Coughs often accompany the common cold, seasonal allergies and other health problems. Something may irritate your nasal passages or throat, and this can cause coughing.
Persistent, hacking coughs lead to throat pain, which extends to the muscles around it. These coughs require treatment by a medical professional. However, for everyday coughs from allergies or colds, you can use essential oils to resolve coughing and relieve the pain.
Essential Oils for Cough
There are various essential oils you can use in treating the common cough. Here are some of the essential oils you may use:
- Pine oil helps to loosen and rid the body of phlegm and mucus from your respiratory tract, with its properties as an expectorant.
- Thyme oil has expectorant, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that aid in fighting the infections that cause coughing and colds. It also helps in draining congestion.
- Frankincense oil helps to regulate breathing and clear the lungs.
- Rose oil offers relief for coughs from asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions.
- Lavender oil is used to relieve disorders of the respiratory tract.
- Angelica acts as an expectorant to force phlegm from the lungs.
- Sandalwood helps to treat upper respiratory infections. It also releases build-up of phlegm from the lungs.
- Jojoba oil has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, especially when you combine it with other helpful essential oils to treat coughs.
- Tea tree oil clears up congestion in the bronchial tubes and treats any underlying infections that cause coughing.
- Myrrh reduces the accumulation of mucus in the lungs.
- Peppermint oil helps in treating dry coughs.
- Cedar wood loosens mucus from within the lungs and eases the pain of muscles in the respiratory tract.
- Lemon citrus is helpful in effectively treating throat infections.
- Cyprus oil aids in the prevention of fluids accumulating in the lungs.
- Rosemary oil relieves many disorders of the respiratory tract, including bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma and sinus infections.
- Eucalyptus oil reduces respiratory system inflammation and loosens mucus found in the lungs.
How to Use Essential Oils for Cough
Now that you’ve seen all the essential oils that help with coughs, you need to know the most effective ways to use them, to relieve coughing and other associated symptoms.
- Use Lozenges in Treating a Cough
Throat lozenges with a base of oil help in relieving coughs. Just keep the lozenge between your back teeth and cheek so that the juice is able to drip down to your throat.
- Use a Diffuser with Essential Oils
Adding several drops of effective essential oils for coughs into a diffuser will help in relieving your symptoms. Diffusers break down the oils into molecules that will spread easily into the surrounding air. The better quality diffuser you use, the better this works.
Essential oils release a natural form of ozone when they are broken down, and this improves the air quality in the room. These molecules stay in the ambient air for a matter of hours if you use a high quality diffuser. When you diffuse essential oils into the air, they help in fighting colds, the flu, congestion and sinus infections.
- Use Tissues and Oils to Relieve your Congestion
Place six drops of eucalyptus and four drops of lavender essential oils on a pack of small, purse-sized facial tissues. Use the oil drops in various places on the tissues and place them in a zip-lock bag. Carry these tissues in your purse when you are suffering from a cold. Hold a single tissue close to your nose and breathe deeply to relieve congestion.
- Massage Oil for Cough Relief
Essential oils can be used to create a massage oil that relieves congestion. Mix three drops of eucalyptus oil with two drops of thyme oil, one drop of pine oil and one teaspoon of jojoba oil. This is used to massage the chest and back.
- Make an Essential Oil Balm
Prepare your balm by mixing together eight drops of eucalyptus oil, two drops of thyme oil, one tablespoon of organic, unrefined coconut oil and five drops of lavender oil.
Rub a teaspoon of this balm on your chest before you go to bed. It will relieve your cough and congestion. You will breathe more easily and sleep better.
Eucalyptus relieves congestion and coughs, and thyme possesses antiviral properties. Lavender has antibacterial, relaxation and antiviral properties.
- Gargle with Salt Water
If you have a cold, you probably have a sore throat. You may treat this issue by gargling salty, warm water. Add a drop of tea tree oil to your solution to make it more powerful.
Make sure that the essential oil droplets break. To do this, stir the mixture well. Sip only a small amount of this mixture, gargle it near your throat for a half a minute and then spit. Do this a few times a day, making sure to stir your mixture each time, before you use it to gargle.
- Take a Nice, Hot Bath
You can add essential oils to your bath, to create a relaxing experience that will also help your nagging cough. This may help to relieve other cold symptoms, as well. Use two drops of white thyme and six drops of tea tree oil in this bath. Be sure not to use more than the recommended amount of thyme, since it may cause an irritation in the skin if it is not properly and fully dissolved in the bath water.
You can use a bath base dispersant if you like. This helps to disperse the essential oils more evenly in the bath water. Don’t put more than eight drops in total of essential oils in your bath.
- Mix Eucalyptus & Lemon Oils
Mixing eucalyptus and lemon oils effectively relieves coughs. Mix two drops of eucalyptus oil and two drops of lemon with three tablespoons of honey. Add a teaspoon of your mixture to a quarter cup of warm water. Drink slowly.**
** Some experts recommend not ingesting anything more than a tiny bit of essential oil. If you don’t want to swallow this mixture, you can use it as a gargle for your cough.
How to Use Essential Oils for a Child’s Cough
You can use organic essential oils to help treat your child’s cough. Only organic oils are safe for use on children. If you’re not sure how your child might react to any type of essential oil, check first with your physician before using them. If your medical professional approves it, use your preferred types of essential oils on your child several times each day until the condition is resolved.