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Yes, Essential Oils for Congestion Can Help Provide Relief. FAST!

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Are you looking for a natural way to relieve congestion and pain? If so, you may want to try using essential oils. Essential oils are natural remedies that can be used to treat a variety of health problems, including congestion and pain. In this blog post, we will discuss the best essential oils for congestion and how to use them to relief pain. Keep reading for more information.

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What Causes Congestion?

Congestion is the build-up of mucus in your nose and throat which causes a feeling of being blocked up. It can make it hard to breathe, swallow, or speak clearly. The most common cause is simply a cold or flu virus but there are also many other things that could be causing congestion such a sinus infection.

Whatever the case is, when you are congested, your nasal passages are inflamed. That’s why it’s harder to breathe. Germs and bacteria have made a nice home there.

Around 30 million people are affected by sinus infections each year. They can be uncomfortable, but usually are not very serious.

There are some simple ways you can find relief from congestion:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids
  2. Avoid smoking cigarettes
  3. Use a humidifier
  4. Inhale steam
  5. Blow your nose gently
  6. Try decongestants
  7. Use saline nasal spray
  8. Take pain reliever
  9. Rest
  10. Use essential oils for congestion!

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A woman inhaling the sweet aromic scent of essential oils with the sun in the background

Benefits of Using Essential Oils for Congestion

Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants, usually as means of protection against potential predators and pests. They also attract insects that will pollinate the plant. Essential oils are in essence a part of the immune system of the plant.

You can extract these oils from plants through steam distillation or cold pressing and are left with a highly potent oil!

They are usually aromatic and easily vaporized, making them perfect for use as a natural remedy. Essential oils can be used to relieve congestion by using them as inhalers or in a diffuser.

Essential oils release fragrance molecules into the air which travel through the nose, down the pharynx and trachea, making it easier to open up.

Essential oils are a natural way to provide relief from congestion.

Top 7 Essential Oils for Congestion

There are many essential oils that can help reduce congestion. You can diffuse these oils into the air, use them in steam inhalations, mix with water for steam inhalation, or apply topically. Try experimenting to find your favorite congestion relief essential oil!


Peppermint essential oil has many properties that make it excellent for congestion relief. It can improve the flow of mucus, ease breathing, and clear up sinuses. Peppermint essential oil is great for opening up nasal passages to help you breathe better.

How to Use:

  • To use peppermint essential oil for congestion, simply rub it on your chest to help open up your breathing passages. It is even safe enough for young children to use!
  • Another way you can use peppermint essential oil for congestion relief is by diffusing it into the air. You can even mix it with water to make a steam inhalation that will provide additional relief from congestion symptoms.


If you do not like the intense feeling of peppermint, you can try using eucalyptus essential oil instead. Eucalyptus essential oil is a great choice for congestion relief because it has properties that have been shown to fight against cold and flu viruses. The oil also contains the compound cineole, which provides antibacterial and antiviral benefits.

How to Use:

You can use eucalyptus essential oil in a variety of ways to benefit from congestion relief.

  • Try mixing it with a carrier oil like coconut oil and using it as a massage
  • Dilute a few drops in water and use it as steam inhalation.
  • You can also put a few drops on your pillow before bed to benefit from its antibacterial and antiviral properties all night long.

Clary Sage

Clary sage oil is a great essential oil to help relieve congestion. It has a strong, herbaceous scent that is said to be uplifting and clarifying. Clary sage oil is also a natural decongestant and can help open up airways and sinuses. Clary sage has properties that can help relieve the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. It also contains a compound known as sclareol which supports the respiratory system!

A 2015 study has shown that clary sage is a natural antimicrobial! It also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

How to Use:

  • Inhaling clary sage essential oil from a handkerchief can provide relief from congestion. Simply add 8-15 drops of the oil to a handkerchief and inhale deeply for a few minutes whenever congestion begins to bother you.
  • Alternatively, you can diffuse 5-10 drops of clary sage essential oil in your room or office to improve your breathing.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is another excellent choice for congestion relief. This oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help fight infection, bacteria, viruses, fungus, or other pathogens. Tea tree essential oil also contains the compound terpinen-4-ol which works as an expectorant to ease chest congestion symptoms.

