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The best essential oils to prepare you for those tough, germ-filled late fall and early winter months tend to have a decongestant or a disinfectant effect, and sometimes both: they can help prevent the onset of a cold by purifying the air in your home and thereby killing potential infections before they happen, and they can help relieve their symptoms if you do eventually become sick.

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus is perhaps the most obvious choice for this list, and it has long been used in popular balms to relieve sinus and chest congestion. Once diffused, though, it can also purify the air, as it also acts as a disinfectant. This versatile oil can also be used to relieve muscular tensions and aches! For a particularly strong effect, use peppermint eucalyptus essential oil, as its menthol content can also help relieve pains associated to dry coughs.

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Peppermint Peppermint’s effects are similar to eucalyptus, as it is particularly effective for relieving congestion, though it can also relieve nausea, headaches and even itches. It has the added bonus that its scent is generally considered to be more pleasant than eucalyptus. While peppermint does have antimicrobial properties – which is why it’s often found in gum to get rid of bad breath – it is not as powerful a disinfectant as eucalyptus essential oil; however, these two scents do complement each other well, so you could always consider using them in tandem with each other. 

Camphor Camphor essential oil is the queen of pain relief: as an ingredient, it is ubiquitous in analgesic balms, but it can also relieve pains associated to dry coughs and help clear congestion.  Of the oils on this list, it provides the most powerful, effective relief, but its main drawback is that it essential does smell like medicine: if you want to diffuse it, you may find that you will want to use other essential oils to balance out its scent. Camphor oil is also especially useful for its ability to soothe inflammation.

Black Spruce One of the lesser known essential oils on this list, black spruce essential oil still deserves a place of honor among cold relieving oils, as it has disinfectant, decongestant, analgesic and expectorant qualities! It also has a particularly pleasant scent compared to camphor, and diffusing this oil may remind you of walking through a forest. 

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White Pine Commonly used in products such as air fresheners and cleaners, white pine essential oil is an incredibly effective disinfectant, and it also has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. It is also useful for relieving symptoms of asthma, and has limited analgesic properties.   Lierre offers only the finest quality of organic, fair trade essential oils from the Divine Essence lines. Our essential oils are selected for their therapeutic qualities as well as their outstanding scents, and we aim to accommodate massotherapists and aromatherapy enthusiasts alike.These essential oils can be diffused, poured into a foaming bath, integrated into a wide variety of skin care and massage products, and even mixed into wax to create scented candles – the possibilities are inexhaustible! If you are interested essential oils or related products, you can visit at Lierre Essential Oils. Lierre offers the best quality acupuncture needlesmassage tablesmassage accessoriesclinic supplies,  personal care productsmassage supplies, and more at great prices. You can find out more great products at

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