10 of the Best Essential Oils Effective for Coughs and Colds
If you get hold of the right essential oils you can free yourself from the chains of seasonal coughs, colds, sneezing and wheezing. But before we start off with all the beneficial effects of essential oils which are too many to enumerate we should start with the basics. Clean hands, yes, we must wash out hands properly before we use and apply essential oils. Dirty hands are the easiest carriers of flu or cold pathogens in our systems. But there is good news there are other ways to prevent these annoying sniffles and that’s the use of essential oils which comes in various flavours or rather should we should say scents and have different attributes which are advantageous to our health.
1The Benefits of Essential Oils
Use of essential oils is not new and it has been used in various cultures for centuries. It has always worked as a natural preventive and treatment for hostile ailments in our bodies, which include common cold as well. In fact, historians have unearthed that essential oils have been used since Palaeolithic times that means 60,000 years back! Humans have always used plants has herbal remedies because unlike pharmaceuticals plants and herbs have multiple advantages. For example, Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-depressant properties.
2What Does the Research Say About Essential Oils?
There are very easy ways to use these essential oils to help with the common cold and flu: Create DIY steam sauna- Take a large bowl of boiling water and add 8-10 drops of essential oils which you are using for your specific ailments, then lean over the pot/ bowl. Make sure your face is at least 10 inches away from the boiling water and hot steam which might burn or scald your skin. Drape a towel on your head like a tent and then breathe through your nose for 2 minutes, then stop.
3Get a diffuser
This is a less direct way to get hit by the fumes of the essential oils, and there are a load of options available in the market suiting your budget so you need not go for the most expensive ones to get the desirable effect.
Dab it in your skin- but with utmost care. There is some rule of thumb here, never apply undiluted essential oil, because it can cause a serious allergic reaction to the skin like it can really burn your skin if exposed to direct sunlight. So always dilute the essential oil with a gentle neutral oil like olive or coconut oil and grapeseed oil.
4Tea Tree oil
According to studies this oil has anti-viral properties, which means it can stop the viruses to enter your systems at the first place, which causes sinus infections and respiratory infections. Also, Tea Tree Oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties; it’s one of the most popular essential oils in winters along with eucalyptus and lavender essential oils.
It has a beautiful forest scent which is mesmerizing, but also has antiviral and anti-microbial properties; it loosens up chest congestions due to cold and is all-around care for the health during winters. Dilute this oil in a neutral oil as we have mentioned before and rub it gently on chest and throat to ease cough, or alternatively do the sauna as we have explained above. If you are feverish then use it in your cold compress which will reduce your temperature.