We live in a world made of impurities; modern science has enabled us to create artificial cures and remedies. But artificial things always have their side effects that range from being drowsy to getting constipation or temporary blindness. Yet, there are natural alternatives to cure disease, the same natural remedies that our ancestors had successfully used for centuries.
You can use certain essential oils that can provide you relief from congestion and its related symptoms. Some of the best essential oils for congestion are as followed:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil:
This is one of the most commonly used essential oil for treating chest congestion and its related symptoms. Many of you are and have been using eucalyptus essential oil to treat congestion and colds for ages without knowing about it. Because eucalyptus essential oil is a key component to many over the counter chest rubs and vapors known for and marketed for treating colds and congestion.
Eucalyptus essential oil helps the body fight more efficiently against bacteria and promotes a healthier immune system. You can use aromatherapy, or you can directly apply eucalyptus oil to your skin after dilution for treating congestion.
Rosemary Essential Oil:
Rosemary is a commonly grown herb and is found all over the world. Its essential oil contains a compound known as cineole, which helps break down the mucus making it easier to get rid of. Rosemary essential oil also helps in reducing inflammation and clogged nostrils. By using this essential oil, you can breathe with more ease.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
People commonly drink peppermint tea to provide them with relief against a stuffy nose and congestion. Aromatherapy of peppermint essential oil is very useful in soothing and providing relief against congestion and itchy throats. Peppermint essential oil contains menthol extracts that provide the body with a cooling effect. Inhaling its steam can reduce inflammation and provide relief.
Cinnamon Essential Oil:
Cinnamon is a common household cooking ingredient, which has a history of treating bronchitis. It is believed that by using aromatherapy of cinnamon essential oil, one can prevent bacteria from growing. Hence this will help a person heal faster.
This can be done by adding a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to boiling water and inhaling the vapors.
Lavender Essential Oil:
The lavender essential oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. By inhaling lavender essential oil through aromatherapy or hot baths, you can find relief from congestion. This oil also promotes health by killing bacteria and viruses in comes in contact with.
Ginger Root Essential Oil:
Ginger root tea has always been used to provide relief against congestion and colds. The same effect can be obtained from ginger root essential oil as well. Simply add a few drops of ginger root essential oil to boiling water and breathe in its vapors for relief.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
This essential oil is useful in inhibiting the growth of bacteria that cause sinus infections, congestion, and other such ailments. To get relief from this essential oil, you must inhale its vapors through different forms of aromatherapy.
How To Use Essential Oils To Treat Congestion:
You can use essential oils in several ways. But, most oils in their original form are too strong. Hence, they must be diluted either with a carrier oil or water. Usually, about 3 to 5 drops of carrier oil is enough for one use. Carrier oils include almond, olive, coconut, etc.
How to apply:
- Mix with a carrier oil and apply directly to the skin or clothing (inhalation purposes)
- By adding drops to hot water bowl or bath and then breath in the infused steam
- By using a diffuser or humidifier
- Spray bottle to spray in the air
- You can even sniff the essential oil bottle directly