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Treat Shortness Of Breath Using Essential Oils

Updated on November 1, 2016
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Natural Health Coach, Herbalist, Aromatherapy Consultant using the power of essential of essential oils to improve health and well-being.

What is shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, is described by the Mayo Clinic as being an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger or a feeling of suffocation.

Causes of shortness of breath or dyspnea

What causes shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath or difficult breathing is a common problem in many people. Most cases of this problem are caused by lung or heart conditions. The main function of your lungs and heart are to transport oxygen to the tissues and remove carbon dioxide. If there is any problem with these processes it will affect your breathing. Different individuals express shortness of breath in different ways. Descriptions can include one feeling of being suffocated, one tightening in the chest, or one elephant sitting on your chest. Many shortness of breath causes are innocent, including strenuous exercise, massive obesity, extremes in temperature, high altitudes, and being out of shape. The reason for your shortness of breath should be decided by a physician. Here are 12 medical causes of shortness of breath.

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Lung cancer
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Anemia
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tubercolosis
  • Pleurisy
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD


My most recent infusion.  Over the last few months, I have had 5.
My most recent infusion. Over the last few months, I have had 5. | Source

My personal experience with dyspnea or shortness of breath.

Over the years I've suffered from anemia, and a few years ago I was diagnosed with mild emphysema, a form of COPD. There are periods throughout the year that I've endured extreme shortness of breath. These are during the extreme heat of the summer or the extreme winter days, with COPD. Chronic anemia causes me fatigue and shortness of breath almost on a regular basis, and I have to keep o top of it. In addition to that, pernicious anemia, caused by a B12 deficiency also contributes to fatigue) and shortness of breath.

Recently my iron levels have dropped repeatedly and I've had to resort to iron infusions in order to stabilize it. Over-the-counter supplements do not work for me as I have pernicious anemia, so I also have to get the B12 shots.

Over time I have found ways to deal with dyspnea using more natural remedies, rather than jumping to my inhalers right away. These also help me with the fatigue. These natural remedies include herbal teas, and various essential oils. Of course, if my iron level is low that has to be remedied, as chronic anemia can lead to other issues, if left untreated.

I will discuss only the essential oils in this article.


What are essential oils?

What are essential oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.

Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is done by swishing around a blend of olive oil and essential oils for about 20 minutes.  It helps with respirator as well as oral health.
Oil pulling is done by swishing around a blend of olive oil and essential oils for about 20 minutes. It helps with respirator as well as oral health.

Essential oils and Oil-pulling......one of my routines for respiratory health.

When I wake up in the mornings I tend to have clogged nostrils due to excess mucus. I love to do oil-pulling, which helps to draw excess mucus from my lungs, as well as from my sinuses. Oil-pulling is simply an Ayurvedic routine whereby oil is swished around in the mouth to draw out the bad bacteria. It is then spit into the trash after about 20 minutes. In addition to clearing my lungs, and sinuses I found that it was helping with my gum health as well. It also benefited me in other ways, such as alleviating the oral ulcers that sometimes developed and stopping the bleeding gums that had developed from lupus.

My oil-pulling blend consisted of essential oils of:

  • Cinnamon
  • Thieves
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint

blended in with extra virgin olive oil.

The Thieves essential oil blend is a great immune booster made up of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, many of the essential oils that are great for respiratory health. This blend is highly anti-bacteria, anti-viral and anti-infectious. This is the essential oils combination/blend that helped stopped the plague in Europe back in the Medieval Ages. Read about some of the many, many benefits. It's perfect for boosting your immune system, replacing hand sanitizer, bleach, Lysol and other toxic germ and virus killing products. You can also spray Thieves on your produce, then rinse off the fruits and vegetables as this blend of essential oils will remove pesticides and chemicals.

This oil-pulling blend is the perfect blend if you do not want to spend the time to make it yourself. It has the perfect balance of oils.

The sinuses

The sinuses and respiratory health

Our sinuses, nose, ears, throat, and all the tubes and sacks of the air passages and lungs cannot do their job when they are clogged or inflamed. If you want to keep your respiratory system clean and clear, you may need to make some lifestyle changes like stopping smoking or inhaling toxins or dust where you work.

