Cough, also known as tussis, is a voluntary or involuntary act that clears the throat and breathing passage of foreign particles, microbes, irritants, fluids, and mucus; it is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs. Coughing can be done deliberately or as part of a reflex. They disturb your sleep and day to day life. They can also be quite embarrassing especially when you have to cough in public places. Although coughing can be a sign of a serious illness, more often, it will clear up on its own without the need for medical attention. Here are some of the best essential oils for a cough to make it go away fast;
1. Nutmeg Essential Oil
Nutmeg is available in Nigeria. Many people use it for cooking or baking purposes. You can make nutmeg into essential oil for your cough. Nutmeg especially helps people whose cough comes with mucus. To use essential oil, put some into your diffuser if you have one. The diffuser can help you spread it in your room.
2. Cinnamon Essential Oil
That cinnamon you use for baking can be made into an essential oil. Cinnamon has a history of helping with respiratory problems.
According to a study, if you push cinnamon into the air for a short time, it can stop bacteria and viruses that cause cough. To use this oil, put a few drops in a hot bowl of water and inhale.
3. Lime Essential Oil
If you’ve got a stubborn cough and lemon oil hasn’t worked, try lime essential oil. Lime oil is a bit stronger than lemon oil, even though they’re in the same group. Plus, it tastes better in water than lemon oil. To use lime essential oil put a few drops in a glass of water and drink.
4. Peppermint Essential Oil
Many of the drugs you use for cough contain peppermint essential oil. Then imagine what it can do for your cough in its pure form.
Peppermint essential oil relieves cough when you inhale. Place boiled water in a bowl, add a bit of peppermint essential oil in it and inhale.
However, you are advised not to use this oil on children below the age of 8. Also, don’t use if you’re pregnant.
5. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is great for relieving cough and other breathing problems that come with a cough. Plus, it provides relief for people with allergies. There are different methods of using lemon essential oil. You can apply it directly on the outside of the throat. Also, you can put a few drops in water and drink.