A-to-Z List Essential Oils for Colds:
The following essential oils may be helpful in fighting or alleviating cold or flu symtoms:
The best way to relieve cold symptoms with essential oils is through inhalation such as steam inhalation, direct inhalation (from the bottle, a handkerchief, or cotton ball), a diffuser, an aromatherapy bath, or massage.
Allspice (Pimento Berry) Oil
Aroma Description: Allspice Essential Oil smells sharp yet is sweet with a spicy, cinnamon and clove-like aroma.
Aroma Description: Bay Laurel Essential Oil smells herbaceous, fruity, fresh, camphorous, and slightly sweet.
Aroma Description: Earthy, Exotic, Resinous, Rich, Sensual, Slightly sweet, Warm
Aroma Description: Black Spruce Essential Oil smells fresh, crisp, woody and earthy.
(Citrus × aurantium)
Aroma Description: Blood Orange Essential Oil smells similar to Sweet Orange Essential Oil, however Blood Orange Oil is slightly tarter and has a more complex aroma.
Aroma Description: Strong, penetrating, fragrant, fresh, woody, somewhat eucalyptus-like aroma due to its high cineole content
Aroma Description: Astringent, Cool, Fresh, Green, Herbaceous, Slightly camphoraceous, Slightly spicy
Aroma Description: Peppery, earthy, warm, strong, spicy, bright yet slightly woodsy.
Aroma Description: Warm, spicy and particularly sweet aroma
(Cistus × cyprius)
Aroma Description: Strongly herbaceous and balsam/resinous with sweet, honey-like undertones
Aroma Description: Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil smells sweet, woody, resinous and earthy.
Aroma Description: Cornmint Essential Oil smells very minty and menthol-like in aroma. Depending on the source and level of dementholization, it can have a much more potent aroma than Peppermint Oil.
Aroma Description: Coniferous, piny, and woody with floral and citrus notes
Aroma Description: Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil smells slightly camphorous, sweet and fruity.
Aroma Description: Possesses a beautiful, underlying citrus, floral and slightly woody character similar to eucalyptus oil
Aroma Description: Helichrysum italicum is also called curry plant because its leaves has a strong curry-like smell.
Aroma Description: Floral, Honey-sweet, rich, reminiscent of spring time
(Hyssopus officinalis subsp. officinalis)
Aroma Description: Hyssop Essential Oil smells fresh, earthy, fruity, woody, slightly sweet and camphorous.
Aroma Description: Camphoraceous, Earthy, Fresh, Medicinal, Rich, Slightly floral, Slightly sweet
(Citrus × limon)
Aroma Description: Lemon Essential Oil smells similar to fresh lemon rinds except that it is more concentrated.
Orange, Bitter (Petitgrain)
(Citrus × junos)
Aroma Description: As the name implies, Bitter Orange Essential Oil smells like a cross between the sweetness of sweet orange oil and the slight bitterness of grapefruit oil.
(Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae)
Aroma Description: Ssweet, fresh, earthy and balsamic.
Aroma Description: Crisp, fresh, woody, earthy, balsamic, sweet, woody, forest like aroma
Aroma Description: Balsamic, fresh, piney, soft, woody, coniferous, earthy, sweet
Aroma Description: Citrusy and sweet. Its aroma is similar to that of orange peels but is more concentrated.
Aroma Description: Cool, fresh, lemony, slightly citrus, slightly floral, soft, herbaceous and slightly medicinal
Aroma Description: Fresh, intense, woody. Its aroma is somewhat eucalyptus-like due to its high cineole content.
(Citrus × junos)
Aroma Description: Bright, complex, citrusy aroma that is somewhat similar to a combination of mandarin and grapefruit.