Essential Oils For Sore Throat
A sore throat can be a painful and annoying thing to suffer from, but if you’re a regular sore throat sufferer, you’ll certainly want to find something which can relieve your symptoms in a calm and gentle way.
Medications for sore throats can be harsh and these might not be something you want use on a regular basis.
Of course, you should always take your doctor’s advice if they do suggestion you take throat sprays or other medication to tackle your throat issue, but on the whole, there are some natural methods you can try too.
Have you ever considered using essential oils for sore throats?
Whilst it might not be the first ailment that springs to mind when you consider aromatherapy, there are certain essential oils which have reputed benefits for sore throats.
Of course, getting to the heart of the underlying issue is always the best first port of call, but overall, sore throats can be caused by a variety of different problems, including:
- A viral infection, such as the common cold or a flu
- A bacteria infection – in this case you will need to see your doctor, who may advise medications to clear up the infection
- An allergy
- Spending time in particularly dry air, e.g. air conditioning
- Being around a smoky environment
- A throat injury
- Acid reflux
It’s important to discuss the cause with your doctor, if your sore throat is prolonged, and also speak to your doctor if you want to try aromatherapy.
The reason is because some people who are taking regular medications or have specific conditions may not be suitable to use essential oils for sore throat or other ailments.
It’s always best to get the green light for your doctor beforehand.
If you are cleared to use essential oils, it’s vital that you do your research into the best oils for this particular problem.
By doing this, you’re giving yourself the best chance of success and relief from your sore throat issue.
Remember, one size doesn’t fit all, so you may need to try a few different oils and different methods of using them, before you find the ideal blend for you.
Best Essential Oils For Sore Throat
Essential oils are derived from plants, trees and flowers, and are considered to be the ‘essence’ of the item it is extracted from.
This oil contains powerful healing properties and is extracted via a range of different techniques.
These techniques ensure the oil isn’t affected or damaged in any way, before it reaches you.
When using essential oils, particularly if you’re going to use them topically, you need to dilate them with a carrier oil. We will discuss how to use oils, including carrier oil dilutation, in a short while.
For now, let’s look at the best essential oils for sore throat ailments.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a very common essential oil and is used for a variety of different issues, including nausea and digestive problems.
Despite that, peppermint oil is also very useful for colds and sore throats.
The oil contains antimicrobial elements which are able to fight off bacteria and ease soreness.
Of course, peppermint is known for its menthol scent, which also helps to open up the airways, should you have a stuffy nose alongside your sore throat.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most commonly used essential oils, lavender oil is also a good choice for treating sore throats, because it contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being antibacterial to a certain degree.
Lavender oil is very easy to find, and you’ll be able to source it from health stores on the High Street, and even some supermarkets.
Echinacea Essential Oil
You’ve no doubt heard of echinacea oil for treating colds, but it is also useful for sore throats in general too.
Again, this is down to the antibacterial and anti–inflammatory properties of the plant, which tackles the bacteria and also takes down the inflammation within the throat, which causes the pain and discomfort.
Studies have shown that echinacea could be useful for preventing colds, but also tackling them when they do occur, along with a sore throat.
Some people find using sage with echinacea is also useful, but again, check this out with your doctor beforehand.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is a very commonly used essential oil for colds and flu symptoms, and may help you to breathe easier if you have a stuffy nose.
Of course, eucalyptus is a common ingredient in many cold and flu remedies, so it makes sense that it is one the list of essential oils for sore throat too.
The oil has antibacterial properties and as as result it may help to reduce the discomfort from a sore throat.
Lemon Essential Oil
Another very commonly used essential oil, and one which is beneficial for various different ailments, lemon oil is often used in various cold remedies, especially lozenges for sore throats.
For that reason, lemon oil is thought to be useful in general for this particular problem, thanks to its antimicrobial properties.
Lemon also contains powerful antioxidants, which are ideal for reducing the time you spend suffering from a cold, and may even help to prevent an infection in the first place.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
You will have seen tea tree as an ingredient in many different cosmetic products, but it is also a very useful essential oil for sore throats.
ou will have seen tea tree as an ingredient in many different cosmetic products, but it is also a very useful essential oil for sore throats.
Again, this is down to the antimicrobial properties which are contained within it, and could also help to reduce a cold or flu from occurring in certain cases.
Thyme Essential Oil
The herb you use so much in cooking can also be used to help with a sore throat, albeit in oil form!
