01:38h, 05 March Reply

    Thieves is my favorite. I love to use that to clean around the house. It’s a great non toxic cleaner and it smells great too!

  • Mimi Rose
    Posted at 14:57h, 05 March Reply

    I’ve been hearing a lot about essential oils recently. I just love the smell of them but I’m really interested in starting to use them as a natural remedy of sorts for common ailments as well.

  • Sophie Blakemore
    Posted at 05:16h, 06 March Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this. The information is pretty comprehensive and I loved the details about use – they were very helpful.
    Thank you.

  • diadarling3
    Posted at 19:10h, 06 March Reply

    I love oils but don’t know a lot. Do you recommend the allergy ones for specific allergies or is that a general recommendation. I get horrible cedar fever.

  • Lauren Flake
    Posted at 19:17h, 06 March Reply

    I love using lemon, lavender and peppermint for allergies!

  • Leslie
    Posted at 20:05h, 06 March Reply

    I use essential oils in my haorcare, I never thought to use them like this. Interesting!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 10:57h, 07 March Reply

    Hi Caroline,
    I use Young Living Essential oils too and find them very helpful. Have you been using them to try and help with fertility at all? I’d be very interested in talking with you more about that. I have noticed that my AF is less painful and less heavy since I’ve been using progessence plus. That’s a definite bonus. Have a great day, Rachel

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 10:21h, 08 March Reply

    i’ve been using eucalyptus for my shower this week because of this cold/allergies/madness!

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