Stuffy Times – Using Essential Oils to Relieve Congestion

Throughout the whole year I carry pockets full of tissue, even in the summer. It’s quite annoying. Actually. very annoying. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, sinus problems or congestion then this post is for you!I am so glad I learned these tips! They have really helped me on bad allergy/congestion days.

There’s two ways to do this, but first you’ll need the essentials: Peppermint & Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Stuff Times - Using Essential Oils to Relieve Congestion

I purchased these at Whole Foods. They range from $6-12. You can find them at local pharmacy shops or health markets. Although small, these bottles go a long way. Believe me. Let’s get started!

1. Tissue Method

The first way to use these oils to help elevate congestions/runny nose is the tissue method! You’ll need the following:

  • Peppermint & Eucalyptus Oils
  • A folded tissue/paper towel/napkin

Take your folded tissue and add one drop of each oils to one side. Yep, thats it! Now it’s time to sniff away. After a few seconds you can start to feel it working! Be careful with keeping the napkin too close to your mouth, skin, and eyes. Be conscious about where you put the hand that’s handling the napkin. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after touching the oils.

2. Basin Method

If you’re feeling extra stuffy, this method might be the best for you. I have only ever used this method during flu’s and colds. Like I said, it’s for extra stuffiness. You’ll need the following:

  • Peppermint & Eucalyptus Oils
  • A kettle to boil water in
  • A large basin (enough to get a few cups of water in – I use a large salad bowl!! haha)
  • A medium sized towel (optional)
  • Kleenex – to blow your nose afterwards
Steps:
  1. First thing’s first, start a kettle. Fill enough for 3 cups of water. While you wait for the water to boil, get the rest of the items out and ready.
  2. Find a good table to sit at. Place the basin on the table and make sure the height of your chair is adjusted so that you could bow your head over the basin comfortably. I use the kitchen bar & bar stool.  Make sure the rest of the items are next to the basin.
  3. Once the water is at a boil, bring it over to the basin and fill it half way. Add 2 drops of each oil into the water.
  4. Now you can choose whether or not to cover your head over the bowl with a towel. The towel traps the heat in so it doesn’t escape. I can sometimes do it – but other times it gets too much for me. Remember, these oils might be irrupting on the skin! I would advise you try it without the fowl first, just to get comfortable. Place a towel around your neck (like a sports illustrated cover!) and get ready to lean over the bowl.
  5. Now lean over the bowl and inhale!! Feel the oils rush through your nostrils. If you choose to use the towel, place it over your head and over the bowl. Make sure it doesn’t get wet.

Let the steam open up your nostrils and blow your nose whenever you feel like it. If foregoing towel -stay until steam dissipates. If under towel – stay only 5 minutes or whatever you are comfortable with. Again, oils might irritate the skin!

I really love these methods and I personally use the first one a lot! It really beats taking a congestion relief medication. This is all natural and doesn’t leave you drowsy. Please talk to your doctor if you have any allergies before trying these oils. It’s not for everyone but can be beneficial to those that can be around peppermint & eucalyptus.

I hope you learned something valuable! Which essential oils do you use? And what for?

Love, Mariam

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