Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion
Essential oils can give you soothing relief for nasal congestion. If you’re like me, you try to do whatever you can to stay healthy. But if you suddenly find yourself with a cold or the flu, you may take the path of the “natural remedy” v. over-the-counter or prescription drugs. I can’t even remember the last time I bought an over-the-counter cold or flu remedy, or took an antibiotic. I guess I’m fortunate that for years I haven’t been so ill that I have had to decide if going the “conventional” route was necessary. When I discovered that essential oils for nasal congestion worked so well without having to use conventional, potentially harmful, over-the-counter drugs, I was ecstatic! Eating right and getting enough sleep and exercise definitely contribute to minimizing colds and flu and maintain healthy functioning of the immune system to keep those nasty cold and flu bugs at bay.
When you do experience the uncomfortableness of cold or allergy symptoms, namely nasal congestion, and desire to take a more soothing, natural path, using essential oils for nasal congestion might be the solution you’re looking for.
The three most common essential oils for nasal congestion are:
- Eucalyptus (a common ingredient in cold-care products; aids respiratory system ailments by enhancing deep breathing; soothes inflammation and eases mucus, clearing the head from the stuffiness of colds and hay fever)
- Peppermint (a very intense, but clean and pleasant aroma that can be used for fever, headache, and sinusitis)
- Pine (helpful in treating respiratory problems and is used often as an ingredient in making cough and cold preparations)
Using Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion When You Have Nasal Polyps
It is important to be properly diagnosed for nasal polyps which, if small enough, can be managed with home remedies that contain essential oils for nasal congestion. Nasal polyps may show similar signs and symptoms as sinus infections and allergies, so use your best judgment to determine if you need to see a doctor who can tell you exactly what is causing your congestion.
To help relieve nasal congestion that may originate from nasal polyps or other sources, place some boiled water in a basin and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and inhale the water vapor. Keep inhaling the vapor while the water is still hot.
More essential oils for nasal congestion:
- Niaouli and Rosemary (decongestants with possible anti-infectious properties)
- Lemon (expectorant for respiratory airways and breaks up chest congestion)
- Cedarwood (helps with minor bronchial problems)
- Peppermint and Rosemary (reduces headache and sinus congestion)
Safety Information when Using Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion
Using essential oils should be only for cases of minor discomfort. Respiratory illnesses can become very serious and in some cases life-threatening. See your health care provider to make sure that prescription medication or prompt medical attention is not needed.
Methods of Delivery for Essential Oils for Nasal Congestion
Inhalation of essential oils for nasal congestion is probably the most soothing and effective way to deliver aromatherapy. Using steam inhalation, a vaporizer, or putting an essential oil “mixture” into a warm bath will not only help to relieve actual physical symptoms, but will contribute to a sense of relaxation and well-being.
For bath “recipes” and combinations of essential oils to use with an atomizing diffuser; or an aroma lamp, plus more information on how to use and obtain reasonably priced, premium grade therapeutic essential oils for nasal congestion, visit:
- by Ronnie Roman