Aromatherapy Recipes to Treat Colds and Flu

Use aromatherapy sea salt bath, massage oil and steam inhalation recipes to provide cold and flu relief this flu season.


  • Eucalyptus essential oil makes this sea salt bath perfect for when you have a cold.
    Photo by Fotolia/Jolita Marcinkene

Jade Shutes, a holistic aromatherapist and founder of The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies near Raleigh, North Carolina (theida.com), recommends these treatments.

Sea Salt Bath for Colds

• 2 cups fine sea salt or Epsom salts
• 5 drops rosemary essential oil
• 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus for adults, or E. radiata for adults, adolescents and children)
• 2 drops lemon essential oil

Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Fill bath, add sea salt blend, get into the bath and swish water to break down salts and disperse oils.

Massage Oil for Colds

• 1 ounce sunflower oil
• 6 drops rosemary essential oil
• 4 drops peppermint essential oil
• 3 drops ginger essential oil
• 4 drops lemon essential oil



Mix ingredients in a glass bowl, then rub over chest, upper back, neck and shoulders. Apply morning and evening, or as needed.

Steam Inhalation

• 4 cups water
• 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 1 drop rosemary essential oil
• 1 drop lemon essential oil



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