How to Use Essential Oils for Sore Throats

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on November 4, 2016
essential oils for sore throats

You wake up one morning and find that you’re dealing with an itchy, scratchy throat. It’s not enough of a concern to make you pick up the phone to make a doctor’s appointment, but it’s enough of an issue that you know that you’ll be uncomfortable for most of the day.

It’s annoying, but you just have to deal with it, right? Actually, there are some remedies available to you at home that you can use to help soothe your throat. Learning how to use essential oils for sore throats is a great way for you to aid with the discomfort and help you to get on with your day.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover:

  • Best Essential Oils for Sore Throats
  • How to Use Essential Oils for Sore Throats
  • Blending Essential Oils for Sore Throats
  • Using Essential Oils for Sore Throats Through Inhalation
  • Using Essential Oils for Sore Throats Through Topical Application
  • Warnings about Using Essential Oils for Sore Throats
  • When to Seek Professional Help

Best Essential Oils for Sore Throats

Check out the second use on Dr. Oz:

How to Use Essential Oils for Sore Throats

You’ll need to gather the following items for all essential oil blends:
  • Your chosen oil or oils
  • Empty bottle to store blended oils
You’ll need to gather for inhalation:
You’ll need to gather for topical application:

Blending Essential Oils for Sore Throats (step-by-step instructions)

Step 1: Choosing Your Oils

If you are going to create a blend of essential oils for your sore throat treatment, choose your oils, keeping it to three or four oils that are effective as a mucolytic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and those that help ease pain. Our recommendations are listed at the top of this article.

Step 2: Blending Oils

One popular blend for sore throats incorporates a few of these essential oils. Try blending 10 drops lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), 10 drops lemon (Citrus limon), 5 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora), and 5 drops peppermint (Mentha × piperita). 

Blend in a glass container. Graduated cylinders work nicely for blending. Pour your newly blended oils into a glass bottle for essential oils, which can be found at Amazon specifically for essential oil storage. Seal tightly.

Step 3: Storing Your Blended Oil

Check shelf life of each oil, the shortest shelf life being the shelf life of your new blend. Blending more than you need prepares you for the next time someone gets sick and you need to have your remedy on hand and ready. 

Using Essential Oils for Your Sore Throats (step-by-step instructions)

Step 1: Determine the Right Essential Oil or Blend of Essential Oils that is Right for You

The first step is to determine the essential oil or blend of essential oils that you want to use for your sore throat.  When choosing oils, keep in mind safety, age, application and what aroma appeals to you when you begin. Or, until you feel more comfortable making your own blends, perhaps try the blend we recommend. We’ve chosen safe essential oils for you. As a reminder, they are: 

Step 2: Decide the Right Treatment Method

The next step is to decide which treatment method you want to use to soothe your sore throat. You can use the inhalation method, which helps to get the essential oil right to the source, and if used with steam can help to further hydrate the tissues of your throat that are aching.

If you choose topical application, blend 2%, or 18 drops per ounce, to the carrier or unscented lotion. Prior to application, clean the area with a warm cloth to open pores.  Apply liberally to throat and chest area and repeat as needed. If you have the time, warming the area makes the skin more receptive to topical treatment.

Step 3A: Use Essential Oils for Sore Throats Through Inhalation

There are a few ways that you can use essential oils for sore throats through inhalation. One of the easiest ways you can use essential oils is by simply adding a drop or two to a cotton ball, being careful not to touch skin directly, and inhale or put them inside of your pillowcase to sleep with the soothing scents.

Steam is another method of inhalation. Bring a pan of water to a boil and remove from heat. In a large glass bowl add water, no more than 2 drops of essential oil blend, place a hand towel over your head, and inhale deeply, keeping your eyes tightly closed to protect them.  Doing this for 10 minutes is very effective.  

Steam inhalation

If you own an aromatherapy diffuser, this is another method of using essential oils for sore throats through inhalation. This is not a necessary step as there are other ways to inhale essential oils, but if you already own one, it can be useful for this type of treatment.

Step 3B: Use Essential Oils for Sore Throats Through Topical Application

Essential oils can be easily absorbed into the skin, which makes it so that the oils can do the work that they are intended to do for you. You can sometimes rub and massage the essential oil into your neck and throat area without diluting it, but for most people, this is going to cause irritation. You’re trying to avoid more discomfort, so it’s best to dilute this with a carrier oil or unscented lotion.

A carrier oil, like coconut oil, or unscented lotion will make it easier to spread this essential oil in the impacted area. Plus, this may come in handy for more than just sore throats. Depending on the oils you use, you may find that this works on sore muscles