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Essential Oils for Congestion – 2 Blends that WORK!

by Andrea Butje on November 25, 2019

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4 Essential Oils for Congestion + 2 Amazing Blends = Happy Holidays!

What do Cedarwood, Elemi, Black Pepper, and Eucalyptus essential oils all have in common?

They all love the holidays!

And they are all great essential oils for congestion.

In fact, they’re skilled in clearing congestion in lots of different ways . . .

Cedarwood volunteers as a traffic director, making sure traffic doesn’t become congested on the roads.

Elemi cleans up the shorelines of riverbeds, to be sure the flow of the water doesn’t get congested with litter or fallen tree limbs.

Black Pepper is good at helping people form lines to get into fun events (like concerts and town halls), so they don’t clog around the door in a big group.

And Eucalyptus . . . well, Eucalyptus always specialized in sinus and chest congestion!

When I asked them for a blend of essential oils for congestion, they reminded me that sometimes it’s good to approach things like this from multiple angles.

Instead of one blend, they gave me two!

There’s an inhaler that you can keep in your pocket and use during the day, and a chest rub oil that you can massage into your chest, neck, and upper back. This is helpful at night, when you’re (hopefully!) not awake to use your inhaler.

These four essential oils for congestion offer support from different angles. They help...

  • reduce mucus and congestion in sinuses
  • boost immunity
  • soothe a sore throat (especially Black Pepper)
  • disperse chest congestion (I especially love the way Elemi essential oil can break up chest congestion. It’s one of my top oils for that!)

Congestion Clear Inhaler

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 5 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 2 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

An Aromatherapy inhaler is about the size of a lip balm tube. It’s a great choice for delivering essential oils right to the “scene of the action” during congestion! All you have to do is drop the essential oils onto the inhaler’s cotton “wick,” then slip the cotton into the inhaler’s sleeve. Once you’ve got the inhaler closed all up, you can use it as often as you need until you feel better.

It will last about two months after you make it.

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Congestion Clear Chest Rub

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 5 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 2 drops Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Combine the joboba and essential oils for congestion, shake gently, and rub it into your chest, shoulders, and neck as often as you need.

Now you can take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays!

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: natural remedy for congestion, essential oils for colds, essential oil for congestion, essential oil for stuffy nose, essential oils for sore throat

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