Essential Oils For Congestion

Essential Oils For Congestion

Many people love the holidays and weather that come with the fall and winter seasons. However, at the same time as the low temperatures and festive cheer comes around, so do the infections that plague everyone with congestion.

By definition, congestion is the inflammation of the nasal passages, back of the throat, and the airways where blood vessels swell with excess fluid and increased volumes of blood. that includes the invasion of mucus. For some of us that are more unfortunate than others often have issues with allergies as well but on a year-round basis. 

Congestion-related symptoms can also develop into a serious medical problem if they are not managed or if the individual experiencing them has a weaker then normal immune system. COPD, pneumonia, and tuberculosis are all potentially deadly and can develop as a result of untreated symptoms like congestion and others commonly associated with it. 

Regardless of whichever illness is causing congestion and the feeling of being stuffed up, it is not always easy to treat or eradicate the underlying cause in order to relieve these bothersome and sometimes gross symptoms. While there are numerous over the counter options in the pharmaceutical realm to help treat congestion, the majority of them that actually work includes main active ingredients that cause drowsiness and dizziness.

Essential oils are an all natural and non-toxic way to treat congestion and related symptoms because of their numerous unique properties. 

 

Essential Oils For Congestion

Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$27.33
Cymbopogon flexuosus Being amongst the most popular and demanded oils on the market, Lemongrass is capable of catering to your every need. With refreshing citrusy and herbaceous aroma, the oil brings splendid benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Origanum vulgare A zesty and invigorating oil, oregano can promote a positive outlook. It is also loaded with purifying characteristics that can be used in many ways. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$32.00

 

1. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilPeppermint Oil is arguably the best essential oil to use to treat congestion symptoms. It contains vitamin C and vitamin A, however, the real hero in peppermint oil is menthol. Menthol gives peppermint oil its expectorant effect or a substance that stimulates the sputum secretion by the air passages.

Menthol is also responsible for the antispasmodic effect, or a substance that alleviates involuntary muscle spasms. Peppermint oil is especially helpful for those who are suffering from a cough along with the congestion.

Peppermint oil is also a potent analgesic or a substance that relieves pain by the activation of k-opioid receptors and the interruption of sodium channels that relay pain signals to the brain.

How To Use Peppermint Essential Oil For Congestion

Peppermint essential oil can be utilized externally as a cold compress to relieve sinus congestion pain and pressure, and it can be used as an external ointment. Additionally, peppermint oil can be used as a bath enhancer to help clear up inflamed air passages and aromatically with a diffuser to aid with sleep and mucus breakdown. 

Directions For Using A Peppermint Oil Cold Compress

  • Measure a quantity of one cup of cold water 
  • Use a dropper to add 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to the cold water 
  • Carefully stir to mix thoroughly 
  • Place a small wash towel in the water and oil mixture for two minutes 
  • Remove the towel and wring out most of the excess water 
  • Place the cold compress on the neck, chest, face, or forehead to aid with sinus pressure and pain from congestion

 

Directions For Using Peppermint Oil As An External Topical Ointment

  • Use a dropper to mix 3 drops of peppermint essential oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil, or one teaspoon of carrier oil, or one teaspoon of unscented lotion 
  • Rub the ointment directly on the skin in the chest area, underneath the nose, on the temples, or on the neck to help reduce inflammation and break down mucus 
  • Use as needed

 

Directions For Using Peppermint Oil As An External Bath Enhancement

  • Fill your tub with hot water at least halfway 
  • Use a dropper to add ten drops of peppermint essential oil to the water in the bath 
  • Soak in the peppermint essential oil bath for at least fifteen minutes to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages and airways to relieve congestion 
  • Peppermint essential oil bath can also be effective at soothing body aches associated with congestion related illness

 

Directions For Using Peppermint Oil Aromatically With A Diffuser

  • Follow manufacturers instructions to fill the essential oil diffuser reservoir with water 
  • Use a dropper to add five drops of peppermint essential oil to the reservoir of the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high to reduce inflammation of the nasal passages and breathing airways 
  • Diffuse on high to help with mucus breakdown 
  • Diffuse on high to aid with sleep difficulty related to congestion


Please Note:
Avoid placing the cold compress on top of eyes unless they will remain closed. Avoid using ointment rub too close to the eyes.

 

2. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential OilFor those who suffer from congestion that is the result of allergic rhinitis to pet dander, various types of pollen, dust, and other allergens, lemongrass essential oil will be a great help. In terms of allergies, congestion happens when the body encounters an allergen and the immune system goes into overdrive to try and kill the allergen and eradicate it from the body.

The body does so by releasing histamine which acts send a mass swarm of different types of white blood cells to the affected area (for congestion this would be mucous membranes in the nose and air passages). This mass swarm causes the dilation of blood vessels, the swelling of tissues, and a rapid increase in mucus production, all in an effort to protect the body from the allergen and keep it out of the body. 

This inflammation in the nose and throat along with the rapid increase in mucus production is what compounds to cause congestion. In numerous studies, lemongrass oil has exhibited the most powerful inhibitory action on the over-activation of white blood cells that result in congestion.(1)

The main components in lemongrass oil that give it such a great anti-allergic effect are citral and geranial. Not only does lemongrass essential oil help stop congestion, but it also facilitates the removal of mucus and constriction of inflamed blood vessels. 

How To Use Lemongrass Essential Oil For Congestion

Lemongrass essential oil can be utilized externally in an aromatic diffuser and as an external topical rub to the help inhibit congestion caused by an overactive immune response. It can also be used as a mucus clearing mouthwash and a bath enhancer to help with nasal inflammation that causes congestion. 