The digestive system and the respiratory system are closely related. If your diet is high in foods that cause inflammation and mucous, you are going to need to make some changes if you want good respiratory health.

The foods that cause the most respiratory problems are typically milk and dairy products, highly processed grains and starches (white flour, white rice, mashed potatoes, chips, etc.), and processed sugar in all its forms. I have noticed that whenever I eat pizza or anything with cheese, within a couple of hours I notice the buildup or increase of mucus. I admit that cutting down on cheese is the hardest thing I have had to do, diet-related. I recommend limiting dairy in general and eliminating it when you are trying to overcome a respiratory problem.

Highly processed foods and sweeteners in all their forms should also be greatly limited if you want optimal respiratory health. When toxins build up in the lower bowel, the first sign of trouble usually shows up in the respiratory system. Adjusting your diet or doing a cleanse will take the strain off your respiratory system and allow it to clear and heal.

Remember: Nothing can substitute a healthcare provider's diagnosis and treatment of major respiratory issues.

Remember: Nothing can substitute a healthcare provider's diagnosis and treatment of major respiratory issues.

A decreased level of respiratory function – whether minor or serious – can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Although nothing can substitute a healthcare provider’s diagnosis and treatment of major respiratory issues, there is a wealth of natural strategies available to heal minor ailments. One such strategy is the use of aromatherapy: a system in which natural essential oils are used to alleviate, heal, and protect against respiratory troubles.

Methods of application of essential oils

Using a diffuser, a few drops into the water which will help the essential oils to disperse them in the air.
Using a diffuser, a few drops into the water which will help the essential oils to disperse them in the air.
Taking a bath soak in a few drops of essential oils in a carrier oil
Taking a bath soak in a few drops of essential oils in a carrier oil
Make a personal inhaler using your choice of essential oils.  You should need no more than 15-20 drops total.
Make a personal inhaler using your choice of essential oils. You should need no more than 15-20 drops total.
Steam inhalation
Steam inhalation
Massage using essential oils in a carrier oil.  You could also do an Abhyanga massage.
Massage using essential oils in a carrier oil. You could also do an Abhyanga massage.

Methods of application

Vaporizer An effective method of use with a sick child. Add a total of 10 drops of chosen essential oil or oils to water, run overnight. Note, there’s a slight risk essential oils may damage a humidifier.

Steam Inhalation Inhalation and steams are therapeutic, powerful ways to get the essential oils into the respiratory system. Pour hot water into a large bowl, add two to three drops of essential oil, place the bowl on a table, and sit comfortably in front of it. Using a large towel, make a tent over the bowl and place your head in the tent. Steam for up to 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Be careful to not burn yourself with the steam or water.If you suffer from asthma, please do not use this method.

Other Inhalation methods

#1: A Few drops by your Pillow

#2: Tissue / Handkerchief / Pocketsquare

#3: Using an inhaler that’s made for Aromatherapy

#4: Using an Essential Oil Diffuser


Baths: Fill bath with warm water. Mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup unscented salt. I also add some baking soda to my bath salts.

Skin application Combine 3 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for respiratory conditions.

Abhyanga massage Abhyanga is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic oil massage therapy for healing and detoxifying Body, Mind and Spirit. The purpose of Ayurvedic daily oil massage as part of the daily routine is to balance the nervous system, prevent physiological imbalances and to lubricate and promote flexibility of the muscles, tissues, and joints.

I do the Abhyanga every night. It is very rejuvenating and relaxing massage, and is very easy to do.


This is my favorite diffuser. I can use it for a night light, if necessary. It automatically turns off when empty, but also has an alternating on and off sett

Young Living Rose-shaped Home Diffuser (purple)
Young Living Rose-shaped Home Diffuser (purple)

Ultrasonic diffuser generating waves at 2.5 million times per second

On/off switch for ambient light

Alternating 30 second off/on setting

Easy-fill diffuser

Creates spa-like atmosphere

 

So, what essential oils are great for shortness of breath?

