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


Croup is a fairly common childhood disease usually caused by a viral infection in the upper respiratory system. As the infection develops the windpipe (trachea) and voice box (larynx) become irritated and inflamed. This then leads to hoarseness and the harsh repetitive barking cough of the croup. Infants to children 3 or 4 are most likely to develop more severe symptoms and because of their smaller airways they are more likely to develop the characteristic cough.

Accompanying the barking cough there may be symptoms similar to a cold including a fever with stuffy or runny nose. During the first few days of the croup it is contagious and care should be taken not to pass it on to others.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Respiratory Blend, Frankincense, Peppermint

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Lemon, Marjoram, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

With 6 - 12 drops of carrier oil apply 2 drops each Respiratory Blend, Frankincense and Peppermint to the child's chest area (dilute more for infants). The blend of oils may also be applied to the bottoms of the feet and back as well. Repeat every 1 to 3 hours until the coughing stops. Protect small children from transferring the oils from their chest, etc. to their eyes.

see also Cough

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Tabitha - Monday morning my 15 month old woke up with a fever of 102 and was very raspy in his voice and sounded like he needed to clear his throat. As the day wore on I used Respiratory Blend on his feet and chest, I used Eucalyptus to open his airways, I used Oregano on his feet as well as Peppermint to lower his fever. The only oil that seemed to be working was the Peppermint for the fever. He continued to sound hoarse all day and was very lethargic.

I kept trying the oils again and again and was very discouraged and devastated. I love these oils! I'm emotionally invested in them because time after time they have worked for me and my family and I know they work! I know I can use these oils instead of synthetic drugs on my children knowing they are being healed naturally!!

But as we were getting ready for bed that night he coughed for the first time all day. He coughed 3 times and immediately I knew he had croup. It was a barking cough and i just knew it. So I looked up the protocol and none of the oils I had been using were listed. I finally used Frankincense which helps with inflammation and put it on his throat. I put Lemon on his throat as well to soothe. Marjoram and Thyme were also suggested. I didn't have those 2 oils but I did have Tension Blend that has both Marjoram and Frankincense in it. I put it all over his back, feet and diffused Frankincense that night. By the next day the fever was gone!! No coughing and just a little bit of raspy voice. I was able to have my baby be healed with all natural oils. I feel so blessed. I really do!


 Charly - What do you use for croup and what is the protocol? This is for a friend who doesn't have Sandalwood.

Au -  Use a couple drops of Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend 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.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic Clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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