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.

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

Many essential oils are well 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 couple 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

Balsam Fir

Ease your symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and excess mucous by diffusing 10-15 drops of Balsam Fir.

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Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil can be 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 in a 50:50 blend 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!

Apply a couple drops of Eucalyptus Radiata undiluted to the toes and balls of your feet in order to open your air passages.

It can also be mixed with a teaspoon full of carrier oil and massaged on your upper back, chest and nape of your neck.

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 coconut oil)

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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."

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has been known to ease respiratory conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • throat infections, and
  • excess mucous

Massage a few drops of Lemon oil on your chest and throat several times daily as an asthma remedy to help clear your airways.

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Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil is very potent against allergies, asthma, coughing and sneezing and makes a great asthma remedy.

  • Take 2 drops with 2-3 drops of a carrier oil under the tongue and allow it to remain for a couple minutes before swallowing.
  • Alternatively, the above mixture can be added to a gel cap and swallowed with water or at meal time. 

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Rub a few drops of Peppermint Oil on your palms or add to a tissue paper and breathe in as an asthma remedy that helps to clear your airways. See warning above. 

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Rub Roman Chamomile Oil into your palms and inhale or add a few drops in a cup of Epsom salts to 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

To assist with bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, whooping cough etc. try using one or more of the following applications of Rosemary Essential Oil:

  • Diffuse 20 drops twice daily. See warning above. 
  • Take a relaxing bath with 15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts.
  • Consume gel capsules filled with a blend of 50:50 Rosemary and carrier oil with each meal. 
  • Put 4 drops of Rosemary oil in a pan of steaming hot water and cover your head with a dish towel so you can inhale the fumes. Blow into the water to increase the steam. Repeat if necessary. See warning above. 
  • Massage a 50:50 blend with carrier oil onto your sinuses, chest and throat at bed time or whenever you think you may need it.

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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.

Diffuse Spruce Oil in the event of a sinus or respiratory infection, to improve your breathing, decongest your lungs and chest, as well as promote a a restful sleep. See warning above.

Inhaling Spruce Oil in this manner works well with conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • laryngitis
  • sinusitis

A couple drops of oil can also be applied to your upper chest area, followed by a cool, damp cloth or compress to reduce the inflammation in your bronchioles. 

Also add a couple drops of oil to each application of lotions and creams.

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Oil can be used to assist with respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, cough, tuberculosis, etc.

Simply diffuse 20 drops in the air or add 15 drops to a warm bath together with a cup of Epsom salts. Alternatively you can put a few drops on a tissue and breath it in directly. Place the tissue in a plastic bag to maintain potency and you can use it periodically throughout the day. See warning above.

To maintain normal respiratory function try applying a couple drops directly to your chest or reflex points of your feet.

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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:

Related Topics

Essential Oils offer practical and natural remedies for all kinds of respiratory problems from cold and flu to asthma and allergies.

They can open your airways, relieve chest congestion, ease a sore throat and provide relief from cold and flu symptoms. Respiratory Problems

No matter what the allergy, essential oils should be your "go-to" as an allergy remedy because they are completely natural and very effective.

If you suffer from a food allergy, seasonal allergy, or skin rash/hives, there is an oil or oil blend that can eliminate the condition or at least help you cope with the symptoms. Allergy Remedy

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