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Natural Asthma Treatment Using Essential Oils

Updated on October 15, 2014

Asthma: Causes and Symptoms

Asthma is a type of respiratory disease that can either be mild or chronic. During an asthma attack, the asthmatic individual exhibits various symptoms that is caused by blockages in your breathing passages that make breathing difficult. This is due to the narrowing of the muscles surrounding your airways that specifically make exhalation difficult.

This is one of the most common respiratory diseases around, which affects as much as 17 million people. Therefore, treatment for asthma is quite in demand since those who are suffering from this condition have had to make certain lifestyle changes to adapt to their condition. After all, there are various “triggers” present in the environment that could cause an attack. Although asthma has been able to break the age barrier, a majority of those affected by asthma are mostly younger people. This is quite sad knowing that one is forced to spend most of their time indoors to reduce the possibility of being exposed to various allergens such as dust, mold, or pollution.

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Ways to Use Essential Oils For Asthma Treatment

There are three methods that aromatherapists suggest for you to use in treating asthma using essential oils. However, there are two good reasons why you need to closely consider the choice of application method you use in addressing the symptoms of asthma. First off, it will determine how effective the treatment will be. And second, you can prevent complications that might arise if you are not careful with using essential oils.

The inhalation method is most efficient when treating any respiratory disease since the oil is broken down into molecular properties that are easily absorbed and enter into your respiratory system to produce healing action. However, you must always perform a sniff test to avoid any possibility of acquiring chemical sensitivities in the process.

The topical method of application, particularly through a massage, is an ideal way to reduce symptoms of asthma. By focusing the massage experience on specific areas of the body wherein symptoms are exhibited, you can enable the essential properties of the oil to penetrate your skin for fast absorption.

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Most Effective Essential Oils Against Asthma

Asthma is mainly a respiratory disease; therefore, you need to use essential oils that contain a massaging effect on your respiratory system. The beneficial properties can be found in decongestant, tonic, and anti-inflammatory essential oils. Here are considered most effective essential oils:

  • frankincense
  • eucalyptus
  • geranium
  • ylang ylang
  • sandalwood
  • German chamomile
  • lemon
  • lemongrass
  • lavender
  • pine
  • atlas cedarwood
  • peppermint
  • ginger
  • clary sage
  • marjoram
  • angelica, etc

Massage Oil For Asthma

Massage is one of the most relaxing and effective methods of application in aromatherapy. When it comes to treating asthma, massage also works best to stimulate your respiratory system and produce its corresponding effect, depending on which essential oil you are using. The asthma massage oil mixture is most effective in relieving symptoms of asthma such as inflammation and muscle spasm. You can reverse these symptoms by focusing the massaging action on certain areas of the body such as shoulders, back, chest, and feet.

Your asthma massage oil will consist of a mixture of essential oils: 16 drops of lavender, 3 drops each for peppermint, eucalyptus, and ylang ylang, and 2 drops of almond oil (as carrier oil).

Asthma Steam

To prepare your asthma steam, there are two recommended essential oils that you can use: eucalyptus and lavender. You can combine them or use them individually when preparing your asthma steam and both ways work efficiently. Prepare 3 cups of water where you are going to add ¼ tablespoon of your chosen essential oil. Then, place the water over a heat source until it starts to simmer. Turn off the heat so you can add the essential oil.

Use a towel or cloth to cover your head as you place it on top of the basin containing the essential oil mixture. The heat will release steam containing the molecular properties of the essential oil, which you absorb as you inhale the steam. For best results, you can perform this technique three times a day.

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Inhalation Rub for Asthma

One of the effects of asthma is that your nasal or airway passage are clogged, which makes it difficult to breathe. You can then prepare an essential oil inhalation rub to reduce symptoms of asthma. To prepare this, you will need the following: 6 drops lavender, 4 drops geranium, and 1 drop each for marjoram and peppermint oil. Make sure to dilute the essential oils using an ounce of your chosen carrier oil.

Combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. The most effective method of application is by rubbing it on your chest before going to sleep. To avoid developing adverse reactions, do not forget to perform a sniff test.

Chest Rub for Asthma

Two of the best essential oils available for treating a wide range of respiratory illnesses, which includes asthma, are lavender and chamomile. Therefore, you can use both of these oils to make a respiratory tonic that will provide relief during an attack, or to prevent an asthma attack.

Combine the following ingredients to prepare your chest rub: 20 drops of carrier oil, 8 drops of lavender, and 2 drops of chamomile. Mix all these ingredients together before transferring into a storage container where you can store it until ready for use. Simply rub a few amounts of the essential oil blend into your chest. For preventive measures, you can regularly apply the oil on your chest a few hours before bedtime. Since both lavender and chamomile are mild oils, it is safe for use on asthmatic children.

Asthma Face Splash

This calming face splash is best used during an acute attack, which enables you to stay calm. Therefore, essential oils that contain antihistamine and sedative properties are the most ideal oils to use during an acute asthma attack. For this asthma natural essential oil blend, you will need the following ingredients: 7 drops of lavender, 5 drops of cedarwood, and 2 drops of marjoram.

To prepare the asthma face splash, pour in cold water into a basin until full. You must then pour 2 drops of the face splash mixture and mix it thoroughly until incorporated. Then, splash the essential oil mixture on your face. While doing this, make sure to keep your eyes closed to prevent the essential oil blend from getting into your eyes. After splashing, pat your face dry. You can repeat the process as much as possible.

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    itakins 8 years ago from Irl

    Excellent hub,loved it.