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Cough

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

see also Bronchitis, Colds, CongestionFlu, Pneumonia, Sore or Strep Throat

Respiratory SystemA cough is the natural process the body uses to clear the lungs or the passageways for breathing.  It can be a good thing or it may be a symptom of a number of possible problems. As mucus (phlegm or sputum) or other substances accumulate in the airways this reflexive action tries to facilitate unobstructed breathing.  Causes of a cough include:

•  Colds or flu where mucus drains from the nose and throat areas

•  Pneumonia or bronchitis where there are infections in the airways

•  Smoking or COPD where irritations to these passageways triggers a cough

•  GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) where stomach acid irritates passageways

•  Allergies, dust, and fumes can trigger a cough

•  Asthma

•  Medicines (ACE inhibitors) that control high blood pressure are know to produce coughing

Typically light coughing associated with colds, etc are providing a beneficial function.  On occasion, with heavier coughing, there may be damage to the mucus membrane such that even after infectious agents are destroyed that thicker and more mucus may be produced as the body continues to try to protect the area. Dry, persistent, or chronic coughing are typically symptoms of underlying problems beyond the cough  that should be addressed.

Great Article on Cough, by Robert James

Can Essential oils help a cough?  

"Absolutely", is the short answer.

  Sometimes an On-Guard throat drop, or a quick gargle with peppermint or an Aroma Touch treatment can be all that's needed, but treating coughs with essential oils can be tricky however.  

Essential oils can help with symptoms, but essential oils are unique in that they can, nearly intuitively help with the root causes of disease and illness. 

What is a cough?

It is a symptom of another illness or ailment. 

What illnesses?

Pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, tuberculosis and viral or bacterial flu or common cold.

Or is it reactive? 

Mucus, dust, smoke, throat or esophageal irritation, obstruction, medical or chemical reaction/allergy. 

Or is it a combination? 

Many people will suffer from a common cold, that develops a cough, and then high pollution levels, molds, and bacteria's will exasperate the cough and lengthen the disorder.

A cough is not an illness or disease of itself.  It is a symptom of an illness, disease or other ailment.  The underlying cause may be viral, bacterial or symptomatic of another issue all together. 

This is what makes "selecting the best oil" very difficult.  

How often have fellow oilers come to you or you gone to others and asked;

"What is the best oil for a cough?"

Your answer may work and is best suited for the type of cough they are dealing with, but if you make the same suggestion to someone else, the protocol may be ineffective.

Now we understand that the answer is not an easy one.

Understanding Body Toxicity

To keep the body healthy, it needs the proper nutrients to feed its cells and an effective elimination system to remove toxins created primarily by diet, environment, and cellular metabolism.  Unless these delivery and eliminations systems function properly, proper health will be difficult to maintain.  It is impossible to cleanse the liver, digestive track, and other systems without first cleansing the large intestines. 

If the colon is sluggish, impacted or prolapsed, it will not properly eliminate toxins and waist.  Waist and toxins will eventually be reabsorbed into the system.  These built up toxins cause our body to work less efficiently.  Eventually these toxins will look for other ways to leave the body.  Hence a flu or cold will invade the body.  Toxins find escapes through waist, mucus, eye ducts, all in less comfortable ways that are not that enjoyable, including cough.  Later we will talk about what preventable solutions there are to colds, flu, congestion, and cough.

Productive coughs

We must understand that coughing is the body's way of removing foreign matter or mucus from the throat, lungs and upper airways. Coughs have distinctive characteristics you can learn to recognize.

Kindly realize that most coughs are good, productive coughs.  The body is amazing at removing toxins, sometimes is must be allowed to do its work.  A productive cough usually produces phlegm or mucus.  The mucus may have drained down the back of the throat from the nose or sinuses or may have come up from the lungs.

These productive coughs should not generally be suppressed as it clears mucus. These coughs will feel productive and should not be too painful or too overwhelming.  We will talk about oils that are anti-muculectic or  expectorants, that can make these coughs more effective.

Pay attention to your cough, if it starts becoming dry, painful, or works its way to your lungs, but is not stimulating the expectorant of mucus, it may be developing into a bad cough.  Bad coughs can be painful, last several days or even weeks and can develop into the lungs.

