One way we can get rid of coughs naturally is to use essential oils. Essential oils can be used for many things that are beneficial for our mental, physical and spiritual health. One of those benefits includes clearing up our respiratory tract. Some essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties, while others have the power to loosen and thin out mucus allowing us to get it out of our system. Here a few essential oils we can use to help relieve cough and get us up and feeling better in no time!
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Why Do We Cough?
When our body is full of harmful microbes, irritants or dust, coughing is a common reaction of the respiratory system to try and expel them. This natural reflex can be extremely irritating, and even painful, but it is essential to help protect your lungs The worse part, is that coughing sometimes can even keep us up at night, which can impact our sleep quality until the duration of the cough.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree and have several healing properties. The oils in the plants are made up of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even penetrate the blood-brain barrier. These oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma and can be used in aromatherapy and their benefits range from mental to physical healing.
Top Essential Oils For Cough
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil contains a compound called cineole, which has antiseptic properties. It works as an expectorant to help loosen mucus in our bodies which allows us to get it out of our system easier and faster. Applying eucalyptus oil can help dilate our blood vessels, in return, allowing more oxygen to get to our lungs This can be especially useful if we are coughing so much that it is hard to catch a breath.
To use eucalyptus oil for cough, diffuse 4- 5 drops in a diffuser or hot water or inhale directly from the bottle. You can also apply 1-2 drops topically to your chest and back of neck to reduce cough severity. It often works best at night when coughing spells are more deviant. Eucalyptus oil should not be used on the skin of children under the age of 2.
Peppermint Essential Oil
If we need to unclog our nasal passages, peppermint essential oil is our go to oil. The menthol in peppermint provides cooling effects that can help unclog our nasal passages, allowing us to be able to breath better. Menthol also acts as a natural expectorant that loosens phlegm and clears the sinuses. Peppermint oil is an antibacterial agent that can help fight against flu and cold germs that cause infections that causes our cough. It can also be used to relieve a scratchy throat that can be common with dry cough.
Diffuse 5 drops of peppermint oil in an essential oil diffuser or hot water or apply 2-3 drops of the oil topically to your chest, temples, and back of the neck. You don’t have to dilute peppermint oil with a carrier oil for it is safe to use directly on the skin. If you want, however, you can dilute it with equal parts of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil if you have sensitive skin or want to cover a larger surface area of skin. Peppermint oil should not be used on the skin of children under the age of 2.
Lemon Essential Oil
If your cough is caused by toxins, then lemon oil is the best choice to help your body get rid of the toxins that are causing you to cough. It supports the drainage of lymph nodes and allows our immune system to fight any underlying illnesses that is actually causing the cough. It supports our lymphatic system which protects our bodies from outside threats by improving blood flow and reducing swelling in our lymph nodes. Not only that, lemon oil also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can not only fight infections but naturally cleanse your home as well.
You can diffuse 3-4 drops of lemon oil in an essential oil diffuser, hot water or inhale directly from the bottle. You can also apply it topically to your neck. To use internally, add 1-2 drops of a high quality, pure grade oil to warm water with honey in a glass of water.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil contains a compound called cineole which has been shown to slow or even stop coughing spells. It does so by relaxing the muscles in the trachea which helps relieve cough. Rosemary oil contains cineole which is a compound that has shown to reduce coughing spells as well as containing antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can help boost the immune system.
To use rosemary oil, diffuse 2-3 drops in an essential oil diffuser, hot water or inhale it directly from the bottle to stop or prevent coughing spells. You can also combine 2 drops with a half teaspoon of a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rub it into your chest. Rosemary should not be used on the skin of children under the age of 2 or by women who are pregnant.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano essential oil is a powerful oil that contains carvacrol and thymol which makes it a powerful antifungal and antibacterial oil. These two agents found in oregano oil helps fight the potential cause of the illness that is causing the cough. Oregano oil is also considered an antiviral oil that helps fight, not only colds, but more serious infections as well caused by a virus and not bacteria. This is great because many respiratory conditions are actually caused not by bacteria, but by viruses and many of these viruses cause us to cough.
To use oregano essential oil, diffuse 3-5 drops in an essential oil diffuser, hot water or inhale directly from the bottle. Oregano oil is a very strong oil and should ALWAYS be diluted with a carrier oil at a concentration of 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of olive oil per drop of oregano oil and apply to the back of the neck, chest and the bottom of the feet.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
One of the main uses of tea tree oil that has been used for centuries is its known ability to fight of harmful bacteria that can lead to respiratory problems. This oil has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties that fight off bacteria and viruses that are responsible for many upper respiratory issues that can cause cough. If we are experiencing nasal congestion, the invigorating fragrance of tea tree oil can help clear congestion and ease cough.