  • Frankincense
  • Tea tree
  • Bergamot
  • Juniper
  • Ravintsara
  • Thyme
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Hyssop
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Oregano
  • Lemon
  • Lavender

Frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

Overshadowed the past several hundred years by its role in the “Christmas Story,”frankincense is finally getting the attention it deserves as one of the most viable healing agents on the planet. The journal Oncology Letters published an article late last year that highlights the ability of this Biblical tree to kill cancer cells; specifically the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines, which cause breast and other tumors.

Frankincense essential oil has also been used with much success to treat issues related to digestion, the immune system, oral health, respiratory concerns and stress/anxiety.

Frankincense essential oil is helpful in the treatment of colds, flu, and other respiratory diseases. Frankincense essential oil helps regulate breathing and calms coughing spasms. It helps clear the lungs and nasal passages and eases shortness of breath.

For asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, and laryngitis, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Rub on chest for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and cold, and on throat for laryngitis. You can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or via steam inhalation.

Tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree essential oil

Tea tree oil is an effective expectorant that removes mucus from your system. Mucus causes coughing and wheezing in asthma patients. The essential oil is also effective in relieving respiratory conditions such as coughing and bronchitis.

A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive.

How to apply: Using tea tree oil to treat asthma is simple. Place a clean face towel in warm water, wring, and add a few drops of tea tree oil on the damp, warm towel. Breathe through the warm towel until cool. Repeat the process until you feel relieved. You can also add 2-3 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on the chest, throat and back to relieve congestion and cough.


Bergamot essential oil

Bergamot essential oil

Bergamot essential oils have sedative properties that relax the body. This relaxation is necessary because tension accompanies asthma attacks and any issue causing dyspnea.

How to apply: Mix a couple of drops of bergamot and roman chamomile oils with a teaspoon of carrier oil and use the mixture to rub your chest and back. The mixture relieves mild and severe asthma attacks.

Ravintsara essential oil

Ravintsara essential oil

Respiratory problems like congested sinuses, asthma, and even a viral cold can hamper your ability to breathe properly. Clear up those clogged sinuses and choked airways by inhaling the fragrance of some Ravintsara essential oil.

I frequently use Ravintsara in my personal inhaler, especially for when my sinuses are clogged or my energy has been zapped away. Ravintsara can support the circulatory system and enhance the immune system.

INHALATION: Add the following to a 5 ml amber glass bottle: 15 drops of Ravintsara, 20 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata, 15 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Orange. Shake to mix well. Fill a bowl with steamy water; add to the bowl 2 drops of the essential oil mixture, covering your head and bowl with a towel to keep the steam in. Inhale through your nose, with eyes closed. Breathe in the vapors for several minutes, or as desired.

INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Ravintsara, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

Juniper Berry essential oil

Juniper berry essential oil

Juniper essential oil is antibacterial, antispasmodic and antifungal. It is also effective on nearly all forms of cramps, whether it is muscular, intestinal, respiratory or any other area.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology found that a traditionally used complex essential oil tonic made of ingredients including peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, cajeput oil, juniper berry oil and wintergreen oil acts like a natural agent for the treatment of uncomplicated infections of the skin and respiratory tract.

The smell of juniper berries is known to offer emotional support and reduce physical and emotional signs of stress. Considered a natural anxiety remedy, it’s one of the most effective essential oils for dealing with inner trauma and pain because juniper has positive effects on relaxation responses in the brain when inhaled.

Use juniper berry essential oil at home by diffusing it throughout your bedroom, dab some on your wrists or clothes for an uplifting perfume, or add several drops to your laundry detergent mix so the smell lingers on your clothes and linens.

FOR FATIGUE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Juniper Berry, 5 drops of Basil and 5 drops of Grapefruit. Or add Juniper Berry to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

Thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil is a powerful antiseptic that can help to keep your respiratory system healthy. It is a stimulating, protecting oil that has a strengthening effect on the nerves. Thyme is ideal for the treatment of exhaustion, both physical and mental, and is helpful to the immune system. Thyme warms with its pungent herbal aroma.

