essential oils for flu prevention

With flu season right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing ourselves to fight against potential cold or flu symptoms. As anyone who’s ever had the flu will tell you, it’s no joke — especially this year. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts to see “elevated influenza-like illness” related to COVID-19 for the upcoming cooler months. 

As cold and flu season generally peaks from December to February, it’s important to take preventative measures such as getting your vaccine (ideally in September or October), washing your hands, and keeping your immune-system strong with proper rest and nutrition. 

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. Check out this list of essential oils for cold and flu relief that will help keep you and your home as healthy as possible this year.


Bergamot essential oil not only has a refreshing and fruity scent, it also has antiviral properties which makes it one of the best oils to diffuse in your home. It also has the benefit of creating a relaxing and stress free environment which is perfect for the sometimes stress-inducing holiday season.

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Try: Diffusing this oil or creating a DIY room spray to keep your home healthy and smelling fresh.


Chamomile is one of the most beneficial essential oils out there, with effects that range from soothing symptoms of depression to strengthening your immune system with its antioxidant properties. Chamomile also contains antibacterial properties which makes it perfect for germ fighting and staying healthy.

Try: Diffusing the light and sweet scent of chamomile in common areas of your home to spread health among your living space.


In addition to warming properties used for easing sore muscles, clove essential oil has been widely used for fighting infection with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is great to keep in your collection to clear and disinfect the air between visits with loved ones this upcoming holiday.

Try: Diffusing this oil in common areas of your home to keep the air and your space clean.


According to the National Institute of Health, eucalyptus oil has been found to both combat inflammation and stimulate the immune system. This makes it a top choice to add to your collection of essential oils to fight germs this upcoming fall and winter.

Try: Diffusing this oil or creating your own steam inhalation remedy to keep sinus issues at bay.


Frankincense essential oil is one of the most popular oils to keep on hand during cold and flu season as it helps ease respiratory issues. It also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which is great for fighting germs. Whether you develop a mild cough, sore throat or just want it as a preventative measure, stocking up on frankincense oil is a great idea.

Try: Diffusing this oil throughout your home or create a DIY salve to inhale when you start to feel your throat become scratchy. 

Whether you diffuse these oils, create a DIY room spray or make a steam inhalation remedy, try incorporating essential oils into your cold and flu prevention techniques this year. For more essential oils that help ease or combat flu symptoms, check out FragranceX’s infographic below!

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