Essential Oils for Illness, Part 1

“There’s an oil for that,” seems to be a popular phrase for essential oil users. And my study on the subject seems to confirm that. Essential oils are made from plant parts (see this post for more information) and the different constituents of the plant provide various benefits to our body systems. We’ve been lucky around here, no one has gotten really sick this year, but with my recent bout of laryngitis I thought I should share with you ten essential oils that provide support and relief from illnesses.

Keep in mind, especially when you’re just starting out, that even though you find that a certain oil is antibacterial or antiseptic it doesn’t mean it will address your specific issue. For example, allspice essential oil has antiseptic properties, but it is primarily used to address stiffness in arthritis and rheumatism pain, and easing gastric complaints.

Please remember: essential oils are very concentrated and can potentially cause serious reactions. Before using essential oils please do your own research and find the oils that will work best for you, based on your needs and sensitivities. Also consider that essential oils could change the effectiveness any current medications you are taking, so consulting your doctor may be necessary.

This post is part 1 of a two-part series.

Ten Essential Oils for Illness


Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano essential oil is my current go-to when I am feeling some kind of sickness coming on. This oil acts as a general cleanser to the digestive system, soothing the stomach, liver and spleen; and provides relief for nervous stomach disorders, calming muscle spasms and encouraging appetite. Oregano also acts on the respiratory system. You can get relief from colds and bronchitis; and it alleviates symptoms of asthma and whooping cough. It is also said that oregano can provide relief for the senses, possibly easing deafness, pain and noise in the ears. Oregano is considered a warm oil, and can help ease muscle cramps.

Because oregano essential oil has so many properties and addresses such a wide range of uses it is a great oil to have around. When using oregano essential oil you should use it with a carrier oil. It is also suggested by some that the use of oregano essential oil should be stopped after ten days because it could cause an unhealthy build-up in the system.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Also known as Melaleuca essential oil, tea tree essential oil is most well-known for supporting the immune system. It activates the white blood cells helping the body fight infectious diseases. It can also help with skin issues, including itching from chicken pox; clearing spots and blemishes, like acne; and reducing pus in infected wounds and burns.

Tea tree essential oil gets used around here for a lot of things. It gets used mostly for cuts, scrapes, and acne. But when someone gets sick it gets used in a blend. Keep in mind when using tea tree essential oil that you may feel some irritation on sensitive areas of the skin.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus is an herb or oil that comes up frequently when I’m searching for new herbs to try or information on a specific condition I need to remedy. It covers a wide range of issues, including soothing arthritis, rheumatism, and muscle pains; reduces ache; and cleanses minor wounds.

But for the purpose of this post I want to focus on how it helps boosts the immune system. Using eucalyptus essential oil will provide some relief for sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis. It will help reduce symptoms from the cold or flu. And eucalyptus has also been known to combat candida (yeast infection), chickenpox, and measles symptoms. What a powerful herb.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or E. angustifolia)

I’ve recently purchased echinacea and can tell you just by the smell that it is a solid herb. This essential oil can be used to relieve tension, particularly tension headaches; heal minor burns and wounds, and other skin irritations. It is also an aid for the digestive system.

Echinacea is known more for being an aid to the immune system, however. It acts as an immune stimulant and provides relief from upper respiratory infections. Research has shown that the use of echinacea will significantly reduce your chances of getting a cold but also shortening the amount of time you suffer from one once you get it. This fact alone will have me turning to echinacea the next time I get sick.

Frankincense (Boswelia carterii)

I cannot tell you how many diy remedies I’ve seen all over the internet that use frankincense essential oil. The only thing stopping me from running to the internet and purchasing some is the cost. That tells me that, either, it takes a special process to harvest or it takes a lot of the herb to create a small amount of oil. Either way, seems like it would be fantastic. And it is.

Frankincense essential oil is fantastic at helping your body do exactly what it’s supposed to do. It provides a boost to the immune system, helping to alleviate coughs, sore throat, strep, pneumonia, and staph symptoms. Frankincense also acts as a tonic to your body, helping it return to a state of equilibrium; helping it function efficiently.

Using all-natural remedies, like essential oils, is a great way to support your body. For the most part our bodies have the ability to do everything we need it to. It is merely our lifestyles and diet that impede our bodies ability to function at its highest level. By turning to essential oils we are giving our bodies a simple push in the right direction, without loading down our livers with chemicals it doesn’t know how to process. And we are left free from side-effects that you will more often than not see on store-bought, lab-created “medicine”. For me, it was a no-brainer to turn away from the many side effects from those chemicals to tried and true natural remedies. Check out my other blog posts to see even more about my switch to a more natural life.


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