Best Essential Oils for Cough
Check out the top 12 essential oils that combat a nasty cough below.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
By far the most popularly used essential oil to treat a cold and cough is eucalyptus essential oil. In fact, if you take another trip down the medicine oil to purchase a cold suppressant, you’ll probably be taking in eucalyptus oil without even knowing it!
Many products contain eucalyptus oil’s main compounds called either cineole or eucalyptol. Here’s a short list of what eucalyptol can do, according to Alternative Medicine Review’s study: fight the bacteria that causes the illness, relieve pain and inflammation, reduce muscle tension, and make you feel better all around!
Eucalyptus essential oil can easily be found online and all-natural products containing the oil can be found online as well or in all-natural grocery stores. Many people add the oil to a bath or shower walls to inhale the steam while relaxing. Another popular method is by using it as a chest rub in a carrier oil.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Thyme Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Oregano Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium extract is highly studied and researched, with many positive benefits that have prevailed. The oil is connected with helping to relieve upper respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis. One study even showed that administering liquid drops of geranium oil relieved common colds and reduced their duration. Researchers also concluded that out of many studies, all but one showed that geranium relieved cough symptoms. Try adding a few drops to your diffuser or in your bath to get rid of your cough!
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon is another essential oil that is being studied all over the world for its infection-fighting properties and agents that help it combat a cold and cough. The spice commonly used in baking in cooking actually has a reputation for fighting bronchitis and preventing the spread of bacteria. One study found that inhaling cinnamon essential oil while it’s in a gaseous state (for a short period of time) can stop respiratory tract pathogens from spreading.
Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress works a lot like bergamot and nutmeg essential oil and even contains the same molecule called camphene. This molecule can reduce respiratory tract fluid according to studies. To help reduce your congestion and cough, steam cypress oil in a bowl of hot water and breathe in the aroma.
Nutmeg Essential Oil
In studies, nutmeg essential oil has shown to decrease respiratory tract fluid within rabbits. So, why not give it a shot? Inhaling nutmeg essential oil has the potential to make a big difference if you are suffering from a cough or other respiratory issues.
Bergamot Essential Oil
This citrus fruit tastes like an orange but looks like a lime. Its essential oil is made from the rind of the fruit and is used to treat many conditions such as the common cold and cough. If inhaled, bergamot essential oil can relieve congestion because it also contains the powerful molecule known as camphene. According to one study, inhaling camphene can reduce respiratory tract fluid.