10 Essential Oils for Colds to Get Rid of Sore Throats and Sniffling

It's happened: Your throat stings, the glands just below your jaw are the size of Milk Duds, your nose is congested—you've got a cold. Drat. While the common cold won't completely knock you out of commission, it's uncomfortable, painful, and just plain annoying. And while you can curb symptoms with medications, a natural remedy is less artificial or prone to side effects.

Enter: essential oils. "Essential oils are most commonly seen in our skincare, haircare, and home care products, but there has been a lot more research lately about how essential oils can boost our moods, heal our bodies, and even help treat and prevent sickness," explains Adina Grigore, the founder of the organic skincare brand S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life.

"Beginning thousands of years ago and across a range of cultures—the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, India, and Rome, to name a few—essential oils were critical elements in healing and wellness rites," she adds. Since it's cold season, Grigore revealed the best essential oils for helping with those terrible symptoms.

Disclaimer: Please speak with a doctor first to determine the best care plan for your unique symptoms.