13 Essential Oils For Coughs, Cold, Congestion & Sore Throat

There is no denying that essential oils carry along plenty of qualities which help boost our health. Even more, essential oils are able to treat many health issues related to inflammation, sore throat, coughs and colds.

Below is a list of the 13 scientifically proven essential oils which keep our bodies healthy in a natural way. Let’s get started:

1. Tea Tree Oil

Health properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • antibiotic
  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic

It helps:

  • protect the immunity
  • treat severe coughs
  • clear nasal and throat congestion

Essential oils chest rub remedy:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions

First melt the Shea butter and coconut oil together. Whip these two for 30 seconds. Add all essential oils to the mix. Whip for another minute or two and transfer the mix into a jar.

Use a small amount of the mix and apply on upper and middle back. Apply every 2-3 hours during the day.

2. Oregano Oil

Health properties:

  • Carvacrol and thymol offer antifungal and antibacterial qualities

It helps treat:

  • Breathing problems
  • Bacteria
  • Mucus
  • Coughs

Best used:

Add 3-5 drops of the oil to your diffuser and spray it around the house. At night, use oil as a chest rub, by mixing 3 drops of oregano oil with coconut oil. Apply on the chest and let the rub take effects during the night.

3. Peppermint Oil

Health qualities:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antitussive (anti-cough)

It helps treat:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Coughs
  • Inflamed airways

Feel free to use peppermint oil the same way as the oregano oil. When using it as a rub, make sure you apply on chest day and night.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Health qualities:

  • Disinfecting
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial

It helps:

  • Keep your home bacteria-free
  • Prevent illnesses
  • Fight off the flu

Best used:

Mix 20 drops tea tree essential oil with 16-ounce water in a spray bottle. Use the mix to bacteria-proof your home, applying the mix on surfaces which usually hold most bacteria.

Such are doorknobs, remote controls, laptops, and bathroom and kitchen appliances.

5. Lemon Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Alkalizing

It helps treat:

  • Colds
  • Fatigue
  • Immunity issues
  • Digestion difficulties

Best used:

In a pot of boiling water, cook lemon with its peel on. Allow the steam to spread across your home, thus introducing the necessary health benefits.

Also, mix four drops of both lemon essential oil, tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil. Add four teaspoons of coconut oil and blend well. Use this rub to massage into your chest and neck.

6. Lavender Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Antibacterial
  • Soothing
  • Relaxing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Purifying

It helps treat:

  • Breathing issues
  • Colds
  • Airway inflammation
  • Phlegm in the lungs

Best used:

Mix 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 drop thyme oil, 4 drops eucalyptus oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Transfer mix in a dark-glass jar. Use 1 tbsp of this rub to apply on your chest.

7. Thyme Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Decongestant
  • Antidepressant

Helps treat:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Colds
  • Breathing issues

Best used:

Mix several drops of thyme essential oil with hot, steaming water. Make sure water is not boiling. Bend over the steam and with a towel, cover your head so you get maximum exposure to the steam. Inhale deeply for several minutes.

8. Frankincense Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Healing
  • Rejuvenating
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Astringent

It helps treat:

  • Congestion
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Best used: 

In your bathtub, add 2 drops of frankincense, 2 drops of orange and 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil. Allow the steam to work for at least 20 minutes, thus introducing the aforementioned health benefits.

9. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Sleep-boosting

It helps treat:

  • Sinus infections
  • Mucus and phlegm
  • Respiratory issues
  • Congestion
  • Insomnia

Best used:

Rub several drops of the oil mixed with a carrier oil and apply on chest and throat. Add a drop at the top and bottom of your lips to sleep better.

10. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Eucalyptol
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral

It helps treat:

  • Coughs
  • Blocked air passages
  • Breathing problems
  • Phlegm and mucus
  • Colds

Best used:

Add 3 drops to hot, not boiling water. Inhale the steam by using a towel for maximum effects. Also, mix 2 to 3 drops with 1 tbsp. coconut oil and use the mix as a rub for your chest.

11. Clove Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-inflammatory

It helps treat:

  • Immune system problems
  • Sore throat
  • Pains
  • Swelling

Best used:

Mix 1 tbsp. of salt with 1 cup of warm water. Then, add 3 drops of the oil and use the mix to gargle 3 times a day, until your sore feels better.

12. Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Over 90 healing compounds
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial

It helps treat:

  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Breathing problems
  • Pains
  • Coughs

Best used:

Inhale the oil by adding a few drops to your diffuser. Combine 2 drops of juniper berry essential oil and 1 tbsp. coconut oil to rub topically on your throat.

13. Ginger Essential Oil

Health qualities:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antimicrobial

It helps treat:

  • Upset belly
  • Sore throat
  • Immune system issues
  • Lymphatic nodes
  • Respiratory tract

Best used:

Mix 3 drops ginger essential oil and 2 tbsp. raw honey. Pour 8 ounces of hot water over the mix and stir well. Use the mix as a gargle every 2-3 hours during the day, or until your throat feels better.