Sleep Apnea Relief

There are several Essential oils that can be utilized in effective Sleep Apnea Relief. These oils have the ability to control symptoms and help stop the brief interruptions in breathing you may experience while you are asleep.

When you are able to sleep uninterrupted you are not faced with chronic fatigue and other physical and mental ailments that are common in sleep apnea sufferers.

Try some of the oils discussed on this page and see for yourself the very real assistance they can provide. You may find wearing that uncomfortable and very expensive CPAP mask is not necessary. 

note: None of the information provided on this site should be used to replace that of your medical professional. See Disclaimer


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What is Sleep Apnea?

There are 2 main types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): The tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and obstructs air from passing through. This could be in the form of a passage narrowing or a complete blockage.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): For some reason your brain stops sending breathing instructions to the muscles in your throat.

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There are several oils which can help in both these situations and we will discuss a few of them as well as the methods for their usage.

Before we go any further however, I need to advise you that sleep apnea is quite serious and can have serious to fatal consequences if it is ignored.

I believe oils can help but I do recommend that you see your medical professional in order to determine the severity and possible treatment of the problem. (see my disclaimer here)

While you discuss your unique situation you can make your desires to use essential oils in your treatment known.

5 Things You Can Do Now

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Use a humidifier
  3. Don't sleep on your back (Children are the exception)
  4. Avoid alcohol and smoking
  5. Take Yoga to improve your oxygen intake 

Single Oils For Sleep Apnea Relief

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus has very strong anti-inflammatory properties.

If you are suffering from mucous in your lungs, bronchioles, sinus or vocal chords I suggest adding 5 drops in a pan of boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe the fumes deeply until you feel relief. Repeat the process if needed. You can also massage a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil into your chest, back and around your sinuses.

Alternatively you can try rubbing 2-3 drops into your palms and inhale deeply or gargle with 4-5 drops in a glass of warm water.

As a simple, ongoing sleep apnea relief, use Eucalyptus in a diffuser at your bedside every night. This practice will open up your airways and support your respiratory system.

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Geranium Essential Oil

In 2013 scientists discovered that Geranium Essential Oil was effective in relieving acute bronchitis in children and adults, sinus infections in adults as well as symptoms of the common cold.

Geranium Oil can be inhaled from a tissue or diffused into the room. When you breath in the aroma relaxing messages are sent to your limbic system which affects your emotions and nervous system.

It's sweet floral smell calms and relaxes your body and mind.

It helps with your breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, immune system and stress levels all of which assists with sleep apnea relief.

Apply the oil mixed with an equal amount of carrier oil to your throat, chest and the bottoms of your feet before going to bed.

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is known for its ability to loosen up phlegm and relieve congestion associated with various respiratory conditions.

It also has antibacterial qualities which can be used against respiratory tract infections.

Try adding a couple drops to a pot of hot water, place a towel over your head and breath in the fumes.

Lavender Oil has been used for thousands of years in the bath to calm and relax the mind and body. Mix 15 – 20 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and add it to your bath water. Try this at bed time to promote relaxation prior to going to sleep.

A favorite method used for sleep apnea relief is to disperse the oil into the bedroom using an aromatherapy essential oil diffuserFor even more affect, massage a couple drops on the soles of your feet at bed time.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has antispasmodic properties, which have been used to moisturize the back of the throat and help heal throat infections.

Lemon has been known to ease respiratory conditions such as:

  • asthma,
  • bronchitis, and
  • excess mucous

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

Consume lemon oil with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend in a gel capsule 3 times a day with food or add a few drops undiluted to all your drinking water.

Because it is so effective at clearing airways and nasal passages lemon has proven itself to significantly reduce snoring and assist with sleep apnea relief.

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram Essential Oil, known as "the happiness herb" has calming properties which effectively targets the nervous and cardiovascular systems of your body. 

Marjoram Essential Oil can help with nervous tension and stress related conditions. For the same reason, it is very effective for sleep apnea relief.

You can take Marjoram internally by using it in recipes that call for the dried herb. 1 drop of oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of herbs. (make sure to use clinical grade oil if you are taking internally) 

Relieve tension and stress by applying a couple drops to the back of your neck. Dilute first with some carrier oil.

Before going to bed take a hot aromatic bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and inhale deeply.

At bed time massage your feet and hands with Marjoram Oil and put 20 drops in a diffuser to run in the bedroom while you sleep.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

One of the causes of sleep apnea is nasal congestion.

The anti-inflammatory properties of Peppermint Essential Oil makes it a proven sleep apnea relief option. Peppermint is able to reduce or completely eliminate inflammation and irritation in your nasal passages and airways.

Application: 

  • rub a few drops on your palms and inhale
  • add to a tissue paper and inhale
  • gargle with a couple drops in water
  • dab some peppermint under your nose at bedtime
  • Put 4 drops of oil in a pan of steaming hot water and cover your head with a towel so you can inhale the fumes. Blow into the water periodically to increase the steam.

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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

A common symptom as well as cause of sleep apnea is exhaustion and fatigue.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is well known for its ability to calm and relax which can assist with sleep apnea relief.

It is very effective at calming tantrums and anger as well as assisting restless children get a good night’s sleep. 

For an insomnia remedy that improves a restless sleep, reduces irritability and increases patience: 

  • add a few drops of Roman Chamomile oil to some Epsom salts in a relaxing bath
  • diffuse it twice a day 
  • massage a 50:50 blend of Roman Chamomile and carrier oil on the back of your neck, your sinuses, chest, shoulders, abdomen and feet.
  • Take the same 50:50 blend in a gelatin capsule once a day with a meal.
  • Rub Roman Chamomile oil into your palms and inhale to promote normal respiratory function

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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil for sleep apnea relief 

To relieve your symptoms and boost your immune system put a couple drops of Thyme Essential Oil on your palms and inhale deeply. 

In a bath put a cup of Epsom salts with 5 drops of Thyme and 10 to 15 drops each of some of the other oils listed on this page. The blend should work out to about 5% Thyme and 95% other oils (see link below).

This blend can also be used in a diffuser or massaged on the back of your neck, chest and upper back as well as the soles of your feet and hands.

Thyme Essential Oil works very well if you suffer from Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) because of the calming effect it can have on the cerebral cortex of your brain.

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Recommended Oils for Sleep Apnea Relief:

Related Topics

Essential oils as a stop snoring remedy are great for naturally reducing/stopping snoring. Diffuse them in the bedroom; apply them to your feet; do a steam inhalation treatment; add some to a hot bath; massage them on your skin; or gargle a couple drops in a glass of water.  Snoring Remedy


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

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