On Guard essential oil is one of the most popular seasonal blends on the market. The oils within it not only smell amazing and remind you of cozy autumn days, they also help protect you from the hoards of germs and bacteria that circulate this time of year.
On Guard has quickly become one of the staples in my home during cold and flu season and I often swap between it and YL’s Thieves blend throughout the fall and winter months for immune support and for adding that seasonal flare throughout the house.
What Oils Are in On Guard?
DoTerra On Guard essential oil contains:
- Orange essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Cinnamon leaf essential oil
- Cinnamon bark essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
To say I go through this stuff like water is a bit of an understatement. This stuff just smells so good when diffused or dripped over decorative pinecones in the home. It instantly instills those fall feelings of cozy sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes, and that first chill in the air.
Besides the holiday undertones, this blend is known for its protective properties against seasonal illness.
DIY On Guard Essential Oil Recipe
I always keep a bottle that is strictly for cold and flu care on hand so that I don’t accidentally run out.
However, that does happen on occasion! When it does, I have the following recipe to throw together another batch until I can pick up a new bottle.
To make your own 5ml bottle of On Guard essential oil, you will need:
- 50 drops sweet orange essential oil (can sub with wild orange)
- 30 drops clove essential oil
- 15 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 15 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus radiata essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
This makes 105 drops of master blend which will barely fit in a 5ml bottle.
For a 15ml sized bottle, you will need:
- 100 drops sweet orange essential oil (can sub with wild orange)
- 60 drops clove essential oil
- 30 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 30 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 20 drops eucalyptus radiata essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
This will make 250 drops of master blend which is 15ml.
Why These Essential Oils Work
DoTerra On Guard is a blend that contains essential oils known to be powerful immune supporters that strengthen your resistance against cold and flu. If used while sick, this blend can help fight off seasonal illness and help keep frequently used areas of the home germ-free.
On Guard actually contains wild orange essential oil, a deeply scented, rich, tangy, and tart essential oil that’s unlike other citrus oils.
This is what makes the orange scent really stick out in this blend, so if you’re having trouble matching the aroma of your homemade version to the original, this is why.
Clove essential oil is one of the most potent antioxidants and is also known to be antiparasitic, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and pain-relieving in nature.
This makes it especially useful when diffused since it’s good for lung and sinus infections, sore throat, and bodily aches and pains.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil has a higher eugenol content than the bark which makes it great for soothing aches and pains and other bodily discomfort associated with seasonal illness.
Cinnamon leaf is also antiseptic, antibiotic, and disinfectant making it the perfect addition to homemade cleaning sprays for the bathroom and kitchen aa well as diffused for immune support.
Cinnamon bark essential oil contains more cinnamaldehyde than cinnamon leaf which makes it well suited for fighting off microbes and viruses both in the air and on surfaces within your home.
This oil is what really gives On Guard that festive flare.
Eucalyptus essential oil, especially the radiata variety, is one of the best essential oils to use for respiratory support. The oil cuts through stagnancy in both the lungs and sinuses by breaking up mucus and helping the sinuses drain and the lungs expectorate.
It’s the perfect companion for bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
Rosemary essential oil has a sharp, clean, fresh, and penetrating aroma that’s good for breaking up mucus in both the sinuses and lungs. It also improves circulation and reduces nausea.
How Do You Use On Guard?
You can use the On Guard blend in a number of ways, including:
- As a cleaning spray – add 10 drops to 8 oz of water in a spray bottle to disinfect surfaces
- Add a few drops to 1 oz of aloe vera gel and use it as a hand sanitizer
- Add 3 drops to 1 TB of coconut oil and rub it into sore and achy muscle
- Add to homemade body care to infuse it with a festive aroma (try these recipes: Thieves Spray, Candles, Foaming Hand Soap)
- Diffused – add 5-10 drops to a diffuser (I like this one) and diffuse in frequently used rooms during cold and flu season
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