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Inhalation of essential oil in the form of a facial steam bath or using an herbal vaporizer is great for acute illness, including but not limited to colds, sinus infections and coughs. However, there are some important cautions to keep in mind.
First of all, essential oils are extremely strong. They are the oils of sometimes thousands of pounds of plants, and are incredibly potent. Therefore, you’ll want to keep the dosage small. Most essential oils only require three to five drops to a large amount of hot water. Some, like thyme, only require one or two drops.
Another precaution is in the essential oil itself. Make sure that it is 100% pure essential oil and is therefore not diluted with other oils.
Finally, some essential oils are contraindicated for certain conditions. Use caution or consult a health care provider if you have asthma, allergies or other conditions or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Some great essential oils for inhalation include lemon, cypress, eucalyptus, lemongrass, lemon, ocean pine, juniper, cedar, chamomile, angelica, sage, myrtle, thyme and hyssop.
Essential oils can be combined, if you’re hoping to combine the properties of several oils for a harmonious effect. For flus, try using sage with thyme, juniper and/or angelica. Coughs can benefit from a combination of cypress, hyssop, thyme and sage. Sinusitis-like symptoms may benefit from lavendar, rosemary, angelica, cypress and/or thyme. Eucalyptus, pine and lemon are excellent for a cold.
When combining remedies, you may wish to have more drops of the essential oils which you think would be more helpful for the condition. Hyssop, lavendar, sage and rosemary come to mind.