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The best essential oils for cold and flu

This time of year it begins…the sniffles, the runny noses, and the dreaded stomach flu.  I normally try to do as much prevention as possibly by apply Thieves to my children before school and all of us taking vitamins and a probiotic.  However, mama has gotten lax on the Thieves application lately.  And lo and behold Ella came down with something yesterday.  I keep the best essential oils for cold and flu on hand and wanted to share how we use them.

The best essential oils for cold and flu

If you’re unfamiliar with Thieves let me explain a little bit about it.  During the black plague robbers protected themselves from contracting the very contagious plague by rubbing themselves with spices, herbs, and oils.  Thieves is a blend of antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal essential oils such as Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiate, Cinnamon, and Rosemary.  It has been tested and has a kill rate of 99.96% of airborne bacteria.  Thieves is a MUST HAVE in our home.

If you are sick:

  • Thieves – Whenever one of us is sick I automatically diffuse Thieves in our home.  This helps to clean the air and prevent the rest of us from getting sick.  We also apply a couple of drops to the bottoms of our feet in the morning and before bed.
  • Inner Defense – This is something I also keep on hand.  It’s a capsule of Thieves, Oregano, Thyme, and Citronella.  I take 3 times per day with meals when sick.
  • RC – This is a go-to for colds, congestion, cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, and more.  It is a blend of Myrtle, Pine, Marjoram, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lavender, Cypress, Tsuga, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiate, and Eucalyptus Citridora.  I like to dilute with V-6 or Coconut Oil, apply to my feet, and put socks on before bed.
  • Digize – Digize is something we use when faced with stomach pain, indigestion, or upset stomach.  It is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli.  It seems to settle these issues very quickly!  I have always applied it topically but some people find relief from nausea by dropping one drop underneath their tongue.
  • Oregano – Oregano is a natural antibiotic.  Some ingest but we dilute and rub on the bottoms of our feet.

Interested in these purchasing these oils?  The best value is found when becoming a Young Living wholesale customer/distributor.  You can find more information on the cost and instructions on my ESSENTIAL OILS post.

* These statements made in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The products discussed are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  These are my opinions only and what we use personally in our home. 


  • Keisha Dawson - Thank you so much for sharing your tips on these oils. We have just recently started using them in our home, and we are loving the benefits. We diffuse thieves and peace and calming daily, but I hadn’t thought to put it on the kids feet as well. Thank you so much!

  • Jenny - Are all of these items safe and what you use on your own children? What is diffusing and can you describe that more? Thanks

  • Andrea Worley - Thieves…my go to for everything love it!

  • Carolyn - Question: do you dilute the thieves before rubbing it on your kids feet? I have looked them up and see some say undiluted… Not sure what I’m supposed to do


  • Jenny Collier - Hi Carolyn!

    I do dilute Thieves. It tends to burn my littles if I don’t.

  • Jenny Collier - I do use these oils on my own children. I dilute them with a carrier oil (I use the Young Living Brand V-6) but you can dilute with a pure olive oil or coconut oil.

    When I bought a Young Living kit it came with a diffuser. It creates a fine mist and releases the oils into the air. If that makes sense.

  • Jenny Collier - Yes! Easily one of my favorite oils!

  • Jenny Collier - Yes, putting on the kids feet seems to be key for me! Try it!