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Head colds or allergies, congestion is often the most annoying symptom. A lot of essential oils have decongestant or anti-bacterial properties that help clear airways and prevent sinus infections.

We sectioned off this post into our top oils for congestion and what we've found to be the most effective ways to use them. Time to breathe clean and clear again!

Top Oils for Congestion

Adults & Kids Ages 6yrs+
Kids Under 6yrs


Palo Santo


Balsalm Fir

3 Ways To Use Oils for Congestion

Directly Inhale

Steam Bowl:

This method is for adults and ages 10+. Boil some water and pour it into a glass bowl then add a couple drops of your essential oil blend. Leaning over the bowl, inhale the vapor as long as you can or for 5-10 minutes. Or, the next time you take a shower, add 5-8 drops on a rag and place it on the floor of your shower out of the direct stream of water.

Essential Oils for Congestion

Personal Inhaler:

Take a small glass bottle (an old essential oil bottle works perfect!) and add 10-12 drops of your essential oil blend. You can use bamboo or wooden skewers for the reed diffusers. Cut your reed diffusers into two or three sections so they fit inside the glass bottle completely. Cap it and use it on the go!


Chest Rub

For adults and older kids, use the proper dilution rate with this recipe and massage onto the chest and temples.

A chest rub is good for little kids too. Follow the dilution rate for a little child on this recipe and rub it on a section of your chest. Hold your child and let them rest their head on your chest near the area with the diluted blend. Don't put their face directly on the area - this will help prevent any irritation for their sensitive skin. You can also rub a small amount of the diluted blend (use the kids dilution rate!) onto the bottoms of their feet.


Add 5-10 drops to your diffuser and set it to run in whatever room you are spending the most time in. Diffusing is also a great option while you're sleeping. For small children, use 3-5 drops and set your diffuser to run for just a few hours when they're first falling asleep. The intermittent setting on most diffusers is a good option for adults and older kids.