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Which Essential Oils to Use for a Sore Throat

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Not sure which essential oils to use for a sore throat? Lavender has a secret for you!

Lavender essential oil has a secret to share with you. (In Lavender’s experience, a lot of people are surprised by this.)

It’s about how to use essential oils for a sore throat.

You can use essential oils for a sore throat in a topical blend, like a throat cream.

Simply applying the blend topically really can bring a lot of relief—soothing inflammation, reducing infections, and calming spasms (think of the kind of coughing that comes on all of a sudden, and doesn’t want to let up).

Lavender wants to share one of its favorite natural sore throat recipes with you!

And to tell you which essential oils to use for a sore throat, so you don’t have to do any “guesswork.”

Here’s the recipe . . .

3 Great Sore Throat Oils!

  • 1 oz (28 g) natural unscented cream
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 8 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
  • 6 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass jar.

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You can use any kind of unscented natural cream that you like. Lotion works great, too!

Put the cream into the jar, and simply add the drops of essential oil right into it.

Stir the essential oil in gently with a glass stirring rod. (You can also use the handle of a stainless steel spoon.) It may take a minute or so for the essential oils to be fully stirred into the cream, but once they are stirred in they won’t separate again. Your cream will last a few weeks before you should make a new jar.

You can apply this cream right onto your throat, your chest, and the back of your neck. It feels so soothing and cooling!

Let’s talk about why Lavender chose these 3 essential oils to use for a sore throat.

Lavender essential oil is a good friend for so many different therapeutic purposes. It is a master when it comes to gently calming inflammation and cooling heat.

Tea Tree is a reliable “go to” essential oil for reducing germs and infections. And its ability to clear congestion makes it one of my favorite essential oils to use for a sore throat!

Lemon essential oil is another expert at getting rid of germs and infections. It also has a cooling touch, and is a wonderful natural pain relief oil. I love the combination of Lemon and Lavender for decreasing swelling.

I want to touch on an important safety issue.

You may have heard that Lemon essential oil (along with some other citrus oils) is PHOTOTOXIC.

When Lemon essential oil is applied topically in certain concentrations, it causes negative skin reactions in sunlight. That means if you apply Lemon essential oil and then go out in the sun, you could experience discoloration, burns, blisters, or another uncomfortable reaction.

So if you are asking, “Andrea, why would Lavender include Lemon essential oil in this sore throat blend, if Lemon is phototoxic?”

You’re asking a good question!

The answer is that Lemon is only phototoxic if it is blended at 12 drops or more per 1 oz (28 g) of carrier.

If we use less than 12 drops per 1 oz, Lemon does not become phototoxic.

And in our “3 Great Sore Throat Oils!” cream, we only have 8 drops of Lemon essential oil in 1 oz (28 g) of natural cream.

So our sore throat blend is not phototoxic at all! Lemon is perfectly welcome among our essential oils to use for a sore throat.

Lavender essential oil is a good teacher.

I have learned so much from it over the years about natural wellbeing—from pain relief, to easing anxiety, to skin care, and so much more.

Want to learn why Lavender is one of the most useful essential oils to have in your collection?

You are going to love the Lavender Essential Oil Spotlight! 

This video class is focused on Lavender essential oil—and we also touch on 8 other essential oils, so you get a well-rounded education and know how to bring out different sides of Lavender.

You’ll learn:

  • The 1 QUALITY Lavender brings to every blend
  • Important safety information about blending for children
  • How Certified Aromatherapists use Lavender for pain relief
  • Little-known research that proves Lavender’s benefits, so you understand when + how to use it
  • A simple body butter recipe that feels as exotic + luscious as an expensive store brand

Curious about Lavender’s class?

Learn more and register here!

Lavender and I hope to see you there!


Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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