The Best Essential Oils for a Cough 

Bunny Brinkman
Updated May 30, 2019 261 votes 100 voters 15.6k views 15 items

List of the best essential oils for a cough, including: eucalyptus, lemon, thyme, orange, frankincense, peppermint, lavender and rosemary. Aromatherapy can help suppress a cough and ease symptoms associated with coughing. Essential oils deliver beneficial healing properties from plants directly to your body in a highly concentrated form. When applied properly, they offer therapeutic properties that have been used for thousands of years. Ancient cultures harvested essential oils by soaking plant flowers and leaves, then purifying the oils to make a potent, concentrated form. If you’ve ever asked, “What are the best essential oils for a cough?” then you have come to the right place! 

The best essential oils for coughing help suppress the instinct to cough and relieve other symptoms, like sore throat. The healing effects of essential oils and blends are limitless, from antibacterial defense to pain relief to emotional therapy. Scientifically, essential oils are extremely effective due to the 50 million smell receptors inside your nasal passageways. They connect directly to your brain’s limbic system, which is the area that is responsible for emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of oils, on a more practical note, they make us feel better simply because they smell so nice! 

This list discusses the most popular essential oils as cough suppressant. If you’ve ever used aromatherapy for a cough, vote up the essential oils that worked best for you - and add any that I missed.
Peppermint is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for a Cough
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Peppermint Essential Oil is useful for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, morning sickness, cramps, gas, colds, coughs, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus and respiratory infections, headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint problems and toothache. There are no known side effects to using peppermint oil, but mild skin irritation could be a factor. It can be taken internally, topically and used in a diffuser.
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Lemon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Essential Oils for a Cough
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Lemon Essential Oil (Bioflavonoid) Lemon aids in relaxation and can be used for the common cold, Swine Flu, ringing in the ears and kidney stones. It can be taken internally or applied externally in small doses. Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known.Applying lemon directly to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially if you have lighter skin.
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Frankincense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Essential Oils for a Cough
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Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) Carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates the limbic area of the brain, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands.Can be blending with all oils. 
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Eucalyptus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for a Cough
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Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus fructicetorum) is useful for asthma, reducing swelling, stuffy nose, burns, ulcers, acne, bleeding gums, diabetes, fever, flu, loss of appetite, arthritis and liver and gallbladder problems. Eucalyptus oil is unsafe when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin without be diluted first. It is safe when consumed in the small amounts found in food. It can be used in foods as a dried leaf, applied topically, used in a diffuser, or taken in small doses orally only when diluted first.
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