A Beginner’s Guide To Using Essential Oils for Congestion
Essential oils are an amazing way to relieve symptoms due to a cold, sinus infection or allergies. This guide will help you learn how to use essential oils for congestion so you will feel better in no time!
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Don’t let a stuffy nose get the best of you. I always turn to essential oils to relieve sinus congestion and the other symptoms that come with a cold – and they haven’t failed me yet!
Congestion sucks, whether it’s from a cold, allergies or a sinus infection, it just blows (sorry I had to!). Luckily essential oils, aka nature’s medicine, have us covered. Read on for my go-to essential oils for congestion, the best methods to kick that cold and a few handy diffuser blends to get you through the night.
Why Essential Oils For Congestion
Have you ever taken some kind of medication when you’re really stuffed up and then you feel kinda gross afterward? Dry mouth, maybe nausea and a little foggy? Well, those are just a few of the side effects I have felt after taking cold and sinus medications. No thank you!
Ever since we started using essential oils, those really nasty colds and related congestion are easily managed and never last long. We use essential oils to relieve congestion, boost our immune system, relieve any head pain and also to help us sleep through the night comfortably.
My philosophy is – try something natural first and if it works, great. If not, then we can explore other options. Luckily in the past five years, we haven’t had to explore other options.
What essential oils are good for congestion?
You know when you get a whiff of Vick’s Vapor Rub and feel immediate relief? Well, that’s Eucalyptus at work my friends! Instead of using a synthetic version loaded with who knows what, let’s go right to the source. Real, sustainably sourced Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary are going to be the main essential oils that will promote clear respiratory function aka, help you breathe. Eucalyptus is by far my favorite because it has the added bonus of promoting feelings of relaxation. Lord knows, when I’m stuffed up and feeling gross I could use some stress relief.
Tea Tree Oil is high on the list for congestion and colds. You might be thinking, how is tea tree oil going to clear my congestion? Well, my friends, this oil is full of powerful immune-boosting properties so while it’s not going to promote clear breathing, it will help the cold and congestion go away. And that’s what we want right?
Lemon Essential Oil is another powerhouse for snotty, runny noses. Lemon cleanses your system and clears the pathways to promote a healthy respiratory system.
The Best Way to Use Essential Oils for Congestion
So how the heck are you supposed to use these essential oils when you are congested? Let me break down my favorite methods for ya.
Cup hands and inhale
The easiest, quickest way to get relief. Put a drop of Peppermint in your hands, rub them together (avoiding your fingertips), cup your hands, hold them over your nose and take a few deep breaths. Instant relief!
Apply to your chest with a carrier oil
Put one drop of Eucalyptus or Peppermint in your hands (or whichever oil you have), add a couple of drops of fractionated coconut oil and rub it all over your chest and neck. You will feel the effects of this for hours. You could pull your shirt up over your nose and take a few deep breaths for extra relief.
Make a DIY Cough and Sore Throat Salve (for that nasty cough and sore throat that often come along with congestion.
Warning: this is not for the faint of heart. A sinus steamer will clear out the gunk and have you better in no time, just be prepared to be uncomfortable for a few minutes.
Make a mug of boiling water like you would for tea. Add ONE drop of each oil to the mug. Close your eyes (or they will burn like crazy) and get your face right down in the steam coming off the mug (as close as you comfortably can). Take a few really deep breaths so you get the oils in your system.
Your nose will start running and it will clear everything out. Blow your nose and take some more deep breaths. You will be clear in no time! Do this three times a day if you can. Sinus steamers are ahhhmazing for sinus infections.
I wrote a whole post about the sinus steamer method because it’s so effective!
Epsom Salt Bath
Run a bath and add about 1/2 cup of Epsom Salts and 3-5 drops of essential oil. Soak in that for a while, relax, breath. You will sleep like a baby!
Diffusing essential oils is key when you are congested, especially at night. I love this inexpensive diffuser and so do my kids.
Here are a few of my favorite diffuser combinations for colds and congestion:
Tea Tree (3 drops)
Lavender (3 drops)
Eucalyptus (2 drops)
Orange (2 drops)
Lavender (2 drops)
Peppermint (2 drops)
Lemon (2 drops)
Lavender (2 drops)
Rosemary (3 drops)
Eucalyptus (3 drops)
Essential Oils are Amazing for Congestion!
I hope you get some congestion relief using these tips. Leave a comment below with your best natural remedy for congestion!