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Your nervous system sends an alert to your brain when something irritates your throat or airway. By telling the muscles in your chest and abdomen to contract and to expel a burst of air, your brain responds.
A cough is a significant defensive reflex that helps protect your body against irritants such as:

  • mucus
  • smoke
  • allergens, such as dust, mold, and pollen

Coughing is a symptom of many illnesses and conditions. Sometimes, the characteristics of your cough can give you a clue to its cause.

coughs

Symptoms:

  • runny nose
  • postnasal drip
  • fatigue

Basic blend for dry coughs

Eucalyptus radiata 3 drops
Thyme linalol 2 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 4–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil. Apply a small amount over the back and chest at least twice a day.

For the steam inhalation method, use 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of eucalyptus radiata.

Alternative blend for dry coughs

Frankincense 5 drops
Ginger 5 drops
Niaouli 5 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 4–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil, and rub a small amount onto the chest and back every night.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: chamomile roman, tea tree, *oregano (Origanum vulgare), *sandalwood (Santalum album), *frankincense (Boswellia carterii), *ginger (Zingiber officinale), *niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), *elemi (Canarium luzonicum), *cajuput (Melaleuca cajuputi), *ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)

Coughs with mucus – essential oils remedy

Follow the steam inhalation treatment outlined above, in dry coughs.

Basic blend for coughs with mucus

Eucalyptus radiata 2 drops
Thyme linalol 2 drops
Tea tree 1 drop
Geranium 1 drop

Blend together and then dilute by adding 6 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil. Massage a small amount over the back and chest at least twice a day.

Alternative blend for coughs with mucus

Niaouli 5 drops
Frankincense 5 drops

Blend together and then dilute by adding 5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil, and rub a small amount onto the chest and back every night.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: *niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), *frankincense (Boswellia carterii), *cajuput (Melaleuca cajuputi), *elemi (Canarium luzonicum), *ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), *palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), *cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), *ho wood (Cinnamomum camphora ct. linalool), *basil linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)

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