Find out the best essential oils for colds and congestion to naturally cure yourself quickly!
A cold is the most common acute illness in the modern world. The average adult gets about 2-4 colds a year while children may get 6-8 colds during the year.
Colds are viral infectious diseases that affect the upper respiratory tract. This includes the nose, throat, sinuses and voice box. Some of the symptoms of colds include: sore throat, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headache, fever, watery itchy eyes, itchy ears, muscle aches, loss of appetite and more. Congestion is also one of the symptoms of a common cold. You may suffer from a congested nose or sinuses when you have a cold.
A common cold usually goes away on its own in 7-10 days but the symptoms are unbearable and frustrating. So thank goodness natural remedies can be used to get relief fast! Essential oils are natural remedies that have been proven to be very effective against colds and congestion. Let’s check out the top 10 essential oils for colds and congestion below!
Top 10 Essential Oils for Colds and Congestion
There are several essential oils out there that work so well for colds and congestion! They are effective natural remedies for colds because they have antiviral & anti-inflammatory properties, are natural expectorants, warm up the body, promote easy breathing, clear out clogged sinuses, boost immunity and support a healthy respiratory system. Here are the top 10 essential oils for colds and congestion:
1. Oregano oil
2. Peppermint oil
3. Eucalyptus oil
4. Black pepper oil
5. Ginger oil
6. Tea tree oil
7. Lemon oil
8. Rosemary oil
9. Thyme oil
10. Lavender oil
How to Use Essential Oils for Colds and Congestion
First of all, you can prepare a potent essential oil blend for colds. Here is my recipe: DIY Essential Oil Blend for Colds. You can use this potent blend in the following ways:
1. Warm yourself up: Mix 3 drops ginger oil or black pepper oil in 1 tbsp of coconut oil or any other oil. Apply this on your chest, back, throat, palms and soles of feet. Throw on a pair of mittens, socks and cover yourself with a blanket to warm up!
2. Steam inhalation : Steam inhalation is so far the BEST essential oil remedy for colds and congestion. Simply pour 2 cups of boiling hot water in a bowl and settle the bowl on a table. Sit near the table with your face over the bowl. Add just two drops of the potent blend to the water. Get a towel and create a tent with it to enclose your head and the bowl so the steam reaches your face. Sit in the steam for about 10 minutes. You can come out for a breath of air every time it gets unbearable. This will give you instant relief every single time. Do steam inhalation 3-4 times a day.
3. Chest rub: Mix 6 drops of the above potent blend with 2 tbsp of coconut oil or shea butter. Rub it on your throat, chest, back and soles of feet. Cover your feet with socks. Do this especially at night time to fight off a cold.
4. Aromatherapy inhaler: Relieve congestion by placing 3-6 drops of the above potent blend into an aromatherapy or personal inhaler. Use as needed throughout the day for clear breathing.
You will definitely find the above essential oils for colds and congestion VERY effective! Please try out the essential oil remedies suggested above!