Is there such thing as a nonproductive cough? 

As a general rule of thumb, the body knows what it needs.  If it is not being manipulated or induced by drugs, the body knows when and why cough is necessary.  In this sense, there is almost no such thing as a non-productive cough.

Sometimes although the body is trying to expel toxins, coughing can cause other problems that are worse or exasperate the situation.  Coughing so badly that you cannot sleep, or that cause worsening throat and esophageal irritation might be inducing side effects that are worse than the positive effects of productive coughing.

  Coughing may be caused by irritation or inflammation and does not remove sputum from the respiratory tract.  In persons with respiratory tract infections, there are things you can do to help minimize coughing.  The most important of which is to use oils that address the underlying cause.  If there were irritation or inflammation, the oils you use in a protocol, might be different that if you were trying to induce more effective coughing (expectorant). 

Reducing irritation or infection one might consider frankincense, melaleuca, clove, basil, or geranium.

If suppression of coughing is required (when there is no sputum to be expelled), the options are; (as mentioned above for irritation and inflammation).  1, 8 cineole is a powerful oxide that is helpful for upper respiratory type infections. It is a natural cough suppressant.  Eucalyptus is 67%   1, 8 cineole, rosemary is 47% and basil is 5%.  Clove is analgesic and anti-inflammatory so it sometimes "numbs" irritated parts of the throat and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can reduce irritation simultaneously.  These oils used in a capsule, gargle or topically (feet for children) can suppress coughing. 

Medicines especially ACE inhibitors that are used to control high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril maleate (Vasotec), and lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril, or Zestoretic).  These and other medications, as a symptom of use, can cause non-productive coughs as a side effect. Suppressing medication induced coughs may require some experimentation.  In this case the body has been "fooled" into thinking that a cough is needed.  I would start with increased hydration, and oil experimentation.

What Causes Coughs?

Viral illnesses.  It is normal to have a productive cough when you have a common cold. Coughing is often triggered by mucus that drains down the back of the throat.  After a common cold, a dry cough may last several weeks longer than other symptoms and often gets worse at night.

Bacterial illness. Normally, the lungs and the lower respiratory passages are sterile. If bacteria get into the lungs or breathing tubes, it can cause serious health issues including phenomena, bronchitis, whooping cough, croup or other dangerous infections.

Infections. An infection of the lungs or upper airway passages can cause a cough. A productive cough may be a symptom of pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, or tuberculosis.

Chronic lung disease. A productive cough could be a sign that a disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is getting worse or that you have an infection.

Bronchospasm. Often a non-productive cough, particularly at night.  It may mean spasms in the bronchial tubes (bronchospasm) caused by irritation.

Allergies. Frequent sneezing is also a common symptom of allergic rhinitis.

Exposure to dust, fumes, and chemicals in the work environment.

Asthma. A chronic dry cough may be a sign of mild asthma. Other symptoms may include wheezing, shortness of breath, or a feeling of tightness in the chest.

Stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. This type of coughing may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and may awaken you from sleep.

Nasal discharge (postnasal drip) draining down the back of the throat. This can cause a productive cough or the feeling that you constantly need to clear your throat. Experts disagree about whether a postnasal drip or the viral illness that caused it is responsible for the cough.

Smoking or other tobacco use. Productive coughs in a person who smokes or uses other forms of tobacco can be a sign of lung damage or irritation of the throat or esophagus.

Blockage of the airway by an inhaled object, such as food or a pill.

Antibiotics  

Many coughs are caused by a viral illness. Antibiotics should not be used to treat viral illnesses and do not alter the course of viral infections. Unnecessary use of an antibiotic exposes you to the risks of an allergic reaction and antibiotic side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and yeast infections. Antibiotics also may kill beneficial bacteria and encourage the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics will also greatly weaken the immune system, making the body much more exposed to other illness and disease.

Other Factors that can Intensify Coughs    

Gravity. The biggest reason we cough more at night is simple: gravity.  When we lie down, the gastroesophageal reflex kicks in because mucus automatically begins to pool.  The best way to counteract this gravitational pull is elevation. Sleep with a pillow propping you up a little, this will help keep the mucus from collecting in the back of the throat.