Directions For Using Lemongrass Oil Aromatically With A Diffuser

  • Follow manufacturers instructions to fill the essential oil diffuser reservoir with water 
  • Use a dropper to add six drops of Lemongrass essential oil to the reservoir of the diffuser 
  • Diffuse on high to reduce inflammation of the nasal passages and to assist the body with lowering histamine levels 
  • Diffuse on high to help with mucus breakdown 
  • Diffuse on high to aid with facial pain that may be associated with allergy-related congestion

 

Directions For Using Lemongrass Oil As An External Topical Ointment

  • Use a dropper to mix 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil, or one teaspoon of carrier oil, or one teaspoon of unscented lotion 
  • Rub the ointment directly on the skin in the chest area, underneath the nose, and or on the temples to help break down excess mucus and lower histamine levels 
  • Use as needed no more than once per hour

 

Directions For Using Lemongrass Oil As A Soothing Mouthwash

  • Place one half a cup of room temperature water into a small cup 
  • Use a dropper to place one drop of lemongrass essential oil in the water 
  • Stir to mix thoroughly 
  • Swish mixture around in the mouth (can gargle with it too) for at least 90 seconds to help clear excess allergy related mucus from the throat area 
  • DO NOT SWALLOW- spit out mixture and discard 
  • Is also effective at soothing any itchiness in the mouth or throat related to congestion mucus induced by allergens 
  • Repeat as needed up to one time every two hours

 

Directions For Using Lemongrass Oil As An External Bath Enhancement

  • Fill your tub with hot water at least halfway 
  • Use a dropper to add ten drops of lemongrass essential oil to the water in the bath 
  • Soak in the lemongrass essential oil bath for at least ten minutes to relax blood vessels and reduce swelling in the nasal passages and airways to relieve congestion 
  • Lemongrass essential oil bath can also be effective at breaking down mucus in the chest area related to allergy-induced congestion


Please Note: DO NOT SWALLOW lemongrass essential oil. Mouthwash use is for adults only.

 

3. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential OilFor anyone who knows that their congestion is related to a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, oregano oil possesses numerous properties for combatting infection related congestion. Oregano essential oil is often referred to as natures antibiotic.(2)

It contains two organic compounds called thymol and carvacrol. Thymol is a natural expectorant, or it thins out the mucus in order for it to be expelled from the body easier to relieve congestion pain and discomfort. Carvacrol is an organic compound that has the unique property of being able to inhibit an enzyme called COX-2 that the immune system uses in an inflammatory response. 

By stopping the inflammatory response, the nasal passages and airways will not swell and overproduce the mucus that results in congestion. Additionally, oregano oil is effective at killing and stopping the growth of several different viruses and bacteria.

Oregano oil phenol compounds keep the viruses and bacteria from infecting healthy cells because phenol inhibits their ability to attach themselves to healthy cells.

How To Use Oregano Essential Oil For Congestion

Oregano oil can be utilized in the form of a throat spray to help thin mucus causing congestion and kill viruses and bacteria in the airway. It can also be used internally as a capsule supplement or a drink enhancer to reduce inflammatory responses and fighting against viral and bacterial infections. Additionally, oregano oil can be used as a sublingual tincture to aid in thinning out mucus and reducing inflammatory responses. 

Directions For Using Oregano Oil Throat Spray

  • Gather a four-ounce spray bottle 
  • Fill the bottle with seven tablespoons of cold water 
  • Use a dropper to add five drops of oregano essential oil to the water 
  • Measure out one teaspoon of honey and add to the water-oil mixture 
  • Measure out one teaspoon of salt and add to the mixture 
  • (optional) Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 
  • (optional) Add Two drops of peppermint essential oil with a dropper 
  • Place lid on the spray bottle and seal tightly 
  • Shake until the mixture is thoroughly blended 
  • Spritz in the mouth towards the back of the throat two to three times to help break down mucus, reduce swelling, and kill any viruses or bacteria causing congestion 
  • Repeat as needed up to once every 20 minutes

 

Directions For Using Oregano Oil For An Internal Supplement Capsule

  • Dilute two drops of oregano essential oil with one drop of carrier oil with a dropper and place mixture into a gelatin or veggie capsule 
  • Follow manufacturers directions to seal the capsule 
  • Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water to help reduce the inflammatory response that causes excess mucus production and to help fight off viral and bacterial infections that cause congestion 
  • Repeat up to twice every twenty-four hours

 

Directions For Using Oregano Oil For An Internal Drink Enhancer

  • Measure out eight ounces of water and place in a small cup 
  • Using a dropper place four drops of oregano essential oil into the water 
  • Mix thoroughly and drink to help break up mucus, reduce inflammation, and help eradicate bacteria and viruses that cause congestion 
  • Can also be placed in six ounces of hot or cold tea

 

Directions For Using Oregano Oil As An Internal Sublingual Tincture

  • Dilute and mix two drops of oregano oil with two drops of carrier oil 
  • Use a dropper and place one to two drops of the mixture underneath the tongue for at least 3 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes 
  • Can be swallowed if an eight-ounce glass of water is consumed with it or can be spit out and discarded 
  • Repeat up to three times as needed within twenty-four hours to help fight off congestion causing viral and bacterial infections and to help with thinning out of mucus.

 


The pain and annoyance of congestion can cause additional unnecessary stress to an already stressful day. Many people cannot use over the counter pharmaceutical solutions to help combat congestion because they will be unable to work or watch their kids when the drowsiness and other harsh side effects kick in.

Not to mention that some of the medications frequently used to treat the causes of congestion can be pricey. If you suffer frequently from congestion, give essential oils a whirl at helping you combat it, there are no adverse side effects and they are non-toxic. They also can be much more cost effective than name brand pharmaceutical medications