Ahh.. Relief! 5 Essential Oils Based Remedies for Coughs

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What are the Best Essential Oils for Coughs?

No one likes having a cough.

What’s even worse – seeing a family member, especially a child, suffering from one.

In this post, I’ll go over some DIY homemade remedies for coughs. These recipes make use of a variety of essential oils, all of which have proven to be powerful decongestants and cough/cold remedies.

These recipes are also extremely easy to make and can be stored in your medicine cabinet for later use.

Now, not all coughs are the same. Some are super phlegmy while others are dry and itchy. The sections below reflect these different cough varieties and offer solutions for each type.

Hopefully, there’s a remedy for the type of a cough you or a loved one is dealing.

All right, on to the remedies!

Essential Oil Inhalation Blend for Coughs

older man inhalation with essential oils

Ingredients:

Directions:

Applications:

Inhalation

  • Place 25 drops of the inhalation blend in a small non-reactive bowl
  • Place the absorbent wick of your essential oil inhaler in the bowl, allowing it to fully absorb the oil mixture
  • Insert the which into your inhaler tube, sealing it with the cap
  • Inhale often, as desired

As an Air Spray

  • Combine 1 tsp of vodka with 75 drops of your inhalation blend in a 4 oz spray bottle
  • Fill the remainder of the bottle with filtered water
  • Shake to blend
  • Spray as desired

Related: Essential Oil Based Remedies for a Sore Throat

Multi-use Essential Oil Blend for Coughs

essential oil bottles on a table mint

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • In a 5 ml glass dropper bottle combine eucalyptus, cedarwood, pine and myrtle essential oils
  • Shake to mix

Applications:

Massage:

Directions:

In an Inhaler

Directions:

  • Place 24 drops of the multi-use blend for coughs in a small non-reactive bowl
  • Put the wick of your essential oil inhaler inside the bowl, allowing it to absorb up all of the oil
  • Once the mixture has been fully absorbed take out the wick out of the bowl and places it in your essential oil inhaler tube, closing the cap once finished
  • Inhale when needed

In the Bath

Directions:

  • In a small non-reactive bowl combine 1 tsp milk and 6-8 drops of the massage blend for coughs.
  • Fill your bathtub with water
  • Add to mixture from bowl into the bathtub, dispersing it into the water as you add it in
  • Soak for 30 minutes or more in the tub
  • When you see floating oil droplets just massage them into your skin, preferably the neck or chest area

In an Airspray

Directions:

  • Combine 1 tsp of vodka with 80 drops of the multi-use blend in a 4 oz spray bottle
  • Fill the remainder of the bottle with filtered water
  • Shake to blend
  • Spray as desired

Honey drink for mucus/phlegm driven a cough

Honey and Herbal tea

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Mix your 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of thyme and 1 drop tea tree essential oil with 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Mix thoroughly with a toothpick
  • Take 1 teaspoon of this combination and mix into a glass of warm water to dilute
  • Sip slowly

Dry Coughs

Dry coughs sometimes require a different approach than their stuffy, congested counterparts.

Warm Honey Drink for Dry Coughs

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 drops eucalyptus EO
  • 2 drops lemon EO

Directions:

  • Mix your 2 drops of eucalyptus and 2 drops of lemon EO with 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Mix thoroughly with a toothpick
  • Take 1 teaspoon of this combination and mix into a glass of warm water to dilute
  • Sip slowly

Chest and Back Massage Blend for Dry Coughs

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Take a teaspoon of your favorite massage oil and add eucalyptus and thyme oils drop by drop
  • Slowly massage mixture into chest and back when symptoms are present

Steam Inhalation 

Inhale lavender essential oil using your preferred inhalation method. I recommend steam inhalation, as it’s both enjoyable and effective. More information on inhaling essential oils can be found here.

In Conclusion

DIY Essential oil based remedies for coughs

Hopefully, you’ve found some useful remedies in this post.

If you have any comments or recommendations of your own, feel free to leave a comment below!

5 thoughts on “Ahh.. Relief! 5 Essential Oils Based Remedies for Coughs”

  1. Everything I read says not to Injest eucalyptus oil, yet many of your recipes calls for it to be mixed for coughs????

    1. In small enough amounts the ingestion of eucalyptus oil is therapeutic and non-toxic. Though the dosage must be strictly adhered to!

      Read more below in my response to the related comment by Grace.

    1. Hi Grace.

      Yes, in higher doses Eucalyptus can be toxic. The 2 drops of oil that are recommended in the mentioned recipe are well within therapeutic recommendation.

      Some more info:

      “… Home-made oral preparations containing pure eucalyptus oil are not recommended unless the measurement of the amount of eucalyptus oil used is very accurate. The highly respected and authoritative German Commission E monograph on eucalyptus oil under ‘Dosage’ states, for internal use, a daily dose of 0.3 to 0.6g. It is acceptable to take eucalyptus oil orally provided the dosage is kept within this use range. It is not advisable to take eucalyptus oil over a long period (a year or more) as it may cause liver damage. The acute oral toxicity LD50 of eucalyptus oil for rats is 2.48g/kg body weight. Evidence indicates the LD50 for humans is probably about the same. There have been no reported deaths due to the ingestion of eucalyptus oil in the past 50 years.”

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