A dry, indoor environment.  Dry air can aggravate an already irritated nose and throat, making your nighttime cough worse. You can try a humidifier to put moisture back into the air and make it easier to breathe, but be sure to take proper care of the unit. Humidifiers are not always safe. If the water you put in it isn't sterile or if your humidifier is not clean, even bacteria free, you run the risk of cycling microbes back into the air or breeding other diseases or prolonged illness.  Bacterial infections can set in. Many flu-related deaths are caused by pneumonia that hits after people think they're over the flu." To ensure you use a humidifier safely, be sure to follow all the directions that it comes with carefully. We clean our humidifier with lemon essential oil or On-guard before use.  Adding essential oils to your humidifiers water supply can damage the unit.  Cleaning it well and running a diffuser simultaneously is your best defense. 

Clearing congestion. 

Before you curse the cough, remember this: Coughs are actually important in helping you get well. The coughing reflex helps keep your throat and airways clear. As annoying as it may be, that persistent cough is breaking up mucus and helping your body get well.

Remember, a cough is only a symptom, not a disease, and often the importance of your cough can only be determined when other symptoms are evaluated. Coughs occur with bacterial and viral respiratory infections.

This is what experienced oilers will tell you about your cough;

1) They (coughs) must be hit with shock and awe. (Quickly, with consistency & technique)  The earlier you can start a protocol, the less sever it is likely to become. 

2) Begin a cleansing protocol immediately, your body is trying to detox. (see below)

3)  Find/Use the right oil(s)

4)  Be patient, understanding that if the oils are working at the root level, their effectiveness will take time and consistency.

5)  Whatever caused the coughing might be in the household and others might be susceptible to it.  Start a preventative protocol immediately.

6)  Be prepared to switch up protocols as needed until the most effective MO is found.

7)  Don't let up on your protocol until symptoms are completely gone, plus a few days.

8) Always hydrate with plenty of water (add lemon or lime essential oil) When you "liquefy" respiratory tract secretions with water and essential oils it will result in productive coughing.

Protocols

Body Cleanses

If you have had sinus issues, including cold and cough issues that are dragging on, 2...3 weeks or more; your body is desperately trying to get rid of some junk.  This is more than a virus or bacteria.  This is Toxins.  And your body knows that it needs to detoxify or it can lead to worse problems.  There a several effective ways to help the body detoxify.  There are also some good tools.  It takes some discipline and is most effective before its needed (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure).  See the article included in this newsletter to understand some of the tools dōTerra has for cleansing the body, and some of the suggested protocols.

Viral or Bacterial Cold/Flu Cough 

Consider using Eucalyptus, Oregano, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Melisa, Melaleuca, Sandalwood, Thyme or Breathe.  Most of these have antiviral properties, all are antibacterial.

I would take a capsule with 2 drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Melaleuca in the morning and at night, and two capsules during the day with Oregano, Frankincense and On- Guard to help fight bacteria or virus, twice daily.  Other combinations of the oils listed above might be effective.

Also consider using these oils topically as a rub or in a diffuser.  For small children, use a carrier oil or apply to the feet.

These oils can also be used as a gargle or in a tea.

Use Clove or On-Guard as an analgesic if coughs become very aggressive and begin to cause irritation.

Aroma Touch Technique

Irritation/inflammation induced Cough

Consider taking a capsule with two drops each of eucalyptus, clove and frankincense.  I would fill the remainder of the capsule with liquefied Virgin Coconut Oil and take 3-4 capsules daily.  I would also gargle for at least 3 min. with 3 drops of clove in 1-2 tablespoon of water then swallow as needed to reduce coughing from irritated tissue.  Clove is very analgesic.  The numbing properties will often soothe the urge to cough from irritation.

Aroma Touch Technique

Pollution/Dust/Environment Cough

Consider running a humidifier, simultaneously with a diffuser.  Great oils or blends to diffuse include; Lime, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Breathe.  Clean and vacuum living area well. Consider using On-Guard essential oil using an "oil pull".  Combine 2-4 drops of On-Guard with 1-2 tbsp on water or virgin coconut oil.  Swish and pull the mixture through the teeth for up to 10 minutes.  Expectorate the mixture after you're done.  Rinse mouth with water. Repeat morning, noon and night.

