How To Treat Common Cold Symptoms Naturally Using Essential Oils

So how can you treat the symptoms of the Common Cold naturally and effectively? As an Aromatherapist, the very best and most effective way is a simple Steam Inhalation with Essential Oils – simple to do at home and as often as required, until symptoms subside. It can thin catarrh, relieve congestion, soothe a dry itchy throat and cough and aid faster healing through boosting our overall immunity.

You can choose essential oils that have decongestant, antibacterial, antiviral and antispasmodic (for coughs) such as Thyme, Marjoram, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Benzoin. My top, personal choice is 1 drop of Thyme Oil + 1 drop Lemon Oil.

My Top Essential Oils for use in Steam Inhalations:

Thyme – antibacterial, expectorant, antispasmodic, antifungal, health tonic

Marjoram – antiviral, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, immune boosting

Lemon – antibacterial, anti-infection, cough relief, immune boosting, cleansing

Lavender – antibacterial, heals wounds, relieves headaches & pain

Peppermint – antimicrobial, fever reducer, expectorant, cold/cough/sinusitis/asthma/bronchitis relief

Tea Tree – antiviral, antifungal, relief from cough, cold & congestion, immune boosting

Eucalyptus – antibacterial, anti viral, anti-inflammatory, aids in curing respiratory issues and relieving sinus infection

Benzoin – expectorant, disinfectant, aids in removal of cough from respiratory system, anti-inflammatory

How to Create a Steam Inhalation with Aromatherapy Oils

  1. Heat up water up to boiling point on a stove or in an electric kettle then remove from heat.
  2. Allow water to stand for one minute. You water needs to be hot but not boiling.
  3. Pour water into a large and add 1-2 drops of chosen essential oil(s).
  4. Place bowl on steady surface & set timer/alarm to 5 minutes.
  5. Cover your head with a large bath towel and place your face above the bowl but not so close that the steam will burn your face.
  6. Inhale through your mouth and nose for 5 minutes.

SAFETY: Make sure you don’t burn yourself, and keep children and pets away from the steaming bowl.
If you have a cold, a persistent cough or a sinus infection, steam inhalations can be done several times a day, until symptoms subside.


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