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8 Essential Oils for Bronchitis- Ease Symptoms Naturally!

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If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new and natural ways to treat sickness and alleviate symptoms. Bronchitis is one such ailment that can be incredibly disruptive and uncomfortable. Essential oils have long been used as a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments, and bronchitis is no exception.

They are a great way to provide relief naturally without having to resort to over-the-counter medicine. Keep reading for more information on bronchitis, how to use essential oils for bronchitis relief, and some easy DIY recipes you can try at home.

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a very treatable and manageable medical condition which inflames the lining of the bronchial tubes. This can make the airway to and from the lungs very difficult to transport. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing up dark excess mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Easily fatigued
  • Muscle aches
  • Backaches

Bronchitis can either be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis comes on suddenly and is often referred to as a “chest cold.” Chronic bronchitis continues to occur over and over.

What Causes Bronchitis?


Both bacterial and viral infections are a prominent cause of bronchitis. Hemophilus influenza viruses account for 85-95% of bronchitis in both adults and children.

Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Bordetella pertussis are some of the common bacterial causative agents of bronchitis in all age groups. Infections are the primary cause of acute bronchitis.

Environmental irritants

Exposure to environmental irritants such as smoke from cigarette smoke, dust, and chemical fumes are also a major cause of bronchitis. Long term exposure to these environmental irritants can lead to chronic bronchitis.

Gastroesophageal disease (GERD)

Statistics show that at least 20% of the overall American population has GERD. GERD is a digestive disease in which one’s stomach acid flows back to the esophagus.

This, in turn, causes one’s throat to become irritated and inflamed, experience chest pains and coughing episodes, all of which occur in bronchitis.

Lowered Overall Immunity

Immunocompromised individuals include pregnant mothers, infants, senior citizens aged 65 years and above, and people who have chronic illnesses. People with a lowered immunity have a higher risk of contracting bronchitis.

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8 Essential Oils for Bronchitis Relief

The below essential oils have one or a combination of the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory,
  • Antitussive (works to suppress a cough)
  • Decongestant
  • Expectorant
  • Pain-relieving

All these properties found in the below-mentioned essential oils help in the management of bronchitis!

Clove oil

Its pain-relieving and antimicrobial properties make this essential oil ideal for use in the management of bronchitis.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus essential oil contains an active chemical compound known as Cineole. Cineole is an antitussive that works to suppress the development of cough in an individual with bronchitis. Inhaling this essential oil also helps decongest your nasal sinuses. It works to cleanse the lungs and relieves mucus in the respiratory tract.

Frankincense oil

This essential oil is well known for its medicinal properties. Frankincense essential oil contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and expectorant properties. All these properties work conjointly to help alleviate bronchitis in an ailing individual.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender is a very versatile essential oil! It’s commonly associated with relieving stress, but it can aid in bronchitis relief. Lavender contains pain-relieving, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. All of these properties help provide relief to an individual who has bronchitis.

Rosemary oil

Rosemary essential oil contains Cineole which is a potent decongestant and antitussive agent. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It also helps in relieving stress and helps to restore memory function.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil contains both antimicrobial and decongestant properties. When inhaled, these 2 properties help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. Tea tree oil is known to kill bacteria and viruses, as well as reduce redness and swelling.

Thyme oil

Thyme essential oil has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antitussive properties. All of these active properties are beneficial for an individual with bronchitis.

Basil oil

Basil is another one of the best essential oils for bronchitis because of its antifungal properties. It also helps to cleanse, disinfect and purify the airways. Basil is also a natural astringent, which shrinks tissues and reduces swelling.

How to Use Essential Oils for Bronchitis

Below are some of the ways through which you can use essential oils to manage or alleviate bronchitis symptoms.

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Essential oil diffuser

Use an essential oil diffuser

Open your oil diffuser lid and fill it with at least 100 ml of warm water. Put 10 to 12 drops of essential oil of choice in the diffuser. Turn on and enjoy the aroma!

Essential Oils for Bronchitis Recipes

Recipe #1: Inhalation


  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil


  • For diffusing, add essential oils to 100 ml of water in the diffuser
  • For inhaling, add essential oils to a cup of hot or boiling water and inhale

Recipe #2: Chest Rub


  • 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • small glass container


  • Mix the essential oils with the coconut oil in a small glass container
  • Apply to chest twice a day to relieve symptoms

Other Ways to Use Essential Oils for Bronchitis


In a diffuser, per 100 ml of water, add in 12 to 15 drops of your essential oil of choice.


  • Inhale directly from the bottle up to 6 times a day. Keep inhalation under 30 seconds at a time.
  • Inhale from a cotton swab. Place a few drops of essential oil of choice on a cotton swab and inhale.

Add essential oils for bronchitis in the bath

Adding essential oils in your bath is another effective way of using these therapeutically beneficial oils to provide relief to bronchitis symptoms. All you need to do is dilute your preferred essential oil with your favorite bubble bath before adding it to your bath.

Or you can add a few drops to your soap or body wash prior to adding to skin.

If you try any of these recipes, let me know in the comments how it works out for you! Which essential oil post do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments!

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