Drink lots of water with Lemon or Lime.  These oils are very cleansing, and lime is anti-mucalectic.

Consider an allergy protocol.  If pollens or allergy seem to be contributing to a cough, use the basic allergy protocol of 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Lavender, and 2 drops of Lemon in 1-2 tablespoons of water.  Swish and pull the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds or more, then swallow.  Repeat 3 times daily or as needed.

Aroma Touch Technique

Medication Cough

Consider alternative medications.  Discuss with a qualified heath advisor.  Consider oils that relax reactive muscles, and tissues, and in this case, suppressing the cough is usually good.  Ie. Frankincense, Clove, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.  Use topically near the effected area. Gargle for irritation to throat, or use internally in a capsule for lungs.  (3x or more daily) Diffuse Frankincense and Rosemary at night. Diffuse Eucalyptus or Rosemary, especially at night. A tea with any of these oils may prove helpful.  Experiment as necessary.

Sinus Cough

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.  Drink lots of water, add lime essential oil.  It is anti-muculectic and can be used to help facilitate the expedience of mucus.  It can also be applied topically, taken in a capsule.  Ginger and Peppermint are also mucus cleaning.  Stay away from mucus causing foods, especially dairy products.

 

Make a Tea 

Tea made from these oils can be helpful.   Honey acts as a dispersing agent, helping to keep the essential oils and water from separating.  You can also use extra virgin coconut oil or other healthy oil (1 tbsp.). 

Boil your water first then add the honey and oils to the water and blend in a blender at high speed for 60 seconds.    

Place a towel over your head and cup and enjoy the therapeutic steam aroma as it cools.  You can use lemon or grapefruit to counter some more caustic oils like cinnamon, peppermint or Eucalyptus.  You usually need only 1 drop of EO for a tea.

EO's used in a tea are absorbed quickly into organs and inner tissues of the body as it travels down the esophagus.   

Always be cautious with hot liquids.  

 Fact: One drop of dōTerra Peppermint essential oils is the therapeutic equivalent of 28 cups of Peppermint herb tea.

Aroma Touch Technique

   

Bronchial/Lung/COPD

Cough Consider using Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Sandalwood and Breathe.

I would take a capsule 3 times per day with 2 drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Melaleuca. Or some other combination of the oils listed above.

Also consider using these oils topically as a rub or in a diffuser.  For small children, use a carrier oil or apply to the feet.

These oils can also be used as a gargle or in a tea.

Use Clove or On-Guard as an analgesic if coughs become very aggressive and begin to cause irritation.

Aroma Touch Technique

Conclusion

Don't have a bad attitude about coughs.  Be grateful that the body has this mechanism in place to expel toxins.  Oils can help make your cough more effective, and can help with the root causes.  You might consider additional protocols to help you overcome colds or flu or other bacteria and virus.  

As you teach others how oils can help with coughs, remember that there are many different kinds and causes of cough, and finding an effective protocol requires patience, experimentation, and consistency.  As you gain experience, you will more quickly be able to help people overcome coughs and associated issues that accompany them.

 

 

[search helps: post nasal drip, ACE, Angiotensin-converting enzyme, wheezing, breathless, hyperactive airways disease, pertussis]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:

For the cough: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint

To reduce mucus: Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, White Fir

To eliminate infectious agents (bacteria, virus): Melaleuca, On Guard, Oregano

Essential oils based products: On Guard Throat Drops

Also consider:  mucus: Grapefruit, Lemon; 
antibacterial/viral: Cinnamon, Clove, Marjoram, Thyme, Sandalwood

 

Suggested protocols:

Gargle: 1 or 2 drops of chosen oil(s) in an ounce (mouthful) of water. Swallow after gargling. (Be aware Oregano is a “hot” oil and may be too strong for some to use this technique.) Try:

·  Cinnamon and Lemon (mild)

·  On Guard (strong)

·  Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint (mild 2,2,2 drops to strong with 2,2,4)

·  Oregano (very strong)

Inhale: Use the chosen oils with one of the following methods:

·  Diffuse, an inhaler, or just breath deeply directly from the oil bottle

·  Make a steam tent

·  Cup and inhale (a few drops in a cup of hot water, breath vapors deeply)

Apply topically: Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Peppermint, and/or Cypress to chest and throat areas. Covering these with a warm compress will even make this topical application more effective.