How to Use:

  • Simply diffuse tea tree essential oil to improve your breathing
  • Dilute it with a carrier oil for chest rubs.
  • Another way you can use tea tree essential oil is by creating a steam inhalation. Add 5-10 drops of the oil to hot water and inhale deeply for 10 minutes whenever congestion begins to bother you.


If you are looking for a way to soothe your congestion, try using lavender essential oil. Lavender essential oil may help improve your breathing and reduce the frequency of coughing spells.

How to Use:

To use lavender essential oil for congestion relief:

  • Diffuse it into the air or mix with water to make steam inhalation. Lavender oil is gentle enough for young children to use, and it can be applied topically in diluted form.
  • If you do not want a strong smell in your room or around your small children, try using a lavender essential oil stick instead. These sticks have the same benefits as normal lavender essential oil, but they have a more subtle and pleasant smell for those who do not want a strong scent.

Balsam Fir

Balsam fir essential oil is an exceptional essential oil that can be used to ease congestion symptoms. This versatile oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant, decongestant, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties which are all beneficial for relieving congestion.

This essential oil pretty much does it all when it comes to providing relief from congestion.

How to Use:

  • Whenever your chest feels congested or you have a cough, diffuse balsam fir essential oil in your room or office.
  • You can also dilute 5-10 drops of this oil with a carrier oil to massage on the chest, back, and feet for congestion relief.


Thyme essential oil is an excellent addition to your natural medicine cabinet. It can be used to help you breathe better, cough less and feel healthier overall. Thyme’s chemical components are largely responsible for its benefits on respiratory health. Some of these components include alpha-pinene, eugenol, carvacrol and thymol. All of these contribute anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antimicrobial properties that can help with a wide variety of respiratory conditions.

The decongestant properties can help with congestion and inflammation, while the antimicrobial properties will help to kill off the infections that often compound respiratory issues. Using thyme essential oil will also promote healthy mucous membranes in the body, which can aid in clearing out infection or other harmful particles from your respiratory system.

How to Use:

You can use thyme essential oil in a diffuser or add it to carrier oils like coconut oil or olive oil to make a steam inhalation.

Ways to Use Essential Oils for Congestion

Apply Directly to Chest

First, you can apply essential oils directly to your chest, just as you would a vapor rub. When applying essential oils to the chest, you need to dilute them with a carrier oil first. Essential oils are extremely potent and can cause skin irritation and should always be diluted with a carrier oil. Carrier oils help absorption of the essential oil better and prevent irritation.

A good rule of thumb is for each ounce of carrier oil you use, add 12 to 15 drops of essential oils. This is the perfect dilution ratio.

I use 10mL roll on bottles like these here.

Use a Diffuser

The best way to inhale the essential oils is by using a diffuser! For every 100 mL of water add 3 to 15 drops of essential oils! Click here to look at the diffuser I have found very effective!

Steam Inhalation

For fast relief of congestion, this one will be most effective. Bring a cup of water to a boil. Add 15 drops of an essential oil and just breathe it in! It works the same way as Vickโ€™s Vapor rub would.

Some fun Essential Oil Recipes for Congestion

Recipe 1: Steam Inhalation

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus 
  • 3 drops Lavender 
  • 3 drops Tea tree 
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Mix essential oils in a cup a boiling or just very hot water. The hot steam and essential oil blend will help clear those nasal passages for you to breathe!

Recipe 2: Chest Rub

  • ยผ shea oil (carrier oil)
  • ยผ fractionated coconut oil (carrier oil) 
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oil 
  • 10 drops Tea tree oil
  • 10 drops Balsam Fir oil 
  • 5 drops Lavender oil

Warm up the shea and coconut oil in the microwave or a small pot on the stove. Add in the Essential Oils and stir well. Transfer to a small jar or a small airtight container. Allow to cool before applying to chest.

Feel free to mix and match the essential oils based on scent preference! Make these recipes your own!

Don’t forget to comment below your experience!

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