4 Essential Oils For Cough And Cold
If you have a snotty, head-pounding cold, will essential oils help the ickiness run its course?
These plant-based potions might help soothe pesky cold symptoms and help you feel better.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Many people use this oil without realizing it. Over-the-counter vapor or chest rubs marketed to suppress coughs often contain eucalyptus oil. Or, they may include the oil’s key compound, called eucalyptol or cineole. A study published in the Alternative Medicine Review found that eucalyptol has an antimicrobial effect and may fight off bacteria that cause illnesses. Eucalyptol may also help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and ease muscle tension that can result from a cold or flu.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Natural care products for respiratory conditions often contain this oil. Menthol is an extract of peppermint. When inhaled, it creates a cooling sensation that can soothe or numb a scratchy throat. A 2013 study suggests that when a healthy person uses peppermint oil, it can help to relax muscles, known as the bronchial muscles. This may explain why the oil can ease breathing in people with coughs.
Rosemary Essential Oil
A fragrant herb, rosemary isn’t just a way to spark up your roast chicken! In its essential oil form, it’s been found to be good at breaking up mucus and reducing inflammation. The potential for less sniffles and fewer aches and pains? Good news all around.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
According to one study, this oil has been found to have antiviral properties, meaning it could help squelch the nasties that lead to sinus infections and respiratory issues. "Tea tree essential oil has also been proven to have antimicrobial and antifungal properties," says Dr. Lin. "It's one of my favourites for cold season, along with eucalyptus and lavender."
So, add these oils to your medicine cabinet and breathe easy!