Rob's suggestions:

Tee Shirt Tent:

Dry hacking cough:

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lemon

Wet throat cough:

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lime

Deep painful chest cough:

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Frankincense

Layer the oils on your chest and lightly rub in. Let the oils sit on your skin, while you cup and inhale from your hands deeply for several minutes.  Then pull the neck of your shirt up over your mouth and nose and breathe in deeply for several minutes till the aroma begins to dissipate.  If you feel like your not getting enough oxygen, take a break with a couple breaths, then resume.

As you do this, you will feel the oils begin to penetrate deeper and deeper into the lungs, and will even feel a cooling sensation in your lungs. This is what you want. You need to set aside several minutes every time you do this. (You can also make an inhaler and take it on the go, using it often.) You might have to keep doing this several times per day and if you have cough attacks at night.  But even if your cough gets better, keep it up for a while.

Combine this tee-shirt tent technique with EO Tea.

EO Tea:

1-2 T honey

1 T virgin coconut oil carrier (optional)

1-2 drops essential oils

Honey acts as a dispersing agent, helping to keep the essential oils and water from separating.  You can also use extra virgin coconut oil or other healthy oil (1 T). Boil your water first then add the honey and oils to the water and blend in a blender at high speed for 60 seconds.

Always keep your head over the steaming cup, enjoying the therapeutic steam aroma and great taste.  You can use Lemon, Lime or Grapefruit to counter some more caustic oils like Cinnamon, Peppermint or Eucalyptus.  You usually need only 1 drop of EO for a tea.

EO's used in a tea are absorbed quickly into organs and inner tissues of the body as it travels down the esophagus. Honey itself is also efficacious for coughs because it absorbs quickly going down your esophagus, near areas that might have virus (particularly lungs).

PS. Worst case scenario, use the "butt bomb" (oils in a capsule and inserted rectally).

 

Other great blends for coughs in general:

Brenda's TEXAS SMOKE

In 4 oz of virgin coconut oil add:

40 drops Breathe

7   drops Thyme

15 drops Oregano

40 drops Lime

This may be put in a jar and used as a chest rub, massage between shoulder blades, put on bottoms of feet, etc. This is a big enough batch that you can have several roll-ons and still have some to put in a small jar. For really stubborn respiratory cases with a stubborn cough I have added a few drops of Patchouli and Sandalwood to the blend and put in a capsule.

 

Brenda's blend for little people

2 drops Sandalwood

2 drops Myrrh

2 drops On Guard

2 drops Frankincense

In a capsule or on bottoms of the feet

 

Ame from Guatemala's blend

For her small children 3 years old and 4 months old:

Balance and OnGuard on their feet morning and night.

Breathe on the chest and back

Frankincense with coconut oil on the throat

Peppermint if there is a fever

 

Amelia's blend

Layered directly on the chest:

1-2 drops Breathe

then layer 1-2 drops Rosemary

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Kendra - I have a problem that we can't seem to get rid of.  I'm not sure what the problem is, but if anybody can help me I sure would appreciate it! I have a 16 year old that can't get rid of a "hacking" and I mean "hacking" cough. I have used the oils on him and I swear by these oils.  But......they are not cutting it! Any suggestions on what to use?

 Pat - You are asking the same question that others have asked. The antibiotics kill everything fast. The problem arise after the course of medication. The oils should be used aggressively and consistently at the first sign of illness or cold. Literally take the capsule (equal drops of Oregano, Melaleuca and Frankincense) every hour the first day and every two hours the second. Then do a maintenance capsule every day for a week. There are a few different oils that help those hacking coughs. Marjoram and Thyme in a capsule and rubbed on the throat. Also Rosemary in a capsule and rubbed on the throat. Diffuse Breathe and Lime in whatever room he is in.

