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Our favorite essential oils for cough & cold season

Last Updated: 03/07/2024

Learn more about essential oils for cough & cold season 

It’s that time of year that none of us look forward to – that sniffly, achy, keep-you-up-through-the-night, cough and cold season. Try as we might to avoid it, it’s often inevitable that we end up on our couch in our pyjamas with a box of kleenex nearby at least a couple of days out of each year.

What is it that causes a cold? There are many myths, like going outside with wet hair causes a cold or that you have to eat nothing but chicken noodle soup in the winter months to prevent catching one, but the truth is that colds and flus are caused by viruses. Though they are more likely to circulate during colder weather seasons, your chances of catching one indoors are higher than catching one outdoors.

The Mayo Clinic says that the common cold is a viral infection in your nose and throat and is relatively harmless, though it might not feel that way while you’re sneezing and coughing and blowing your nose. Though there is no cure for the common cold, we want to share some of the ways we use 100% natural, plant-based essential oil wellness products to support feeling better fast during cough & cold season.

Relieving essential oils for cough & cold season

Two of the most well-known essential oils in aromatherapy that are commonly found in products known to treat symptoms of cold like cough are eucalyptus and tea tree. When describing either of these essential oils, you’ll typically hear descriptors like bracing, fresh, clearing or medicinal used to not only shed light on the way they smell, but the way they work to get the body feeling better when you’re under the weather. Eucalyptus is reported in aromatherapy to ease breathing during colds and to help prevent illness from airborne irritants, which is no surprise as its commonly referred to as ‘the breathing oil’. Tea Tree on the other hand is reported to help the body fight off illness like cough & cold and to help you feel restored, fast. At Saje, we offer a number of cough & cold products to support relief and restoration that contain these powerful essential oils:

Relieving essential oils products for cough & cold season:

Immune roll-on: your cold season super-hero, this roll-on was formulated to ease symptoms of cold like cough and to provide relieving comfort when you’re under the weather. Blended with the active ingredient menthol from peppermint, it also includes eucalyptus to soothe respiratory discomfort, cinnamon to warm and soothe and tea tree to relieve symptoms of cough. Rub a thick layer on the throat and chest up to three times daily to help you feel better fast. 

Immune diffuser blend: experience an energizing, supportive boost and freshen the air you breathe with this blend of essential oils formulated to help you feel your best all year long. This soothing and clearing formula contains zesty lemon to refresh the mind, thyme to be cleansing and deodorizing and both eucalyptus and tea tree for extra support in keeping your body and mind in tip top shape.

A person adding immune diffuser blend to an essential oil diffuser

Soothing essential oils for cough & cold season 

Two essential oils we are also big fans of when it comes to cough & cold season are frankincense and cinnamon. Frankincense is reported in aromatherapy to be supportive and balancing to the respiratory system, and the warmth and spice of cinnamon when experiencing symptoms of cough & cold is akin to the comfort of a hug. You’ll often find these essential oils in products designed to help you feel relieved and restored during cold season, as they are renowned for helping you get the rest and relaxation you need to recover. Here are a couple of products we love to help you feel comforted and soothed:

Soothing essential oil products for cough & cold season: 

Cinnamon 100% pure single note: ease the mind and comfort the emotions with this sweet and spicy essential oil. Known for its uplifting and warming properties, cinnamon encourages feelings of contentment and joy. Add 1 drop to a bowl of steaming water/facial steamer and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.

Cleansing products with essential oils for cough & cold season

Other products that are incredibly important during cough & cold season are those we use to keep our hand hygiene top of mind. We know that washing our hands is the single most important way we can avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs and infection to others, which is why we are all committed to a frequent and thorough hand washing process. Here are a few of the products we trust to keep our hands healthy during cough & cold season:

Cleansing essential oil products for cough & cold season:

Liquid Sunshine foaming hand soap: formulated without drying or irritating alcohol or artificial fragrance, our foaming soaps make quick work of getting your hands clean and leaving them soft and feeling hydrated. The base of our soaps is made from saponified coconut, sunflower and castor oils, which work in tandem with our aerated pump to produce frothy and fluffy foam that smells amazing while it cleanses. Blended with zesty citrus essential oils like grapefruit, orange and bergamot, this soap is a must-have during cough & cold season.

A person dispensing foaming hand soap into their palm

Liquid Sunshine foaming hand soap refill: we’re also excited to share that all of our cleansing and hydrating foaming hand soaps are offered in refill sizes! We celebrate that while our Community Members love the cleansing ability of our soaps, you also value a reduced environmental impact and less packaging waste. All of our 1.4L/47.3 fl oz. foaming hand soap refills can top up your regular soap dispenser just under six times, meaning less packaging waste and more savings for you!

Safe Hands lotion: all that extra hand washing during cough & cold season is bound to leave you skin feeling less than awesome, which is why we recommend a soothing and hydrating lotion that absorbs easily, won’t leave skin feeling greasy yet provides the daily nourishment you need. Safe Hands has been blended with antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil, vitamin E, lavender essential oil to balance and aloe vera to help support the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture.

Keeping your air refreshed with essential oils during cough & cold season

Another way we love to keep ourselves and our home feeling our best during cough & cold season is to use a diffuser to add a small amount of moisture to our air and keep it feeling refreshed. Diffusers are a simple way to customize how you want your space to smell and feel and adding that extra bit of comfort when you’re feeling unwell can help propel you back towards good health.

Diffusers & diffuser blends for cough & cold season:

Aroma Om white diffuser: this award-winning design is not only fashionable, but functional. Crafted with decorative ceramic and BPA-free plastic, the Aroma Om is the most popular diffuser we offer due to its clean and streamlined aesthetic look and feel, and for the ease of use in the home. Offering continuous or intermittent run times of between 3-6 hours and an optional LED light feature, this diffuser can be added to any space in the home to help elevate wellness.

Deep Breath diffuser blend: good quality self-care is important no matter what time of year, but this refreshing diffuser blend feels extra good when you’re battling a bug. Blended with fresh eucalyptus, stimulating peppermint and soothing marjoram, add 10-15 drops to your diffuser of choice and breathe in the purifying scents.

Refresh diffuser blend: this scent blends citrus and mint for a clean and uplifting aroma, formulated with sunny and citrusy lemon, fresh and herbal eucalyptus and sweet and cheerful spearmint. Sometimes all you need to get back to feeling like yourself is a healthy dose of invigorating and stimulating scents in your favorite diffuser.

Ways to feel your best during cough & cold season 

Apart from using natural and plant-based wellness products to support your overall health and well-being, there are many suggestions for ways in which you can keep your system functioning optimally and bounce back quickly during cough & cold season.

Our top tips:

  1. Hydrate the right way and do it often. Staying hydrated when you have a cold is key, as you lose fluids through mucous, blowing your nose and from coughing. Typically, it’s best to hydrate with clear fluids like water, herbal tea, soup broth and electrolyte-containing beverages to help your body stay nourished.
  2. Get your zzz’s. Your body needs proper rest to recover when you’re ill and sleeping more than usual when you have a cold can help you to build back up your immune system and fight off illness.
  3. Take good care. Though a cold is usually minor, it can really knock you off your feet. Prioritize self-care like taking a warm bath or extra-long shower, staying warm and cozy, resting when necessary and generally treating yourself well.

We hope these products and tips to ward off cough & cold season can help you feel your best all year long!

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