Colds, allergies and other respiratory conditions can be quite annoying. While colds are most common during the fall and winter, environmental allergies are seen most frequently in the spring and summer. The result in both cases is almost always a cough, congestion, sneezing, a sore throat and a general feeling of fatigue.

Fortunately, there are essential oils for a dry cough which provide relief.

Listed below are the 15 most effective best essential oils for colds and congestion:

1. Lemon Essential Oil:

Lemon oil is one of the most effective essential oils for cough and congestion. It is made of lemon peel, and is used for sore throats due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Scientific evidence shows that lemon essential oil can increase the immune system and stop the growth of bacteria. In a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in 2001, it was discovered that the antibacterial action of lemon oil was effective against the symptoms of cold and allergy.

2. Essential Oil of Incense:

Incense oil is one of the most powerful oils that exists. In fact, at a certain point incense was valued even more than gold. Today, incense oil is a great anti-inflammatory to clean the lungs and nasal passages, and for the regulation of breathing patterns. In particular, it can help eliminate phlegm in the lungs. For the treatment of coughs or colds, use two or three drops of incense oil in your diffuser.

3. Lavender Essential Oil:

Lavender is one of the most common essential oils that is available. It is especially useful for respiratory disorders and for symptoms such as colds, flu, cough and nasal congestion; It can relieve respiratory problems when phlegm is trapped inside the nostrils and lungs. Apply a few drops of lavender oil on your back, neck or chest to relieve yourself.

4. Mint Essential Oil:

Peppermint is an essential oil best known for its antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and expectorant properties. Peppermint is a common treatment for nasal infections, respiratory infections, coughs, colds and sore throats. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 indicates that the antispasmodic activity in peppermint oil helps relieve cough. It is believed that menthol in peppermint oil soothes and soothes sore throats, while relieving cough due to the shortage of mucus.

5. Rosemary Essential Oil:

Rosemary essential oil is known to relieve respiratory disorders such as cough, asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis. This makes rosemary one of the best essential oils to dissipate for cough, congestion and colds. A study published in the journal Molecules in 2013 found that rosemary oil is effective against the pressure of drug-resistant bacteria.

6. Tea Tree Essential Oil:

It has been discovered that tea tree oil shows protective activity against bacteria, fungi, and yeast, according to a study in 2000 by a German research team. These microbes can cause inflammation, which reduce the immune system and leads to symptoms such as coughing and congestion. Fortunately, tea tree oil contains antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is a great essential oil for sore throats, coughs and bronchial congestion. To relieve them, simply apply 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil as a remedy against cough in the neck and sinuses.

7. Oregano Essential Oil:

Oregano oil is a powerful antiviral essential oil. A randomized, double-blind, controlled prospective study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2010 found that a spray containing essential oils such as oregano oil, rosemary, Mint and eucalyptus resulted in significant and immediate relief of symptoms of upper respiratory tract ailments including cough and sore throat. Oregano oil contains antimicrobial active ingredients, carvacrol and thymol; it is the carvacrol that is believed to give the potential to oregano oil.

8. Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

It is known that eucalyptus oil reduces respiratory inflammation and loosens mucus in the lungs. But the use of eucalyptus is not limited only to natural remedies-it is found in many over-the-counter products for the cold, cough, and relief of nasal congestion. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are due to its ability to improve respiratory circulation, provide antioxidant protection and stimulate the immune system. The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is called cineol, and studies have long indicated that eucalyptus oil is useful in the treatment of congestion and upper respiratory infections.

9. Essential Oil of Thyme:

Thyme oil is one of the best essential oils for cough and nasal congestion due to its antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These effects can help you support the immune and respiratory systems. In a study published in the journal Medicinal Chemistry in 2011, the researchers examined the response of thyme oil to 120 strains of bacteria that were isolated from patients with respiratory infections. The results found that thyme oil showed strong activity against all strains of bacteria, which means that thyme oil is perfect for sore throats, coughs and nasal congestion due to colds.

10. Juniper berry essential oil:

Juniper berry is an essential oil with a sweet, forest-like smell, and is found in many fragrance sprays, aromatherapy blends, and household cleaning products. The essential oil of the juniper berry is commonly used for sore throats and respiratory infections. Research shows that juniper essential oil contains more than 87 active ingredients, including anti-fungal, antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial agents. A study conducted in 2003 published in the journal Phytotherapy Research (Physiotherapy Research) found that the antimicrobial activity of juniper oil is probably due to a combination of compounds called beta-pinene, p-Cimeno and alpha-pinene.

11. The Essential Oil of Scent Nail:

Clove oil is an essential oil used to stimulate the immune system and to relieve sore throats, due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, stimulant, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antimicrobial properties. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2007 found that clove oil shows antimicrobial activity against a series of multi-resistant bacteria. When you have a sore throat or a cough, it is a good idea to chew on an outbreak of clove.

12. Cypress essential oil:

The essential oil of cypress is greatly valued for its ability to help the respiratory system and fight infections. The cypress oil can eliminate nasal congestion and can eliminate the accumulation of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tract. The antispasmodic properties in cypress oil can treat respiratory ailments such as cough and nasal congestion due to colds, bronchitis and asthma. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2004 found that camphene, a component in cypress oil, inhibited the growth of nine different bacteria

13. Essential Oil of Hyssop:

In ancient Greece, Hippocrates valued hyssop essential oil for inflammation of the chest and throat, and other bronchial problems. It is also believed that the antiseptic properties of hyssop oil help to fight bacteria and infections. Hyssop is considered a good option for lung inflammation, and bacterial or viral infections of the throat.

14. Basil Essential Oil

Basil is an essential oil known to decrease the inflammation of allergies, and works by detoxifying the body of viruses and bacteria. A study published in the journal Letters of Applied Microbiology in 1998 found that five varieties of sweet basil oil showed potent antimicrobial activity against most of the bacteria examined. To reduce the cough and congestion of allergies, simply add a drop of basil oil in soups or salad dressings. You can also help the respiratory system by diluting two to three drops of basil oil in equal parts of coconut oil, and then apply that mixture topically to the temples, chest and back of the neck.

Author's Bio: 

Angelina is a regular contributor at The Independent.