Oh no! The fact you’ve looked for this makes us sad. Sore throats are no fun at all. Aromatics can certainly help. But how on earth do you use them, when you don’t know what they can do internally? Ah, well that’s the question, isn’t it? Today we’ll help you get to grips with some of the best essential oils for sore throats.
8 Best Essential Oils For Sore Throat
- Tea tree essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Hyssop essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Ravensara essential oil
- Myrtle essential oil
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Clove essential oil
Tea tree always comes at the top of these kinds of lists because it has all bases covered. It is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antibiotic, antimicrobial, it has more antis than a family wedding! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist)
But the point is, the reason it's one of the best essential oils for sore throat issues is that you don’t need to know what kind of germ bit you. You only need to have a sense that something is brewing. The rest we can leave up to the tea tree.
As we said though, swallowing essential oils is a bad plan unless it is under the guidance of a trained professional. But what you can do, is go old school, and use it like the aboriginal people of Australia used to.
In the early days, what they would do was to make a fire, throw on the tea tree branches then breathe the fumes. We can do the same, just using the essential oil.
Take the top off the bottle. Put the bottle into your mouth, but don’t close your lips around it. Now, take a big gasp of the FUMES, not the oil.
The molecules evaporate into your respiratory system where you need them most, putting all the “anti’s” to work.
There are lots of other ways to use the tea tree, and so we’ll just add other methods of application as we work our way down the list of the best essential oils for a sore throat.
Incidentally, we would normally say don’t use essential oils in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, but if you just wanted to gasp the tea tree fumes, you’d be ok doing that.
Now, lavender. Is it on the list of the best essential oils for sore throat because it will get rid of it? It is not. You’re going to need the rest of the heavy-hitting antimicrobials to do that. However, none of them are as good at getting rid of things that sting and hurt, as lavender oil.
So, if we blend lavender with some of the other best essential oils for sore throats we are going to heal from several different angles. Importantly too, lavender will help you sleep better if you are feeling a bit rubbish.
Again, we can gasp the oil. That works really well. But we like to get it as close to the problem as possible. So how about a gargle?
So, yes we don’t want to swallow it, but we will still make it safe for oral consumption. Remember that oils and water don’t mix, so we need to use a carrier of some sort. We could put it into a teaspoon of carrier oil, but better would be a teaspoon of honey.
Add one drop of your essential oil to the teaspoon of honey, then stir it into warm water.
Does it make it taste any better? Fair warning, it does not!!!
Of course, swallowing this is a bad plan. Gargle it and spit.
There are a couple of recipes for it at the end of the article.
Hyssop is rarely included in people’s articles about essential oils for colds and sore throats, however, it is one of the best plants for breaking up congestion. If your sore throat is a result of coughing, if you have catarrh or feel bunged up, this is absolutely the best oil to choose. The reason people avoid it is it can be a bit tricky to use.
It is high in a chemical group called ketones. Ketones are brilliant for breaking stuff down. So, we can say nasal or chest congestion, or actually even scar tissue. They are a clever group. But they can be a bit strange on the brain. Ketones can make some people feel a bit divorced from reality, so if you suffer from psychosis, schizophrenia, or have had issues with delusions before, this one would be an oil to avoid. Likewise, do not use it if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant.
The hyssop and honey thing actually is not bad. Its aniseed-y taste goes well with honey’s sweetness.
Like the other best essential oils for sore throat, you can use this topically of course (provided you don’t fall into the aforementioned groups).
Simply rub your essential oil blend onto the outside of your neck and throat. Essential oils absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream, so they will eventually find their way to wherever you need them. Clearly, on the throat, of course, you have nice, quick access.
For an acute condition like this, we usually recommend using it as many as five times a day to build up your oils. However, with such a painful condition as this, you can afford to use it more often if you want to.
Eucalyptus is one of the best essential oils for stuffy nose and sore throat days. We all know how good it is at dealing with congestion, (both nasal and chest congestion, incidentally). But like tea tree essential oil, it is bursting with antimicrobial constituents too. Just like the other Australasian oils (have you noticed how many of the best essential oils for sore throats come from there?) this is a great one to gasp the fumes from.
However, another great way to use this one is to dilute it a bit and just rub it onto the inside of your wrist, if you feel that familiar tingle starting.
The inside of the wrist has an excellent blood supply. Again the oils cleverly find their ways to where your body needs them.
As ever, we need to exercise a little caution when it comes to using eucalyptus on kids.
The powerhouse we want to leverage is 1,8 cineole. That’s the germ buster. But it does it by slowing respiration that can be difficult with children. If your little one is under six, choose some of the oils instead.
