While most people take breathing for granted, asthma sufferers do not.
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing.
It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The diagnosis is usually based on the pattern of symptoms, response to therapy over time and spirometry. Medical treatment is required for this condition and often used with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist (such as salbutamol) and oral corticosteroids. Symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants as well. Essential oils may also be used, in conjunction with medical treatment, to combat the systems associated with this disease. Use of essential oils as detailed below should always be used to assist conventional medical treatment.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus's strong scent opens up the congested airways of the lung. Eucalyptol, a chemical that breaks up mucous and phlegm, is the active ingredient in this oil that enables asthmatics to breathe easily. It's great to inhale this oil through steam. Add a few drops of the oil to warm water, either in a pot or steam inhaler. Gently lean over and breathe it in (you may even want to place a towel over your head to get the full effect). This will expand the constricted airways.
Also a great one to use if you have a cold or flu!
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil is an expectorant with anti-inflammatory properties. It eliminates congestion from the nasal passageways and lungs.
An added bonus is that this oil combats nervousness, anxiety and stress. If you're feeling stressed too, this may be one you want to use.
It's great as a chest rub - adding a few drops of the oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil, and apply! Or add a few drops to a diffuser and breathe in the scent.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This oil is also used to keep away colds and flu. A good use of this oil is to create a mist spray. Add 25 drops of oregano oil to 5 ounces of water, and use as needed to relieve symptoms.
Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme oil is an expectorant, with both antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is thought to boost immunity and strengthen the respiratory system. It fights cold, cough and all symptoms associated with asthma. It's great used in steam or vapor therapy to ease breathing and reduce wheezing.
Clove Essential Oil
This oil has effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that allow it to combat asthma. Do not apply clove oil directly to your skin. If you would like to use it as a chest rub, ensure that it is diluted with a carrier oil first.