Beat Sore Throat, Cough & Congestion with these all-natural remedies

The respiratory system is the most exposed and vulnerable part of the body. With the first symptoms of cold, we begin to feel a sore throat, sinuses get congested, often cough and chest inflammation come too. These three common symptoms can be frustrating and durable, especially if we neglect to treat them in time and properly. Using essential oils for sore throat, cough and nasal congestion is my favorite choice for fast healing and relief.

Obviously, these conditions are closely connected, but thanks to essential oils we can rapidly alleviate the infection and speed things up for fast healing.

Cold and Flu Homemade Remedies

There are several ways to use essential oils which I’m going to describe below:

  • Massage Blends, mixed with carrier oils (almond, coconut, linseed), can be applied directly to the affected areas
  • Aromatherapy,  Steam or oil diffuser both work. This allows the oil to directly reach lungs and respiratory tract.
  • Apply on a warm cloth and wrap around your muscles as a pack to alleviate sore, or around your neck against throat inflammation.
  • Apply on the bottoms of your feet
  • Oils can also be ingested sometimes. Make sure you have chosen 100% pure organic oil. Essential oils should be ingested with caution and for just short periods, under the supervision of a doctor or a certified aromatherapist.
  • Bath, add few drops of your oil or blend in your bathtub, relax and enjoy. The oil will be absorbed through the steam, as well as through your skin

Essential Oils for Sore Throat, Cough and Congestion

  • German Chamomile Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Ginger Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Myrtle Oil
  • Hyssop Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Oregano Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Pine Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Juniper Berry Oil
  • Thieves Essential Oil

These are the most effective and commonly used essential oils when it comes to sore throat, cold and other symptoms. Other oils can be as effective as these, but I’m restricting the list as in my opinion these are the most powerful.

Continue reading below.

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger is a known for its effectiveness against

stomach and digestion issues, but also is useful for treating colds, congestion, flu virus, aching muscles and joints, and even fever. Ginger is particularly warming and enables our bodies to fight viral diseases by raising the body temperature making it harder for infections to survive and spread.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to bring down fevers and quiet the sensory system. Conventional Chinese Medicine prescribes lemongrass essential oil to ease stomach pains and furthermore to ease cerebral pains, colds.

Lemongrass oil has pain relieving, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, antiperspirant, diuretic, fungicidal, and narcotic properties which make it an ideal essential oil for colds and influenza alleviation.

It is also effective against bad dreams and insomnia.

German Chamomile Essential Oil

German Chamomile is a delicate and calming essential oil for colds and influenza. This oil will help soften away the pressure and sore from migraines and muscle. Diffuse it in the air, or add it to your most loved carrier oil and rub on around your neck, shoulders, and feet, or put a couple of drops in a steaming shower to alleviate throbbing muscles and quiet chest and throat sore.

Lavender Oil

Among essential oils for sore throat, congestion and cold, lavender oil have the first place on the rundown. It can rapidly slice through the bodily fluid and mucus development in the sinuses and respiratory tracts, enhancing breathing and calming the symptoms of cough and sore throats.

Apply a couple of drops of lavender oil to your pillow before you rest, or blend it with other carrier oils and rub it on your chest so you can breathe in the beneficial sweet-smelling throughout the night.

Myrtle Oil

The soothing and anti-inflammatory characteristics of myrtle essential oil help to alleviate soreness in the throat and eases the pain of extreme coughing.

Myrtle essential oil can be coupled with eucalyptus or pine essential oils can be used for a soothing massage or rubbed on the chest prior to going to sleep.

Hyssop Oil

The antibacterial properties of this essential make it a {powerful

defender of the respiratory system, as it is effective against infection and congestion symptoms. Additionally, it is anti-inflammatory in, helping to treat the irritated tissue in the throat.

The best way to use Hyssop Essential Oil is by inhalation – either with steam or diffuser.

Thyme Oil

With both antioxidant and antibacterial capabilities, thyme oil stimulates the restoration of damaged cells in the throat and lungs, as well as neutralize the bacterial or viral infections|an infection.

Use this oil with your aromatherapy, add 4-5 drops of thyme essential oil to a vaporizer, or mix it with another carrier oil and rub on your chest living it overnight.

Clove Oil

Clove is a natural antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and has shown to be effective against many strains of bacterias that cause colds and other respiratory system problems, including the Staphylococcus strains. Additionally, it may help to clear the blood vessels and help the immune system to improve.