Rob - Coughs are a very hard thing to get rid of...  with anything.  We have been most successful using the following things (keep in mind there are different kinds of coughs) The problem is when the cough gets to the lungs...  It is very hard to get oils to the lungs, but use logic... what’s the obvious way?  Through the air you intake!! Use one of the following combinations...

Tee Shirt Tent:

Dry hacking cough:

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lemon

Wet throat cough:

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Lime

Deep painful chest cough:

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Frankincense

Also consider Melaleuca, Myrrh, Breathe, Clove or Thyme Application:

Layer the oils on your chest and lightly rub in. Let the oils sit on your skin, while you cup and inhale from your hands deeply for several minutes.  Then pull the neck of your shirt up over your mouth and nose and breathe in deeply for several minutes till the aroma begins to dissipate.  If you feel like your not getting enough oxygen, take a break with a couple breaths, then resume.

As you do this, you will feel the oils begin to penetrate deeper and deeper into the lungs, and will even feel a cooling sensation in your lungs. This is what you want. You need to set aside several minutes every time you do this. (You can also make an inhaler and take it on the go, using it often.) You might have to keep doing this several times per day and if you have cough attacks at night.  But even if your cough gets better, keep it up for a while.

Combine this tee-shirt tent technique with EO Tea.

EO Tea

1-2 tbls honey

1 tlbs virgin coconut oil carrier (optional)

1-2 drops essential oils

Honey acts as a dispersing agent, helping to keep the essential oils and water from separating.  You can also use extra virgin coconut oil or other healthy oil (1 tblsp). Boil your water first then add the honey and oils to the water and blend in a blender at high speed for 60 seconds.

Always keep your head over the steaming cup, enjoying the therapeutic steam aroma and great taste.  You can use Lemon, Lime or Grapefruit to counter some more caustic oils like Cinnamon, Peppermint or Eucalyptus.  You usually need only 1 drop of EO for a tea.

EO's used in a tea are absorbed quickly into organs and inner tissues of the body as it travels down the esophagus. Honey itself is also efficacious for coughs because it absorbs quickly going down your esophagus, near areas that might have virus (particularly lungs).

PS. Worst case senario, use the "butt bomb" (oils in a capsule and inserted rectally). We use it to motivate our kids to be consistent with the Tee shirt tent and tea. 

 

John - I have a friend who has had a horrible cough for a couple of weeks now.   Any advice?  It sounds bad.  Deep in his chest.

Gina - This is what helps our family we gargle with Oregano and  Lemon, then swallow after gargling. And/or swallow a couple drops of On Guard then we put Breathe on the chest and also diffuse it in a small, warm  room for awhile.

Drink lots of water with Lemon and/or Clove in it, the Clove fights infection, if that is what it is the problem.  If it is serious, we take the Oregano and Lemon in a capsule a couple of times a day for a few days. Plus, we stay off of all milk products until we get rid of the cough.

Rob – Great suggestions from Gina.  I was going to add, if someone is having coughing fits, we had a member of our family that gargled with Cypress and Oregano and did a steam tent with the blend Breathe. He added a few drops to a bowl of steaming hot water, then put a towel over his head and breathed the steam deeply as the oil volatilized. (don't open you eyes).

Pat - My husband had that same cough and someone suggested he try Cinnamon in some juice. This we did and it took the cough away for a few days, but then it came back.  Then I did Myrrh and then the next time I did both Cinnamon and Myrrh. The last two worked really well, Sometimes you have to experiment to find what is best for you.

I had forgot to mention that the whole time my husband I was getting better from his cold I brushed my teeth with On Guard drops on my toothpaste to protect myself. I have still not gotten sick, so it is a powerful antibiotic.

John - Thank you all so much for the great advice.  I went over to my friend’s house and we did a steam tent with Breath blend and Cypress per Rob.  Then he gargled Oregano and Lemon per Gina.  It was very hot (Oregano is a hot oil) for him, and he couldn't gargle long, but then he swallowed, and couldn't believe the results.  We sat and talked for another hour about essential oils and he never coughed once.  It was the first time he hadn't coughed for an hour in weeks.  Thanks Guys!!