How to apply: One way of using thyme oil is combining it with bergamot oil and carrier oil and using the mixture as a chest rub. An alternative way is to add thyme oil in hot water and breathe through the steam. This steam therapy eliminates breathing difficulties and reduces wheezing.

Roman chamomile essential oil

Roman Chamomile essential oil

Roman chamomile relieves asthma symptoms by relieving muscle contractions that narrow bronchial passages. Roman chamomile and bergamot essential oils have sedative properties that relax the body, and are two great essential oils to combine together. This relaxation is necessary because tension accompanies asthma attacks or any shortness of breath episodes.

How to apply: Mix a few drops of bergamot and roman chamomile oils into a carrier oil and use the mixture to rub your chest and back. The mixture relieves mild and severe asthma attacks.

Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus essential health benefits and uses

Eucalyptus essential oil

A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group. Improvement was defined as a reduction of sore throat, hoarseness or cough.

Eucalyptus oil has innumerable healing and curing powers. It is very good for relieving chest pains. Its anti-inflammatory properties decongest the bronchial tubes and the airways and make breathing much easier.

Massage your chest with 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil for ten to fifteen minutes. Cover your chest with a warm cloth.

Also put a few drops of onto your handkerchief and keep inhaling frequently. The breathlessness will disappear and you will be able to breathe normally.

Add 2 drops Eucalyptus to a bowl of steaming water. Place your face over the steam, using a towel draped over your head and bowl, holding the steam in. Inhale deeply several minutes.

You could also put a couple drops onto your pillow at night. This will help with the congestion during the night.

Hyssop essential oil

Hyssop essential oil

Hyssop has been used for centuries as an antiseptic agent; one of its common uses as an essential oil is as a medicinal plant and aromatic herb. Hyssop is even mentioned in the Bible in verse 7 of Psalm 51, where it states, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.”

For thousands of years, hyssop has been used as a purifier and cleanser; the Romans even used hyssop because they believed it helped protect them against plagues. Its reputation as a protector has led people to hang dried hyssop at their homes in order to keep out the evil eye or negativity. It has even been left at grave sights to protect the dead.

Today it is used for respiratory problems in various ways, such as eliminating coughs, helping to prevent the common cold and respiratory infections, soothing sore throats, and as one of the natural remedies for asthma.

Hyssop is antispasmodic, meaning it relieves spasms in the respiratory system and soothes coughs. It’s also an expectorant, meaning that it loosens phlegm that has been deposited in the respiratory tracts. This property helps heal infections from the common cold, and it helps treat respiratory conditions, such as serving as a bronchitis natural remedy. Coughing is a common reaction of the respiratory system trying to expel harmful microbes, dust or irritants, so hyssop’s antispasmodic and antiseptic properties make it a great natural treatment for coughs and other respiratory conditions.

Hyssop can also work as a remedy for sore throats and lung inflammation, making it a great tool for people who use their voices throughout the day, like teachers, singers and lecturers. The best way to soothe the throat and respiratory system is to drink hyssop tea or add a few drops of oil to your throat and chest.

Hyssop is one of the herbs in my Breathe With Ease herbal tea blend, but I will discuss herbs in another article.

Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary essential oil

Most people typically connect rosemary with memory and focus, but it is also great for respiratory relief. The scent of the oil has been shown to provide relief from throat congestion, and in treating respiratory allergies, colds, sore throat, and the flu.

Its antiseptic action also makes rosemary oil useful for respiratory infections. Because of its antispasmodic effect, it is also used in certain treatment programs for bronchial asthma.

Rosemary oil also appears to work wonders on anxiety. A study published in Holistic Nursing Practice in 2009 found that the use of sachets containing lavender and rosemary essential oils helped reduce anxiety associated with test-taking.

Basil essential oil

Basil essential oil

Basil essential oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function. Essentially, basil essential oil is helping your body to react appropriately to a threat by rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.

Basil oil also helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. Its antimicrobial activity can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to asthma and respiratory damage.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and so many other plant phytochemicals and nutrients, lemon oil delivers extreme immune boosting, making the lungs healthier and stronger. Lemon oil also aids in the health of your skin, and much more.

