5 Best Essential Oils for Chest Congestion

When cold season hits, congestion follows. There are a lot of different medications out there, but they are stronger than what our body needs to get well. Plus, they are often filled with toxins that cause negative side effects.

Today we’ll be looking at how to clear chest congestion naturally. I’ll share with you some of my favorite essential oils to get rid of chest congestion and my go-to recipe to combat congestion.

This recipe uses Pine and Peppermint Essential Oils to powerfully help your body decongest. Cold medicines are designed to be extremely strong, so they are made with harmful chemicals that your body does not need to get better. This recipe is natural, and you know exactly what’s in it.

Here are some of the best essential oils for chest congestion relief.

Peppermint Essential Oil

One of the naturally occurring chemicals in Peppermint Essential Oil is menthol. If you look at the back of a box of cold medicine, one of the main ingredients you are likely to find is menthol. Since menthol is naturally occurring in Peppermint Essential Oil rather than chemically produced like in cold medication, the menthol is in a safer amount for your body for a natural boost towards wellness. 

Pine Essential Oil

Pine Essential Oil is a great oil for decongestant relief. It helps dry up mucus, so it’s best to use it at the end of a cold to help your body recover from lingering chest congestion. 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also popular for home remedies for congestion. It helps loosen mucus and acts as an expectorant to help your body rid itself of chest congestion. Eucalyptus Essential Oil can also prevent an oncoming cold or sickness due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial effects. If you have a sick coworker or are feeling the start of sickness, diffuse this oil along with Tea Tree and Fir Needle to give your body a boost to fight infection.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Since Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential Oils are so powerful, they are best not to be used with kids. Instead, try Cedarwood Essential Oil. This oil is a powerful decongestant but has more gentle effects and can be used with kids ages 2+.  Use it in a room spray or diffuse it for 15 minutes with your child in an open room to help clear out chest congestion. 

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil is another kid-safe home remedy for colds. It’s a natural decongestant and expectorant that can help anyone fight cold symptoms. This oil is also an airborne antimicrobial and deodorizer making it a good oil to diffuse with groups where sickness might be an issue. 

This recipe uses Pine and Peppermint Essential Oils for natural chest congestion relief and to give your body a natural nudge towards wellness.

Beeswax and Coconut Oil (solid) help make this salve the right consistency for a natural chest rub.

If you are a fan of chest rubs to combat chest congestion, you are going to love this natural cold remedy. It’s effective, and you can have the peace of mind that it’s toxin-free. 

PEPPERMINT AND PINE SALVE RECIPE FOR CHEST CONGESTION

Time: 5 minutes +15 minutes to cool
Kid Safe: 10+
Est. Shelf Life: 1 year

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil (solid)

  • 1.5 Tsp Beeswax (¼ oz)

  • 7 drops Pine Essential Oil

  • 7 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

  • 2 oz tin

Directions

  • Melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler.
  • Add essential oils, and stir to combine. 
  • Pour mixture into tin; use caution as tin will become hot. Allow to cool to room temperature. 
  • To use, apply to chest for a natural decongestant. 

Safety Reminders When Using This Recipe

  • Because of the Peppermint and Eucalyptus content of this recipe, it’s best not to be used with kids under the age of 10. If you want to make this recipe kid friendly, use Cedarwood and Fir Needle Essential Oils instead.

    This recipe is intended to be applied to the chest, not beneath the nose. Applying it right beneath your nose may be irritating to your nose due to the strength of the aroma. 

Because of the Peppermint and Eucalyptus content of this recipe, it’s best not to be used with kids under the age of 10. If you want to make this recipe kid friendly, use Cedarwood and Fir Needle Essential Oils instead.

This recipe is intended to be applied to the chest, not beneath the nose. Applying it right beneath your nose may be irritating to your nose due to the strength of the aroma. 

This recipe is not intended for use with dogs and cats as some of the oils could irritate your pet.

Never ingest any essential oil, even if it’s generally regarded as safe. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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