6 Ways to Use On Guard Essential Oil to Combat Cold & Flu

This post was updated 9/12/14. I no longer recommend the use of essential oils internally.

One of my favorite essential oil blends from doTERRA is their On Guard protective blend. It contains wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary and is formulated to support a healthy immune system. During cold and flu season I use On Guard on a regular basis in a variety of ways to help boost our immune systems and protect against flu, colds, and viruses.

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6 Simple Ways to Use On Guard to Combat Cold and Flu

Make Antibacterial Hand Soap

We know hand washing is an important step in minimizing the spread of germs. You can use On Guard essential oil to make your own antibacterial hand soap. I reuse foaming soap dispensers and make a foaming hand soap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Fill your foaming soap dispenser almost to the top with water.
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • Add 10-15 drops On Guard essential oil

Apply On Guard Topically

To keep immunity up during cold and flu season, I apply On Guard to my kids feet each night before bed. It’s easy and has become a part of our nightly routine. If anyone’s getting sick I apply it more frequently throughout the day.


I dilute with a ratio of 3 drops On Guard to 1 tsp. carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) and store in a roll-on bottle so it’s ready to apply whenever I need it. For a sore throat, apply this diluted blend directly on your throat. *You can find these roll-on bottles at Aroma Tools.

Room Spray

Making a room spray is a simple way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Fill a small glass spray bottle about 3/4 full with distilled water. Add 15-20 drops On Guard. Use when you need to freshen things up (i.e. after a diaper change,) or just when you want to enjoy a nice smelling home. **One thing I love about On Guard is that the smell reminds me of the holidays, so it’s perfect during the Fall and Winter.

Make a Disinfecting Cleaner

If you make your own all purpose cleaner using vinegar and water (mix vinegar and water together in a spray bottle using a 1:1 ratio), simply add in 10-15 drops of On Guard to give it some extra anti-bacterial cleaning power. This will also help if you’re not a huge fan of the smell of vinegar. Sometimes I just add a couple drops of On Guard to my sponge to wipe down the counter if I’m just doing a quick counter top wipe-down.

Make a Hand Sanitizer

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I love to make my own hand sanitizer spray with On Guard. I keep it in my car so I can spray it on the kids’ hands as soon as I pick them up from school or right after we leave the grocery store.

Diffuse On Guard in Your Home

I love, love, love the smell of On Guard. It reminds me of fall and Christmas. During the cold and flu season I diffuse On Guard frequently to build our immune systems. If you’re looking for a great diffuser, I love this one and it gets great reviews.

doTERRA also offers several other On Guard products including Cleaner Concentrate, Whitening Toothpaste, and Foaming Hand Soap (if you don’t want to make your own). Remember, always do your research before using essential oils, and use them with care.

Essential oils are extremely powerful and should always be diluted. For more safety information, check out this post from my friend Megan at Sortacrunchy.

For more ideas on how to use essential oils, check out my Essential Oils Board on Pinterest.

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Comments

  1. I usually take a drop of On Guard internally. Haven't tried making it into a roll-on. I love Doterra oils!!!
    I use them all the time. My favorites are Breathe, Deep Blue and Melalueca.

  2. This is how I protect my baby during cold and flu season. It fights bacteria and viruses. I usually drop on my baby's feet at bedtime. It's my favorite.

  3. Great tips for fighting against cold and flu. I appreciate your hard work in sharing a useful information. Thanks a lot.

  4. Your essential oils Pinterest board is great. Thanks.

  5. Got this idea from a friend. OnGuard "ice cream!" Blend (in blender) 2 frozen bananas, a splash or 2 of milk (I use coconut milk) and a drop or 2 of OnGuard. We ate it when RSV hit our house recently and my hubby and 1-year-old loved it! And mama, too. ;)

  6. http://www.granolaliving.com/2012/07/why-we-dont-

    Please read the above post. It is full of very credible information.You are spreading misinformation regarding doTerra's therapeutic grade claims. There is no such thing, it's a term DT coined. EO's are never to be ingested internally according to the NAHA unless under the care of a physician or licensed aromatherapist who is able to prescribe. Not trying to stir up trouble–your post is great up until you endorse the internal use of EO's. This is one of the first things a student in a recognized aromatherapy program endorsed by the NAHA learns.

    I do hope you'll take this comment in the spirit it was intended, and that is just to bring something that could potentially harm people, which I am sure is not your intent, to your attention.

  7. Travis Alvord says:

    Essential oils definitely have pharmacological activity, but they're best used topically for dermal infections, or possibly inhaled with a diffuser. Unfortunately, research shows the antimicrobial effects are mild at best when taken orally, so they're unsuitable for severe infection, in which case you should use traditional antibiotics. And while it's true that many of the active constituents of essential oils are small molecules capable of permeating the skin, transdermal delivery is going to be even less effective in producing a systemic effect than oral use, which already provides questionable benefit. Basically, it's extremely unlikely that a dab on the skin provides any meaningful benefit in preventing or curing colds, anecdote notwithstanding.

  8. We know hand washing is an important step in minimizing the spread of germs. You can use On Guard essential oil to make your own antibacterial hand soap. I reuse foaming soap dispensers and make a foaming hand soap. Here’s how to do it:

  9. These are some useful tips to keep ourselves safe during the cold days. Now that is summer we should try and stay hydrated and protect our skin from the hot sun!

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