Want a natural remedy for that annoying cough?

A cough is your body’s way of handling an irritation in your throat. While an occasional cough is normal, a persistent cough can be frustrating and lead to serious illness.

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Types of Coughs

Coughs can be either acute or chronic. 

An acute cough is one that accompanies a cold or flu. There is nothing to worry about with an acute cough, it usually only lasts 2-3 weeks. 

Chronic coughs are more serious. They last more than 3 weeks and are caused by:

  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Smoking
  • Throat disorders (like croup)

Essential Oils for a Cough

These are the essential oils I recommend for a cough:

  • Bergamot – relieves congestion by reducing respiratory tract fluid
  • Black pepper – has antiviral properties, also has antitussive effects (like a cough suppressant)
  • Cedarwood – exhibits antispasmodic abilities, which helps relieve a cough 
  • Eucalyptus – enhances immune system because of its ability to eliminate bacteria
  • Frankincense – addresses lung and throat inflammation
  • Lavender – useful for respiratory symptoms, like alleviating phlegm trapped in lungs and sinuses
  • Lemon – “has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which not only makes it ideal for fighting viruses, but also for reducing cold and flu symptoms such as coughing…” (source)
  • Lemongrass – helpful to help relax and feel comfortable while coping with cold/flu symptoms
  • Myrrh – improves symptoms of bronchitis, colds, or coughs 
  • Peppermint – contains menthol, which people often use to relieve congestion
  • Rosemary – calms the muscles in your trachea
  • Sandalwood – a known expectorant that can also fight bacteria and viruses
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca) – inhibits the growth of bad bacteria that causes respiratory issues

Diffuser Blend Recipes:

Pour water and the following blends into your favorite essential oil diffuser. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the aroma to fill the room. dōTERRA Lumo Diffuser | LeannForst.com

Blend 1:  . 

  • 4 drops eucalyptus
  • 2 drops peppermint

Blend 2: 

  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop thyme

Massage Oil Blend Recipes:

Blend all ingredients and massage onto the throat, chest, and back of neck. Do not wash off, you want the oils to be absorbed into the skin. Do this once per day until the cough subsides.

Blend 3:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 6 drops eucalyptus

Blend 4:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops thyme

Blend 5:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 drops bergamot
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops eucalyptus

Bath Oil Blend Recipe:

Blend ingredients together and add to bath water once filled and stir. Relax and soak for 20 minutes. 

Blend 6:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 8 drops myrrh
  • 4 drops eucalyptus

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Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”. And take Leann’s Nutrient Deficiency Quiz here.

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