This essential oil is a beast. It is a mega germ buster of colossal proportions. If you want to support healthy immune function, then ravensara seriously kicks some microbial butt.
It is one of the best essential oils for sore throats, but it’s also one of the fiercest. Small dilutions, please. We would recommend using this in dilutions of less than 1%. So that’s 1 drop in a teaspoon of carrier, roughly.
This one is superb for diffusers, nebulizers, and evaporators too. Fill the room with all that limonene scent. Not only will it clear the atmosphere to protect the rest of the family, but it might even make you feel like you might consider smiling soon.
Don’t use ravensara when you are pregnant please, it is way too strong, and not on small babies either.
6. Myrtle Essential Oil
So this is one for the little ones. Frankincense didn’t make it to the top ten best essential oils for sore throats, but we love it for young ones’ stuffy noses and coughs. It is so comforting, and myrtle makes a tremendous partner for it.
It belongs to the same family as tea tree and all those other germ busters, but it’s like a lovely lullaby hug when kids are upset too.
You can use this topically, do the gasp trick, or myrtle in a honey gargle isn’t too terrible either.
We quite like myrtle in the bath for colds too, but just add it to a little bit of carrier oil first to be on the safe side. As ever, be careful how you get out of the bath. Carrier oils make it very slippy. Make sure you clean the bath as soon as you get out. From a safety perspective, it protects the next person to get in who might not be expecting an ice rink. From a housework point of view, dirt thinks carrier oils are a party. Clean it now or have ten times as much work tomorrow!
The big hitters now. Cinnamon and clove are obviously spices you have in the kitchen, and so it’s also a great idea to start putting those spices into a bit of comforting baking too. Just for medicinal purposes, you understand!
Cinnamon is rich with cinnamaldehyde. Again, it’s a brilliant germ buster, but not nice on the skin. This is a FANTASTIC one to gasp the fumes from, however, cinnamon is irritant to the mucous membranes so try not to get it on your lips or up your nose, and certainly don’t rub your eyes till you’ve washed your hands. Remember too, that oils and water don’t mix, so rinsing your hands will not remove it if you get it on your fingers. You will need to use soap.
Finally, we definitely recommend putting it in your diffuser. Your house will be like something from a realtor’s dream with the smell of cookies, but actually, you are cleaning germs from the air.
How to Dilute The Fiercest of The Best Essential Oils for Sore Throats
If you do want to put cinnamon into a massage oil, then according to Tisserand and Young Essential Oil Safety for Health Professionals your maximum dilution is 0.07%
So, to help you out, because that’s a mad one.
If there are roughly 20 drops of carrier to 1ml, there are 100 in a teaspoon of carrier.
7% is 7 drops in 1 teaspoon. You need 10 teaspoons for 0.7% and 100 teaspoons for 0.07%
A teaspoon is 5ml, so 100 teaspoons is 500ml.
You can see why we would suggest not using it topically! If you are going to use it, make a very blend. There is another trick you can try.
Put one drop of cinnamon essential oil in 10ml of carrier oil, then use a drop of that mixture. You will be well below the maximum dilution then.
Cinnamon is irritant to the mucous membranes.
Absolutely no usage in pregnancy, or on children, please.
Clove is another stellar immunity support. This time it’s eugenol that is the scary dude so the maximum dilution is not quite as low. Do not use more clover essential oil than 0.5% dilution (to be clear, that’s half a percent, not half of your mix! So, one drop of clove in 2 teaspoons of carrier.
Again, do not use during pregnancy please, nor on children under 2.
The Best Essential Oils for Sore Throat: DIY Recipes
Essential Oil Recipe For Sore Throat Gargle
- 30mls warm water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 drop Tea tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula alternifolia)
- 1 drop Hyssop Essential Oil (Hyssopus officinalis)
Method of Preparation: Dissolve your pills in the honey, then stir into your warm water.
Gargle, then spit, repeatedly. This is not recommended to be drunk.
Safety: In pregnancy, cases of high blood pressure, seizures, or psychotic conditions, leave out hyssop.
Essential Oil Recipe For Sore Throat
- 1 teaspoon Grapeseed Carrier Oil
- 10 drops Tamanu Carrier Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
- 2 drops Tea tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 2 drops Ravensara Essential Oil (Aromatica ravensare)
- 2 drops Myrtle Essential Oil (Myrtus communis)
Method of use: Apply to the throat, or to the side of the wrist as often as you remember
Safety: Not suitable for use during pregnancy.
Always have the best essential oils for sore throats ready to hand. Apply a drop of tea tree onto your wrist when you feel one coming on, then dose up accordingly. Employ the oils in as many ways as you choose. You won’t overdose. The body just rids the excess as waste.
Most importantly, Get well soon!