I hate being sick. I bet you do, too.
When my throat hurts, it stops me from enjoying normal activities like eating, talking, and sleeping.
Happily, I found that the best essential oils for sore throats can help me feel better faster.
Today, I’ll discuss the oils that are good for throat pain.
I’ll cover the fastest way to cure a sore throat.
Plus, I’ll share recipes for your diffuser and topical application.
- Why use essential oils to soothe a sore throat?
- How to use essential oils to treat a sore throat?
- Aromatherapy to calm a sore throat with essential oils
- Topical application of essential oils to cure a sore throat
- Now Peppermint Essential Oil
- Majestic Pure Lavender Oil
- doTERRA – Lemon Essential Oil
- ArtNaturals 100% Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Plant Therapy Thyme Linalool Essential Oil
- Edens Garden Ginger Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils
- Plant Therapy Myrrh Essential Oil
- Plant Therapy Juniper Berry Organic Essential Oil
- Hyssop 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
- Plant Therapy Clove Bud Organic Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil – India – by SenseLAB
- Edens Garden Sage Essential Oil
- Eve Hansen Organic Tea Tree Oil
- Bitter Orange 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
- Now Essential Oils, Oregano Oil
- North American Herb & Spice Oreganol P73
- Rocky Mountain Oils Immune Strength Essential Oil Blend
- Thieves Hard Lozenges by Young Living Essential Oils
Why use essential oils to soothe a sore throat?
Essential oils decrease inflammation and boost the immune system.
Some oils, like peppermint, reduce pain.
Many have the side effect of boosting mood.
All of these benefits improve your well-being.
How to use essential oils to treat a sore throat?
There are two recommended ways to use essential oils to soothe a sore throat.
One is with aromatherapy, or inhalation.
The second is to apply them topically to the skin once they’ve been diluted with a carrier oil.
Some people may recommend taking the oils internally.
You’re likely to find recipes for homemade cough syrup online.
This is risky.
Some manufacturers, like doTerra, say that you can use the oils internally.
If I were you, I’d speak to a doctor before ingesting any essential oils that aren’t marketed for that purpose. I’d also read all directions carefully and start with the lowest concentration.
An alternative to drinking or eating the oils is to gargle with them.
But please dilute the oils before you gargle. For example, add 3 drops of peppermint or lemon essential oil to a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and mix it well.
Be sure to spit out the mixture once you’re done gargling.
Warm salt water is a safe alternative for gargling.
Aromatherapy to calm a sore throat with essential oils
Put a few drops of oil in your diffuser and sit nearby for a few minutes.
Take slow, deep breaths.
If you notice any irritation or undesirable effects, stop the treatment immediately. Get fresh air.
If you use an ultrasonic diffuser that adds humidity to the air, that may make your breathing easier.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you’re not out of luck.
Here are some ideas to do aromatherapy without a diffuser:
- Open a bottle of essential oil and sniff it. Take 5 slow breaths, then close the bottle and come back to it in an hour or two to repeat the process.
- Put a couple of drops on a cotton ball or piece of felt and keep it nearby. Don’t let it touch your skin, though.
- Add 2 or 3 drops to a bowl of steaming water.
Depending on the oil you use, you should notice a comforting sensation soon.
Topical application of essential oils to cure a sore throat
When I say topical, I mean external use only.
You’ll need a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil to protect your skin.
You can use fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, sesame oil, or just about any pure vegetable oil you have on hand.
Diluting the essential oil won’t diminish its potency.
Start with a 1% concentration to see how your skin reacts if you’ve never done this before.
That means adding 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
Massage that into the skin of your throat.
You can repeat this process every 3 to 4 hours.
Please don’t exceed 5 drops per teaspoon–that’s only for short-term treatments, and it could cause irritation.
If you pre-mix the oils together, then you can saturate a cloth, warm or cool the cloth, and use it as a compress.
Now, let’s discover the essential oils that will help you feel better faster.
Now Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint’s characteristic scent uplifts the mood and unclogs the nose.
The soothing sensation distracts from the pain.
And peppermint has antimicrobial properties, too (1).
The cool feeling comes from menthol, an ingredient you’ll see in cough drops and vapor rub.
NOW steam-distills the aerial parts of the peppermint plant to make this essential oil. It’s tested for purity and quality both in-house and by third-party labs.
Recipe for homemade vapor rub
You’ll need a half cup of coconut oil. You can thicken the mixture by adding a tablespoon or two of beeswax.
Warm the oil and beeswax until they are liquid, but not hot.
Add 15 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.
Mix well and pour into a container that has an airtight lid. Glass is a better choice than plastic.
Let it cool before you put the lid on, then store it in a cool, dark place.
Majestic Pure Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is also anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.
Although it doesn’t have the cooling sensation that peppermint does, it is calming.
If you’re having trouble relaxing and sleeping because you’re sick, use lavender to help you.
Majestic Pure employs steam-distillation to make this lavender oil. It’s a blend of Lavandula augustifolia from Bulgaria and Lavandula hybrid. The plants are harvested in Bulgaria and France.
They include a glass dropper with the bottle.
doTERRA – Lemon Essential Oil
I’ll bet that you’ve seen cough drops and sore throat lozenges flavored with lemon. Lemon is anti-microbial, and it can boost the immune system.
Lemon also contributes to a positive mood.
doTerra promotes this lemon oil for external and internal use. But since it’s highly concentrated, you might be better off adding a drop or two of regular lemon juice to a teaspoon of honey instead of the oil.
ArtNaturals 100% Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil
What would the world of cold medicine be without eucalyptus?
It improves circulation and eases breathing. It’s also a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory.
