Catarrh is the medical term for a build up of mucus in the back of the nose, throat or sinuses. Physicians also refer to it as a ‘postnasal drip’. If your signs include an accumulation of mucus and a nose that is constantly stuffy, you might have catarrh.

Catarrh is an irritation of your airways’ mucous membranes, usually affecting the back of your nose, mouth, or sinuses. It can be very frustrating and difficult to get rid of, but the good news is that it is not considered severe and there are a range of treatments available for treatment.


  • A blocked or ‘stuffy’ nose
  • A runny nose
  • Mucus that runs down the back of your throat
  • An irritating cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Pain in the face
  • Fatigue
  • Mild hearing loss or a crackling sensation in the middle ear
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Firstly use the bowl method of steam inhalation: blend the following essential oils together and use 3–4 drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam for at least 10 minutes. Keep your eyes tightly closed.

Basic Catarrh essential oils blend

Rosemary 2 drops
Peppermint 1 drop
Tea tree 1 drop
Eucalyptus radiata 1 drop
Cardamom 2 drops

When it’s convenient also rub your chest and back with the following oil:

Catarrh – blend for chest and back rub

Tea tree 2 drops
Rosemary 2 drops
Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops
Thyme linalol 1 drop

Blend together and dilute by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil or aloe vera gel.

Also, put 2 drops of any of the catarrh essential oil blends, undiluted, on a paper tissue and inhale when needed.

Alternative Catarrh blend

Eucalyptus radiata 5 drops
Niaouli 3 drops
Cajuput 3 drops
Frankincense 2 drops

Mix together well and use 3–4 drops in the bowl method of steam inhalation.

A chest rub can also be made by mixing together the essential oils in this alternative blend. Dilute the blend by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil or aloe vera gel.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: lavender, *pine (Pinus sylvestris), *frankincense (Boswellia carterii), *niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), *cajuput (Melaleuca cajuputi), *ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), *ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. cineole), *basil linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)


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