The winter months are upon us and that means cold and flu season. While there are many preventative steps you can take to try to prevent a cold, it seems almost inevitable that someone in your family will catch a cold. This means a cough that will inevitably cause a sore throat.
Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate this problem. But what about those of us who seek a more holistic, natural remedy for a sore throat?
Here are the best essential oils to help relieve a sore throat.
1 ESSENTIAL MINT OIL
One of the most popular essential oils to use as a sore throat remedy is peppermint oil. It has been shown to have antimicrobial aspects that affect oral pathogens that can cause colds and other illnesses.
In addition to its antimicrobial properties, peppermint oil contains menthol, which is an active ingredient in many cough drops and throat lozenges. Peppermint is also a decongestant and can help with nasal congestion when it diffuses into the air.
SUGGESTED USE FOR MINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Use an essential oil diffuser with peppermint oil to disperse it throughout your home. If you don't have a diffuser, just put a pot of water on the stove over low heat and add several drops of peppermint oil to the pot of water. In addition to being a sore throat remedy, inhaling the steam fumes can also help relieve chest congestion.
Peppermint oil can also be used as a gargle to help relieve pain. Put a few drops in a glass of warm water, with or without salt, and gently gargle for up to a minute. Be sure to spit and rinse when you're done gargling.
Alternative uses for peppermint oil:
- Peppermint oil is great for aromatherapy.
- Use as a topical pain relief for muscle pain.
- Gargle with peppermint oil mixed with water to help with bad breath.
2 ESSENTIAL OIL OF EUCALYPTUS
The oil in eucalyptus leaves has antibacterial qualities that can help boost the immune system and shorten the duration of a cold. Eucalyptus can also be found as a main ingredient in many conventional cough and cold products to relieve congestion and it also has and has pain relieving properties. These benefits, combined with many others, make eucalyptus a great essential oil to have in your cold-fighting arsenal.
SUGGESTED USE FOR EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Because eucalyptus helps with congestion and a sore throat, this oil is best used as an inhalant. It can be mixed with other oils and diffused to create a pleasantly scented mist to breathe in or mix in a pan of boiling water and inhale through your mouth. You can also mix this with shea butter and coconut oil to rub your chest and help with congestion.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR EUCALYPTUS OIL
- Mix the oil in a spray bottle to use as a disinfectant cleaner.
- Inhaling eucalyptus oil can also help with asthma relief.
- The pleasant smell of eucalyptus is an excellent aromatherapy.
3 ESSENTIAL OIL OF THYME
This culinary herb can also be used as a common home remedy for a sore throat. The antimicrobial properties of thyme essential oil are known to reduce harmful household pathogens that can weaken the immune system. (4) Thyme essential oil is not only used in all-natural household cleaning products, it can also be used to soothe muscle spasms caused by coughing, which can be a source of sore throat.
SUGGESTED USE FOR THYME ESSENTIAL OIL
Mix thyme oil with a carrier oil to create a chest massage to help relieve congestion and a sore throat or add it to a diffuser and allow the thyme oil to air.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR THYME OIL
The disinfecting properties of thyme oil make it an excellent household cleaner.
- Treat minor wounds and skin conditions by using thyme oil as an antiseptic.
- Stimulate hair growth and relieve dandruff by adding a few drops of thyme oil to your shampoo or conditioner.
4 ESSENTIAL TEA TREE OIL
First prepared as a tea from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, giving it the name "Tea Tree", the medicinal properties of this plant have been recognized for centuries. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory aspects of this essential oil not only help reduce pain, but also help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria that can significantly reduce cold time. The pleasant aroma of tea tree oil is sure to add a calming effect and also relax you.
SUGGESTED USE FOR ESSENTIAL TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is best ingested as an inhalant with a hot water source. Add a few drops to your hot water humidifier or add a few to a pot of boiling water on the stove. It helps if you gently inhale the vapor vapors as they rise from the source.
Tea tree oil can also be used as a topical antiseptic and pain reliever. Mix with a carrier oil or use shea butter and coconut oil to create an ointment to rub on your chest or around your nostrils.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR TEA TREE OIL
The strong aroma of tea tree oil makes it ideal for aromatherapy.
It works as an excellent insect repellent.
5.LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Have you ever had a cup of lemon tea to soothe a sore throat during a cold? The reason the remedy has been passed down is that the juice has astringent properties that help reduce inflamed throat tissues. Lemon essential oil also has antioxidant properties that can help prevent or eliminate bacterial infections and viruses.
SUGGESTED USE FOR LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
While you can add lemon oil to your diffuser or a pot of simmering water, it is best used as an ointment for congestion or swallowed. The best way to ingest lemon oil is to put a few drops in some warm water with honey to relieve a sore throat.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR LEMON OIL
- Use lemon essential oil as a wood furniture polish.
- Disinfect your kitchen and keep it smelling fresh by adding a few drops of lemon oil to your regular cleaner.
- Serves as a stain-free dish detergent.
6.CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL
Clove oil has a natural pain reliever aspect that helps soothe aches and pains and has also been shown to reduce your chance of catching the flu. This makes clove essential oil one of the most suggested oils to use as a sore throat remedy and as a remedy for other cold and flu symptoms.
SUGGESTED USE FOR ESSENTIAL CLOVE OIL
Add a couple of drops of clove oil to an ounce of water and put it in a small spray bottle for an all-natural throat spray. Because this oil is very powerful, it is best to start with smaller amounts until you find what works best for your body.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR CLOVE OIL
- Clove Oil is one of the oldest natural remedies for indigestion and nausea.
- To use as an anti-inflammatory, add to a carrier oil such as almond oil and rub into the affected area.
- In small amounts, clove oil can be used as an effective method of treating toothache relief.