ArtNaturals test the purity of their oils with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. You can see the test reports on their site.
They make the oil from the Eucalyptus globulus plant harvested in India. It has an anticipated shelf life of two years after it’s opened.
Plant Therapy Thyme Linalool Essential Oil
If you plan to use thyme oil, get this one that’s packed with linalool. It’s specifically made to boost the immune system and fight germs (2).
Take a deep breath, and it’ll alleviate congestion. Blend it with a carrier oil and massage it into your neck to reduce the pain of a sore throat.
Edens Garden Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger tastes great in food, and it aids in digestion.
It’s anti-inflammatory and warming.
Ginger can help you feel more positive. Plus, it can calm irritation if your sore throat is caused by gastrointestinal problems.
Edens Garden uses Zingiber officinale to make this oil.
Frankincense Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils
Frankincense is healing to the body and mind.
Blend it with other oils like myrrh or lavender to boost their curative properties further.
Young Living makes this oil from Boswellia carterii.
Plant Therapy Myrrh Essential Oil
The woody fragrance of myrrh lowers tension. On the skin, it eases pain.
Include myrrh alongside frankincense and bitter orange in your diffuser to ease cold and flu symptoms.
Recipe to breathe easier when you have a cold
Not everyone does well with eucalyptus or peppermint. Both of those oils can cause asthma to flare-up.
Instead, try this recipe to ease your breathing.
- 2 drops myrrh
- 2 drops frankincense
- 3 drops bitter orange
The fragrance may remind you of the holidays. It can make you feel better inside and out.
Plant Therapy Juniper Berry Organic Essential Oil
Juniper berry has a delicious aroma. It’s a natural remedy for sore throats and respiratory infections.
Since it’s a potent blend of anti-bacterial and antioxidant components, it can help your body heal faster.
Plant Therapy makes this USDA-certified organic essential oil by steam-distilling the berries of the tree.
Recipe to alleviate a sore throat and congestion
- 3 drops of juniper berry
- 3 drops of clove
Hyssop 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
Hyssop has been used for purification and cleansing since the time of ancient Greece. Doctors back then recommended it for relieving respiratory infections and sore throats.
Fabulous Frannie manufactures this oil from the Hyssopus officinalis plant. They recommend blending it with eucalyptus.
Plant Therapy Clove Bud Organic Essential Oil
Clove can help numb the pain of a sore throat.
It strengthens the immune system while it fights bacteria and viruses. In addition, it’s antiseptic.
If you’re familiar with Thieves’ oil, then you know it contains clove oil as an essential ingredient.
Recipe to cleanse the air during cold and flu season
Diffuse the following to strengthen your immune system and cleanse the air of germs.
- 2 drops clove
- 2 drops cinnamon
- 3 drops orange or lemon
Sandalwood Essential Oil – India – by SenseLAB
Sandalwood isn’t just good for your skin; it also reduces stress.
When you’re sick, sandalwood diminishes inflammation and relieves discomfort.
Put 2 drops of sandalwood in 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil and massage that on your throat.
Not only does it smell good, but it can help your sore throat.
SenseLAB uses sandalwood grown in India. They offer a satisfaction guarantee.
Edens Garden Sage Essential Oil
Sage is different from clary sage essential oil. It’s derived from the same herb used for cooking.
If you combine sage with echinacea, there are even more powerful together against colds and flu.
Edens Garden uses sage grown in Greece to create this oil.
Eve Hansen Organic Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil should never be taken internally. Don’t swallow it or use it in your mouth or nose.
Apply it topically with proper dilution, or diffuse it.
Tea tree oil is proven to be antimicrobial. You may find that the medicinal, woodsy scent helps you breathe easier.
Eve Hansen manufactures this oil from USDA-certified organic Melaleuca alternifolia.
Bitter Orange 100% Pure, Undiluted Essential Oil by Fabulous Frannie
Bitter orange smells like true oranges. I bet you’ve been told to drink lots of orange juice when you’re sick.
Now you can diffuse bitter orange to help your sore throat get better.
It blends well with myrrh, sandalwood, clove, lavender, and lemon.
Now Essential Oils, Oregano Oil
Oregano oil kills MRSA and other harmful germs. You might find that oregano is just what you need to clear up your cold.
This version of oregano oil is made for diffusion or external application only. It’s very potent, so please be sure to dilute it properly.
Instead of diffusing straight oregano, blend it with eucalyptus, tea tree, or peppermint.
North American Herb & Spice Oreganol P73
This version of oregano oil is made specifically for flavoring food. It’s blended with extra virgin olive oil.
Put two drops in a cup of tea to soothe a sore throat.
You can also gargle with it. Add a drop to a quarter cup of warm water. For extra benefits, stir in a quarter teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt.
Rocky Mountain Oils Immune Strength Essential Oil Blend
Save yourself the trouble of making homemade recipes and utilize one the pros have created.
The Immune Strength blend contains clove, cinnamon, lemon, orange, oregano, Mandarin, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, ginger, and eucalyptus. It’ll save you money to not have to buy all these individual oils.
This oil covers all the bases. You can use it on your skin, you can diffuse it, and you can gargle with it.
Thieves Hard Lozenges by Young Living Essential Oils
These sore throat lozenges contain lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint with stevia extract as a sweetener.
Using them is a way to benefit from thieves’ oil without ingesting the oil yourself.
First off, let me say that I hope you feel better soon.
I trust that you discovered the best essential oils to relieve your sore throat.
If you’re feeling up to it, leave me a comment below to tell me what you used and how it worked for you.
1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321598.php by Aaron Kandola, published April 24, 2018, accessed November 1, 2019
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22313307 published November 2011, accessed November 1, 2019