Essential Oil Cold & Flu Bombs

Whether you are sick and looking to kick something or wanting to get ahead of an illness you’ve been exposed to, these bomb-diggity cold & flu bombs are what you are looking for.

We use these bad boys faithfully whenever the mountain man or I start to feel any inkling of under-the-weather symptoms coming on.  My kids aren’t able to take the capsules just yet, so for them I put this same mix in the diffuser and on their feet (mixed with a carrier oil.)

The combination of this oil blend and my elderberry syrup recipe has kept us well through many near-miss brushes with sickness over the past two years.  I have actually been using this blend off and on for several years, but the honest truth is, in years past, I tended to get a big cocky from time to time, and convince myself that I didn’t need to take them or didn’t have time to make a big batch.

“Oh, you’re fine, you’ve got this.”  –  What do I think I am, a magician?

“You don’t need to waste the oils.” – Why else do you have them?

“I’m too busy to make them right now.”  – A capsule seriously takes 30 seconds to make.

These times when I’m feeling too stubborn to make the darn capsules are the only time I get sick. So if you wait too long, and really let a bug take hold, you may have to deal with some of the consequences. These bombs help to support a healthy immune system. They can play a huge part in helping to take the edge off of your symptoms and shorten the duration of an illness, but they don’t always just kick the cold out the door.  IF YOU WAIT TOO LONG.

However, I have learned that the morning I wake up with a sore or scratchy throat or yucky feeling coming on. I go strait for the oils.  I try to keep a batch of these on hand in a jar at all times to be on the safe side but seriously, it’s 30 seconds to make a capsule, just do it.

Here’s what you need.

  • Vegetable capsules
  • Carrier oil (I prefer Young Living’s V6, but any culinary oil is also fine)
  • Thieves essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  •  Frankinsence essential oil
  • Oregano essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil

Depending on the size of your capsule, you can usually fit 2 drops of each oil in a capsule. Oh sure, you could make it complicated and use 3 drops of this and 1 drop of that but do you really want to have to stop and think about that kind of thing? No. Just keep it simple.  2 drops of each, and top off with carrier oil.  (Preferably not on an empty stomach & don’t forget the carrier.)

Recommended dosage:

If you know you were exposed to an illness or are wanting to keep all your bases covered, before a big vacation or event, I recommend 1 capsule in the morning and at night (with food.)

If you are already feeling symptoms coming on, take a capsule 3 times a day for a few days until you feel completely in the clear.

If you are definitely under the weather give yourself a bigger boost by taking a capsule every 4-6 hours until you have been in the clear for a few days.  It can double back on you if you quit too soon!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don’t have every one of these oils, make them any way.  I have needed to leave one or two oils out from time to time when I unexpectedly ran out, and they have still worked fine, but if you have them all, USE THEM ALL for the most effective results.

**ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: Regardless of the ads that pop up at the end of this blog post, do not ingest any essential oil that is not labeled ‘Therapeutic Grade’. And for heaven’s sake, DO NOT BUY YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS FROM AMAZON. I only use Young Living because they have by far surpassed all others in their efforts to offer the cleanest most pure essential oil on the market with their Seed to Seal process.


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***Disclaimer: These bombs are NOT meant to fight off a stomach bug. Think, common cold, flu, etc.

****Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or any other form of medical professional. The content of this blog is based simply my own experiences and opinions and have not been evaluated by any government agency. This information is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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4 thoughts on “Essential Oil Cold & Flu Bombs

  1. I don’t want to take straight essential oils into my stomach, I’ve hurt my stomach that way in the past. I was thinking it might work to make up the blend and add a carrier so when it touches the stomach lining it doesn’t hurt it. Would I need a larger capsule if I did that?

    1. I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment before! Yes if you’ll look at the recipe closely I do recommend adding a carrier oil to the capsules always. You can also add them to your drink, but either add a pinch of mineral salt to your drink or emulsify the oils with some honey before adding your beverage so that the oils disperse in the liquid more effectively.

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