How to Combat Congestion

Congestion is most effectively remedied with inhalation of anti-congestant / decongestant / expectorant essential oils which relieve congestion if the nose and upper respiratory tract, including the chest and lungs.

The type of inhalation depends on the severity of the congestion.

For bronchitis and pneumonia, It’s best to begin with a steam inhalation, using a personal inhaler between sessions. If you use a topical application, do so along with inhalation for the most effective results.

For mild congestion, a personal inhaler may be enough to do the trick, with optional application of a Chest Rub for Congestion recipe for overnight delivery.

Diffusing is a less intense (often less effective) way to inhale essential oils, but may be the best option in a common area where multiple people are congested.

Why You Need to Make Your Own

Most pre-made anti-congest (and anti-germ) blends contain Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and/or Peppermint, which are not safe for children. Eucalyptus and Rosemary contain high amounts of 1,8-cineole, and Peppermint contains high levels of menthol. Both of these constituents can cause slowed respiration and/or labored breathing in young children.

Eucalyptus and Rosemary are not recommended for kids under age 10, and Peppermint is not recommended for kids under age 6.

Fortunately, there are safe alternatives to these essential oils that are just as effective for congestion! 

How to Make Your Own

Download my free Guide to Child-Safe Alternatives to Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Peppermint that are Effective for Congestion and you will not only get my very best personal inhaler recipe* that is safe for kids, but a full list of child-safe substitutions with botanical names. 

*Recipe excerpted from the Using Essential Oils Safely RECIPES membership where I've formulated even more recipes for you based on the best essential oils and the best methods of application. 

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