Lemon essential oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air.

Adding 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to water also helps with pH balance. Lemon water improves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an overreactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.

Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach. It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family. This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from outside are being brought into your house on shoes and clothes.

One of the ways that I love to use lemon essential oil is while driving. It keeps me alert, while opening up my lungs at the same time.

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint oil cleanses the lungs and upper respiratory tract and bronchial passages. It's also perfect for detoxing the entire body. It is also loaded with minerals that we often don't get enough of including magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and potassium.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggest that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, preventing contractions that causes you to cough. Peppermint essential oil also has decongestant and antihistamine properties that relieve asthma attacks. Exposure to allergens such as dust mites and pollen trigger your body to release histamines, which in turn trigger asthma attacks. Peppermint prevents the release of histamine in your body.

How to apply: Combine 2 drops of peppermint essential oil with one drop of lemon, 8 drops of lavender, and 20 drops of carrier oil. You can use carrier oils such as sweet almond, olive or jojoba. Rub your chest using this mixture twice in a day to prevent asthma attacks.

Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.

Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil has been used for centuries to relieve chest congestion, bronchitis and upper respiratory problems. You can apply oregano, mixed in with a carrier oil on the chest and upper back.

Oregano oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It relieves breathing difficulties in asthmatic patients instantly when inhaled. Oregano oil is also effective in preventing respiratory tract infections.

How to apply: Combine 25 drops of the oil with 5oz of water in an atomizer bottle to make a mist and then inhale the vapor. Another way of using this essential oil is adding its drops to an essential oil diffuser with water.


Lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil

A study on treating asthma with essential oil showed substantial benefits from the use of lavender oil. Over 26 million children and adults in the United States have asthma. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases experienced by children. Many adults also have asthma. Inflamed airways in the lungs cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. Lavender can strengthen the ability to resist asthma attacks.

Lavender can bring greater physical and emotional vitality to the entire body, by:

  • Strengthening the immune system.
  • Helping a person get adequate sleep.
  • Treating other respiratory problems such as bronchitis, sinus congestion, laryngitis, tonsillitis, etc.
  • Treating Drug-resistant Infections.
  • Treating Fungal Infections.
  • Reducing pain. (Pain causes stress).
  • Easing migraine headaches, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, and depression.
  • Stimulating blood Circulation.
  • Improving Digestion: Can help with colic, vomiting, and flatulence.

Essential Oil Blend for extreme shortness of breath, or for an asthma attack. (Please see your doctor for an attack that does not get ease from using your inhaler. Please be wise.)

Peppermint 8 drops

Eucalyptus 20 drops

Lavender 28 drops

Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil is one of the most effective essential oils for asthma. Clove oil has many properties that relieve asthma symptoms, which include antispasmodic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil helps in expanding constricted respiratory airways and relieving breathing difficulties in asthma patients.

Clove essential oil is just one of the oils that was in the Thieves bend that was used against the plague in the Middle Ages.

How to apply: You can use a vaporizer or oil diffuser to diffuse clove oil in the air for about 20 minutes. Clove oil is also used as a chest rub. Rubbing clove oil directly to your skin may cause irritation. Instead, dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as almond oil before applying it on your skin.


This is a very powerful respiratory blend, containing many of the essential oils mentioned in the article....as well as many of the oils that the original Thiev

Butterfly Express Deliverance Essential Oil Blend 10 ml
Butterfly Express Deliverance Essential Oil Blend 10 ml

Deliverance: clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, thyme, oregano

 

Jasmine essential oil

Jasmine essential oil

Recently I was cleaning out the area that houses my air conditioner. It was very dusty, and of course, after a few minutes of vacuuming, I began to get short of breath.

After replacing the filter, I put a few drops of jasmine essential oil onto the new filter, and turned the AC back on. The calming scent of jasmine filled the house. My breathing stabilized and I became very calm.

