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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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.
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.
Essential oils work on three areas of concern for asthmatics:
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:
note: What follows are brief introductions to oils that are
useful for the subject condition, ailment or concern.
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Balsam Fir works great for the respiratory system because it opens the airways in your nose, lungs, sinuses and bronchi.
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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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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 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 is one of the best essential oils for use as an asthma remedy.
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.
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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 pubmed.gov
"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."
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Lemon Essential Oil can be used to ease respiratory conditions such as:
Massage the oil, undiluted, on your chest and throat as often as needed for an asthma remedy that helps clear your airways.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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:
Spruce Oil can also be massaged on your upper chest and then covered with a damp cloth. This will reduce inflammation in the bronchioles.
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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.
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