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Which Essential Oils are Best for a Stuffy Nose?

by Andrea Butje on November 14, 2019

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Would you guess THESE are some of the best essential oils for a stuffy nose?

Stuffy and runny noses are unfortunately common . . . and just plain unfortunate.

But fortunately, I was able to talk to some good friends who know a lot about this topic.

They are conifer essential oils, you see.

(They’re experts. Conifers are some of the best essential oils for a stuffy nose!)

Specifically, I talked to Black Spruce, Pinon Pine, and Siberian Fir.

Imagine us holding steaming cups of tea at an outdoor café!

Black Spruce essential oil said, “Andrea, using essential oils for a stuffy nose is all about clearing congestion.”

Pinon Pine essential oil said, “Yes, absolutely! It’s also about calming inflammation.”

Siberian Fir chimed in with its own advice. “And while we’re clearing congestion and inflammation, we want to support immunity too. It’s best to reduce any kind of infection that might be leading to a stuffy nose.”

Both Black Spruce and Pinon Pine agreed with that whole heartedly.

And Black Spruce added, “Unless we are using essential oils for a stuffy nose that’s due to allergies. Then it’s best to consistently calm those symptoms, and stop them from showing up.”

Pinon Pine said, “And while we’re clearing up those allergy symptoms, we want to be sure to ease other discomforts that might be going on. Like a sore throat or a sinus headache.”

Everybody agreed with this, too.

I learned a lot about using essential oils for a stuffy nose that day!

My friends the conifers even gave me one of their best recipes for an Aromatherapy inhaler.

Since these essential oils for a stuffy nose are multi-talented, you can also use this recipe for a runny nose, sinus headache, sore throat, allergies, immune support, and to keep yourself feeling vital during cold & flu season.

Here’s the recipe . . .

Clear That Stuffy Nose!

  • 5 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)
  • 5 drops Pinon Pine essential oil (Pinus edulis)
  • 5 drops Siberian Fir essential oil (Abies siberica)

Making an Aromatherapy inhaler is very simple, even if you’ve never made one before.

You can watch me demonstrate in this YouTube video! 

I’ll explain the steps here for you, too:

An Aromatherapy inhaler comes with a few basic parts. A cotton wick absorbs the essential oils. The cotton slides into a plastic “sleeve,” and the whole thing closes up with a little cap on the bottom.

You can put the cotton into the sleeve as your first step, and then just drop the essential oils right onto it. Snap the cap into place, and that’s it!

You just made an Aromatherapy inhaler! It will last for two months before it’s time to make a new one.

clear that stuffy nose

Conifer essential oils have a lot in common.

If you don’t have Black Spruce, Pinon Pine, or Siberian Fir essential oil, you can actually substitute any conifer oil you have in your collection. It will work great!

I do want to give you a quick safety note about conifer essential oils.

They require evaluation for tolerance. If you’re making a blend for someone who has asthma or another breathing issue, have them smell the lid of each essential oil bottle first.

If the aroma of the oil makes their chest feel tight, it’s best to choose another essential oil for them.

A few other essential oils for a stuffy nose you can substitute would be Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), or Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis).

I hope that this post has introduced you to a few friends who can be there when you need them most (when you have a stuffy nose!)

Protect Your Family From Colds and Flus Using Essential Oils

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: cold and flu, natural remedy for congestion, essential oils for colds, essential oil for congestion, essential oil for stuffy nose

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