Using Aromatherapy to Treat Respiratory Ailments

If you suffer from respiratory problems, you are likely familiar with congestion, runny nose and infections that may take up roots in your nose, ears and throat. Asthma, for example, can be a constant problem, causing congestion and trouble breathing. You can treat asthma by drawing an aromatherapy bath with chamomile, hyssop, lavender, or tea tree oil. Viruses cause about 90% of respiratory troubles, and can be treated using certain oils that will prevent staph, pneumonia and strep bacterial infections.

Many prefer steam treatments to bring these oils to their lungs, clearing and opening the passageways. You can, of course, make your own aromatherapy treatments for your respiratory system.

Herbal Aromatherapy

You can use herbs to clear your system of mucus. Among the most useful herbs for this are mullein, elecampane and horehound. If you are suffering from spasmodic coughing, you may find that wild lettuce and cherry bark can relax your respiratory system and ease coughing.

Ease the inflammation in your membranes with licorice and marshmallow root. These can be made into a tea, syrup, tincture and pills.

1. Throat Spray

A homemade throat spray can be an ideal treatment for lung congestion, and it’s really simple to make. For centuries, singers and others have used teas made with thyme, sage or marjoram mixed with a bit of honey to ease tonsillitis and laryngitis.

Combine half a cup of thyme, though you can substitute for sage herb tea, and 3 drops of tea tree, cypress and lemon essential oils. Before you use it, shake the mixture well. Gargle every half-hour for a sore throat.

2. Poultice

One of the oldest remedies for a congested chest involve making a poultice and spreading it over your chest. Simply take an onion and chop it up, grate ¼ cup of ginger and cook them in water until they are soft. Mash it up after it cools to warm, apply and cover your chest with a gentle and clean cloth.

3. Vapor Balm

This balm treats lung congestion, and should be rubbed onto your back, chest and throat. Wear a flannel fabric after you rub it in to keep it warm. Melt ¾ an ounce of beeswax in a cup of olive oil using low heat. Once it cools a little, stir in 2 tsp of peppermint essential oil, 3 tsp of eucalyptus oil and 1 tsp of thyme oil. Let it harden and store it in room temperatures.

4. Nasal Inhalant

An excellent option to steaming, you can easily create a homemade nasal inhaler. All you need is a vial with some rock salts in it. Add 2 drops each of rosemary and eucalyptus oil, and one drop of peppermint oil. The salt will absorb the oil, and you can simply inhale from the vial.

5. Room Disinfectant

You don’t need a lot to diffuse bacteria in a room or the air. Combine a drop each of peppermint and tea tree oil into an ounce of water. Mix in 3 drops of eucalyptus, and 2 each of bergamot and pine oil. Shake it well before you use. You can use it as a chest rub, as well as to spray into a room to clear out infectious bacteria.


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