COUGH

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint. Helps open the airways. Can relieve pain associated with a sore throat.

Eucalyptus. Shown to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms.79

Lemon and Orange. Encourage lymphatic drainage and boost the immune system.

Thyme. Thins mucus and naturally supports the immune system.

 
Research
According to studies, menthol, the primary constituent in peppermint oil, suppresses a cough evoked in the lower airways primarily through a reflex initiated from the nose.

Home Remedy
Cough Syrup. Add 1 drop each of lemon oil, frankincense oil, peppermint oil and Roman chamomile oil to a spoonful of honey and take as needed.

Background
Coughing is a common reaction of the respiratory system trying to expel harmful microbes, dust or irritants. As mucus or other substances accumulate in the airways, this reflexive action attempts to facilitate unobstructed breathing. A cough can be nothing more than the body’s natural reaction to an irritant, or it can be a symptom of an underlying illness or even lung cancer. Coughing is generally caused by an infection (such as upper respiratory infections, sinus infections and pneumonia) but may also have noninfectious causes (such as asthma, allergies, GERD and chronic bronchitis). Essential oils are widely known to provide relief for stubborn coughs.

Suggested Supplements

» Vitamin C. Helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.

» Echinacea. Can help fight off colds; best taken at the first sign of illness.