With cold and flu season now in full swing, there are a lot of stuffy noses and scratchy throats. And if you have young, school-age children like me, you’re even more susceptible to these common seasonal symptoms…
Congestion is no fun, and can sometimes be painful. However, you may be able to find relief with something as simple as essential oils. These botanical remedies are “small,” but they are mighty.
Today, we have an essential oil blend to share with you that can help open your respiratory passages and have you breathing a bit more freely.
Essential oils might seem like a modern remedy, but they’re actually quite ancient. Dating back as early as 4500 BC, ancient Egyptians were recorded as having used these oils for cosmetic and medicinal purposes – and they were clearly on to something.
They are produced by distilling oil from a plant, usually via steaming or pressing. The therapeutic oils are typically found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits. And they’re now being used to combat various conditions including anxiety, depression, nausea, insomnia, and even cold and flu symptoms like that congestion we talked about above.
There are a number of different oils that can be used to help relieve congestion, but a recipe I like to use consists of peppermint, oregano, tea tree, and lemon.
And here’s why…
Seems kind of fitting to use peppermint during the winter months, doesn’t it? (Think candy canes…) But in all seriousness, peppermint essential oil gets an A+ when used for respiratory conditions.
This is because of its main component: menthol. That’s right, the same component you find in most over-the-counter throat lozenges and chest rubs.
Peppermint oil helps to soothe the throat by relaxing the muscles of your windpipe, and it has a cooling effect on sore throats.
And further earning it the A+ grade, peppermint (mentha piperita) has natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties — all the things you look for and need when battling colds and viruses.
Similar to peppermint oil, oregano oil also has antimicrobial and antiviral properties that help your body fend off those unwanted germs.
But along with fighting infection, oregano oil, when used in aromatherapy, can aid your respiratory tract by suppressing coughing fits and loosening up a buildup of phlegm and mucus. That alone will do wonders when suffering from congestion.
Tea Tree Oil
One of the most widely used essential oils, tea tree oil is nature’s antiseptic. It gets to the root of the infection and works to inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes sinus and respiratory issues.
What makes tea tree oil so effective as a remedy for cough and colds is that it can kill airborne viruses and bacteria. It becomes your body’s first line of defense, killing potential germs before they even have a chance to enter and attack your body.
**Note – Use caution when using tea tree oil around children and pets.
A popular essential oil because of its fresh, clean scent, lemon oil is often added into aromatherapy blends to act as a bronchodilator, by relaxing the air passageways and increasing airflow to the lungs. Lemon oil is a potent anti-inflammatory that reduces stress, eases breathing and supports overall respiratory function.
When you blend these four healing oils together, you get one powerful remedy to help treat respiratory and nasal congestion.
Here’s a recipe for your own respiratory-opening essential oil blend:
Natural Essential Oil Decongestant
- 15 drops of Peppermint
- 15 drops of Oregano
- 15 drops of Tea Tree
- 15 drops of Lemon
Using a diffuser is a great way to safely enjoy the oils over a longer period of time. Simply follow the manufacturer’s directions for water to oil ratio. The diffuser will disperse the essential oils into the air of a room. You can also make your own air diffuser by adding essential oils to a spray bottle with water. Spritzing into the air will create a similar effect as a store-bought diffuser.
*The number of drops above is just a suggestion. The important thing is to use the 4 ingredients in equal proportion to each other.
Other ways to use essential oils:
Essential oils can be dispensed in a variety of ways. The easiest way to use essential oils is to put a few drops on your palms, rub your hands together, cup your hands over your mouth and nose, and take a few deep breaths.
You can also inhale them using steam. Add a few drops to your steaming bath, or add them to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for several minutes.
If congested, add a couple of drops to your pillowcase and place the essential oil-side down before going to sleep.
If you want to use topically, it’s best to dilute them with a carrier oil such as coconut or avocado oil before applying to your skin. Once diluted you can apply to your wrists, neck, or other pressure points.
*Essential oils are natural and safe; however, it’s important to listen to your body. Everyone reacts to them differently. Pay attention to how they are making you feel. Remember… a little goes a long way!
It’s truly amazing what these beautiful oils can achieve.
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Thank you 4 sharing the beautiful recipes many Blessings
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Thanks for your help, I appreciate the information Jack
Don’t forget thyme, thyme is extremely powerful and will kill even pneumonia and get rid of the infection and the loogies in the lungs 😉 Antibiotics only have the power to kill specific bugs, however natural medicine/compounds have the power to annihilate any mutated bug. You just have to stick to it until it is all gone, don’t quit and say it doesn’t work, many people expect natural remedies to work like drugs, don’t expect instant gratification with Gods medicine, it really works, but you have to let it heal you and give it time… they do not have patience and end up taking dangerous drugs, which make the condition even worse and even cause death. Stick it out, if it is not helping fast enough, double and even tripple the dose. They work and have no dangerous side effects except for maybe burping but never damage anything inside you.
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Nick, do you have an EO supplier you can recommend? TIA
We love our friend’s, David Crow, well-crafted and heart-based EO company Floracopeia: https://www.floracopeia.com
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I hate the smell of tea tree oil and I’m not real big on oregano oil, either. So I use the 4 thieves (there are several versions but I use lavender *just a little of that because I’m not fond of it, either*, lemon, clove, a small dash of eucalyptus *another one I’m not fond of*, peppermint or wintergreen.
I rub it on my throat at night before bed and tie a handkerchief around my neck (like my Mom always did with Vicks and stuff when we were kids), a little on my chest, and I rub just a dab onto the soles of both feet. This has been working for me for years but particularly well in the past two years since all this covid nonsense took hold. I have never yet had covid and don’t think I ever will. My body stays protected by these oils, which I put on my wrists several times per day and rub my wrists together. Can’t argue with results!
Thanks for sharing the essential oil decongestant tip Nick. I will get it mixed and sniff it from the bottle when I need to before I use my CPAP. Much obliged, regards John.
Such a timely post! I’m dealing with some head and chest congestion now. I added the Thyme oil to the mix and now have it in my Young Living Aromalux diffuser that diffuses oil, no water. My head congestion is already improving.
I have been using YL essential oils for 7 years now and no longer have OTC products in my home.
Thanks for your education in natural health.
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my question. Are essential oils harmful for puppies? Thanks for your answer.
What are good oils to put in a CPAP water container, to help breathing and sleep?
Nick, thanks so much for all the valuable information you pass along to us! I truly appreciate it. For the above recipe, to my way of thinking, it would be better to leave out the “15 drops” and just say equal amounts of each of the four EOs. For example, I would just be using 1 drop of each of the four oils in my 90ml capacity water diffuser. I know you said to follow your manufacturer’s direction for water to oil, but a total of 60 drops of the four EO, if someone is not familiar with how potent EOs are (and not checking the manufacturer’s directions) would be way too much for anything other than a very large diffuser which uses water. If you were using a waterless diffuser, that’s a different story.
Thank you Nick for all the hard work you do in researching healthy remedies for us. About to make your lovely oil blend as I have been given a horrible flu from my US family. My Irish immune system was not ready for it. It is so worth it to have them home 😊
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Thank you for your offerings! I want to get salt. And the cold and flu diffuser sounds great. I’m making into a roll on so I can carry it with me!
This is a great essential oil blend for sinus/respiratory. I have learned to NEVER have someone put essentials into a bath tub alone. They must always be in baking soda, Epsom salts etc. A friend was badly burned on body parts from using oils neat in her bath water,
Thank you. And I thank you so much for all the great info you share on so many things and topics.