 

Kendra - What I need is an oil that will help with my son’s dry cough.  He just got back from 4 days of camping where he became sick and his leader supplied him with ibuprofen for 3 of the 4 days. So now he's home and has that hard, dry hack.  I have tried On Guard but it does not seem to be working.

Samara - Have you tried Peppermint on his chest and throat?

Pat - Eucalyptus is excellent for dry cough. Also rub Lemon on the throat and have him drink Lemon in his water to help detoxify from the Ibuprofen.  Run the diffuser with Breath or Eucalyptus while he sleeps.

Kathy - I would try the spinal technique (AromaTouch), but also apply to the chest and throat areas.  I would also substitute Breathe or Eucalyptus for Thyme.  Cover the chest with a hot towel just like spinal technique.  As previously mentioned drink lots of liquids with Lemon, and run Breathe blend or Eucalyptus in the diffuser at night. Also, if he is old enough have him gargle with On Guard and Myrrh 2 or 3 times daily.

Anonymous - Try a couple of drops of Peppermint on his neck/throat when he's coughing.  In my experience, it works great!

Sharon - I had a bad cough for a month and finally took Basil in a capsule (Basil for inflammation) (five drops for three days) and the cough was less severe at the end of the first day, hardly noticeable the second day, and completely gone by the third day. I highly recommend Basil.

Anonymous - Try combining On Guard and Oregano, half capsule of each 3 times a day.

Monkeez5 – Here is another suggestion from an acquaintance that has used oils for years. Lemon, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Frankincense applied with a warm compress for best results.

Protocols folks recommend for children

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Stepmom - My little stepson is 5 years old and is frequently congested, and has severe bouts of coughing.  From the very first time I put Breathe on his chest and had him breathe some of it in on a tissue he had remarkable improvement.  In fact, the next day he asked me to please put a drop on his tongue.  Usually his dad puts him to bed at night but after this experience he asks for his mom now!  ME!  I believe that this has helped him receive some emotional healing too, either the oil or just the act of me trying to relieve his suffering.

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Lisa - My 10 year old son has had a pretty bad cough all day.  I just rubbed a few drops of Breathe on his chest, layered with some Frankincense, and he hasn't coughed once since!  Sleeping like a baby.

 

Dani - My neighbor has a 7 week old baby that has an awful cough.  It almost sounds like croup.  She has been using a humidifier at night but it is not helping.  Could she put Breathe blend or something on the baby (with a carrier oil)?  How much should she use?  

Au - Yes!  Use a couple drops of Breathe or Peppermint added with a couple drops of Frankincense and a coconut carrier oil.  Apply it to the baby’s chest.  After it volatilizes or is absorbed, apply it again. Several times per day and night till coughing stops.  You can put the same mix on the baby’s feet.  Make sure you cover the area so the baby doesn't touch the area and then touch his eyes.

Also I suggest diffusing Breathe but don't use a humidifier.  They might cause more problems unless they are completely sterile. You could also put a couple drops of Lemon oil in his bottle.

Rob - Put the mix mentioned above on the babies back too.

 

Shannon - I have a 4 month old and a 4 year old. My 4 year old has a cold and a pretty good cough. What can I do to help break things down? I have been rubbing Breath on her chest and propped up her bed with pillows and put a humidifier in her room. Is there something more I can give her for her cough?

My 4 month old has a stuffy nose. I'm worried it will turn in to more than that. I have been holding a little bit of Breath under her nose for a minute, then sucking her nose out. Would she be ok if I rubbed a drop or two on her chest? Or is there something else I can do for her also? I have been running the diffuser constantly to help.

Rob - For sure consider Breathe with a carrier oil on her chest and back .  Apply a warm compress after massaging it on her chest and back.  Reapply often, perhaps hourly, and consider adding or rotating with On Guard and/or Clove, Cypress and Peppermint.  Also, definitely use these oils on the bottoms of her feet often.

See if she will drink Peppermint, On Guard or Lemon in her juice or water.  Keep her hydrated, and if her lungs continue to get worse, you might consider a rectal implant.   They are very effective for difficult breathing problems and coughs. Also I like propping her up and using Breathe in the diffuser.

 

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