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My Experiences with DoTerra Essential Oils: Breathe
doTerra's essential oil blend Breathe is supposed to remain true to it's namesake. doTerra's personal claim to fame is that they don't use any artificial preservatives, fillers, etc; - which is a HUGE plus for me due to that whole intolerance to anything that decides to have an sulf- in it's name.
Map of your Sinuses
How it Builds Up
As you can see, there are so many little nooks and crannies that your sinuses take. If any one part of that gets inflamed or if a unwanted particle decides to how in there, mucus starts to build up. This is your body's natural protection from illness as well as a way for your body to release the unwanted bacteria.
However, when left too long or without feeling better, mucus can pool in parts of the sinus cavity and cause greater inflammation - giving you that annoying stuffed up feeling, yet nothing will come out when you blow your nose.
By applying an essential oil under your nose, the vapors are able to seep into places creams and liquids aren't able to. The peppermint and eucalyptus will effectively reduce the inflammation and allow your sinuses to drain. In addition, the ravensara is an anti-infective to assist in fighting the bacteria and virus that may have accumulated during their stay.
The Mucus/Inflammed Sinuses Fighting Properties
This oil blend contains two different kinds of eucalyptol, peppermint, lemon, ravensara, and tea tree. Peppermint helps to reduce the mucous by thinning it, as well as provides a cooling sensation to your sinuses reducing the inflammation. The eucalyptus oils are antiseptics that also help to thin out any mucous in your membranes. The lemon oil is a great mood lifter - as you know, when your nose doesn't want to breathe - you're cranky and down for the count. Tea tree oil - or Melaluca is bacteria fighting powerhouse.
All of these things mixed together creates a blend that not only reduces your mucus build up, but also assists in reducing inflammation in the sinuses, opening them up, and allowing you to breathe. In addition, the lemon oils help to perk you up so you can get through your day without being a raging, stuffed up..... individual.
Let's Take a Look at what Breathe is Made of:
Uses in Medicine
Source of Information:
Derived from the Bay Laurel plant ( an evergreen ), Leaves contain the following essential oils: 45% cineole (eucalyptol) , 12% other terpenes, 3–4% sesquiterpenes, 3% methyleugenol, and other α- and β-pinenes, phellandrene, linalool, geraniol, and terpineol.
Astringent, Alleviate arthritis and rheumatism, treat earaches, treat high blood pressure. Folk medicine claims it will also ease symptoms from poison ivy/oak.
Mentha × piperita
A Hybrid Mint plant derived from Watermint and Spearmint. Contains the following essential oils: menthol (40.7%) and menthone (23.4%), menthyl acetate, 1,8-cineole, limonene, beta-pinene and beta-caryophyllene
Soothe the following symptoms:nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating; Reduces mucus build up and oral inflammation; Reduces pain by using the anti-pain nerve channel; an antispasmodic - such as before a colonoscopy
Derived from the Blue Gum Tree, Contains Eucalyptol as it's essential oil
Antiseptic, Decongestant, Mosquito Repellant
Citrus × limon
Derived from Lemons
Antibacterial, Mood Enhancer
Derived from a genus of trees in Madagascar, Ravensara, Contains the following essential oils: limonene 19.38% sabinene 11.40% methyl chavicol 7.94% α-pinene 5.55% linalool 5.26% methyl eugenol 5.00% germacrene d 4.76% terpinen-4-ol 4.00% e-caryophyllene 3.54% δ-3-carene 3.52% myrcene 3.43% α-terpinene 2.98% β-pinene 2.91% γ-terpinene 2.15% α-phellandrene 1.99% camphene 1.33% (z)-β-ocimene 1.30% α-thujene 1.13% 1,8-cineole 1.08% para-cymene 0.97% α-humulene 0.79% α-copaene 0.69% β-elemene 0.63% δ-cadinene 0.60% terpinolene 0.56% δ-elemene 0.55% α-cubebene 0.47% α-terpineol 0.38% α-guaiene 0.37% bornyl acetate 0.36% elemol 0.34% elemicin 0.23% γ-muurolene 0.22% borneol 0.21% bicyclogermacrene 0.20% γ-cadinene 0.19% (e)-β-ocimene 0.19% β-cubebene 0.16% eugenol 0.12% α-muurolene 0.11% δ-amorphene 0.10% α-eudesmol 0.10% cis-para-menth-2-en-1-ol 0.10% ortho-cymene 0.09% β-selinene 0.09% β-bourbonene 0.08% trans-cadina-1,4-diene 0.08% trans-para-menth-2-en-1-ol 0.08% cis-sabinene hydrate 0.08% trans-sabinene hydrate 0.08% caryophyllene oxide 0.07% β-copaene 0.07% germacrene b 0.07% cis-muurola-3,5-diene 0.07% trans-cadina-1(6),4-diene 0.06% γ-eudesmol 0.06% β-eudesmol 0.05% guaiol 0.05%
antiseptic, anti-viral, antibacterial, expectorant, anti-infective
Derived from Melaleuca alternifolia; contains Melaluca Oil - NOTE: Toxic when taken internally
Antiseptic, evidence that it may kill MRSA, acne,
Bottle of doTerra Oil: Breath
Our Personal Experience
I'd be lying if I didn't say that the Breathe Essential Oil Blend wasn't the first one that myself and my boyfriend tapped into. That being said, I did notice a small difference in breathing and a sent that mimicked menthol chest rubs. I don't have horrible sinuses, however, so I don't feel like I would personally feel a different.
My boyfriend, however, I swear has sinuses that are two sizes too small and awkwardly shaped. He is an avid user of this oil ( I was about to say addicted, though the connotation might not be right ). I will state that I have noticed him reach more for the Breathe than his nose spray and I'm not witnessing his nightly Flonase sprays - which I hated the smell of by the way - like a Rose pooted a glitter covered tulip.
ANYWAYS - since he's begun using the Breathe there has been no more snoring, there has been no more awkward "is that sleep apnea?" moments and he sleeping more soundly through the night. In fact, he's even sleeping through my teeth grinding! Which is actually more of a pain then a burden as I'm trying to see if lavender on my jaw is actually helping with the bruxing.
If nothing else, I rate this oil a high 8 for the scent. It's delicious and fresh smelling. It's not as "hot" as peppermint and so the BF is able to put it directly under his nose without a burning sensation.
I do feel my sinuses opening, so I would say that it works for me as well. Waiting for the day when I have a cold to really try it out.
It is also the most requested oil in my office ( Yes, I share my samples around, haha! ) Sooooo in terms of popularity, scent, and functionality, I'll give it a 9 and highly suggest it for your medicine cabinet.
Speak to Me!
Has Breathe Essential Oil Blend helped your cold and sinuses?
If you're interested in trying out the Breathe for yourself, you can contact me or visit: http://www.mydoterra.com/madeleinepingitore/
Let me know your experiences with essential oils!