List of the Best Essential Oils for Asthma
Some of the most useful essential oils for asthma include chamomile, clove, peppermint, lavender, eucalypus, oregano, thyme, frankincense & tea tree oils.
THYME ESSENTIAL OIL
With it’s immune-boosting properties, as well as it’s expectorant & antibacterial abilities, thyme oil is ideal for asthma sufferers, as it can clear out the excess mucus in the respiratory tracts & eliminate infections that can exacerbate asthma symptoms.
How to use – This essential oil can be added to a steam inhalation treatment, or mixed with other aromatic compounds or carrier oils & applied to the chest, where it can be inhaled throughout the night for clear breathing in the morning.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
There are certain sedative & anti-inflammatory properties of lavender oil that make it ideal for treating asthma. It can reduce swelling in the respiratory tracts & soothe muscle contractions, preventing the bronchospasms that can cause wheezing.
How to use – You can add lavender oil to a warm bath & inhale deeply from the aromatic fumes, or mix lavender oil with jojoba oil & apply it to the chest as a vapour rub. After 20-30 minutes, you can wipe your chest clean, as the smell can be quite potent.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
One of the active ingredients in eucalyptus oil , is a known expectorant that can also break up excess mucus in the respiratory tracts, making it easier to breathe, while also soothing inflammation in the throat & breathing passages.
How to use – Add 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, & breathe deeply so the microparticles of the oil can do their essential work in your respiratory tracts.
OREGANO ESSENTIAL OIL
Asthma symptoms are often compounded or exacerbated by respiratory infections & weak immune system; oregano oil is packed with antibacterial & antiviral compounds that can boost your respiratory health & make your immune system less susceptible to overreactions in the form of asthmatic attacks.
How to use – Do not use this oil in an inhaler or room diffuser, as it can cause breathing difficulties. However, when rubbed on the chest, neck or throat, it can absorb into the skin & provide relief.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
When an irritant or asthma trigger enters the body, it stimulates an immune system response in the form of excess mucus production & inflamed airways. Tea tree oil can directly counter this response by the body & prevent a serious asthma episode.
How to use – Due to the potency of tea tree oil, it should only be inhaled, rather than topically applied. Add 5-6 drops to a pot of steaming water, cover your head with a towel & breathe deeply for rapid, soothing relief,
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OILS
This is one of the best essential oils for asthma, as it can not only reduce inflammation in the airways, but also prevent allergic reactions by the body. It will cut through mucus & relieve tightness in the chest, promoting normal, healthy breathing, even in the midst of an asthma attack.
How to use – Many people choose to diffuse frankincense oil into the air for all-day relief from respiratory conditions, although applying a diluted version of this oil (with coconut oil ) to your chest at night can help you breathe normally all night for uninterrupted sleep.
CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL
The anti-inflammatory & anti-spasmodic properties of this popular essential oil make it the perfect choice for asthma patients; it can prevent the respiratory tracts from seizing up when an allergen is detected, while also easing muscle tension in the throat so breathing can continue without interruption.
How to use – Clove oil has a wonderful aroma, making it a popular choice in the room diffusers, as well as steam inhalation treatments. Some people choose to mix it with a carrier oil ( such as almond or olive oil ) & use it as a chest rub. However, sensitivity to this oil is quite high, so never place the undiluted oil on the skin.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Armed with decongestants, anti-spasmodic, soothing & anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint oil is a excellent remedy for asthma sufferers, even during an asthma attack. It can open the breathing passages & prevent an asthma attack becoming more severe.
How to use – You can topically use peppermint oil on your chest to promote good respiratory health, or add a few drops of the oil in a steaming pot for an inhalation treatment. Adding 10 drops to a warm bath & inhaling deeply as you soak is also a good approach for asthma sufferers.
CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL
This legendary anti-inflammatory oil is able to soothe respiratory inflammation & support the immune system, making it less likely to overreact to potential triggers. It can also function as an expectorant to eliminate excess mucus from the throat & lungs, making asthma attacks less severe.
How to use – You can add a few drops of chamomile oil to a cup of chamomile tea for a direct treatment of the respiratory tracts, although you can also inhale this oil during a steam inhalation treatment to help you keep your breathing clear all day.
Although essential oils are relatively safe to use. some people react differently. I would advice see your doctor, specialist or pharmacist if you have any doubts about using essential oils.
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