Diffuser: An antiseptic oil diffused in the air will help prevent the spread of airborne pathogens. Add 6-8 drops to your diffuser.
Disinfectant spray: Add 10 to 20 drops of essential oils to a 500ml spray bottle. Shake well before use. Perfect for hard surfaces.
Steam Inhalation: Steam for the treatment of blocked sinus, congested lungs, dry cough and/or irritated throat, add up to 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Place your face close to the bowl and cover the back of your head and bowl with a towel to trap the aromatic vapours. Inhale for a few minutes and repeat every three hours for up to three days. Too many drops of essential oil in a steam treatment can cause excess mucous production and be irritating to the eyes, throat and lungs; 2 drops are enough for this method.
Compress:A hot compress can be used if steam inhalation is inappropriate; for young children, to avoid danger of scolding, etc. Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water. Submerge a face washer then wring out excess water. Apply compress to chest and change as required.
A cold compress can provide relief for painful sinuses. Follow steps above but use lukewarm to cold water and apply compress to the face especially over the forehead, cheeks and around the jaw line.
Helpful essential oils for sinus pain would include:
Sinus Clear Blend
Massage Blend: Applying essential oils in a massage blend can help ease symptoms to promote sleep and relieve a sore neck and ribs if coughing has caused muscular strain. A 2.5% dilution; 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil. Helpful essential oils with the dual action of relieving sore muscles and supportive of the respiratory system include:
Ginger (more suitable for a productive cough than a dry cough)