essential oils for cough

Essential Oils to Take for Cough

May 8, 2019

The weather all over the world changes no matter on which part of the earth you are. The common season for every country in the summer and rainy season. Each person has their own preference on which season do they like more.

Some people who love going to the beach love summer because it is the season wherein they can go for a swim and enjoy the waves under the sun. While others who like staying at home enjoy the rainy season; they enjoy wrapping themselves in a blanket, having a cup of hot coffee, chocolate, or tea, and watching the raindrops outside their window.

I personally enjoy summer more than the rainy season because I love going to the beach and it is also the time for vacation. Aside from that, I feel like people are more enthusiastic during summertime whereas a lot of people feel blue during rainy season. They feel blue not only because of the weather, but also more people tend to get sick during this season.

According to Dr. Graeme Thompson, a respiratory specialist, anyone may have a cough once the temperature drops. He also added that if it gets cold enough, it might worsen the condition of people with respiratory disease such as pneumonia or bronchitis. That is why cold temperature brought by rainy season makes people sick. We do not only have a cough during this season, but also colds and flu.

We really need to take care of our respiratory system that is why we need to treat cough before it gets worst. There are a lot of medicine for cough that comes in tablet, capsule, and syrup. However, people who do not want to take these medicines are doing aromatherapy. Have you ever heard of aromatherapy for cough? Get to know the essential oils for cough that you may include in trying aromatherapy.



Aromatherapy, from the word itself, is the way of treating a disease through aroma or essence. Essential oils play a vital role for this. Instead of putting a relief balm, essential oil is inhaled or rubbed on the body for this process. Each essential oil has its own function and health benefits. Let us know the different essential oils use for cough.


Tea Tree Oil

Cough may also be caused by a virus or bacteria that is blocking the trachea that is why it makes our throat feel itchy. There are also phlegm or mucus on the respiratory tract that makes it difficult to breath or have a heavy feeling on the chest when we have cough. There are also times when we just want to cough so loudly to let it out.

Isn’t it annoying when you have cough and it is so quiet in your classroom or meeting room then you have the urge to cough because of your itchy throat? Or can’t sleep because of coughing so hard? Try using tea tree oil before you sleep to help relieve this feeling.

Tea tree oil helps to stop the spread of bacteria on the respiratory tract due to its antibacterial property and helps to stop viruses with its antiviral property. These properties of tea tree oil make it effective for thinning the mucus and release it easily.

If you have a cough and want to try this, get a cup of hot water and add five drops of tea tree oil. Bring the cup of hot water and tea tree oil near your nose, just about the level of your chest and take deep breaths to inhale the steam. Do this for one to three minutes and you will a sense of relief afterward.

There is also another way on how others do this, they just directly rub the tea tree oil on their chest to be able to inhale its essence as they are lying on the bed.


Oregano Oil

When I was a kid my mother used to have me drink the water from boiled oregano leaves whenever I have cough. I hated the taste of it, but it really works like magic for cough. It makes me feel better than drinking syrup for cough. However, I really don’t like the taste of it, that is why it is a good thing that I discovered oregano oil.

If your chest already hurt a lot due to coughing hard, you might need to try using oregano oil. This has an anti-inflammation property which serves as a great aid to repair the damaged tissues in the respiratory tract. Just like tea tree oil, oregano oil also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

The procedure in using this oil is just the same with tea tree oil. It might not smell good, but a little sacrifice will do for the betterment of your condition.


Peppermint Oil

If you do not like the smell of oregano oil and tea tree oil, you might want to try peppermint oil. It contains menthol which makes it a great aid for relief in the airways. It also contains antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help in thinning the phlegm or mucus.

The same process goes with preparing peppermint oil for aromatherapy.


Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is the favorite of the people who use aromatherapy for a cough or other respiratory diseases such as asthma. They claim that it is effective; helps to relieve cough and have a cleanse airway.

This essential oil has not only antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammation property, but it also has an antispasmodic (prevents spasms) and antitussive (prevents further spread of mucus or cough virus) properties.

Eucalyptus oil has a strong menthol scent that is why if you are going to use this, just add three drops of it to one cup of hot water. Too much eucalyptus oil in your mixture might cause you to hurt your eyes as the steam goes to it as well. It might also cause pain in your chest if you add too much eucalyptus oil.

I do not suggest rubbing eucalyptus oil directly on your skin too. Due to its strong menthol content, it might burn your skin if left there for a long time.

Cough should be treated immediately because there are other respiratory diseases that you might get if it won’t be stopped (such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchitis). If you already have cough for more than two weeks, it is best to consult your doctor immediately.