· Essential Oils · Stuffy Noses Are No Match For This Quick & Easy Fix

Stuffy Noses Are No Match For This Quick & Easy Fix

steam inhaler jar

Has anyone else’s family been experiencing a seemingly never-ending cycle of sniffles? Between aggravated allergies and minor head colds, it seems like there’s always someone who is experiencing a stuffy or runny nose at our house.

But when your worst symptom is a stuffy nose, it can seem like overkill to take cold medicine—especially with how expensive it can be. So I set out to find an easy and affordable home remedy for stuffy noses, and I managed to find one that works like a charm!

steam inhaler jar

A steam “inhaler jar” combines the benefits and relief of a humidifier and an essential oil diffuser in one little mason jar. Like a warm-air humidifier, the steam from the jar helps to loosen mucus and phlegm. It also reintroduces moisture to your nose and throat, helping your body fight off germs and bacteria more effectively.

Related: The Very Best Essential Oils For Congestion

Which Essential Oil Should I Use?

You can’t go wrong with Defend Essential Oil Blend, a blend of essential oils with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help open your airways for easier breathing.

I love using Defend Essential Oil Blend for my sinuses because it opens up my nose and helps the sinuses flow.


All Clear Essential Oil Blend is another great option! As an allergy-focused blend of oils (like eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary), it’s ideal for naturally clearing your sinuses.

This product works great. I could not believe how fast it cleared my sinuses. I was pleasantly surprised.

Eileen S.

All of my essential oils are backed by my 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied for any reason, just contact me within 90 days to receive a full refund. So there’s absolutely no risk in trying it out!


Here’s how you can make one of these steam inhaler jars at home:

How To Make A Steam Inhaler Jar For Congestion

steam inhaler jar

You’ll need:

steam inhaler jar


Put one drop of Defend or All Clear at the bottom of your jar, then when you’re ready to use your “inhaler” jar, simply pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into the jar. Let the jar sit for just a minute before handling it, so you don’t get burned by the jar or the steam.

steam inhaler jar

When the steam has cooled off a bit, place your hands around the top of the jar, and cup your hands around your nose and mouth.

Breathe deeply through your nose, and you’ll be breathing easier in no time. (Keep in mind that the steam can make your eyes water a bit, so you may want to keep them shut while you’re using the jar!)

What tips or remedies do you rely on when you’re feeling under the weather?

Jill Nystul Photo

Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

About Jillee

Jill Nystul

Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

About Jillee

Read This Next


Essential Oils

    • Hi rstj! I actually have a contract that prevents me from sharing the parent company that manufactures my oils, but I want to assure you that I did my research and feel confident that I found the best supplier! Sorry I can’t share more! When it comes to testing, what were you hoping for? I’d love to provide something that would make you feel more confident in the oils :-)

  • Perfect Jillee, simple and one of those DUH why didn’t I think of that moments ;) Thank you for all of your ideas. I LOVED the toilet bombs.

  • Jillee, Can this be re-heated in the mason jar for more than one use? It sounds like something I might want to keep on hand during Spring allergy season. I love all of your clever DIY’s, and have used many of them. In fact, we are having your slow cooker beef and broccoli for dinner on Friday.

  • What a great idea for sinus sufferers! Ive always been loathe to go to the trouble of a bowl of boiling water, essential oil & towel over the head to steam sinuses! But it works so well! Thing jar inhaler is perfect! Am going to make a couple of the oils & away we go! Thanks Jillee

  • I use a mug of steamy water in a similar way, but use a homemade essential oil cold and flu bomb recipe and add peppermint essential oil. The mug handle makes it easy to…um, handle. ?;o) Also, I use this protocol after using my neti pot or sinus rinse to remove some of the gunk in my nose to make the whole thing work even better.

  • I use a large mason jar put a cotton ball at the bottom and add my essentials to that and breathe in. Works fantastic the warm breathe makes the oils work!

    • The oils degrade when heated to a high temperature multiple times, so I’d avoid microwaving them. Instead try keeping them in a covered double walled coffee cup for extended use. Or dipping a corner of an old fashioned handkerchief or thick paper towel in the cold liquid, wring it out so the rest of the hankie gets damp. Then hold it under the nose and sniff/breath over it. Lol you could tie it like a bank robber around your face, for hands free action…It’s not as effective as hot steam, but increases the moisture around your face, and helps lower the chance that germs get sneezed around the house.

    • You could use any or all these oils…or even tea tree oil. Eucalypt and tea tree oils are the most efficient at killing the bad bugs, followed by rosemary, then lavender. If you only had lavender oil on hand I’d increase the number of drops in the water to six or eight. Also try adding a few drops of eucalypt or tea tree oil to an unscented lotion to make your own overnight inhaler…just rub it into your chest before bed.
      Alternatively sprinkle/spritz oils mixed with water onto your pillows/bedding…the plus side of this it can kill germs on the pillow, giving breathing relief, and cutting down on illness AND acne. Which is part of the reason so many fabric softeners were scented with lavender in the old days.

    • We use a premixed oil called Olbas oil. We have been able to get it at most health/health food stores and even at grocery stores like Wegmans. We use a mug and have boiling water in it and add 2-3 drops of it on top and then breathe it in. We use it for colds and headaches. If you enjoy the scent it can also be used for a pick me up and relaxer. We also use it as a muscle rub.

  • Good idea. May have to try this. I’ve done the diy version of the saline for noses. I tend to have sinus problems and some of it has to do with living in a state where the allergy counts can get high.

    • In Australia you can find eucalyptus in the washing aisle of supermarket, tea tree oil can usually be found there or in the first aid aisle…they can be used interchangeably.
      Aromatherapy supply shops have terrific quality oils.
      Some mixed businesses stock oils, but usually they are diluted with carrier oils and are therefore less effective.
      The internet is a great place to find essential oils. Just make sure they are ‘100% essential oils’ not ‘fragrance oils’ or in carrier oils.

  • >