Research suggests that jasmine essential oil works by positively influencing the nervous system. Through aromatherapy or by penetrating the skin, the oils from the jasmine flower have an effect on a number of biological factors — including heart rate, body temperature, stress response, alertness, blood pressure and breathing.

Inhaling Jasmine essential oil can help clear mucus and bacteria within the nasal passages thereby reducing respiratory symptoms.

I use Jasmine in my personal essential oil perfume blend.

How can you use jasmine oil?

  • It can either be inhaled through the nose or applied directly to the skin.
  • It doesn’t need to be combined with a carrier oil and instead is recommended to be used undiluted for the best results.
  • You can also diffuse it in your home or combine it with other lotions, coconut oil or essential oils for many different household and body uses — like homemade massage oil, body scrubs, soaps and candles, for example.

Bonuses: DIY blends

I've included some blends to try if you are already an essential oil user. If you're new to essential oils, I've suggested a few blends for purchase.

DIY Vapor Rub

  • 12 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops thyme oil
  • 1 ounce olive oil or 1 oz. unscented lotion

Combine ingredients in a glass bottle. Shake well to mix oils evenly. Gently massage into chest and throat. Use one to five times per day and especially just before bed.

DIY Homemade Nasal Inhaler

2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops rosemary
1 drop peppermint
1 tablespoon rock salt

You will need to purchase the inhalers to make this item.


DIY Disinfectant room spray

3 drops eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint
2 drops pine
1 drop tea tree
2 drops bergamot
1 ounce of water

Combine ingredients. Shake well before using. The combination is also suitable as a chest rub. (Replace the water in this recipe with a carrier oil.)

DIY Respiratory Rescue Diffusor Blend

  • 30 drops eucalyptus
  • 20 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops thyme linalol
  • 20 drops hyssop
  • 20 drops cedarwood

Makes a 5 mL bottle. Use 5 to 8 drops in a room diffusor. Respiratory rescue can also be added to a steam, bath, or used as an oil to rub on the chest. For a steam add 2 drops, for a bath add up to 5 drops, and for a chest rub add 15 to 21 drops per 30 mL of carrier oil.

DIY healing bath salt recipe

This homemade healing bath salts recipe helps increase relaxation, relieves muscle pain, decreases stress and supports body detoxification. Rather than spend hundreds of dollars at the spa, try this amazing spa-like recipe in the comfort of your own home.

Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • water to fill bath (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself)
  • 20 drops juniper berry essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • large glass jar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine dry ingredients and store in a closed container. At bath time, add 1 cup of dry ingredients and the lavender to the water.
  2. Soak for 20–40 minutes (the longer the better).

Nasal sinus and clear lungs cleanse deluxe kit with essential oils for relief of lung conditions.

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In closing.....

I know I have bombarded you with a lot of information, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post a comment.

There are other essential oils that could be considered useful for respiratory health, but these mentioned are simply my favorite.

Immunity Essential Oil - Spicy Saver Blend 10ml - Cold Cough Flu Toothache Natural Remedy - Pure and Undiluted Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy , Scents & Diffuser Air Freshener Sinus Allergy
Immunity Essential Oil - Spicy Saver Blend 10ml - Cold Cough Flu Toothache Natural Remedy - Pure and Undiluted Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy , Scents & Diffuser Air Freshener Sinus Allergy

Airborne bacteria can be found everywhere school, work, public transit & home. Spicy Saver blend is highly antiviral, antibacterial, Antiseptic, disinfectant and effective against airborne bacteria. Rub it on the bottom of feet OR diffusing it in a room can help the body support its natural immunity. Rub it on your hands to keep germs away especially when you go out

Recover Faster : Recover faster from cold, cough & chest congestion by rubbing 3-6 drops on your chest and feet (for sensitive skin dilute it with carrier oil), Put 3-5 drops in half glass water and gargle it to get immediate relief from sore throat. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

Ingredients : Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary & Eucalyptus. All our oils are 100% Pure, Natural, Unfiltered, Undiluted, Non-additives, Non-fillers, Non-synthetics, GMO-free, Best for Aromatherapy & Scents.

 

© 2016 Gina Welds Hulse

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