Asthma Remedy

Many people are looking for an effective asthma remedy that uses natural ingredients rather than the standard over the counter asthma medicines currently available on the market. 

Fortunately there are several essential oils that can serve this purpose. Lets look at a few of the more popular ones.

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which your airways swell and narrow resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and a feeling of tightness around your chest area.

What Causes Asthma?

This condition often occurs from allergies or autoimmune reactions triggered by external conditions such as dust, pollen or airborne toxins.

It can also be caused by internal reactions to exercise and viral/bacterial infections. 

How Can Essential Oils Assist?

Essential oils work on three areas of concern for asthmatics:

  1. Minimizing spasms through relaxation
  2. Opening bronchial passages to assist with breathing
  3. Fighting any related infections that may occur

Instructions / Cautions

Because of the serious nature of this condition I want to be very clear that inhalation of essential oils can, in some cases, cause a severe allergic reaction. If this is a concern for you, I suggest you use them topically on your feet or ingest them.

You should also discuss your essential oil plans with your health care professional before proceeding any further.


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Having said that let's go over some steps you can take and then we will discuss some of the more popular oils commonly used in an asthma remedy.

Many oils are known for their ability to help you relax and may assist in avoiding an asthma attack.

Application of oils may take one or more of the following steps:

  • Mix a few drops with a massage oil or carrier oil and apply them to respiratory points on your feet or on your upper back, chest and neck.

  • Consume a couple of the recommended oils (bottom of page) at 25% each with 50% carrier oil in a gel cap 3 times a day with food.

  • With your health care professional's blessing, diffuse 20 drops of one of the recommended oils daily.

A list of recommended oils is located at the bottom of this page.

Between here and there is a brief description of each as well as links to pages which discuss them in greater detail

Single Oils for Asthma Remedy

note: What follows are brief introductions to oils that are
useful for the subject condition, ailment or concern.

For more information or methods of application,
click the "More on ..." link that follows each description.

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir works great for the respiratory system because it opens the airways in your nose, lungs, sinuses and bronchi.

Application is mainly by inhalation and can be by steam, diffusion, vaporizer, bath or humidifier.

Balsam Fir works great as an asthma remedy with other oils such as Oregano and  Eucalyptus.

More on Balsam Fir

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil is used as an effective asthma remedy because it works on coughing and mucous thereby reducing asthma symptoms.

Bergamot also has the added emotional benefit of improving your mood and your mental focus.

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Cypress Essential Oil

When you are suffering from an asthma attack try putting two drops of Cypress Essential Oil on a tissue and inhaling.

Mix Cypress with carrier oil and rub it on your chest to treat asthma, bronchitis, coughing spasms, and whooping cough.

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Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Don't use Eucalyptus oil during an attack!

Eucalyptus Radiata can be used undiluted on your toes and feet in order to open your air passages. If applied to larger areas like your chest, back and neck, it should be diluted with a carrier oil.

Another asthma remedy is to apply Eucalyptus Radiata to your finger tips and tap them together 50 to 100 times. Since your finger tips are reflex points for your sinuses, you will find that this action may also open your air passages.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for use as an asthma remedy.

  • it helps to slow your breathing and calms your nerves
  • it reduces inflammation in your airways
  • it helps prevent allergic reactions
  • it cuts through mucus and relieves chest tightness

Many people add a few drops to boiling water or a diffuser and breath it in but you will need to be cautious because too much might bring on an attack. See warning above. 

It can also be massaged onto your chest at night in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil. (I suggest fractionated coconut oil)

More on Frankincense Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil Inhalation Suppresses Allergic Airway Inflammation 

Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of T-helper-2 cell cytokines and Muc5b expression in a murine model of asthma. Consequently, Lvn may be useful as an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma.

Lavender is probably the most extensively studied essential oil and is very well known for it's relaxing and sedative properties. 

It can be used to fight airway inflammation and according to a study posted on

"Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of T-helper-2 cell cytokines and Muc5b expression in a murine model of asthma. Consequently, Lvn may be useful as an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma."

More on Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil can be used to ease respiratory conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • throat infections, and
  • bronchitis

Massage the oil, undiluted, on your chest and throat as often as needed for an asthma remedy that helps clear your airways.

More on Lemon Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil can be a very potent asthma remedy. When taken internally, it can provide welcome relief from several allergy symptoms including coughing and sneezing.

More on Oregano Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Rub some Peppermint on your palms or add it to a tissue paper and breathe in as an asthma remedy that helps to clear your airways. 

More on Peppermint Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Rub Roman Chamomile onto your palms and inhale deeply, or add some to a cup of Epsom salts in your bath water to promote normal respiratory function.

Chamomile can also be added to a massage oil or carrier oil and applied to your chest.

More on Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil can be used as an asthma remedy by relaxing the muscles in the trachea. 

The oil can be used both topically as well as by inhalation to ease symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, etc., and is often used in situations where traditional treatments fail.

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Spruce Essential Oil

Spruce Essential Oil has antiseptic and expectorant properties which make it ideally suited as an asthma remedy and for many other respiratory issues.

Inhaling Spruce Oil using a diffuser works well with conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • laryngitis
  • sinusitis

Spruce Oil can also be massaged on your upper chest and then covered with a damp cloth. This will reduce inflammation in the bronchioles. 

More on Spruce Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Oil is an expectorant which can remove the mucous that causes coughing and wheezing in asthma sufferers.

Tea Tree also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which serve to treat infections and reduce the inflammation that may be causing an asthma attack.

More on Tea Tree Essential Oil

Recommended Blends

  • Antimicrobial
  • Calming
  • Immune
  • Inflammatory
  • Respiratory

I will create recipes for these blends soon but till then you can do a search on the above names, together with the phrase "essential oil blend" or use the following oils and the instructions on this page to create your own blends.

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Recommended Oils for Asthma Remedy:

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