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Aromatherapy is used for different conditions – one of which is Catarrh. Catarrh is inflammation of the nasal, sinus and upper respiratory passages. Using another more common term – Congestion.

Congestion may include formation of mucus but can be due to swelling and inflammation of the tissues lining the nasal and sinuses. Aromatherapy is often used to help relieve congestion due to rhinitis, sinusitis, the common cold, influenza, hay fever just to name a few.

The simplest way to help relieve sinus and nasal congestion is to add a drop or two of known essential oils to relieve congestion to a cotton ball or tissue and breathe in.

Some prefer to do a steam treatment by filling a bowl with hot water and draping a towel over the bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil and inhale for several minutes.

For some, using a nasal inhaler with a few drops added is more discreet especially, if you have to go out in public and want to have something to use that is quick and easy.

Eucalyptus is very well known to help with congestion. But other oils may help include Cajuput, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Thyme.

Try this blend in the diffuser

  • Eucalyptus radiata – 20 drops
  • Lavender – 20 drops.

You can use this blend in any diffuser – if you want to use all night, use in a fan diffuser such as the Natura, Spa Scenter or Fan Fuser.

In a personal inhaler put Rosemary 2 drops and Peppermint 1 drop. Inhale as needed.

A Chest Rub for Catarrh

  • 2 ounces carrier oil
  • Eucalyptus – 20 drops
  • Basil – 5 drops
  • Peppermint – 5 drops
  • Cedarwood – 5 drops

Blend essential oils then add the carrier oil – Sweet almond or Sunflower oil are excellent choices. Rub this chest rub on the upper chest, neck and on your back (if you have help).

After you have rubbed these areas, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale the remnants of the essential oils left on your hands for a few breaths. Use this 2-3 times daily as needed.

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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can.


One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.


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