Add 2-3 drops of clove essential oil in a glass of warm water and gargle with it for thirty seconds, Of course, you can also add it to your oil diffuser in order to increase the benefits.

Oregano Oil

Oregano essential oil is another powerful natural extract with expectorant properties, it helps against the congestion of the sinuses, promoting the drainage of phlegm from the lungs by thinning the mucus, and also lubricates the irritated respiratory tract.

The most effective way to use this mighty oil is in a steam bowl or steam bath. Add o only 1-2 drops in your bathtub or a container of hot water and inhale deeply to clear your sinuses quickly. Do not overdose Oregano oil as this is very strong.

Eucalyptus Oil

Is by far the most commonly used when it comes to congestion. It helps the immune system by maximizing it’s capability in fighting bacteria and stimulates blood circulation in the respiratory tract. Eucalyptus essential oil can speed up the recovery and healing process, while also releasing antioxidants.

Inhaling this essential oil is the simplest and effective way. So add it to your aroma diffuser, or sprinkle 1 or 2 drops on your pillow before going to bed.

Cedarwood Oil

The antispasmodic properties of cedarwood essential oil help to relax muscles spasms and calm irritations in the respiratory tracts. This will decrease coughing and improve deep breathing initiating the recovering process

Mix Cedarwood Oil with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and rub it on your chest and neck near your throat prior to going to sleep.

Frankincense Oil

This oil is proven to reduce infection in the sinus passages and soothe pain in the throat, because of its antioxidant and relaxant characteristics. Additionally, it is expectorant, thus making it easier to get rid of that excessive mucus in your respiratory tract.

Add a few drops of  Frankincense essential oil to your room diffuser, or use it in a steam bowl or steam bath.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is probably one of the most popular natural remedies for respiratory system health. It quiets spasms, reduces infection, and encourages the expulsion of phlegm and mucus from your body.

Vapor inhalation of this essential oil is been used for ages, though rubbing 2-3 drops on the chest or neck prior to going to sleeping, is another effective practice in order to find immediate sinus congestion relief!

Tea Tree Oil

This powerful Australian essential oil is said to be antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and antioxidant, and is fantastic for alleviating bronchial congestion. The volatile components in this miracle essential oil will work quickly against bacterial infections.

Apply the tea tree oil directly to your neck and sinuses; the essential oil will begin to be absorbed quickly in those areas. Tea tree oil may be too strong depending on your skin, so try to mix it with some carrier oil at the begin and test the effects before using it pure.

Lemon Oil

Various studies have demonstrated that lemon oil can hinder the development of bacteria, which makes it this a perfect solution in times of flu and colds. It has anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, and antifungal properties.  It also supports brain energy and it is an amazing air freshener.

Lemon oil can be added to your water or your favorite foods, as well as in your oil diffuser.

Pine Oil

To relief, sore throats, the soothing and expectorant properties of pine oil are great and effective. They can help reduce the mucus helping your body to get rid of harming bacteria.

As for most of the above oils, the most effective methods to use pine oil are steam bath or aroma diffuser. It can also be mixed with coconut oil and applied directly to your chest.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary has a woody, evergreen-like scent and is part of the mint family, it has antibacterial properties, and can rapidly relieve sinus blockage while fighting the bacteria causing illness.

Adding this oil to a room diffuser or other steam methods will help strengthen your immune system.

Juniper Berry Oil

Juniper berry oil is an antispasmodic and soothing essence, making it exceptionally effective for alleviating sore throats and cough.

You can topically apply juniper berry oil directly on your neck around the throat, or add this oil to your aroma diffusers which it will help to alleviate constant coughing.

Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Essential Oil is a mix of lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, and rosemary. It is a famous blend used by essential oil devotees. Experts prescribe this basic oil for colds and flu due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties, and germicide properties and it is known to act quickly in the healing process. It works ponders in fighting chest congestion, stuffy noses, sore throats, and reducing fever. Diffuse, or put a couple of drops in a glass of water and drink for quick acting help.

Be careful when using essential oils for sore throat, cough, and congestion, they are extremely strong. Some of these oils may cause skin irritation, hypersensitiveness, interaction with other medications, tachycardia, stomachache and numerous other unexpected reactions. Before using an essential oil as a respiratory tract cure, talk with your specialist about possible risks according to your condition.