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Dry or loose, a cough is the body’s natural defence reflex. It helps evacuate a foreign body or microbe from the respiratory tract. As it ensures good permeability of the airways, it’s pointless, even dangerous, to suppress it. No more cough medicines, especially for young children. To relieve a cough and reduce the inflammatory state that goes with it, switch to essential oils! Find out which ones take best care of you!

Treating a dry cough with essential oils

A dry or irritable cough is a cough that doesn’t produce phlegm. Although not an illness in itself, a dry cough is a sign of irritation of the throat and lungs. A dry cough can have several different origins. It can be viral, allergic or even inflammatory. Ideally, your coughing fits will disappear on their own after a few days. If not, you need to consult your doctor.

A dry cough is a real source of discomfort, and can affect your quality of life, especially at night. To help relieve the problem, use essential oils, your everyday allies to calm and relieve dry coughs. Carefully chosen and used at the correct dosage, they continue to prove their effectiveness.

Treating coughs with Ravintsara essential oil

As mentioned above, coughing fits can be viral in origin and are usually a symptom of flu or a cold. Thanks to its high concentration of eucalyptol, a partner molecule of the respiratory tract, Ravintsara essential oil is one of the most effective essential oils against dry coughs and viral attacks in general. As well as boosting energy, Ravintsara essential oil strengthens the immune system. Combine this powerful aromatic essence with vegetable oil to massage the lower back, spine and chest, with three drops, four to five times a day. Orally, take a drop of Ravintsara essential oil in a teaspoon of honey 4 times a day to treat your dry cough.

Please note: the use of certain essential oils is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 6 years old.

Treating a loose cough with essential oils

A loose cough is a productive cough that involves hypersecretion of mucus. The body's natural response to congested airways, a loose cough is essential to the healing process. If you have a loose cough, avoid cough medicine. However, you can clear your bronchi quicker and treat your cough with essential oils.

Treating a loose cough with eucalyptus essential oil

Thanks to their expectorant, anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic properties, essential oil of eucalyptus globulus and eucalyptus radiata or radiated eucalyptus essential oils are some of the most effective essential oils against coughing fits and infectious ENT disorders in general. Radiated eucalyptus and eucalyptus globulus essential oils also derive their therapeutic properties from their high content of eucalyptol, a formidable molecule against respiratory tract pathologies. But unlike eucalyptus radiata essential oil, eucalyptus globulus essential oil treats both respiratory disorders of the lower tract (lungs-bronchi) and those of the upper tract (throat, nose, sinuses).

How to use eucalyptus essential oils?

Orally, take two drops of radiated eucalyptus or eucalyptus globulus essential oil with a teaspoon of sugar, jam or honey, 3 times a day.

Eucalyptus globulus essential oil is also very popular when used for massage and in diffusion. For a therapeutic massage, use three to four drops of essential oil diluted in vegetable oil. To diffuse your essential oil, you can choose between diffusers which use diffusion by cold misting and those which use dry diffusion.

Did you know that the dry air in your bedroom can make your respiratory allergies worse? In winter, feel free to humidify and purify your home using humidifier diffusers.

Relieving a loose cough with ravintsara essential oil

As well as treating dry coughs, ravintsara essential oil also relieves loose coughs. Great as an anti-virus, ravintsara can be used on all occasions, especially in winter. You can combine it no problem with eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme with Thujanol or tea tree essential oils for maximum results against breathing difficulties associated with a loose cough.

Calming a loose cough with organic lavender essential oil

Among the organic essential oils used to combat the fatigue caused by a loose cough, we find lavender essential oil. Thanks to its relaxing properties, lavender essential oil helps relieve migraines and muscle spasms caused by coughing. It also promotes sleep, which is essential for a strong immune system and to build up your energy.

How to use it? Take two drops of lavender essential oil with a teaspoon of honey or sugar, 2-3 times a day. Diffuse a few drops in your bedroom a few minutes before going to bed for a good night's sleep. For maximum relaxation and to help you fall asleep, use the Zen synergy, a combination of the most relaxing organic essential oils. And to make life easier, use the comfort and relaxation gift set, which includes a diffuser and a cocktail of organic essential oils with expectorant and relaxing properties. In particular, it contains essential oils of eucalyptus, exotic verbena, lavender and sweet orange.

Whether it's eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, niaouli or cypress essential oil, all essential oils used against coughs must be subject to special precautions, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women and young children. 

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