Again, this is down to the antimicrobial properties which are contained within thyme oil, and these may help to reduce the time you spend suffering from a sore throat and help to relieve the discomfort at the same time.
This is especially useful in the case of a sore throat which is caused by an infection (bacteria).
However, it’s important seek medical help in this case also, especially if you suspect your sore throat is down to something like tonsillitis.
In that case, antibiotics may be required, at the advice of your doctor.
How to use essential oils
Essential oils can be used aromatically by diffusing them into the air or diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically, but they should never be ingested.
How to Use Essential Oils to Treat a Sore Throat
Using essential oils for sore throat relief is very similar to how you would use these oils for other ailments.
You have to main choices – inhalation or topical use.
Never ingest an essential oil, as this could cause serious irritation and even burning to the throat, right down to the digestive system.
A little earlier we mentioned diluting your essential oil with a carrier oil and this is a very beneficial way to grab the advantages of both the essential oil and the carrier oil too.
Some of the most common carrier oils are jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil, but the one you choose comes down to your particular preference.
You should also do some research into mixing ratios, as the amount of essential oil to carrier oil will vary depending on how you’re using it and the strength you want.
If you want to inhale the oil and treat your sore throat that way, you can do it either via steam inhalation or via a diffuser.
Both are very useful ways to inhale the oil and soothe your sore throat, however if you use a diffuser, be aware that everyone else in the room will also be breathing in the aroma from the oil!
If that isn’t suitable, you could try adding a few drops of your oil to a bowl of hot water and breathing in the steam, or adding some of the oil to your bath and breathing in the steam that way.
You will also have a relaxing soak as a result and probably sleep very well that night too!
The other option is to use the oil topically, i.e. directly onto the skin. In this case, it’s vital that you dilute your essential oil down with a carrier oil, to avoid irritation to your skin.
These oils can be very potent, despite the fact that they are entirely natural, and irritation could be not only annoying, but also quite painful.
By diluting it, you’re drastically reducing the risk of irritation, but you should also do a patch test beforehand, just to be sure that you’re not allergic to the oil, and the carrier oil, you’ve chosen.
Assuming your patch test comes back negative, you would simply apply the oil to your skin directly, usually to the outside of your throat area, massaging in a slow and gentle manner.
Small, circular motions will help the oil to absorb into the skin quicker and may also help to take away some of the discomfort.
If you notice any itching, burning or discomfort, stop immediately and discontinue use.
As before, never attempt to ingest essential oils of any type.
This is an extremely dangerous way to use essential oils and will cause you far more discomfort and possible injury than the sore throat itself.
If you have any queries about using essential oils, speak to your doctor who will be able to advise you in greater detail and perhaps recommend a specific oil, according to your personalised needs.
Essential oils could give you relief from a sore throat which would otherwise cause discomfort and pain until the bout is over.
Whilst most sore throats will disappear on their own, some may linger and if you have regular bouts of sore throats, it’s important that you visit your doctor and get to the bottom of why the problem is recurring.
If there is nothing to worry about, it could simply be a case of managing your sore throats and understanding your own personal triggers.
Many people use essential oils for various different ailments, including sleep issues, stress, anxiety, low mood, nausea, and digestive problems, but the antibacterial and antimicrobial elements in many specific essential oils may make them very useful for helping to decrease the length of sore throat duration, and ease the discomfort whilst it is still there.
Of course, some essential oils may also help to reduce the chances of a sore throat developing, if it is down to a bacterial issue.
Choosing the right essential oil is vital if you want to target the benefits you need.
Many oils have general benefits, but the ones we have talked about in this article are particularly useful for colds, flu, and sore throats in general.
That doesn’t mean they don’t have other benefits which may come your way too, especially if you choose to use lavender oil.
Lavender oil is ideal for helping you to relax and get a good night’s sleep, so if you’re suffering from a cold and sore throat which is affecting your sleep, lavender could be a good all-rounder choice.
As we have already mentioned, be sure to speak to your doctor before using any essential oil if you’re on any regular medications or if you have any specific conditions.
Doing this will ensure that you reduce your chances of any adverse reactions, and give you confidence that you have made the right choice.
Aromatherapy has long been somewhat of a mystery to medical professionals, but over the last few years, most have opened up to the possibility that this ancient holistic therapy could be extremely beneficial for many ailments, and a natural way to ease suffering in many cases.
Sore throat reduction is certainly a benefit which many oils boast, and this could be a good way to reduce pain and discomfort, in a completely natural way.