To use tea tree oil, diffuse 2-3 drops in an essential oil diffuser, hot water or inhale directly from the bottle. You can also dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply to the back of the neck or your chest area. Tea tree oil cannot be used internally and shouldn’t be used by pregnant women.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is known to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that can all be beneficial to help our bodies combat coughs and even shorten our cold or flu symptoms. Frankincense can be used to reduce stubborn coughs and other respiratory issues that can lead to coughing. It can also help us relax and heal.
To use frankincense oil for coughs, you can diffuse 2-3 drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser or hot water or inhale the scent directly from the bottle. To use topically on the back of the neck or the chest. Frankincense oil doesn’t need to diluted with a carrier oil, but if you would like, you can mix equal parts of frankincense oil with carrier oil and rub the mixture on the back of the neck and chest as well. You can also take hot baths with 2-3 drops of oil added to the bath or use this oil in a massage.
Essential Oil Applications
Essential oils can be used to help with many ailments ranging from mental to physical ailments. You can find an essential oil that helps with just about anything. Think of them as nature’s gifts. We can reap the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy, oral application or topically. Each application has its own benefits and its own precautions.
Aromatherapy is a term used when we use essential oils aromatically. When the aromas of an essential oil Is inhaled, the molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate mental responses in the limbic system which can trigger a powerful emotional response.
Aromatherapy can be obtained by adding a few drops of oils to your bath or shower, by relaxing in a warm bath with bath salts and essential oils, by diffusing the oils in an essential oil diffuser, using room or body sprays containing essential oils, essential oil nasal inhalers, essential oil roll ons used as perfumes or colognes, or just simply inhaling the aromas from the bottle.
Topical application is the process of placing essential oils on your skin, hair, mouth, teeth, nails or mucous membranes of the body. When the oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and penetrate the skin rapidly due to their small molecular makeup.
Most essential oils need to be diluted with carrier oils such as coconut oil or almond oil before direct application to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause serious harm or negative skin reactions if not diluted or used properly. Once mixed with a carrier oil, you can apply the mixture directly to the bottom of your feet, pulse points, the affected area, rims of the ears or using a compress.
You can use essential oils topically through body butters, lotions, bath salts, body scrubs, essential oil rollers or massage oils that contain essential oils in them.
Many essential oils can be ingested- taken by the mouth or eaten. You can cook with foods that contain essential oils in them such as lemongrass, ginger or cinnamon. You can also use them in teas to create our own herbal tea remedy. A few popular teas would be chamomile tea or peppermint tea. A few other common ways to ingest them is through capsule form, adding a few drops to your beverage or food dish or by adding a few drops of essential oils under your tongue for fast absorption.
Precautions When Using Essential Oils for Cough
When using essential oils for cough, be sure the oils being used are 100 percent therapeutic grade oils, especially if you are taking them internally. Of these oils, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree should not be used on pregnant women. If you are pregnant and planning on using oregano essential oil, use caution and speak with your healthcare provider or a professional before use. When using essential oils for cough on a child, it is best to diffuse eucalyptus oils, peppermint, lemon, oregano and tea tree oil from a distance. When using on a child’s skin, be sure to dilute the essential oils, use a small amount of oils and perform a patch test first before application
Essential Oil Precautions
When using any type of essential oil topically for the first time, it is always safe practice to perform a patch test on a small part of your skin before full body application. To do this, dilute the essential oils in a 1:1 ratio, then apply a small amount to the inner part of your forearm or a sensitive part of skin. Wait 24- 48 hours to be sure that no negative skin irritations occur such as swelling, redness, hives or rashes. It is best to start with an even ratio, then work your way up slowly to avoid any irritations.
When inhaling essential oils for the first time, keep the amount of exposure at a minimum to be sure you or anyone else in the household doesn’t experience any negative effects of the aromas. If you do, then ventilate the room being diffused immediately. If irritations continue to occur, seek medical or professional help.
If you are ingesting essential oils, it is critical to make sure that the essential oils you use are safe and pure and are a very high quality, organic, “therapeutic grade” brand. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers these safe for consumption and has approved some essential oils generically for internal use and given them the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation for human consumption.
It is best to talk to your doctor if you are unsure how using essential oil will impact existing health conditions such as heart disease, liver damage, cancer or skin disorders. If you have a reaction, or unsure about using any type of essential oils, it is best to speak with your doctor.
If you are taking any medications that you are not sure if they will interact with essential oils, be sure to speak to your physician before use. If you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly, be sure to speak to a physician or professionally before using essential oils.
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Essential Oil Storage
Be sure to keep essential oils out of direct sunlight. Some essential oils are light sensitive and will lose their benefits if exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Some essential oils can be corrosive if used in plastic in their concentrated form. This is also why most essential oils or products that contain essential oils in them are packaged in deep amber or cobalt glass bottles.
Be sure to keep your essential oils in a cool dry place out of the reach of children and pets.
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