essential oil blend for congestion/Cough

This spring, allergies have been worse than ever. Whether you are battling the sniffles or a common cold, essential oils can really help battle cough and congestion.

Woman coughing.

what oils Combat Cough and Congestion?

How do they help?

Each essential oil above brings it’s own helpful properties to the table when it comes to combating that cough. That’s why it’s helpful to create your own essential oil diffuer blend using more than one oil.


Does it smell like Big Red Gum? Yes. Is that a huge perk? Yes. But that’s not the only reason to diffuse this delicious smell. It brings antibacterial properties, and can help stop bacteria from getting worse.


Another cineole based oil, eucalyptus has been show to be helpful for COPD, asthma and bronchitis. It’s smell is much stronger than Rosemary, so handle with care!

Rosemary oil in bottle.


Rosemary has cineole in it, which has a long record of being sage to use. It is also a large component of most vapor rubs! Not to mention- it smells a little less strongly than some of the other oils, so it is good for those of us who are more sensitive to strong odors.


If you cough seems to be a virus that is lingering and has been around a few days or more, this might be the one for you. Thyme is thought to be helpful for respiratory disorders, and it has carvacrol and thymol in it. Both of these help with bacteria, so that cold won’t settle into a place only antibiotics can touch!

Lavender oil with flowers on table outside.


Is there anything Lavender can’t do?! It is calming, which can help us from getting worked up and worsening our cough. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is good if your lungs are inflamed, such as with asthma.

Shower running releasing steam.
Turn that shower to steamy, and let the oils do their job!

Shower Aromatherapy

There are a lot of ways to inhale essential oils however when it comes to mucus and congestion, steam inhalation is the best option!

The combination of steam and oils will allow you to really get the full

  • Try adding a 6-10 drops of essential oil to a washrag.
  • Another effective option is to spray the shower walls with a water/oil mixture before jumping in.
  • Add a steam cup or pot to the shower. Fill a cup with a few drops of oil and hot water. The steam in the shower will help to diffuse the oils from the cup/pot.
  • Make a bath bomb infused with oils and make sure the water is in contact with it.
  • Add a few drops to your body wash. (Just make sure to not get it in your eyes!!)

Final Tips

Using oils safely is key here. A good idea is to blend all of these oils together and diffuse them in your home or office to help clear the air and relieve congestion. Don’t forget about accessories for on the go! You can add a few drops to a diffuser necklace or bracelet to enjoy the benefits on the go.

What are your favorite essential oils for congestion and cough? Share in the comments below!

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