Best Essential Oils for Cough, Colds and Congestion.



It’s cough, colds and congestion season!


Everyone is complaining of one symptom or the other. Coughing, sinus congestion, flu like symptoms you name it!  I’m miserable and I have to work or go to school… There is no time to be sick! Reality of it… most viruses can last up to 7-10 days. But 7-10 days of sore throat, nasal congestion or flu-like symptoms will leave you feeling at your worst!


Doctor’s excuses needed!


Essential oils have mudicial properties that can help alleviate some of these symptoms. Maybe even get you through your day and have you feeling less like the Grinch!


Added bonus… some essential oils having a calming affect that helps with mood and stress relief.


Essential oils can be used as a topical to soothe inflamed skin, steam inhalation, Diffusing, massage therapy or even ingested depending on the grade. You can also get a plastic bag and DIY a few aromatherapy tissues with drops of eucalyptus and lavender oils.


I suggest patch testing for topical oils. Due to allergic reactions and skin sensitives you want to make sure you have tested it out on your skin first.


Way before you have turned into a  Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka!


Also do your research, as with anything else high-grade essential oils will be better than any other version. You get what you pay for. Carrier oils are also necessary to add to essential oils to dilute the potency and add a base for application. Carrier oils include Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil and coconut oil just to name a few. 


Ask your doctor if you plan to use essential oils and you are currently taking other medications that may interact with alternative therapies.


The Oils…


Peppermint essential oil



• Menthol aroma helps with congestion
• Improves concentration and fatigue
• Soothes nausea, upset stomachs and headaches
• Warming effect when massaged in skin so great for achiness


Tea Tree essential oil


• Added to warm salt water gargles for sore throat. Used for antiseptic, antiviral and antimicrobial properties
• Massaged on neck and sinus area for congestion relief
• Great disinfectant. Add to spray bottle with water to disinfect most touched area such as doorknobs, remotes, handles ect.


Lavender Essential oil


• Relaxation and calmness
• Sleep aid and decongestant in the diffuser
• Relief from achiness with massage


Or my favorite… Add it to a sugar scrub with olive oil to use on legs and feet as an exfoliator. Talk about smooth wink


Eucalyptus essential oil

• Reduce inflammation

• Thin mucus
• Provide antioxidant protection
• DIY Aromatherapy tissues



Lemon essential oil



• Purifies air and surfaces
• Positive energizing aroma
• Antibacterial action effective against allergies and colds



Thieves essential oil





• Antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties,
• Blended lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, clove, and rosemary best used for sore throats as a topical spray.



Thyme essential oil


• Antioxidant, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties
• Make a skin balm with coconut oil, and a few drops of thyme, eucalyptus and lavender. Great for coughs congestion and relaxation before bed.




To sum it all up , Essential oils have so many benefits other than using in your diffuser and smelling good. When you really need relief from your colds and congestion essential oils are a natural solution. Keep it on hand for sick days so that you can create a concoction that relieves you of your miserable cold symptoms.



From aromatherapy to salt water gargles, topical sore throat sprays or vapor skin balms what other uses to do you have for your essential oils?




Further Reading: Remedies to Soothe a Sore Throat 








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