15 Essential Oils for Cough, Cold and Congestion


A cough combined with nasal congestion is, simply put, annoying. These symptoms often accompany the common cold, but they also occur with allergies.

An alternative to sugary cough syrups, one can use essential oils like lemon, frankincense, lavender, etc, as a vapor rub or as a cough syrup.

A holistic-minded medicine cabinet may be the place to go to for cough and cold relief. Aromatic oils and plants have been used for thousands of years in medicine and religion.

Various ancient cultures have used essential oils, including Egypt, India, China, and Southern Europe. Aromatic, or essential, oils can be found in various parts of a plant including the root, leaves, flowers, bark, wood, seeds, resin, and balsam.

Essential oils are also called volatile oils or ethereal oils. These oils provide the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance, as well as a specific flavor. For example, the essential oil of a lemon or

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